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UK pig industry tackles antibiotic use

The use of antibiotics in UK pig production came under the spotlight at a workshop attended by representatives from across the industry. The aim was to come up with an action plan aimed at reducing the amount of antimicrobials used, without jeopardising national herd health. All agreed the key was ...

UK pork trade with Philippines could boom

Business could be booming between Britain and the Philippines following a mission organised by BPEX and UK Trade and Industry. Half a dozen people paid a visit to Manila and the party included traders and abattoir representatives. Export marketing manager Jonathan Eckley said: "There is already som...

UK: Recent weather ripe for phoma in oilseed rape

Recent wet weather has provided the ideal conditions for phoma in oilseed rape crops and growers should monitor the disease and apply a fungicide as soon as thresholds are reached. The moisture was much needed for crops that received little rain during the driest September on record, but it's encour...

UK: Monitor herd disease - oral fluid sampling

Oral fluid sampling will offer UK pig producers a stress-free way to monitor herd disease levels, using cotton rope for pigs to chew. Initial research results are encouraging and point towards oral fluid sampling providing a low-cost, non-invasive method to assess the health status of pigs, says Lor...

UK: EU decree results in 3% loss in UK oilseed rape crop

The European Union ban on neonicotinoid seed dressing on oilseed rape this season has resulted 2.7% of the oilseed rape crop in England and Scotland being lost due to damage by cabbage stem flea beetles. The UK has seen widespread beetle damage to crops, especially in Hampshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire...

UK: Record wheat yields thanks to perfect weather

The NFU harvest survey, published on Tuesday (7 October), predicted that the 2014 UK wheat harvest would weigh in at 8.6t/ha – the biggest ever uplift in 30 years and 16% more than 2013. A perfect summer for growing conditions contrasted with the wettest winter and third warmest spring on record ear...

New layer breed to hit UK market

Layer breeder H&N International, a subsidiary of Lohmann Tierzucht, is launching a new brown bird to the UK market, intended to cater for producers looking to extend the laying life of their flocks. Known as the H&N Brown, the bird – which sells as the Brown Nick in other parts of Europe and the Ame...

UK pig disease: Take biosecurity seriously

If PEDv or ASF were to hit this country and close our export markets it could cost producers as much as 30p per kg almost overnight. Our first line of defence is biosecurity and BPEX held a well-attended workshop in York where US producer Harold Lee gave an insight into how PEDv affected him. To dr...

UK supermarket giant continue to back British pork

Martyn Jones, Group Corporate services director for Morrisons has written a letter to NFU President, Meurig Raymond voicing their commitment to the British farming industry. In it he states that they will continue to sell 100% British milk and cream as well as their commitment to sell 100% British f...

UK pig industry needs to get serious about disease

The pig industry faces the loss of millions of pounds as well as export markets unless it takes urgent action to step up its biosecurity measures against two key disease threats. The warning was given at a recent BPEX seminar near York, but two similar seminars in Diss, Norfolk, and Shepton Mallett,...

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