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UK: Fears of diseased meat in food chain

According to food inspectors, meat from animals infected with diseases could make it into the food chain and onto consumer plates. Official inspectors have warned of this situation due to the fact that the meat inspection process will change as the European Commission wants to modernise legislation....

UK: New trolley for weaners

With sows producing more pigs per litter and farms getting larger, moving and handling weaners can become time-consuming and stressful. In response to requests from pig farmers, Quality Equipment has produced a purpose-made weaner trolley to hold piglets during such routine tasks as injecting as wel...

NFU UK re-elects chairman of national poultry board

UK egg producer Duncan Priestner, based in south Manchester, has been re-elected as chairman of the NFU’s national poultry board. Priestner farms on two sites in conjunction with his brother and runs a pullet rearing business and a separate egg-laying unit with 120,000 hens. He will be supported by...

UK poultry sector contributes £3.3bn to GDP

The EU Commission recently referred to the poultry industry as the most “dynamic” of all the meat sectors and nowhere is this dynamism more apparent than in the UK. The UK poultry sector is enjoying steady growth, supply chain efficiency and increasing employment. The UK also supplies about 14% of a...

UK invests £4 million in agricultural innovation

Businesses including an urban farm and spin-outs from universities across the UK have received a share of £4 million of funding from government and industry to develop their innovative business ideas. The government funding comes from the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst announced as part of the UK In...

UK poultry industry discusses Campylobacter strategy

The NFU welcomed over a hundred poultry producers, retails, processors and industry experts to discuss Campylobacter in the UK poultry sector. "This is not only a UK problem it is the most common food-borne illness across Europe," began Francisco Javier Dominguez Orive, deputy veterinary director an...

UK invests £4 million in agricultural innovation

Businesses including an urban farm and spin-outs from universities across the UK have received a share of £4 million of funding from government and industry to develop their innovative business ideas. The government funding comes from the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst announced as part of the UK In...

UK: More price information for GB pigs

BPEX is to expand the range of historical pig price reporting to include an all new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP). Data will be collected from a wide ranging sample of processors in Great Britain and will measure the average weekly price for standard commercial pigs.This will cover all pigs except tho...

UK: Pig producers positive about future

A return to positive margins in recent months is rejuvenating producer confidence to invest for the future for the first time in three years, according to the latest BPEX Confidence Survey. That renewed confidence is also reflected in the attitudes of vets and members of the allied industry who resp...

UK poultry producers facing worm problem after floods

With the UK in the grip of the wettest, wildest winter on record, flocks are prone to infection from an upsurge of parasitic worms that can hit production hard. Wet weather increases the likelihood of survival of worm eggs in the environment and can cause a serious burden on poultry health, even on ...

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