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UK: Swine influenza in a third of herds

Data gathered from surveys in both Scotland and Northern Ireland show that more than a third of herds surveyed are positive for swine influenza, according to Merial Animal Health. In total just over 280 farms were assessed and serology demonstrated that 34% were positive1 2. This compares to resear...

UK: Queen's horse fails drug test, feed maker probed

Animal nutrition and horse feed manufacturer Dodson and Horrell has launched an investigation into a component used in one of its products after Queen Elizabeth's racehorse Estimate tested positive for the banned substance morphine. Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday that Estimate, winner of 2013's A...

UK: DAPP to cease in September

The BPEX Board has confirmed the date the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) will cease to be published will be Wednesday 1 October, for the week ended Saturday 27 September 2014. This follows the introduction of the two new pig price series reported by BPEX, the Average Pig Price (APP), which bega...

UK: £400m local food drive unveiled

British farmers, small businesses, the rural economy and the public are set to benefit from a new £400m government plan to drive more locally sourced food and drink into the public sector. UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and Defra secretary Liz Truss unveiled the initiative, A Plan for Public Procu...

UK: £400m local food drive unveiled

British farmers, small businesses, the rural economy and the public are set to benefit from a new £400m government plan to drive more locally sourced food and drink into the public sector. UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and Defra secretary Liz Truss unveiled the initiative, A Plan for Public Procu...

UK approves unprocessed poultry manure as a fuel

The first UK approval for use of unprocessed poultry manure as a fuel in combustion will take effect at Uphouse Farm, Norfolk as the implementation rules 142/2011 came into law under EU regulation 1069/2009 from July 15th 2014. BHSL, an entrepreneurial Agri-Tech company who collaborated with Uphouse...

UK: David Black Award - nominate

There is still time to nominate somebody to receive the pig industry’s highest honour, the David Black Award. It has been presented annually since 1960 to somebody who has made a sustained and valuable contribution to the British pig industry.Previous winners have included processors, vets, producer...

UK harvest 2014 rumbles into gear

Combines have started rolling across the country with oilseed rape and barley being cut ahead of schedule. Eastern parts of the UK and further south is where the majority of early progress has been made with more growers expected to begin later this week. At Wilbraham Farms, in Cambridgeshire, Chri...

UK: Benefits of precision feeding

Meeting the exact nutrient requirements of sows and finishers through bespoke feed rations was the focus of two keynote speakers at this year’s BPEX Innovation Conference. Richard Hooper and Phil Stephenson cited key benefits of lowering feed costs per pig, as well as a reduction in labour intensity...

Pas Reform appoints new UK and Ireland representative

Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies has appointed Peter Furlong as its representative in the UK and Ireland. Formerly production director of PD Hook Hatcheries, Furlong brings a wealth of hatchery and poultry management experience to the role, which aims to further Pas Reform's successful international...

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