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UK egg consumption beats chocolate this Easter

This Easter marks the 25th since the Health Minister Edwina Currie’s comments sparked the UK salmonella crisis of the late 1980s – and the contrast could not be starker, with egg producers anticipating bumper sales over the holiday weekend as shoppers flock to buy traditional Easter eggs. Sales of r...

2 Sisters invests in biomass boilers on UK poultry farms

Biomass boilers are to be installed on 20 poultry farms of 2 Agriculture, the sister company of UK food producer, the 2 Sisters Food Group. The new £20m heating solution will further improve chicken welfare standards, reduce co2 emissions and reduce running costs at the upgraded locations at the far...

UK: Tackling exotic disease threat

Exotic diseases are threatening the UK pig industry from all sides and a special roundtable was attended by nearly 50 people to look at how to deal with these threats. It was called by the Pig Health and Welfare Council and held in Westminster with representatives from across industry including feed...

UK: Cargill launches sow programme

Cargill is launching a new sow programme to help producers in the UK and Ireland optimise performance and improve productivity. The Provimi Livelle programme, which can be tailored to individual sow systems, combines nutritional and technical recommendations for each phase of the animal's productive...

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...

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