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Government to take action on pig crisis

Following weeks of growing tension, which saw farmers protesting at the Conservative Party Conference, the government have announced plans to help alleviate the crisis. 

Farmers protest as Boris Johnson accused of failing to take action on staffing crisis

Following weeks of mounting concern and frustration, pig farmers have taken to the streets to protest, gathering outside the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 4th October to highlight the current sector crisis.

Butchery visas needed to avoid pig industry “meltdown”, NPA says

The National Pig Association says it is “extremely disappointed” by the lack of measures to protect the pig sector amid labour shortages, as the likelihood of a welfare cull rises.

Relief as short-term deal allows CO2 production to restart

The government has made an agreement with CF Fertilisers, to allow it to reopen one of its plants amid soaring gas prices, following concerns over imminent food shortages.

Producers must keep PRRS on their radar

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is the most important and costly disease on UK pig farms, affecting the performance of sows, sucklers, weaners, growers and finishers. Therefore, it is important producers are aware of the prevalence of this disease and have a detailed control programme in place.

Boost for British pork as £50m trade deal announced

British farmers and food producers are set to benefit from access to a valuable new market, as Mexico has now officially opened its doors to British pork for the first time. British exporters can now tap into this brand-new market, which boasts high demand for high quality pork meat.

Staff shortages leading to crisis in the pig sector

Perfectly healthy pigs will end up being destroyed and wasted unless the Government takes urgent action to alleviate crippling staff shortages, NPA chief executive Zoe Davies has warned.

Pig prices fall again as staffing crisis takes a toll

GB finished pig prices fell again in the latest week, with weaker EU prices and staffing difficulties at processors adding downward pressure to domestic prices.

‘Landmark ruling’ for farming as complaints over healthy eating campaign dismissed

Complaints about the AHDB’s ‘We Eat Balanced’ advertising campaign have not been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Aldi Scotland bolsters commitment to Scottish pork industry

Aldi Scotland is the first retailer to stock Scottish Outdoor Bred Pork Sausages as part of its ongoing commitment to animal welfare standards.  

Latest figures show cattle prices rising, but a big fall for finished lambs

The latest reporting figures from AHDB are showing a mixed picture across livestock, with cattle on the rise, pigs remaining stable, and sheep taking a decline.

Lifecycle analytics: Turning efficiency values into real-time rewards

Herd recording and pig business analysis is changing – and it must if the sector is to achieve key targets to improve efficiency, reduce waste and meet carbon neutral objectives.
Jane Jordan writes.

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