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Swine vesicular disease and foot-and-mouth ruled out on Norfolk farm

Temporary control zones have been revoked but testing is ongoing at the site.

UK pig industry reduces antibiotic use by 17%

New figures reported by AHDB show the amount of antibiotic used to treat pigs on UK farms in 2021 fell by 17%, bringing the total reduction since 2015 to 69%.

Suspected foot-and-mouth disease under investigation in Norfolk

Temporary restrictions have been placed around the premises after suspicion of vesicular disease in pigs.

Sensor and app tech drives welfare and profitability

As farmers face ongoing recruitment problems, price rises and regulatory changes, Chris Beamish, chief operating officer at Greengage Agritech, explores robust technology that can be incorporated into the farm’s existing set up, improving welfare, efficiency and profitability.

Repeated needle use could lead to increased pain in piglets, study finds

New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) supports recommendations that changing needles between litters (12 piglets), is crucial for protecting piglet welfare.

Pig industry crisis is “an utter disgrace and a disaster”

Opening this year’s NFU Conference, Minette Batters called on the government to urgently implement a clear plan and vision for British farming and food production.

Pig producers could have access to zinc oxide longer than expected

The National Pig Association has welcomed an announcement from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate but stressed that the industry must continue preparations for a future without zinc oxide products.

‘Dire’ situation as welfare cull reaches at least 30,000 pigs

The National Pig Association is calling for everyone in the supply chain to take responsibility.

ASF: Union warns of dire consequences unless action is taken on pork imports

African swine fever is spreading across Germany and has also been found in Belgium, Romania and Poland.

Plans to immediately ban farrowing crates rejected by MPs

The debate on farrowing crates has been ongoing for some time, with several dates for a ban having been proposed, despite producers’ concerns over the cost implications of the change to practice.

RABI responds to crisis in pig sector

Responding to the current crisis in the British pig industry, leading farming charity, RABI, has announced the immediate availability of additional support to those affected.

Government to take action on pig crisis

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

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