Calls to protect UK borders from “grave threat” of illegal meat

The National Pig Association (NPA) is calling on the main political parties to protect the borders from diseases such as African swine fever (ASF), as more than 65 tonnes of illegal meat have been seized at the port of Dover since September 2022.

Pig price inches up after 16 weeks’ decline

The EU-spec SPP increased by 0.11p to 211.47p/kg after 16 consecutive weeks in decline.

AHDB levy rate increase approved by ministers

Levy rate increases proposed by the AHDB for the Beef and Lamb, Cereals and Oilseeds, Dairy and Pork sectors have received approval from ministers at Defra and the Devolved Administrations.

King’s speech: Concern over live export ban

A bill to ban live exports for slaughter and fattening has been included in the government’s programme for the new parliamentary session.

Looming threat of African Swine Fever prompts biosecurity alert

Following reports of African Swine Fever (ASF) being detected in Sweden for the first time, industry groups are urging farmers to ramp up biosecurity and called for stricter border control measures to prevent the devastating disease from reaching UK shores.

Pig numbers in England reported as lowest in a decade

The latest figures from Defra have revealed total pig numbers in England have fallen by half a million this year, hitting the lowest levels seen since 2011 at 3.63 million head.

New animal feed mill given planning consent

A new 50.2m tall animal feed mill will be built in Suffolk, after district councillors approved a planning application from British Sugar Plc and AB Agri Ltd.

Pork retail performance falls but prices stay the course

As of July, primary pork products including steaks, roasting joints and mince, have been knocked off the best-performing red meat spot as consumers opt for more affordable proteins in an attempt to save money.

Stockperson Plus scheme returns to help challenged pig sector

A series of advanced workshops for pig workers is set to return this October for the first time in four years to address the growing challenges and responsibilities in the pork industry.

Warning over PRRS risk in imported pigs

Farmers who import live pigs or semen to the UK are being warned of the risks and reminded to follow protocols around PRRS.

Major project aims to reduce ammonia emissions from livestock

Testing has begun as part of a project to reduce the environmental impact of ammonia emissions from livestock, after ammonia-harvesting technology was put in place at a pig farm running the trials.

50 gilt pigs stolen from a paddock in Suffolk

Police are investigating the theft, which occurred between 3pm on 4th August and 10am on 8th August.

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