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CHeCS farmers rewarded by Defra in new TB rules

CHeCS farmers rewarded by Defra in new TB rules

The role of CHeCS biosecurity measures in reducing the risk of a TB breakdown has been recognised in new Government rules, which will see participants in CHeCS TB herd accreditation programmes exempt from more frequent testing. The new Government rules, likely to be introduced in 2019 following a consultation last year, stipulate that herds in […]

Spain Golden Pig Awards 2017

Spain Golden Pig Awards 2017

Over 800 professionals from the pork producing industry attended the Award Ceremony of the XXIV Porc D’Or Awards for excellence in the city of Segovia. At this event, the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), organiser of the awards, together with the co-organiser Zoetis, presented 49 statuettes to a total of 38 pork producers […]

Rams deserve better attention

Rams deserve better attention

The working lives of rams in commercial flocks could be improved if farmers gave them the attention they deserve in terms of health and nutritional needs. This is the conclusion of a new report looking at the longevity and welfare of rams, launched at the Sheep Breeders’ Round Table event in Nottingham this weekend (Sunday […]

UK poised to ship trotters to China

UK poised to ship trotters to China

The UK has been given green light to ship pork products to China, AHDB has announced today (23 November). One of the country’s largest food producers has received official notification to start supplying pigs’ trotters to China, following a successful inspection by Chinese authorities. Two further facilities in Northern Ireland have also received the first […]

New rules extend marketing standards for free range eggs hit by avian flu restrictions

New rules extend marketing standards for free range eggs hit by avian flu restrictions

Producers of free range eggs will be allowed to continue to market their products as such even if their hens have restricted access to open-air runs because of influenza outbreaks following further changes to EU egg marketing standards. An initial amendment to the EU-wide standard from September 2017 allowed egg producers to continue to market […]

Farmers warned about use of treated wood chip for livestock bedding

Farmers warned about use of treated wood chip for livestock bedding

The Gwent branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is warning farmers to ensure that wood chip bedding for livestock has not been sourced from treated wood, and that they have a U8 waste exemption registered with Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The warning follows after farmers in the Gwent area have been offered wood chip […]

Pan-European research boosts innovation and sustainability for UK organic dairy farming

Pan-European research boosts innovation and sustainability for UK organic dairy farming

The Organic Research Centre in Newbury, Berkshire was a lead research partner in a major pan-European project that has culminated in the development of ground-breaking research and advice to help make the organic and low-input dairy sector more sustainable and competitive. In working with farmers and other stakeholders, methods were developed to identify opportunities and […]

Vets urge vigilance after Bluetongue-positive animals imported to England and Scotland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called for renewed vigilance and responsible sourcing after Defra and Scottish Government announced that a number of cattle in a consignment from an assembly centre in France have tested positive for Bluetongue virus BTV-8. The animals entered the UK earlier this month destined for four farms in England (Preston […]

Consultation launched for future of Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ)

Consultation launched for future of Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ)

Representatives from the sheep industry are being invited to share their views on whether the most frequently used price measure for prime lambs should be amended. Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ) weight bands is an average price for all lambs marketed within predefined weight bands and has been used consistently over many years. Also used as […]

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