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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 […]

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 […]

A pig’s life: how mood and personality affect the decisions of domestic pigs

A pig’s life: how mood and personality affect the decisions of domestic pigs

The judgements and decisions a pig makes are governed by their mood – whether good or bad – and their personality type, according to new research published today. The new study, carried out by scientists specialising in animal behaviour and welfare at the University of Lincoln and Newcastle University, UK, demonstrates for the first time […]

Prepare for the imminent ‘Broiler Revolution’

Prepare for the imminent ‘Broiler Revolution’

Recent announcements from Compass Group USA and Aramark (also in the States) pledging to use 100% healthier, slower growing chickens, at reduced stocking densities and with environmental enrichment by 2024, are hugely welcome. Following the rush of cage-free egg commitments we saw over the summer, could this be the start of the next wave of […]

Irish agri-tech firm BHSL enters US market with $3m poultry pilot project

Irish agri-tech firm BHSL enters US market with $3m poultry pilot project

Irish agri-tech business BHSL has agreed a $3m pilot project with the State of Maryland to trial its pioneering manure-to-energy technology which is aimed at transforming the environmental impact of the global poultry industry. The patented BHSL Energy Centre to be used in the project was shipped from BHSL’s plant in Ballagh, County Limerick last […]

Collaborative pig project kicks off

Collaborative pig project kicks off

Over 50 producers and allied industry representatives attended the first AHDB Pork Focus Farm meeting. Delegates visited the host unit, spent time discussing what they had seen, and then suggested changes they would like to see implemented, with the aim of coming back together in October to review the farm’s progress. Opening up his farm […]

Midland Pig Producers announces plans to close farms

Midland Pig Producers has entered into a period of consultation with workers at two of its 10 farms over plans to close the sites due to the state of the current pig and pork meat market in the UK. A spokesperson for Midland Pig Producers said: “We can confirm that we have entered into a […]

Supplementary feeding of live insects as a source of protein for broilers

Supplementary feeding of live insects as a source of protein for broilers

ForFarmers has launched a trial together with the Department of Entomology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, to explore the impacts of live insects as a source of protein in the broilers’ diet. Leon Marchal, Nutrition & Innovation Director at ForFarmers commented, “The most important research question is whether the chicks are growing healthily and […]

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