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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 […]

Bulgarian poultry industry on the up

Bulgarian poultry industry on the up

Bulgarian poultry is seeing an upturn, with an increase in investment, production and trade behind the recent growth of the industry, explains Harper Adams Senior Lecturer, Dr Vasil Pirgozliev. Poultry production is responsible for 16% of the country’s animal production trade, being worth approximately 188 million Euros. Dr Pirgozliev, who moved to the UK from Bulgaria […]

Supermarkets shun cheap imports for British pork

Supermarkets shun cheap imports for British pork

Despite cheaper imported supplies being available, supermarkets have stepped up their support for British pork, according to the latest Porkwatch survey. “This is a remarkable testament to the quality of the domestic product at a time when the gap between British farm-gate prices and the average European Union price is 26p a kilo, and the […]

Pig ‘factory’ plan thrown out

Pig ‘factory’ plan thrown out

The decision this week to refuse permission for one of Britain’s first industrial-style farms, housing 25,000 pigs, has been welcomed by campaigners. The unit at Foston, Derbyshire, has been the subject of fierce opposition in a four-year-long fight that saw celebrities including actor Dominic West and River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall stand up against the […]

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