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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 […]

Falling prices and horsegate legacy is boost for British pork industry

Falling prices and horsegate legacy is boost for British pork industry

Brent Crude isn’t the only commodity that’s falling in price. Pork has dropped 20p since summer, and it’s still falling, say’s NPA. ‘You wouldn’t expect us to welcome the steady decline in pig producer prices over the past few months — but we do applaud the fact that these price drops are helping retailers and […]

Do your pigs have a drink problem?

Do your pigs have a drink problem?

Some pig farmers have a drink problem. Despite providing enough drinkers – often exceeding the official recommendations – their pigs are not always getting sufficient water. This is holding back growth rates and impacting profits because feed intake is affected by water consumption. Drinking patterns are related to water flow-rates, type of drinker and, crucially, […]

Hoads Farm awarded for contribution to farm animal welfare

Hoads Farm awarded for contribution to farm animal welfare

  Hoads Farm has been awarded a Good Egg Award by Compassion in World Farming in recognition of its commitment to laying hen welfare. Compassion’s Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards recognise food companies that are making it their policy to produce and source higher welfare eggs, meat and dairy produce. Compassion has run its flagship […]

First of its kind research funded by McDonald’s UK reveals hen smothering affects half of all commercial flocks

McDonald’s UK has unveiled the results of new research quantifying the impact of hen smothering in the UK, as it launches a major new TV advertising campaign to shine a light on the care taken by the British and Irish farmers that supply free-range eggs for its UK menu. Funded by McDonald’s as part of […]

Rapid diagnosis to help fight against pig disease epidemic

Rapid diagnosis to help fight against pig disease epidemic

2014 has seen a devastating epidemic of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) in the USA, affecting more than 30 states and driving up the price of pork products. Later today, Professor Wim van der Poel will tell delegates at the Society for Applied Microbiology annual Summer Conference how veterinary laboratories in Europe are working together to […]

UK tops Europe, Middle East and Africa for parent flock performance

UK tops Europe, Middle East and Africa for parent flock performance

The award for the top Cobb flock for Europe, Middle East and Africa has been won for the fourth year running by the UK – this time going to Scottish farmer Mark Robson of Pressen Hill Farm, Kelso, Roxburghshire. The award is based on results from more than 40 million Cobb500 parent stock placed in […]

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