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Unexplained fire causes extensive damage to Scottish pig abattoir

A fire in a Scottish pig abattoir has left the slaughterhouse with extensive damage. 

UK pig production decline greater than expected

Year-on-year UK pork production fell by more than expected for the second quarter of the year.

Snaffling Pig continues to crack grocery sector

Premium pork crackling producer Snaffling Pig has expanded its portfolio with the launch of its new pork crumb seasoning. 

Growth-hungry Powters launches new sausages, packaging

Family-run firm Powters Sausages has refreshed its branding and launched two new products today (19 July) as it targets nationwide growth.

Funding made to improve pig slaughter applauded by sector

In an effort to improve pig slaughter methods, and reduce distress levels of the animal, a £400,000 investment has been made to research more humane methods. 

Drop in Colistin usage in pigs welcomed by industry

The pig sector has praised figures suggesting there has been a significant drop in the use of Colistin in the pig sector. 

David Black Award open for nominations

The hunt is on to find one exceptional individual to receive the pig industry’s most prestigious award. 

Scottish pig prices reach three-year high

Pig prices in Scotland have reached their highest level since mid-2014, and are 38% higher than this time last year. 

Tips to help pig producers boost productivity and cut costs

Pig farmers could boost productivity and save almost US$6,000 (£4,600) per farm by implementing measures including labour and feed efficiencies, according to researchers at Rabobank. 

Pig farmers pledge commitment to animal health

Scottish pig farmers have shown their loyalty to animal health and welfare by signing up to the Scottish Pig Health Charter. 

High pig prices offer opportunity for producers

For the 10th consecutive week, the EU-spec standard pig price (SPP) has increased, taking it to its highest level since August 2014, according to figures for the week ending 6 May. 

How Snaffling Pig is crackling the UK's pork snacks market

Gourmet burgers, premium sausages, BBQ ribs: the pork sector has been a canvas board for innovation and premiumisation over the past few years. Pork has rebranded itself as a meat option of choice.

The Snaffling Pig Co announces partnership with Colman’s

Premium pork crackling producer the Snaffling Pig Co has announced its first partnership, with condiment company Colman’s. 

Pig welfare report warmly greeted by industry

A new welfare report on pig health has provided evidence for the high level of pig rearing standards in the UK. 

Quality Meat Scotland highlights Brexit challenges and opportunities

A new paper has put the challenges and opportunities of leaving the European Union under the microscope. 

Red Tractor launches pig antibiotic-recording scheme

Pig producers that are Red Tractor-certified will be required to use the electronic medicine book (e-MB) to record the total collated antibiotics used on their herds every three months. 

BMPA partners with Acoura to develop Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has teamed up with food safety and certification provider Acoura to give its Pork Scheme members a wider choice of audit providers and an increased range of combined services. 

‘Vampire’ horse farm claims downplayed by pig industry

News that blood from pregnant horses is being injected into other animals to boost meat production “would never be used for pigs destined for meat”, said the National Pig Association (NPA). 

Pig industry to benefit from training tool

A training and development web-based tool is scheduled to be introduced to the pig industry. 

Pork exports see value rise, though volumes decrease

Shipments of pigmeat sent from the UK experienced a fall in volume for November last year. Despite this, sterling’s weakness has meant that the value of shipments remained higher compared to the same period the previous year. 

UK pig prices end 2016 on a high

The EU-spec Standard Pig Price (SPP) bounced back from a modest decline in the week ending 31 December 2016. This was mainly driven by tighter supplies. 

Boozy ham launched by Northern Irish processors

Two Northern Irish food processors have joined forces to develop a new innovative pork product. 

UK pig semen used to improve Indian pork quality

For the first time, pig semen from UK animals has been used in India in a project to improve the country’s pig breeding stock and to produce better-quality pork.

European pig research project receives NI support

Northern Ireland is set to play a key role in the European Union funded project – EU PIG. 

Demand and supply balance presents challenge for Irish beef farmers

The latest analysis from Teagasc has shown that margins fell on most Irish farms this year. 

Pig industry left “in the dark” about antibiotic usage

Following on from the news that the UK is on course to meet antibiotic targets, the pig sector is encouraging producers to play their part in setting realistic reduction targets for this spring. 

Susanna Williamson honoured with David Black Award 2016

Dr Susanna Williamson, of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), is the recipient of this year’s David Black Award. 

Survey reveals pig industry’s reliance on European Union

A new survey has shown that one in five businesses and farms in the pig industry would struggle to survive without migrant labour. 

NPA airs Brexit concerns to Defra

The National Pig Association (NPA) has urged Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom to ensure pig farmers get a fair Brexit deal. 

English pig herd growing despite reports of tightening supplies

The latest Defra pig survey has revealed that the English pig herd grew by 2% to 3.9 million head in the year to June 2016, with the breeding herd increasing by the same percentage. 

Scottish pig industry introduces new antibiotic measures

The Scottish pig industry has introduced new measures to ensure it stays at the frontline of best practice in the use of antibiotics. 

BPHS changes shouldn’t impact producers

Changes are taking place at the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS), but producers who use the service should see no difference. 

Over 7,000 oppose Lincolnshire pig factory farm

Animal rights group, Animal Aid, has received 7,500 signatures in support of its campaign against what it describes to be a factory farm in Upton, Lincolnshire. 

Slaughterhouse operative jailed for animal cruelty violations

A man working as a slaughterhouse operative has been sentenced to 10 months and banned from keeping farm animals for 15 years after pleading guilty to a series of food safety, animal cruelty and animal movement offences. 

Pigs stolen from New Forest farm

14 pigs have been stolen from a farm in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, Hampshire. 

Pig industry scholarship returns for fourth year

The pig industry scholarship scheme is now open to recruit students for its fourth year. 

Bright future for Scottish pig industry

The future for pig farming in Scotland is looking positive, according to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scotland’s New Generation Committee and Scottish Pig Producers. 

Ginger Pig opens eighth London site in Wanstead

Butcher chain Ginger Pig has opened its newest London shop, its eighth in the city. 

Greencore gains from £15m Cranswick sandwich deal

Greencore’s £15m acquisition of The Sandwich Business from pork processor Cranswick extends its reach into the convenience store and travel channels of the food-to-go market, according to the company.

NPA calls on Brexit minister to support UK pork trade

National Pig Association (NPA) chairman Richard Lister has written to Brexit minister David Davis stressing the importance of the pig industry to Britain’s balance of trade. 

Pig prices back to 2015 levels

The EU-spec SPP climbed for the 13th consecutive week in week ending 2 July, by over 1.5p to 123.77/kg. 

Pig producers urged to be confident about post-EU Britain

The National Pig Association (NPA) has said that British pig producers should look forward to life outside of the European Union. 

Outdoor pig production enters spotlight

Securing the future of outdoor pig production is the topic of discussion at AHDB Pork’s upcoming meeting, ‘Maintaining water quality in East Anglia’. 

South African dish hits pork-themed restaurant

After opening in March, a taste of South Africa has been welcomed by Windermere’s The Pig. 

Scottish beef and pig herds grow but sheep numbers drop

Scottish beef and pig herds increased in size during 2015, while the sheep flock contracted slightly, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Punjab government visits UK to learn about pig production

A high-level delegation from the Punjab government has paid a visit to the UK to assess British pig production and genetics. 

Pig producers urged to listen to abattoir reports

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division is reminding pig producers that abattoir reports can help them to fend off “invisible” diseases. 

Online medicine book contributes towards antibiotic data

Pig producers have made “outstanding” progress in recording use of antibiotics, the National Pig Association (NPA) has revealed. 

Online medicine book contributes towards antibiotic data

Pig producers have made “outstanding” progress in recording use of antibiotics, the National Pig Association (NPA) has revealed. 

Pig producers offered environmental training

Pig farm managers are being offered the opportunity to benefit from workshops tailored to educate them about their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). 

Pig antibiotic progress hindered by ‘clunky’ planning

The National Pig Association (NPA) has warned against ‘clunky’ planning that is delaying the reduction of antibiotic usage in livestock. 

Nominations open for David Black Award

One of the pig industry’s most prestigious awards is now open for nominations. 

AHDB Pork publishes 2015 Yearbook

The industry levy board AHDB’s Pork division has published its Yearbook covering 2015, highlighting the effort that has gone into the pig sector over the past 12 months. 

Trade groups back call for global action against superbugs

Global action and country-specific targets to reduce antimicrobials’ use in livestock are called for by a report tackling antimicrobial resistance launched today (May 19). 

Success for British Pig & Poultry Fair

The British Pig & Poultry Fair, which started on Tuesday (10 May 2016) has started well, with standing room only at the popular forum programmes. 

Celebrity pig welfare campaign launched

A celebrity-backed campaign highlighting pig welfare has been launched. 

AHDB Pork unveils pig industry app

AHDB Pork has launched a new interactive app, ‘Think BioRisk’, to help prevent disease in the pig industry. 

Snaffling Pig takes Dragon’s Pantry crown

Flavoured pork crackling specialists The Snaffling Pig Co were crowned the winners of the Dragon’s Pantry pitch competition at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Show, which took place at Birmingham’s NEC from 18-20 April. 

Pig industry invited to attend regional forums

Industry levy board AHDB Pork is inviting pig producers and members of the industry to attend a series of regional forums to discuss concerns within the trade. 

Electronic medicine book for pigs published

An electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is now available for all UK pig producers. 

Welsh abattoir businesses need further investment

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has recognised cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering businesses as contributing £461 million every year to the Welsh economy. 

Asda to support British pork producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed that it will increase its fresh pork to 80% British by next year. 

Cranswick acquires poultry business

Meat producer Cranswick has today announced that it has acquired the whole of the issued share capital of CCL Holdings Limited (Crown), alongside its 100%-owned subsidiary Crown Chicken Limited from the Thacker family and management. 

National Pig Association launches ‘critical friends’ initiative

A programme has been launched by the National Pig Association (NPA) to help counteract propaganda driven by anti-meat campaigners. 

PHWC to create industry-led pig animal welfare guidance

New guidance to help pig producers comply with legislation is to be drawn up by the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC). 

Newby Foods ruling ignites debate

A legal victory favouring Newby Foods, exempting its pig and poultry meat preparations from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM), has sparked debate about its implications. 

Tighter control urged for pig farmers

Pig producers have been advised to focus on producing more litters per sow and improving uniformity in finisher pigs when they go for sale. 

Aldi praised for driving pork sales

The National Pig Association (NPA) has praised Aldi for boosting sales of pork. 

Pig industry gains seven new young students

The Pig Industry Scholarship has attracted seven new bright students to its training scheme. 

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI ‘Assured Origin’. 

Pig producers could be forced out of the business, warns AHDB Pork

A report issued by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division has revealed that the price pig farmers and producers are receiving for their produce has fallen by a third over a two-year period.

AHDB Pork tackles pig tail-biting

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division is calling on pig producers to provide data regarding tail-biting. 

AHDB Pork appoints new team member

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) pork division has welcomed a new knowledge exchange (KE) manager for the south of England region. 

ASF-resistant pigs detected

The ground has shifted in the fight against African swine fever (ASF) after scientists in Scotland used advanced genetic engineering to potentially create ASF-resilient pigs. 

Origin of pork testing steps up a gear

Origin testing of pork and pork products is being stepped up by AHDB Pork from once a quarter to once a month. 

Challenges for the livestock sector highlighted

Livestock farmers are facing an uphill struggle to achieve positive margins when selling finished animals, according to latest figures from Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) economics services team. 

Pig producers advised on cost-saving strategies

To help overcome the challenge of low prices currently facing the pig industry, producers have been advised to stick to a strict culling policy and remove non-productive sows. 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Pig Industry Professional Register to get re-examined

The Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) is set to undergo a major consultation to focus on the functionality the service provides, as well as its day-to-day running and the value it offers its members. 

AgriBank continues to support farming industry

Dedicated lender to the UK farming industry, AgriBank, is looking to carry on its success at this year’s Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) event.

Scottish roast meat company to wholesale for first time

Scotland’s the Juicy Meat Company is launching its roast meat range to the trade at the 2016 Scotland Speciality Food Show next month. Up until now, the company has only catered hog roasts for events. 

Fears raised over antibiotic-resistant pigs

Concerns have been raised in the UK after pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics - used on humans when all other medication fails - have been found. 

Pig processors to save money on US exports

Pork processors exporting to the US may be able to benefit from cost savings after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to AHDB Pork.

GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

The results from the National Pig Association’s (NPA) GammonWatch have shown that most retailers have low British shelf-facings on gammons. 

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease. 

Scholarship scheme hailed a success

The Pig Industry Scholarship scheme has approved its record number of scholars. Of the 51 applicants, seven have been accepted onto the scheme. 

Slow growth forecast for pigmeat production

EU pigmeat production is expected to experience only minimal growth over the next decade, according to the EU Commission’s new Medium-term Outlook report.

Pig industry mourns the loss of respected figure

John A C Godfrey CBE, a popular figure within the pig industry, passed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  

SPCA rewards industry expert

Scotland’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has recognised the commitment of an individual for his dedication to animal welfare within the pig industry over the last 25 years.

Scottish pig issues addressed in seminar

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Scottish Pig Industry conference last week focused on issues facing the industry, as well as opportunities ahead.

Premium pork crackling finds new market

The Snaffling Pig Co, a creator of premium pork crackling, is now supplying products to pub group Brewhouse and Kitchen across the country.

Owton's Butchers claims top Q Guild award

Owton’s Butchers in Southampton is the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards supreme champion. It is the highest honour a Q Butcher can achieve in the annual product evaluation event, open to the Guild’s 110 members nationwide.

Specially Selected Pork to get new campaign

A new promotional campaign to relaunch the Specially Selected Pork brand is to be developed.

New guidance on pig antibiotics published by PHWC

Pig-keepers should review their use of antibiotics at least every quarter, new guidance from the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) Antimicrobial Sub-group and the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) has advised. 

Butcher creates most expensive sausage

A butcher has made a sausage that costs £37 a pop. The banger is made from pork from the rare Mangalitsa pig, known by some as the Kobe beef of pork.

Pig profitability to be addressed at AHDB Pork conference

AHDB Pork is due to hold a series of events throughout November and December, with the aim of helping stockmen and farm managers in producing a profitable pig. 

Snaffling Pig Co hits Ocado

Pork crackling producer The Snaffling Pig Co has expanded its distribution listings and is to be made available through Ocado at the end of October. 

Serious Pig calls for ‘craft, not crap’

Salami brand Serious Pig is calling for food companies to open up about their ingredients.

Pork Farms Group becomes Addo Food Group

Pork Farms Group has been rebranded as Addo Food Group.

British meat to be showcased at Anuga

AHDB Beef & Lamb is due to take Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb products to one of the world’s leading food fairs.

Wall’s extends Ready Baked range

Wall’s has added two new flavours to its microwaveable Ready Baked range: Cumberland and Pork & Onion.

Hands off pig levy say producers

The English pig industry has urged the government to keep out of decisions about how the pig levy is spent. 

Pig industry scholarship remains popular

Eight firms are taking part in the pig industry scholarship scheme, run by AHDB Pork and Harper Adams. 

Northern Ireland pig farm devastated by fire

A fire on a pig farm near Strabane in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, has killed 33 sows and 434 piglets, according to the BBC.  

Multiple factors affect farmgate price movements

Recent inconsistent farmgate prices can be attributed to volume and currency fluctuations, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Progress towards lifetime-assured beef receives support

Upon reviewing a consultation completed earlier in the year, Red Tractor has revealed that progress has been made towards changing the classification of lifetime assurance for beef.

PETA opposes pig farm

A petition to prevent the development of a major pig factory farm in Limavady, Londonderry, has received backing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Scottish pig meat prices drop 17% year-on-year

The price of Scottish pig meat is down 17% on this time last year, the latest market information from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has revealed. 

Nominations still open for David Black Award

There is still time to nominate somebody to receive the David Black Award – the highest honour the pig industry can bestow. 

Welsh pig producers get online support

A new website is being launched to encourage customers to consume high-quality Welsh pork.

Emerging diseases remains a key focus for the British pig industry

The British pig industry is investigating almost 40 different threats to livestock.

UK pig meat production keeps growing

Latest figures from Defra show that the strong growth in UK pig meat production continued in May, with output over 5% higher than a year earlier at 66,700 tonnes. 

Ginger Pig to sell premium charcoal in stores

London butcher The Ginger Pig is to start selling charcoal alongside its meat. 

British meat key to foodservice success

Foodservice companies looking to gain consumers’ trust should use more British meat and making customers aware of it, according to the National Pig Association (NPA). 

Petition against pig farm gathers momentum

More than 137,000 people have signed a petition in Northern Ireland opposing plans for a giant pig farm in Mossley. Co Antrim. 

Livestock industry unveils joint approach to data collection

The livestock industry has agreed to work together to ensure the correct information and data are being collected across the poultry, pig, beef and sheep sectors. 

National Pig Association honours John Godfrey with first-ever Lifetime Fellowship

The National Pig Association (NPA) has awarded John Godfrey its first Lifetime Fellowship. Godfrey, a North Lincolnshire producer, has been given the honour in recognition of his exceptional service to the British pig industry. 

Pig slaughterings in the UK rise 3.4% in April

Official figures released by the government for show UK pig slaughterings have continued to rise. 

Pig producers could use viruses to tackle bacterial infections

Pig producers could soon be using viruses to treat bacterial infections, if innovative new research proves effective. Prof Martha Clokie from the University of Leicester is to lead a new research project examining whether certain types of viruses could be used to treat brachyspira and salmonella in pigs. 

More work for pig producers under COOL

New EU rules on country of origin labelling mean pig producers will now have to answer some extra questions on the electronic pig movement service, eAML2. 

QMS warns of volatile 2015 for pig market

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned against a turbulent year for values in the pig market. 

Welsh focus on pig profits

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to launch a new website to help promote Welsh pork, while ‘profiting from pig production’ will be the focus of an upcoming livestock festival in the country.

Pig association cautions against pet micro-pigs

The National Pig Association (NPA) is urging the public to abandon a trend of keeping micro-pigs as pets, due to “perpetuating serious animal welfare problems”.

Scottish abattoir on course to double capacity

A multi-million pound Scottish abattoir development at the Brechin site formerly owned by AP Jess is on schedule for completion towards the end of the year, according to owner Quality Pork Limited (QPL).

Pig health under scrutiny at Bpex event

The pig industry will look for new insights to safeguard pig health in the future at its annual Bpex Innovation Conference on 13 May.

Retailers win out against foodservice on public trust for British meat

Supermarkets have stolen a march on restaurants and fast food chains when it comes to gaining public trust, due to a policy of sourcing more British meat, according to new data.

Cranswick turns in strong performance

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick has finished the financial year in a strong position following a “robust” fourth quarter.

Welsh meat body to hold meeting on pig disease

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will hold a meeting to increase the industry’s knowledge and awareness of the threat of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Consumers continue to back British pork, finds study

A new survey shows consumers are backing British pork, with 80% saying supermarkets should continue to stock high levels of British meat.

Environment body rejects pig farm proposal

Plans for a pig farm in Derbyshire have been rejected by the Environment Agency amid fears it would “offend the human senses” of its neighbours.

Pork body puts focus on Asia

Bpex is looking to “open and develop” markets in Asia by attending a series of events in the continent in the coming months.

Difficult situation in UK pig market to continue

Pig prices across the UK and the rest of Europe have been spiralling downhill, with key challenges likely to remain, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were informed.

Retailers’ pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Bpex prepares contingency plan for PEDv

A contingency plan for the pig industry should Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) arrive in the UK has been prepared, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a “challenging” market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Market factors boost pig industry

The recent fall in price of UK pork and the legacy of horsegate are giving the pig industry a boost, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a “simplified family of brands”. 

Bpex sends out annual pig survey

Bpex’s annual confidence survey is now being distributed to the pig industry.

Reorganisation sets Scottish meat firm on path for future

Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported stronger results following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October 2014.

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Dalehead takes on scholarship placements

Dalehead Foods, a division of Tulip, has chosen two scholars from Harper Adams University to complete a year of placement with the company.

Pig veteran joins Bpex board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Suffolk pig producer Simon Watchom as the newest member of the Bpex board.

Pig scholarship applications increase

The Pig Industry Scholarship, facilitated by Bpex in conjunction with Harper Adams University, is gaining in popularity after receiving an increased number of applications in 2014.

Pig producers improve biosecurity

British pig producers have made huge progress in improving biosecurity and preventing foreign diseases, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Pig herd improvements observed

The physical performance of the British pig herd continues to improve, according to the latest Interpig report, published by Bpex.

QMS points to firmer cattle and sheep prices, but a tough pig market

Cattle and sheep prices have strengthened over recent months, but Scottish pig prices continue to struggle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Big rise in chicken feed prices

Government figures show that the cost of chicken feed has risen significantly more than feed for other livestock.

Hilton Food Group reports strong volume growth

Lower material costs and currency exchange rates are impacting Hilton Food Group despite reporting a strong financial performance.

Tulip joins forces with Scottish pig producers in new initiative

Tulip and Scottish pork producers have taken control of a Scottish processing plant as part of a new collaboration said to be “fantastic news” for the Scottish pig industry.

Pig Pledge launched by welfare groups

Animal welfare campaigners have launched ‘The Pig Pledge’ campaign to encourage consumers to change their shopping habits and only buy high-welfare pork.

Pannage pork proving a hit with consumers

Pannage pork, from New Forest pigs roaming free in the woods, is being promoted by a local quality assurance scheme.

Cranswick reports positive performance

Cranswick has released its trading statement for the first six months of the year, in which it reported trading was “in line with the board’s expectations”.

M&S appoints new agriculture manager

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has appointed Peter Kennedy from Tesco as its new agriculture manager, in charge of sourcing pig and poultry meat.

DAPP replaced by Standard Pig Price

Bpex has announced that the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) has been discontinued and will be replaced by the Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Defra pig census reveals lower farmgate prices

Although UK pig prices remain some of the highest in Europe, UK pig farmgate prices are 9% lower than this time last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Pig industry brings in whistleblowing hotline

Pig leaders are introducing a new whistleblowing service to beef up animal welfare and counteract bogus claims by animal activists over mistreatment on farms.

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpex’s seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is “extremely disappointing” that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

Bpex takes steps against exotic pig diseases

Bpex has reported steady progress in the prevention of exotic diseases, such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) entering the UK.

QMS points to ‘cooling’ pig prices

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has highlighted the “cooling” of pig prices, suggesting there are more pigs on the market.

Bpex updates butchers’ website

Bpex has revamped its ‘PorkforButchers’ website, which it said now contained the latest information on Bpex marketing campaigns, the latest consumer recipe booklets, advice on pork cuts and industry news.

Great Taste Award-winner brings out snacking salami

Salami charcuterie specialist Serious Pig has launched a new ‘snacking salami’ product for retailers.

Pig prices fall to lowest point since April 2013

Pig prices have fallen to their lowest point since April 2013, as higher supplies and subdued demand have combined to produce a similar picture to that in the sheepmeat and cattle sectors.

LA-MRSA found in piglet in Northern Ireland of no great concern

A piglet in Northern Ireland has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is reportedly the first incident of its kind in the UK.

Pig industry backs regulation proposals on disease

The pig industry has given its support to proposals for new regulation on the handling of exotic diseases in pigs.

Tulip seeks closer working relationship with suppliers

Food producer Tulip has launched a new campaign which aims to work closer with suppliers and share expertise.

Pig Industry Scholarship offer doubles

The number of companies offering Pig Industry Scholarships, facilitated by Bpex and Harper Adams, has doubled this year to eight.

Free PEDv testing for pig producers

Bpex is funding free porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) testing for producers and vets to increase the chances of early detection.

Yorkshire butcher creates porky push-bike

Historic butcher’s shop Appleton’s has created a bicycle completely made of pork, the ‘pie-cycle’, in honour of this year’s Tour de France.

Bpex conference tackles pig feed and data

The recent Bpex Innovation Conference attracted around 200 people, with speakers tackling issues of pig feed and data interpretation.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers’ pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Slaughter statistics up in May

Defra has released slaughter statistics for May 2014, showing higher numbers of slaughterings than in May 2013 for cattle, sheep and pigs.

Pork Farms gets social for summer

Pork Farms has launched a new summer campaign promoting National Picnic Week and The National Village Cup, which it hopes will boost sales.

New school meal rules good news for pig industry

New rules allowing schools in England to serve up sausages more often has been welcomed by the pig industry.

Pig industry urged to be vigilant against disease

With African Swine Fever and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) destroying international pig markets, the UK pig industry must be vigilant against exotic diseases, Bpex has warned.

Scottish meat industry reports a difficult year in 2013

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched its Red Meat Industry Profile for last year, which shows that despite the sector generating over £2 billion, 2013 was a tough year.

BMPA presses Defra on new pig inspection regime

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is calling on Defra to seek approval from third countries on the new post mortem visual pig inspection system, which comes into force this month.

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this year’s prestigious David Black Award.

Welsh farmer demonstrates large-scale pedigree pig production

The owner of Wales’ biggest herd of Pedigree Welsh Pigs sought to demonstrate that it is possible to survive as a large-scale, sustainable producer of the breed, at an open day on his Gower farm.

UK pork exports on the up

Bpex has reported record pork export figures as China becomes a high performing market for British pork.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

Cranswick surpasses expectations with 12% sales rise

British meat producer Cranswick has had a strong year with 12% revenue growth, higher than analysts expected.

Bpex adopts proactive strategy to tackle pig industry challenges

Bpex launched a new strategy to to deal with challenges facing the Pig industry at the Pig and Poultry Fair.

Bpex outlines pig conference details

Feeding and performance data will take centre stage at this year’s Bpex Innovation Conference.

Bpex brings out pig app

Bpex has launched a new pig app to teach stockmen pig husbandry skills.

Roundtable makes over 30 recommendations for exotic pig diseases

Representatives from the pig industry attended a Pig Health and Welfare Council roundtable, and came up with over 30 recommendations to deal with the threat of exotic and emerging diseases.

Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

FSA embarks on pig inspection consultation

Ahead of the new EU pig inspection rules, which come into play in June, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started a six-week consultation period in order to discuss and explore how the changes will be practically applied.

Meat fares well in annual export data

UK lamb was in the top 10 performing export product categories, with growth of 8%, to £383m, during 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual export figures.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Pig & Poultry Fair to look at utilising media

This year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair will discuss how businesses can use media to grow.

Bpex abandons DAPP following controversial drop-outs

Following a significant decline in participating processors in the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP), the Bpex board has decided to launch a new historical pig price report, called the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP).

GB sees finished pig prices up year on year

Finished pig prices have remained 5-6% up year on year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), despite the seasonal dip normally experienced early in the new year.

Bpex asks pig producers for vigilance against swine dysentery

Bpex has reminded producers that since the risk of swine dysentery at this time of year is high, they need to be extra vigilant.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

NPA to publish lorry cleanliness league table

The National Pig Association (NPA) is polling pig producers at abattoirs on lorry washes, with the aim of creating a cleanliness league table.

BREAKING: Karro pulls out of DAPP

The UK’s pig price monitoring system, the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) has been dealt a further blow with the announcement by the Karro Food Group that they were withdrawing from the scheme.

Pig industry exceeds GHG targets

The pig industry has already far exceeded its 2020 targets for carbon footprint reductions, according to farming minister George Eustice.

Bpex reveals pig health assessment dates

Bpex has launched new dates for abattoir assessments involving the Bpex Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) from July through to the end of December this year.

Bpex workshop looks at reducing pig feed costs

Reducing feed costs in the pig meat sector was one of the topics discussed in a live online workshop run by Bpex this week.

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