Producers unable to influence national feed costs or pig prices should focus on performance statistics they can control to boost margins.
Concerns over the impact of increasing restrictions on crop protection saw industry leaders hold a summit meeting at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.
Changing trade in pigmeat will be a hot topic at this year’s AHDB Outlook conference – due to take place on 12 February at One Great George Street, London.
Celebrity campaigners championing the use of swill as an environmentally-friendly food source for pigs are underestimating the disease risks which saw the practice banned, say vets at the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
Cereal crops could face a yellow rust epidemic this spring unless early action is taken, says agronomy firm Hutchinsons.
With high levels of starch and good rumen degradability, this year’s maize silages have provided a valuable boost to rations. But improvements in starch degradability through the winter as maize grains soften in the clamp could tip the balance of many rations towards acidosis.
Further reducing the ‘soya footprint’ of English sheep production is the aim of two research projects which have been commissioned by EBLEX.
The annual confidence survey commissioned by BPEX is now being sent out to people across the pig industry – providing a snapshot of the level of confidence in the industry and a chance to comment on the work of BPEX.
The RSPCA has renewed its call for all animals to be stunned before slaughter, saying slaughter methods should be labelled on meat products if that is not the case.
BASIS and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) have announced a revised Conservation Management Course to reflect recent changes in farming practice and new greening measures following CAP reform.