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Pig levy hike ‘vital’ for producers
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board has defended proposals for a 20% hike in the pork levy – arguing that it is vital to deliver value for money to producers. Announced in October, the planned increase would be the first for more than 20 years. It follows a challenging... Read more
Poultry producers pile on pressure for egg sector inquiry
Farm leaders have called for a poultry meat supply chain inquiry after Defra announced a review aimed at ensuring a fairer market for the egg sector. The NFU said a Defra investigation should also be launched into the broiler sector because poultry producers face similar challenges to egg producers... Read more
Producers make great strides in reducing antibiotics usage
Pig and poultry producers are at the forefront of efforts to reduce antibiotics in UK livestock production, confirm the latest figures. UK livestock sectors continue to make positive progress towards  antibiotic use targets for the years 2021-2024 – with some sectors reaching goals early, according to the RUMA Targets... Read more
Pig and poultry waste to generate clean energy

Pig slurry and poultry manure could be used to generate clean energy while providing commercial opportunities for farmers, say university researchers.

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Study outlines alternatives to zinc oxide in pig rationsto beat diarrhoea

Feed additives and nutritional changes can be combined with other strategies to combat post-weaning diarrhoea, says a study.

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Defra rules out making changes to bird flu compensation

A new test has been launched by Eurofins Agro UK to detect pesticide residue detection.
Booked online, it comes some farm assurance schemes have implemented the need for growers to test every year – or at least have an evidence-based justification for fewer tests.
The potato industry is expected to make significant changes to the way potatoes are stored following the loss of approval for chlorpropham (CIPC). This may include the use of other chemicals like maleic hydrazide and 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene.
Farm assurance schemes are keen to see crops tested for potential residues to prevent chemicals being transferred to the food chain. Eurofins Agro offers a UKAS accredited pesticide residue test for potatoes which costs £160 per one kilo sample.
“The tests can be booked and paid for online, and results from samples that are sent directly to our laboratory take between three and four weeks,” said Sophie Cath, from Eurofins Agro UK.
The UK’s system of statutory Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) represent the maximum safe amounts of residue likely to remain in food products when a pesticide has been correctly used by growers who adhere to good agricultural practice, said Ms Cath.

Vital data
“By using our tests, growers will receive vital data to ensure products are fit for purpose and will be able to provide evidence to regulators and consumers that potatoes are safe by demonstrating that any residues present are below regulatory limits, or MRLs.”
Potatoes form a significant part of the UK diet and monitoring shows that sometines the crop contains pesticide residues – albeit at safe levels. The UK food industry continues to keep these residues to a minimum.
Until approval was withdrawn, chlorpropham was seen as a vital
tool to control sprouting in stored portatoes. It was applied to about 3.5m tonnes of potatoes stored each year in the UK but alternative strategies are now used.

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Wynnstay alters layerrations to reducephosphate excretion

Poultry feed supplier Wynnstay says it has adapted rations to reduce the amount of phosphate excreted by the birds.

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Push ahead urgently with review of pork sector, Defra warned

The government is being urged
to push forward with its pork supply chain view – and help secure lasting reform and a fairer trading environment for struggling pig producers.

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Poultry farmers have been encouraged to take action and follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their flocks throughout the winter.

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Industry leaders say a reduction in pork-related spending by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board is understandable given funding constraints.

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