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New Research Identifies Machinery as the Largest Global Agri-Tech Sector

New Research Identifies Machinery as the Largest Global Agri-Tech Sector
New Research Identifies Machinery as the Largest Global Agri-Tech Sector
A new report outlining the state of global agri-technology has been released today. The report produced by UK Agri-Food & Drink (UKAFD) Ltd, is the f...
17-07-2014 16:25 PM | News, Pigs
Sow’s influence on total herd feed conversion
With feed accounting for the major cost of pig production — over 70 per cent in some countries — the relationship between feed usage and productivity ...
03-07-2014 10:20 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Porcine epidemic 'jeopardizing the livelihoods of farmers'
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 pr...
25-06-2014 15:03 PM | News, Pigs
Costs of running a finishing house
What does it cost to run a controlled-environment finishing house? Not as much as most pig farmers think according to Tim Miller, environmental speci...
24-06-2014 16:13 PM | News, Pigs
Massive savings from monitoring piggeries
A 5-10 day reduction in finishing time, an 80 per cent cut in water waste, a 50 per cent saving in fossil fuel use and performance variation narrowed ...
12-06-2014 01:18 AM | News, Pigs
New boars give a boost to slaughterweight
Using higher quality boars is helping a Yorkshire farmer increase the slaughterweight of his finishing pigs by over 17 per cent while maintaining grad...
04-06-2014 08:20 AM | News, Pigs
Thompson’s tip: Extract more from records
Many pig producers who use computerised records get into the habit of looking at a standardised set of reports, says ACMC veterinary consultant Paul T...
29-05-2014 02:20 AM | News, Pigs
Malta gets genetic update
A consignment of high-value nucleus breeding stock to boost the small, but efficient, Maltese pig industry has just been completed by international ge...
27-05-2014 12:33 PM | News, Pigs
The Internet of Pigs is set to fly
27 May 2014: General Alert (GA), a pioneer in the use of sensors and monitoring technology on farms, is working with Internet of Things (IoT) speciali...
26-05-2014 02:03 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Pig welfare: EFSA updates its scientific advice
EFSA has published an opinion on the issue of tail docking in pigs. Tail docking is a procedure carried out to reduce the risk of tail biting, one of ...
21-05-2014 12:44 PM | News, Pigs, Slurry and Irrigation
New dawn for Landia’s Pig Slurry Pumps and Mixers
“After 21 years, one of our Landia slurry pumps actually got to see daylight” - so said Chris Carter at Strathyre Farm near Preston when his submersib...
21-05-2014 08:32 AM | Appointments, News, Pigs
National Pig Association appoints chief executive
Having urged its members to pay greater attention to succession planning, National Pig Association is putting its own house in order, by promoting gen...
19-05-2014 08:32 AM | News, Pigs
UK pork exports set new record
Pork exports were just under 18,200 tonnes for March, 13% up on the same month last year and the highest monthly figure since 1998, at a time when Bri...
15-05-2014 02:07 AM | News, Pigs
Evaluating changes to official controls in pig approved slaughterhouses
The FSA is funding new research in pig approved slaughterhouses to understand how the legislative changes that apply from 1 June 2014 are rolling out ...
08-05-2014 01:52 AM | News, Pigs
Worming pigs represents significant return on investment
Farmers are advised to undertake a routine worming programme to reduce any significant drops in performance caused by a worm burden. ABN’s National...
07-05-2014 01:04 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Disease causing pork shortages around the world, report says
Pork shortages will be a key concern in many countries in the coming months as the ongoing spread of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in the Am...
02-05-2014 00:27 AM | News, Pigs, Market Reports
Thompson’s tip: Transport hygiene vital
The role of transport in the potential spread of diseases such as swine dysentery, and PED in the United States, emphasises the need to pay very close...
01-05-2014 00:34 AM | News, Pigs
Pig feeder exports to Japan top £250,000
Suffolk-based pig equipment company, Quality Equipment, has just notched up over £250,000 worth of high-tech exports to Japan. In the last two year...
23-04-2014 14:45 PM | News, Pigs
Efficiency improvements worth £220 million
There is still plenty of scope for pig farmers to improve their efficiency — that’s the message that national genetics company, ACMC, will be deliveri...
23-04-2014 13:31 PM | News, Pigs
‘Spy in the sty’ research yields big benefits
A product heralding a major breakthrough in pig management will be launched at the British Pig and Poultry Fair. The In-pen Voluntary Access Scale — a...
15-04-2014 01:48 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Wet winter causing explosion of worm cases in pig units
The wet and mild winter has been ideal for causing an explosion in the worm population on pig units, making it vital to deworm all pigs on units this ...
11-04-2014 02:15 AM | Finance, News, Pigs, Poultry, Sheep
£90m for centres of innovation: do pigs & poultry want their share?
The Government has made £90 million available for UK centres for innovation as part of its strategy to make UK farming more competitive, productive, r...
08-04-2014 06:39 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs
EFSA updates scientific advice on African swine fever
The risk that African swine fever is endemic in Georgia, Armenia and Russian Federation has increased from moderate to high since 2010, when EFSA carr...
04-04-2014 09:53 AM | Market Reports, News, Pigs
Thompson's Tip: Hospital pen management
The purpose of a hospital pen on the pig farm, as its name implies, is to provide a comfortable environment in which to treat ill pigs and give them a...
03-04-2014 06:04 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Producers urged to vaccinate against Swine Influenza
Following an announcement by the AHVLA at the end of 2013 regarding an increase in Swine Influenza diagnoses in the UK, Merial Animal Health is urging...
28-03-2014 10:47 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Anupco turns its focus on UK pig market
A new range of medicines and complementary feeds are available to the UK pig industry from an East Anglian-based company, Anupco, which has just turne...
27-03-2014 11:50 AM | News, Pigs
New trolley for weaners
With sows producing more pigs per litter and farms getting larger, moving and handling weaners can become time-consuming and stressful. In response to...
26-03-2014 15:33 PM | News, Pigs, Slurry and Irrigation
Landia’s New Cost-Saving Dry-Pit Slurry Pump installation
For the Pig Industry, Landia’s MPTK Liquid Slurry Pump is very easy to install in a dry pit, available as a complete pump and polyethylene (PE)-pit pa...
26-03-2014 03:43 AM | News, Pigs
Consultation: new rules for pig meat inspection
The Food Standards Agency has started a six-week consultation on new rules for pig meat inspections which come into force in June 2014. The new rul...
26-03-2014 03:13 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Porcine virus to cause shortfall in American hog market
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has impacted about 60% of the US breeding herd, 28% of the Mexican herd and is beginning to develop in Canada, ...
19-03-2014 02:40 AM | Education, News, Pigs
Scholarships draw students into pig industry
Four students have won scholarships that should help them forge careers in the UK pig industry. The new BPEX Scholarships at Harper Adams Universit...
18-03-2014 02:56 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Europe asses control measures to prevent African swine flu spread
Artificial feeding of wild boar is increasing rather than reducing the spread of African swine fever (ASF) virus and fencing could be used as a contro...
13-03-2014 15:12 PM | News, Pigs, Slurry and Irrigation
Landia pumps and mixers go the distance at The Grosvenor Estate
Pumps and mixers from Landia UK, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, are helping Grosvenor Farms to efficiently and effectively process...
12-03-2014 07:54 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Pig industry moves to red alert over transatlantic killer
The British pig industry is on red alert, in a bid to prevent a virulent pig disease from entering the country. Until more is known about transmis...
11-03-2014 03:58 AM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Property News, Sheep
What are the consequences for livestock farmers after the floods?
With much of the UK having seen record levels of rainfall and extensive flooding of pastures and crops, James Ingles, Head of Agriculture at Barenbrug...
Harper Adams conference links farming, science and nutritional food value
Harper Adams University is set to host the 2014 Frank Arden Memorial Conference on 24 April, supported by the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust. ...
07-03-2014 15:16 PM | News, Pigs
New environmental health check for piggeries
A new ‘MOT’ service for buildings to help pig farmers run their controlled-environment houses more efficiently is being introduced by Staffordshire-ba...
06-03-2014 05:33 AM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep
Eight strategies for efficient and sustainable livestock farming
Eight strategies to make cows, sheep and other cud-chewing, or ruminant, livestock a more sustainable part of the food supply are outlined by Rothamst...
05-03-2014 01:12 AM | News, Pigs
Thompson's tip: Spring check on bin hygiene
With spring just around the corner, it is a good time for pig producers to check up on feed bin hygiene, advises ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thom...
04-03-2014 06:48 AM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep, Shows and Events
Where next for large-scale livestock production?
The potential effects of large-scale livestock systems on animal health and welfare are set to come under the spotlight during a special workshop look...
Plumpton College Open Day
Plumpton College has an Open Day on Saturday 10th May 2014. There will be courses and careers advice, apprenticeships information, business trainin...
20-02-2014 02:30 AM | News, Pigs
Foot-and-mouth anniversary highlights the risks of feeding swill to pigs
On the 13th anniversary of Britain’s most serious outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, the National Pig Association has reminded the Government of the ...
20-02-2014 02:01 AM | Sheep, Cereal, CLA, Crops, News, NFU, Pigs, Arable, Cattle
UK and Irish unions thrash out livestock concerns
UK and Irish farming unions met this week in Stirling to discuss issues facing the livestock industry. Representatives from NFU, NFU Cymru, Ulster ...
13-02-2014 03:46 AM | News, Pigs
Pig association survey hopes to encourage greater investment
National Pig Association is polling pig producers on lorry washes at Britain’s abattoirs, with a view to publishing a league table. The association sa...
11-02-2014 13:28 PM | News, Pigs
Winter Olympics pose heightened disease risk for British farms
Border Force officers will be paying special attention to passengers returning from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, in a bid to prevent African swine fe...
05-02-2014 01:00 AM | News, Pigs
Thompson's tip: Review vaccination procedures
It is well worth while periodically reviewing vaccination procedures with the pig farm staff actually giving the injections, including their technique...
02-02-2014 01:29 AM | News, Pigs, Shows and Events
Sandy Howie recognised for contribution to Scottish pig industry
The 2014 Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award has been presented to an inspirational figure in the Scottish pig industry, Sandy Howie. Howie stepped down ...
01-02-2014 05:40 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Pig farmers call on government to improve defences against swine fever
The National Pig Association is calling on Government to step up defences against African swine fever, which is harmless to humans but fatal to pigs. ...
31-01-2014 09:49 AM | Finance, News, Pigs
Pork industry positive as declining feed costs lift farmers’ margins
The global pork industry had a generally good 2013 with the Rabobank five-nation finished hog price index averaging 151, an increase of 10% on 2012 an...
30-01-2014 10:20 AM | News, Pigs, Poultry
Organic Diet Mixes for Pigs and Poultry
Defra has commissioned a project which will help to establish whether the current 5% ‘non-organic’ allowance will continue to be needed in organic pig...
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