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TODAY'S NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

14 contenders for 12 places in NPA producer elections
November 24, 2014
A fourteenth candidate has stepped into the fray tonight, for election to NPA Producer Group. "For Producer Group to represent all the British pig industry properly it needs to have a range of elected members from all types of farm businesses. I like to think independent farmers like myself do that," says south-west producer Andrew Freemantle, who is an existing member of Producer Group, in his manifesto.

Changes in consumer habits make it a challenging time for Cranswick
November 24, 2014
Cranswick has reported revenues 0.4 percent lower for the six months to September 30. The firm said fresh pork sales were down 13 percent. But sausage sales were slightly ahead, despite strong growth in premium products being dragged down by weaker demand for frozen and mid-market ranges.

Supermarkets are using food producers as cannon fodder
November 24, 2014
The number of companies involved in food production that entered insolvencyhas increased by 28 percent to 146 food producers in 2014 compared to 114 in 2013, according to research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens.

A pig's greatest enemy
November 24, 2014
Over a third of Britain's pig units are within a mile of other pigs according to results from NPA's Weakest Link quiz. The data is taken from a sample of 66 pig units entered in the quiz online.

Another candidate stepped forward for Producer
Group today, ensuring an election
November 22, 2014
Day 53 of the NPA Producer Group election campaign has brought the welcome news that there are now more candidates than seats — so there will be an election.

Chink of light in Russia's farm imports cold war
November 22, 2014
European Union genetics companies may soon be able to resume exports of breeding pigs to Russia. The Russian veterinary agency said this week that it is considering lifting current restrictions. And there is another sign that a slight thaw may be developing between the two blocs with the news that Russia is lifting its ban on imports of live cattle and reproductive material from countries hit by the Schmallenberg virus.

This might be a good time to trickle out some lighter pigs
November 22, 2014
Some of the smaller fresh meat wholesalers were reporting slightly better orders yesterday with spot quotes in the 155–160p region at the lighter end. So now might be a good time to trickle out a few lighter cutterweight pigs rather than have to deal with them as overweight heavy hogs over the festive period, says Peter Crichton.

Extra supplies of posters are on the way
November 21, 2014
Owing to higher-than-expected demand NPA has had to order a reprint of the Confidential Reporting Service posters, which are now on display at a growing number of pig units. New supplies are one the way.

Latest issue of NPA newsletter
November 21, 2014
The latest issue of NPA Producer Brief will be emailed to members later today. It is available for download now from the Members' Area.

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