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TODAY'S NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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.

At last — pigs can be licenced for movement to slaughter
November 20, 2014
Good news tonight on pig movements. Licences can now be granted for specific movements from the restricted zones. Licences must be applied for from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) and will be considered on a case by case basis. At present, the following licences are available to be applied for:

Movements in East Yorkshire control zone
November 20, 2014
It is expected that farmers in the East Yorkshire control zones will be able to make applications for movements today, by email. No more details are available yet. It is hoped the relevant email address will be available shortly.

Single Payment Scheme won't be worth as much this year
November 20, 2014
The Rural Payments Agency has today announced the values of entitlements for the three English regions under the 2014 Single Payment Scheme.

Can you help restore their joi de vivre
November 20, 2014
To most people who attended any of the autumn round of NPA regional meetings, attendance was as good as ever. But the gimlet-eyed staff at NPA think they detected a microscopic decline in numbers, possibly due to the fact that the theme of the meetings was biosecurity, and pig-keepers can only tolerate so much hectoring on the subject.

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