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TODAY'S NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

National bans on GM feed will be 'virtually impossible' to police
Sunday April 26, 2015
European proposals to renationalise the use of animal feed containing GMs are unworkable and could throw the Scottish, United Kingdom and European livestock sectors into disarray, says the Scottish National Farmers Union.

Producers consider their future as red ink spreads
across the England pig industry balance sheet

Saturday April 25, 2015
The figures below are for a sample of specialist pig farms with a financial year-end between December 31 2013 and March 31, 2014. At first glance there was a substantial increase in average income when compared to the previous financial year. But the average net margin figure masks a huge variation in performance. Over a third of the farms in the sample made a negative net margin.

Will SNP attempt to ban GM in animal feeds?
Friday April 24, 2015
If Brussels succeeds in its bid to allow individual member countries to ban authorised GMs in animal feed, will it put Scottish producers at a £7-a-pig disadvantage? This is the spectre raised by Aberdeen producer Kevin Gilbert on the Forum page. He points out that whilst Defra wouldn't seek to ban GMs in animal feed, it's a devolved issue for Scotland—and the SNP has always had an anti-GM policy.

How pig-keepers can learn from cucumber growers
Friday April 24, 2015
The pig industry is looking to horticulture, human medicine and aquatics for new insights into how to safeguard pig health. Experts from these areas will be joining the pig sector to offer a glance into the future at the annual Bpex Innovation Conference on May 13.

NPA north region meeting
Thursday April 23, 2015
NPA north region's spring meeting will be at Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, this evening, when guest speakers will be Michelle Sprent on pig nutrition and John Pinches, of Barclays, who will address resilience against market volatility and how to assess lending propositions. Tea, coffee and a hot buffet meal will be available on arrival at 6.30pm. Meeting proper to start 7pm. Predicted to finish 9-9.30pm.

Most countries won't dare ban GM in animal feeds
Thursday April 23, 2015
Brussels confirmed this week it will go ahead with controversial plans to allow individual European Union member countries to ban their farmers from using authorised GM varieties in animal feed—but it remains unclear how many countries, if any, will actually seek to implement bans.

Brussels signals new GM-blocking measures for animal feeds
Wednesday April 22, 2015
Brussels has today confirmed it will allow individual member countries to ban the use of authorised GM varieties in animal feed and human food. European feed compounders and the main soya exporting countries see this controversial decision, which has been championed by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, as having the potential to cause considerable cost and confusion.

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