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John Godfrey CBE
Tuesday December 1, 2015

The death occurred this morning of John Godfrey CBE, after two years of illness. There will be a private family funeral, followed at a later date by a memorial service.

Losses slightly up last quarter
Tuesday December 1, 2015

Producers were losing around £3 a pig in the third quarter of the year, when all costs are taken into account, and this will worsen in the final quarter. Cost of pig production was little changed from the previous three months, according to latest estimates from AHDB Pork. Average cost of production between July and September was estimated to be 139.5p/kg, around a penny higher than a quarter before.

85 GammonWatch surveys already
Monday November 30, 2015

Pig producers, the allied trades and others have now submitted over 85 supermarket surveys in NPA's GammonWatch campaign. GammonWatch praises those retailers offering a good choice of British gammon this Christmas... and publicly calls to account those that are relying on lower-welfare imports.

Thinking of doing Gammonwatch?
It couldn't be easier

Monday November 30, 2015

As we're all talking about GammonWatch today (see the NPA Forum) this might be a good opportunity to remind everyone why surveys are so quick and easy to do. (Those who have done PorkWatch surveying in the past can skip this next bit, because it's all old hat to you.)

Only eighteen slaughter
days to Christmas

Monday November 30, 2015

Last week was blighted by numerous factory breakdowns leading to many pigs being rolled or cancelled into this current trading week, reports marketing group Thames Valley Cambac. "The frustration is that it is difficult to make up this lost time before the Christmas shut-down."

NPA member survey ends tomorrow
Sunday November 29, 2015

NPA's member survey closes at end of play tomorrow. This is your chance to influence the future direction of the association, by ticking a few boxes to show what you value, and what you don't. Email Georgina or Digby and we'll send you a link to the online survey.

Continental production still growing
Sunday November 29, 2015

European Union pigmeat production increased two percent in August, a similar growth rate to that recorded in July but slower than in the first half of the year. As has been the case for most of the year, the rise in pig slaughterings was led by Spain, where throughputs were nine percent up year on year.

Over 60 stores surveyed already
Saturday November 28, 2015

Pig producers, the allied trades and others have now submitted over 60 supermarket surveys in NPA's GammonWatch campaign. GammonWatch praises those retailers offering a good choice of British gammon this Christmas... and publicly calls to account those that are relying on lower-welfare imports. NPA's second GammonWatch bulletin will be compiled next week, when we will discover if Tesco is still the worst performer, or whether the crown of thorns passes to a new contender.

Briefing note
Friday November 27, 2015

The Members' Area has just been updated with important information for Yorkshire producers.

Apprenticeships – speak now or
forever hold your peace

Friday November 27, 2015

Apprenticeships have, I suppose, in the past had a bit of a chequered history. Some employers have found them a very useful means of both recruiting and training the people they need. Whilst others, if I am honest, have found them anything but.

Continental pig prices plummet
Thursday November 26, 2015

The European Union average reference price is continuing to plunge downward — from over 105p mid-October to under 95p currently. All the main pork exporting countries have seen big falls.

Better Tesco and Lidl displays today
Thursday November 26, 2015

It's been a better day for GammonWatch surveys... all British at Lidl, Shrewsbury, and (wait for it) 50 percent British "Finest" at Sheringham Tesco. Very nice it looked, too.

Free-farrowed pigs should attract a price premium, say government welfare experts
Thursday November 26, 2015

Further adoption of free farrowing systems may depend on a willingness by consumers to pay more for their pork, according to a report published today by Government's Farm Animal Welfare Committee. Fawc urges the British pig industry to continue to explore ways to encourage uptake of free-farrowing systems.

Tesco least supportive on British
gammon in NPA's first week of
GammonWatch surveys

Wednesday November 25, 2015

The first week's results are in from NPA's Christmas GammonWatch surveys from Redruth in Cornwall to Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway. Our first naming-and-shaming puts Tesco in the spotlight as least supportive retailer when it comes to sticking to post-Horsegate promises to source more British pork and pork products.

Tweet of the day by NPA
Wednesday November 25, 2015

"After 40 nationwide surveys, NPA is ready to name and shame its current villain for piss-poor stocking of British gammon." (Watch this space.)

Six days left to tell NPA why
this website is cr*p

Wednesday November 25, 2015

There are only six days left to take part in NPA's member survey — it's just a matter of ticking a few "like" and "don't like" boxes and Georgina Crayford would be grateful.

New stockperson apprenticeships
now ready for your comments

Wednesday November 25, 2015

The key point about Government's new "Trailblazer" apprenticeships is they are developed by industry, in order to genuinely address the needs of both employers and employees. The standards for the new Stockperson Trailblazer Apprenticeship are now available to view, and pig producers are invited to comment on them.

How pig unit staff can reduce
risk of LA-MRSA infection

Tuesday November 24, 2015

As it is not possible to tell if an animal is has been colonised by LA-MRSA, without carrying out laboratory tests, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in partnership with NPA and other organisations, has published the following recommendations for all people who work with livestock.

Fresh meat market unseasonably

Monday November 23, 2015

Pig supply continued to confound expectations with excellent production from many farms being the norm, reports marketing group Thames Valley Cambac.

Moscow ban could push Ukranian
pork towards European Union markets

Monday November 23, 2015
Russia will ban Ukrainian food imports from January, when a European Union-Ukraine free-trade pact comes into force. Russia says the ban will prevent the backdoor entry of banned European Union farm goods. But the result could be Ukranian pork looking for a home on European Union supermarket shelves.

Record slaughter sees prices
continue to fall in the States

Monday November 23, 2015

Pig prices are continuing to tumble in the States, driven by a government forecast production will be up 1.7 percent next year. Slaughter last week was up 1.2 percent from the previous week and up 7.5 percent from a year ago, making it the largest pig slaughter for any week since December 2012.

Your blatant public procurement get-out clause is not acceptable, NPA tells Government
Monday November 23, 2015

A blatant public sector procurement get-out clause makes a mockery of Government's otherwise good intentions, says NPA.

NPA survey shows supermarkets are
breaking their Horsegate promises

Friday November 20, 2015

NPA GammonWatch was launched at the beginning of this week and already it's becoming clear from member surveys the situation is far worse than was feared. Most retailers are offering very little British gammon this Christmas, even though there is an abundance of high-welfare, traceable, quality-assured domestic product available.

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November 30
Today NPA GammonWatch has been in Brighouse, Bury St Edmunds, Swaffham, Shrewsbury, Coventry, Ellesmere and Reading.

November 29
Just nine British gammons mixed in with all the imported gammons at Asda's store at Lower Earley, Reading, today.

November 29
Thank you Waitrose—all British gammon when we surveyed your store in York yesterday, and all beautifully displayed.

November 28
NPA GammonWatch surveyed three Asda stores in Hull today — no British gammon, 97 shelf-facings for Danish and Dutch.

November 28
Yesterday's surveys - in Kent, Yorkshire, Aberdeenshire - showed a small improvement in Tesco's British gammon offer.

November 27
Nine more retailers checked in last 24 hours — Shrewsbury to Sheringham... several had no British gammons at all.

November 26
Better day for GammonWatch, all British at Shrewsbury Lidl, and (wait for it) 50 percent British at Sheringham Tesco.

November 25
Tesco least supportive on British gammon in 1st week of GammonWatch surveys, Sainsbury's 2nd.

November 25
After 40 nationwide surveys, NPA is ready to name its current supermarket villain for piss-poor stocking of British gammon.

November 24
All British gammon at Co-op, Louth, Lincolnshire... well done Co-op; you've been 100 percent in all surveys so far.

November 23
Not too bad Lidl, Carlton Centre, Lincoln today — 1 British Red Tractor gammon shelf-facing and 2 imported (Irish).

November 23
Little support for British at Sainsbury's Tritton Rd Lincoln. We saw 1 British facing, 10 imported facings, 2 mixed.

November 23
No British gammon at Morrisons at Selby today but 7 shelf-facings for imported. Origin information on packs not good.

November 23
All Danish gammon, no British, at Sainsbury's, Burton-on-Trent, today. Sad news for high-welfare British pig farmers.

November 23
No British gammon at all — zero — at Tesco, Burton-on-Trent. Poor show. No wonder British pig farmers are struggling.

November 23
Just 2 British gammons at Morrisons, Burton on Trent, and all mixed up with imported. Other pork, bacon offer v good.

November 23
Morrisons at Diss yesterday, 7 lines of imported gammon, only 2 British. Sainsbury's at York, 2 British, 7 imported.

November 22
All Danish gammon apart from small amount of Red Tractor at Asda, Scunthorpe. Customers we spoke to disappointed.

November 22
NO British gammon in Lidl at Brigg today. Let's see if things improve when their Christmas offer hits the shelves.

November 22
No British gammon shelf-facings at Tesco in Lockerbie yesterday, three imported facings, one mixed British/imported.

November 22
When we checked Asda at Gillingham yesterday, there were only two British gammon In all the store. Lots of imported.

November 19
Christmas GammonWatch was at Tesco and Morrisons in Goole on Tuesday, at Sainsbury's Gillingham yesterday, and will be at Aldi Lincoln today.

November 18
Kent villains—more evidence has come in tonight of the parlous state of gammon shelves in Britain, as supermarkets pile high with imported.

November 16
All shoppers are urged to check their gammon really is British this Christmas — beware misleadingly labelled lower-welfare imported product.

November 16
In a bid to halt pig tumbling prices, struggling British pig farmers have today launched a name-and-shame campaign — Christmas GammonWatch.

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