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TODAY'S IMPACTFUL neWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Grenville Welsh MBE — pig industry champion
Monday August 31, 2015
The death has occurred, after a long illness, of Grenville Welsh MBE, who for over 30 years was chief executive of the British Pig Association, formerly the National Pig Breeders Association. "He was a shrewd operator who worked hard with NFU behind the scenes to help bring about the merging of BPA's commercial pig interests and the NFU pig committee to create the National Pig Association," said producer John Godfrey who was his chairman for ten years. Grenville Welsh won the David Black Award in 1994 and was awarded the MBE for services to the pig industry in 1999.
There was a pig farmer from Devizes...
Saturday August 29, 2015
This NFU banner was received on Thursday and was on display next to a busy main road the following day That's how we do things in the pig industry. "It just shows the British pig industry is always prepared to help itself but — but we would be grateful of help rather than hindrance from Defra," notes Muriel Naughton.
Please report wild boar sightings
Friday August 28, 2015
A producer was horrified to find an adult feral wild boar so close to his outdoor pig unit in the Midlands and hopes there isn't a breeding population in his area.
Agency wants to make gourmet burgers safer
Friday August 28, 2015
The Food Standards Agency has today published details of a proposed new approach to the preparation and service of rare (pink) burgers in food outlets. The increased popularity of burgers served rare has prompted the Food Standards Agency to look at how businesses can meet consumer demand whilst ensuring public health remains protected.
Ten percent sign disease charter
Friday August 27, 2015
Producers representing ten percent of the female breeding herd have signed the Pig Health and Welfare Council's Significant Disease Charter, which is an extension of the Swine Dysentery Charter. The aim of the charter is to help industry share information in the event of a PEDv outbreak, making control and elimination easier and faster, along the lines of the successful Canadian model. Go here to sign up.
NPA member to seek meeting with MP
Thursday August 27, 2015
An NPA member in Elizabeth Truss's Norfolk constituency is to seek a meeting with her to challenge her policy over levy funds being used for marketing. He will urge her to give an assurance Government will in future allow levy boards to determine how the levy is spent, including marketing campaigns.