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Biotech exclusion zone will cover half the
European Union (but not England)

Saturday October 3, 2015
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — but not England — have decided to exercise their right under new European legislation not to allow their farmers to grow any GM crops. Over half of European Union member countries, including Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, have asked to introduce biotech bans.

As SPP-linked contract prices continue to fall, we may
have seen the best prices 2015 has to offer

October 2, 2015
It's been another dull trading day as far as finished and store pigs are concerned, although there is a little bit more light in the cull sow market. The SPP continues to slide and now stands at 130.07p compared with 155.1p a year ago, which represents a value drop of £18.75 per head for the average bacon pig… gulp!

Update on LA-MRSA
Friday October 2, 2015
There is an update on LA-MRSA here. LA-MRSA is not easily spread between humans and is different to the strain of MRSA associated with healthcare infections. If meat is handled hygienically and cooked thoroughly, the risk of contracting MRSA is very low.

PEDv probably arrived in the United States on reusable tote bags
Friday October 2, 2015
Virulent Asian-strain PEDv was probably carried into the United States on reusable tote bags used in international trade, according to the United States department of agriculture. Many scenarios of how the disease, which killed ten percent of the national herd, arrived in the States have been considered — including intentional infection, accident transmission by visitors from abroad and transmission of the virus via pet treats made in China.

Second storage scheme is not a done deal
Friday October 2, 2015
Following our article on September 24 reporting Europe's second pigmeat private storage scheme probably won't be introduced until the new year, it is now clear it may not be introduced at all. Brussels said to today it continues to closely monitor the pigmeat market "and is ready to activate an enhanced Private Storage Aid scheme for pigmeat".

The National Pig Association is the representative trade association for British commercial pig producers
and is allied to the NFU and represents the pig interests of NFU members.
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