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Focus on tails at South Central Autumn Regional meeting

15th Oct 2018 / By Alistair Driver

The South Central Autumn Regional meeting takes place on Tuesday night at Newbury, with a focus on tails. 

pig tailsThe meeting will run from 7-9.30pmat Newbury Rugby Club, Monk’s Lane, RG14 7RW. A hot buffet will be available from 6.30pm. 

As usual the meeting will begin with an update from the NPA team on the topical issues of interest, including Brexit, African Swine Fever and Red Tractor’s marketing campaign. This will be followed by an update on the market by Rebecca Oborne from AHDB’s Market Intelligence.

The remainder of the meeting will focus on tail docking. There is currently increased enforcement of legislation relating to tail docking, with some producers already being penalised for routine docking and provision of environmental enrichment under the spotlight. The NPA team will explain the changes that are expected and will offer advice on how best to ensure you are compliant. 

South Central regional chair Sally Stockings said: "As always, the more people that attend these meetings the more everyone will get out of them by way of active discussion, so please do make the effort to come along. Your views are also very important in helping the national Producer Group formulate policy on your behalf."

The NPA will be running a one hour surgery prior to the start of the meeting, from 5:30-6:30pm, during which time members can book a one-to-one slot with NPA staff should you wish to discuss something specific with them. You can book a time slot by speaking to Andrea.

Also, please indicate your attendance by contacting Andrea, by email or telephone 02476 858780.

This will be third of four autumn regionals. 

Northern Regional

Tuesday, October 23

Venue: Sandburn Hall, Scotchman Lane, York, YO60 7RG

Timings: Buffet at 6.30pm, meeting proper to start at 7.00pm. Predicted to finish at 9.00-9.30pm