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Reminder - Eastern spring regional meeting today

11th Apr 2017 / By Alistair Driver

The third NPA spring regional meeting will take place in Diss, Norfolk, today, with a strong focus on eMB-Pigs and antibiotic targets.  

NPA logoThe meeting at Diss RFC will begin with an update from NPA staff on the big issues affecting the industry today, including Brexit, the proposed zinc oxide ban and the latest on forthcoming antibiotic targets for the pig sector.

There will be a market update from AHDB Pork's Mick Sloyan, while Newcastle University's Professor Sandra Edwards will discuss the latest research on tail docking and tail biting.

The first two regional meetings, at York and Newbury, featured lengthy discussions on the importance of recording antibiotoc data on the eMB-Pigs database and sought members' views on new antibiotic usage targets, to be agreed over the summer. 

The NPA, which will be represented by chairman Richard Lister in formal discussions on the new targets, is keen to consult as widely as possible among its membership before entering the negotiations.    

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: “It is absolutely essential that we get these targets right. We need to enter the discussions with a proposal that is challenging but achievable.

“We will be using the regional meetings to gather producers’ views on these antibiotic reduction targets, so we really do urge you to come along, feed in your views and have your say. Every opinion counts.

“We’ve also got some excellent guest speakers and there will updates on where the market is going and much more to discuss.

“And, don’t forget, every meeting starts with a hot buffet, as if you need any more incentive to come along!”

The Eastern regional meeting at Diss RFC, Bellrope Lane, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 5RG will start at 6pm with a hot buffet. 

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

The final spring regional meeting in the South West will take place from 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 25 at the Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Exeter, EX1 3RJ.