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TODAY'S NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

At last — pigs can be licenced for movement to slaughter
November 20, 2014
Good news tonight on pig movements. Licences can now be granted for specific movements from the restricted zones. Licences must be applied for from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) and will be considered on a case by case basis. At present, the following licences are available to be applied for:

Movements in East Yorkshire control zone
November 20, 2014
It is expected that farmers in the East Yorkshire control zones will be able to make applications for movements today, by email. No more details are available yet. It is hoped the relevant email address will be available shortly.

Single Payment Scheme won't be worth as much this year
November 20, 2014
The Rural Payments Agency has today announced the values of entitlements for the three English regions under the 2014 Single Payment Scheme.

Can you help restore their joi de vivre
November 20, 2014
To most people who attended any of the autumn round of NPA regional meetings, attendance was as good as ever. But the gimlet-eyed staff at NPA think they detected a microscopic decline in numbers, possibly due to the fact that the theme of the meetings was biosecurity, and pig-keepers can only tolerate so much hectoring on the subject.

Has our pig price link with the continent been broken?
November 20, 2014
Has the link between United Kingdom and European Union pig prices been broken? The question is posed in the current issue of BPEX's Pig Market Weekly. This year, the gap between United Kingdom and European Union pig prices has risen to unprecedented levels. This might have been expected to lead to a surge in pig meat imports but they were up only 4 percent in the first three quarters of the year.

Consumers call for tougher controls on antibiotics
November 20, 2014
The European Consumer Organisation has launched a campaign urging Brussels to restrict antibiotic use in livestock. It says the most recent Commission proposals on veterinary medicines and medicated feed are too vague and should clearly prohibit antibiotic use in healthy animals.

East Yorkshire no-movement zone
November 19, 2014
News about movement of pigs to slaughter will be available tomorrow. Contingency planning Although the number of pig-keepers affected by the current standstill is small — NPA has been in contact with three — it has been an extremely stressful two days for them.

Demand is growing — and we must be able to deliver
November 19, 2014
"With demand for livestock products set to grow globally, in Europe and in the United Kingdom, I want to support our pig industry to ensure that it is able to meet this demand both domestically and in terms of exports. The NPA plays a vital role in ensuring that the pig sector and the supply industry which depends upon it, has a long term, sustainable and profitable future." Nick Major of ForFarmers is the latest allied industry member to offer his candidacy for NPA's Allied Industry Group.

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