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TODAY'S NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Highly virulent Asian-American pig
disease has spread to Europe NPA

December 20, 2014
Highly virulent Asian-American Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus has spread to Europe. The disease is extremely infectious — a thimbleful of manure from an infected pig unit is sufficient to infect the entire British pig population.

Mandatory origin labelling of fresh pork
December 19, 2014
Europe's new mandatory meat labelling rules are now in force but there is a transitional period until April, during which meat bearing noncompliant labels may still be sold.

Slightly smaller than we thought
December 19, 2014
Defra has this week published its final estimates for the United Kingdom pig herd, based on its June 2014 survey. These figures replace the provisional results published in October and show the national herd as being slightly smaller than we thought.

Storage aid? Yes, you may have a point, says Brussels
December 19, 2014
Brussels has confirmed it is taking seriously a request by Denmark and six other member countries for pigmeat support measures. In view of the glut of pigmeat on the European market as a result of the Russian import embargo, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, France, Hungary, Poland and Romania this week demanded the introduction of aids to private storage.

Latest update on CAP 2015
December 19, 2014
Latest information about new CAP schemes in England, including how to qualify as an active farmer, applying for entitlements and what land is eligible for the basic payment scheme — here.

Spot prices will be firmer today
December 19, 2014
For the first time since August, spot prices will be firmer today, with the Traffic Lights base up tuppence to 127p.

Highly virulent PED is now in Europe
December 18, 2014
Chinese-American PEDv has spread to Europe. The disease is now at the borders of the European Union, increasing the risk of spread to Britain. NPA will be alerting Brussels. As reported in the Members' Area two weeks ago, there have been at least three outbreaks on pig farms in Ukraine.

NPA Producer Brief
December 17, 2014
The latest issue of Producer Brief is available for download here.

'Targeted' private storage aid possible in January
December 16, 2014
The European Commission is considering introducing targeted private storage aid for pigmeat in January, to help reduce the damage being caused by Russia's imports embargo. The call for financial help to take surplus pigmeat off the market came at yesterday's Farm Council meeting, from Denmark and Belgium supported by France, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus, Italy, Estonia, Austria and Ireland.

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