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24th Aug 2020

Brussels

Looking ahead towards 2021 and our future relationship with the EU


NPA senior policy adviser Ed Barker has written an article for Farmers Guardian's Brexit Hub looking ahead to some of the big issues on the horizon. 

21st Aug 2020

NPANews

Production suspended at Cranswick Ballymena plant due to COVID-19 outbreak


Production has been suspended production at Cranwick's Ballymena plant after a cluster of COVID-19 cases came to light.

21st Aug 2020

Environment

Environment Agency scales back pre-application service but 'minimal impact' on pig and poultry units


The Environment Agency has confirmed it is temporarily reducing its pre-application advice services for customers applying for installations permits.

21st Aug 2020

Prices

Lockdown retail boom sees Cranswick sales soar


Cranswick has lifted its outlook for the current financial year after benefiting from a significant sales boost during the lockdown period.

20th Aug 2020

Prices

Frustration for UK pork sector as US 'Airbus' tariffs remain


The UK pork sector will continue to face high tariffs on pork exports to the US, but might lose out on possible ‘rebalancing’ tariffs on US imports. 

18th Aug 2020

NPANews

Members Area - response to media articles on antibiotics


NPA senior policy adviser Rebecca Veale has written a blog in the Members' Area in response to media coverage on antibiotic use in livestock farming. 

18th Aug 2020

Prices

20-year high for UK pork production in July


July UK pork production was up 9% year-on-year to reach a 20-year high for the month, according to Defra figures.

18th Aug 2020

NPANews

Nominations for David Black Award open until end of August


The window for making nominations for the prestigious David Black Award will remain open until the of this month. 

17th Aug 2020

Brussels

BVA calls for clarity on post-Brexit vet checks amid capacity concerns


The BVA has warned that the veterinary sector might not have the capacity to carry out the checks required, if the UK fails to have a deal in place with the EU. 

14th Aug 2020

NPANews

Inflammatory headline hides the truth on soya


The recent Grocer article based on a report produced by sustainability advisors 3Keel and sponsored by all the major UK supermarkets, firmly pointed the finger at the pig industry and a lack of transparency throughout the soya supply chain, in fuelling deforestation. Our downfall, the article suggests is that due to our sector being comprised of many independent producers (unlike poultry) who simply buy standard rations from feed compounders, we are unable to declare origin or sustainability spec of that soya. It’s true that feed traceability within the pig industry does present greater challenges in comparison to other sectors that are more vertically integrated, but as a sector who has purposefully reduced its reliance on soya by 50% over the past 10 years or so, this doesn’t mean we’re not committed to doing more.

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