National Pig Association - The voice of the British pig industry

Pig World logo

Home > News

News

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.

14th Aug 2020

Brussels

Planning deadline relaxation


The Government is allowing extra time to apply for planning permission due to COVID-19.

12th Aug 2020

NPANews

LIPs grounded, but support for farmers a constant come what may!


At this time of year, you would normally see the Ladies in Pigs kitchen “Rosie” out and about at shows, events, and schools’ days, but things are a little different this year.  The dedication to promote the commitment of our pig farmer keyworkers goes on though.

Debbie Wilson, Chairwoman, reflects on the current situation, “We are in an unprecedented situation and we are mindful of the ultimate sacrifice some families have had to face during these difficult times.  As an organisation, we are committed to continue the support of our keyworker farmers across the country.  This has been done in a more creative, online format with support for online shows being prominent.”

12th Aug 2020

Brussels

NFU Members asked to take part in Planning survey


NFU are asking their members including those that keep pigs to take part in a survey, to establish their thoughts on the planning system ahead of reform change. 

NPA urge any member who is also a member of NFU to take part in the survey.  You can access the survey here.

11th Aug 2020

NPANews

Do you want to negotiate for success?


Do you want to negotiate for success?

AHDB has organised a free webinar on 14 September to help you to develop skills in negotiating for success in your business.

Ged Futter from The Retail Mind and mixed farmer and vet Charlie Thompson will cover several aspects of how to negotiate for a successful outcome, different techniques to try and how to plan a strategy before entering a negotiation.

10th Aug 2020

NPANews

Global pork production forecast rises by 2% as Chinese production rebuilds


The USDA has released its latest view on world markets and trade for livestock. 2020 forecast global pork production has been raised by 2% to 96 million tonnes, still 5.5% lower than in 2019 , AHDB analyst Jennie Tanner reported.

The rise is largely due to higher than expected pork production in China, which is in the midst of producers rebuilding their herds to take advantage of high domestic prices in the wake of African Swine Fever (ASF), which decimated the country’s herd.

Campaigns