Category Archives: Farming

Growing concerns over African swine fever

As African swine fever continues to spread westwards from Russia, UK pig keepers are becoming understandably concerned by the threat that the disease poses to the domestic pig industry. African swine fever (ASF) is a particularly nasty disease and whilst … Continue reading

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Launch of PigPeopleUK

@PigPeopleUK was established at the end of July 2014 to act as an accessible, Twitter based hub for all pig farmers in the United Kingdom. The primary aim of @PigPeopleUK is to provide a platform from which to distribute up-to-date … Continue reading

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Survey suggests renewed optimism in the farming industry

The Agricultural Insight survey conducted by MHA at this year’s Cereals 2014 event identified continuing optimism amongst the nation’s farmers. The second in a series of agricultural surveys conducted this year by MHA (a UK wide association accountancy and business … Continue reading

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British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and John Deere Training Award 2014

Last week I was privileged to attend the 2014 British Guild of Agricultural Journalists John Deere Training Award held at John Deere’s Nottingham based headquarters. The course has been running for 22 years now; seeking applicants from all over the … Continue reading

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Fly larvae set to replace soya in animal feed?

Scientists now believe that insects could provide a sustainable alternative to soya in commercial animal feeds. Concerns over the reliance on soya to form the protein content of compound animal feeds have long been documented (read more at Global Meat … Continue reading

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Greening, CAP, EFA’s and the RPA – the latest causes of concern for farmers

Owen Paterson’s recent announcements regarding new ‘greening’ elements of the Common Agricultural Policy represented a mixed blessing to farmers, with many within the industry still unsure of the exact implications that proposed reforms will have. Under the most recent round … Continue reading

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Penchant for all things porcine

“What is it with you and pigs!?” This was the very reasonable question that my wife posed to me the other week as I proudly displayed yet another newspaper article that I had had published regarding the British pig industry. … Continue reading

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