THE highly virulent pig disease, Asian-American Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv), has spread to Europe, prompting warnings to UK pig importers about the risk it poses to British pig farms.
It has been four years since the acquisition of Sleaford-based tillage company Simba by American firm Great Plains, but what has that meant for both parties and, more importantly, the end user? James Rickard finds out with a trip to its HQ in Kansas.
COMPARED to Denmark’s domestic pigmeat market worth £3.9 billion, its export value currently stands at £33bn, with produce exported to 140 countries worldwide.
THE sale of the Slopers herd of organic Friesian Holsteins on behalf of David and Jane Gibbs, Hartbury, Gloucestershire, peaked at 2,400gns.
Achieving the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection is a significant career step for many candidates. Academically, the qualification is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, so studying is a major commitment for those in full-time employment. Many who qualify claim it is support from employers and the wider industry which has been vital to their success.
With profit margins notoriously tight for many pig farmers, investing in buildings hasn’t always been at the top of the priority list and, as a result, some units have witnessed unfavourable performance as inefficiencies in building design impacts production.
In your field
I am almost embarrassed to admit to my livestock farming friends, we are already on a wind down to the end of the year, overtime has finished and weekends are available to take the family shopping. Perhaps I should buy some cattle?
Bridging the so-called valley of death between agricultural research and the farmgate is a perennial problem, but Sainsbury’s thinks strong bonds throughout the supply chain will create an agricultural revolution. Ben Pike reports from the retailer’s Farming Conference.
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