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23 SEPTEMBER 2021

An insight into the poultry industry and our work on behalf of our members.

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The NFU is urging members to use this tool to email their MP to call on government to introduce a 12-month Covid Recovery Visa so we can keep our vital food and drink supply chain moving.

This follows the publication of a cross-industry report into labour shortages across the supply chain.

Find out more and read the report here...

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The NFU is calling for clarity on the detail of the agreement struck between government and CF Fertilisers to resume CO2 and fertiliser production, including timings and volumes established in the agreement.

On Tuesday 21 September the NFU led a roundtable of representatives from the UK’s food supply chain in an emergency summit to decide a course of action. Find out more here...

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Following extensive lobbying and a detailed submission of evidence from the NFU, the government has announced that an exemption to allow seasonal poultry workers to travel to England without facing full travel restrictions is now in force. This exemption will only apply to those individuals who already have the right to work in the UK. Find out more about the exemption here... 

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The NFU is inviting members and stakeholders from across the poultry industry to come together on 12 October to discuss the sector’s ambitions for net zero. A combination of presentations and discussions, the all-day poultry event provides an opportunity to show leadership as a sector and will feed into our recommendations for achieving net zero. Find out more here...

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To help connect employers to their local Jobcentres, the Department for Work and Pensions has set up a dedicated email inbox for poultry producers and processors to contact with details of their seasonal labour requirements. The NFU is urging all seasonal poultry producers to contact this inbox, detailing their labour requirements so that they can access support for local recruitment. Find out more here...

The NFU continues to lobby the Government on access to seasonal labour. Read more about the NFU's asks and how to engage with your MP here...

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Having hosted a virtual autumn turkey marketing webinar last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, the NFU is planning a return to in-person meetings for autumn 2021.

As well as providing a chance to network with other producers, the meetings are designed to cover a range of topics including updates on the feed market, consumer insights and cost of production. Find out more and register here...

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The NFU has submitted responses to Defra’s recent consultations on proposed changes to poultry and egg marketing standards regulations.

Defra's proposals included a risk-based approach to enforcement of poultry meat marketing regulations, and allowing egg marketing standards checks on imported eggs to continue at point of destination rather than at the border. NFU members can read the full responses to both consultations here...

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The NFU's turkey merchandise shop is now open. NFU members are eligible for a 15% discount on all orders, any member who has not received their code via email should contact NFU CallFirst before placing their order.

The turkey merchandise shop will be open until 17 December 2021 and can be found here...

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The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss confirmed on 3 September that the UK had met international standards to declare the  country free from Avian Influenza. This will allow market access discussions to reopen with our third country trading partners and further information on this can be found here...

The CVO urged all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of disease and to maintain high biosecurity as we enter the winter months. More information is available on the NFU's Avian Influenza hub... 

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World Egg Day returns to social media on Friday 8 October and it’s time to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

World Egg Day is a global celebration that is dedicated to the highly nutritious and versatile egg. Keep an eye on NFU online for information on how to get involved, including how to produce a great social media post. More information will be available shortly here...

Following the postponement of this year’s conference the EPIC organising committee have decided to hold a free one-off virtual hybrid event to take its place. The virtual conference will take place on Wednesday 17 November, from 1.45pm to 3:45pm. The format will be a mixture of pre-recorded presentations followed by a live Q & A studio session chaired by NFU president Minette Batters. Register for free here.

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