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26/06/18: CO2 shortage and pig production, Minette Batters, Microchipping horses

CO2 shortages in Scotland are causing problems for an abattoir that processes pigs. Anna Hill asks Andy McGowan from Scottish Pig Producers how producers are being affected.

CO2 shortages in Scotland is causing problems for an abattoir that processes large numbers of pigs. Carbon Dioxide is used to sedate the pigs prior to slaughter. Anna Hill asks Andy McGowan from Scottish Pig Producers how producers are being affected and why he thinks Government needs to step-in to prioritise animal welfare above other industries.

The President of the National Farmers Union, Minette Batters will meet the Prime Minister Theresa May for the first time today. She tells Anna that her immediate concern is to impress on the Prime Minister the importance of sorting out seasonal migrant labour on farms.

This week, we are looking at the future of National Parks, and the role they play in the countryside. But North York Moors National Park near Whitby was granted permission for the World's largest mine for a nutrient - polyhaylite - which is used as a fertiliser. Sarah Falkingham's returned to see if construction is meeting those aims.

The government has announced a two hundred pound fine for horse owners who fail to micro-chip their animals. Owners will have until October 2020 to ensure that all horses are chipped. The Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare Roly Owers explains what it means for horse-owners and the equine industry as a whole.

Producer: Toby Field.

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