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UK beats Germany to come fifth in International Young Butcher Competition

The UK trounced Germany to claim fifth place in the International Young Butcher Competition, set in the picturesque Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck in Austria, although France came top.

New AHDB Pork sector chair appointed

The government has appointed two new members to the board of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will be chair of the pork sector.

Prices of pigs fly high on tight supply ahead of Easter

Pig prices rose for the fourth consecutive week in the w/e 25 March on limited supplies and rising pre-Easter demand, AHDB Pork has claimed.

Retail rivalry softens cattle price drops

Competition between discount retailers and traditional supermarkets is boosting beef sales, softening typical seasonal falls in deadweight cattle prices, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

How consumer demand and flexible offerings can help the burger market stack up sales

With new product development (NPD) driving continued growth in the market for burgers and other formed products, the categorys affordability relative to other meat cuts bodes well for its prospects, as food inflation rises and economic uncertainty surrounds Brexit.

Red meat education programme aimed at teaching future generations

Around 70 teachers attended an event last week aimed at helping them educate students about the red meat industry.

Halal sector manager appointed by agriculture levy board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb has appointed its first halal sector manager.

Levy board appointment to improve livestock cost management

Boosting cost management across whole farm businesses will be one of the main priorities for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) newly appointed farm benchmarking manager.

Levy board launches revamped quality assurance scheme

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb introduced its new Quality Standard Mark (QSM) Scheme revamp with the help of a new scheme ambassador.

Proposed halal assurance standards would raise certification standards

The potential introduction of assurance standards for stunned and traditional halal sheepmeat has been welcomed by the industry.

Mixed outlook for beef and lamb markets in coming year

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Livestock Outlook conference embraced the digital age this year, and moved online for the first time.

Quality Standard Mark Lamb showcased at Gulfood

British Quality Standard Mark Lamb has enjoyed a presence at an international trade show in Dubai this past week.

Straight approach: How new technology is reducing the need for manual labour

At a large poultry processing plant in Zell, Switzerland, thousands of chickens are being gutted, chilled and portioned at an astonishing speed.

Sharing mini roasts to drive Great British Beef Week

Foodservice operators are being encouraged to embrace roast beef as a mini sharing dish to promote beef in the run-up to Great British Beef Week (GBBW).

National Beef Association campaign targets new farmers

A new campaign from the National Beef Association (NBA) is encouraging young farmers to embrace the beef sector.

Pork exports to China more than double for 2016

Pork shipments to China reached 1.6 million tonnes (t) in weight for 2016, more than double the previous year.

Innovation key to success for National Butchers Week 2017

As we enter February, were now just over a month away from National Butchers Week and we want to make sure you know all you need to about the event.

Book your place at the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

Time is running out to book your place among the greats as the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017 is fast approaching.

Farmers' Union appoints new head of food and farming

Philip Hambling has been appointed head of food and farming for the National Farmers Union (NFU).

NPA seeks assurances for pork industry following Tesco/Booker deal

The National Pig Association (NPA) has called for assurances for the pork supply chain, following Tescos acquisition of Booker, the UKs largest food wholesaler and owner of Londis and Budgens.

Industry concerns as Schmallenberg cases increase

Livestock producers are being encouraged to submit lambs with suspected Schmallenberg virus (SBV) for post-mortem inspection. This call for action follows on from a rise in confirmed cases of the disease.

Asia Pacific tipped as important pork market

UK pork exporters have been told to consider the Far East as a potential market.

Pork exports see value rise, though volumes decrease

Shipments of pigmeat sent from the UK experienced a fall in volume for November last year. Despite this, sterlings weakness has meant that the value of shipments remained higher compared to the same period the previous year.

UK meat exporters strengthen ties with US market

A selection of meat exporters travelled to Washington DC last week to receive training on meeting US regulatory requirements for beef and lamb imports.

Halal sector divided over industry support

Calls have been made for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to focus more on the halal sector.

Innovation at the forefront of Northern Irish meat industry

Northern Irelands red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors have been encouraged to embrace innovation in developing their industry.

Consumer demands in the halal sector to enter the spotlight

With the halal market increasing, customers needs will be the main topic discussed at an upcoming halal industry event next month.

UK pig prices end 2016 on a high

The EU-spec Standard Pig Price (SPP) bounced back from a modest decline in the week ending 31 December 2016. This was mainly driven by tighter supplies.

UK pig semen used to improve Indian pork quality

For the first time, pig semen from UK animals has been used in India in a project to improve the countrys pig breeding stock and to produce better-quality pork.

Pre-packed English Quality Standard Meat beef goes on sale in Hong Kong and Macau

Quality Standard Mark English beef products pre-packed in the UK have been launched in Hong Kong and Macau for the first time.

No evidence linking meat consumption with asthma, says agricultural levy board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has hit back against a report suggesting that processed meat can worsen asthma symptoms.

Over-finished lambs raise industry concerns

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb has encouraged the countrys sheep farmers to watch out for over-fat lambs.

AHDB sets out vision and purpose for 2017-2020

Improving resilience and competition are crucial priorities for AHDB Beef & Lamb, which outlined post-Brexit strategy targets for the next three years on 8 December.

Irish pork exports increase, but at slower rate than previously

Latest figures from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have shown that exports of Irish fresh and frozen pork for the first three quarters of the year increased 13% on the previous year at 139,100 tonnes (t).

AHDB board sets out post-Brexit strategy

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said it will be working out where levy funds can best add value and have the greatest impact once we leave the European Union.

Northern Irish pig herd shows more growth than anticipated

The final results from the June Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland, delivered by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), has suggested that the nations pig herd grew more than expected. This is in juxtaposition to the small Welsh herd, which declined further.

Beef's jerky future

The fresh beef marketis valued at 2.1bn. This is slightly less than poultry and, unlike white meat which is in marginal growth, fresh beef is in decline.

British beef eyes up China

Progress has been made in exporting British beef into China, following a successful visit by Chinese officials.

Aldi launches reduced-fat British lamb mince

Capitalising on the trend towards healthier options, retailer Aldi is introducing a reduced-fat, 100% British lamb mince.

Cattle producers urged to help tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

English cattle producers are being encouraged to play their part in fighting Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

CETA vs Brexit: The parallels

The EU-Canada CETA trade deal is the most comprehensive the bloc has ever signed.

New independent member sought for AHDB Pork

AHDB is looking for a pig producer and an independent member to join the board of AHDB Pork.

Million-pound investment to benefit beef industry efficiency

Research and industry collaborators are being sought out to help establish a five-year Beef Knowledge Partnership, with an emphasis on beef production.

Industry bodies help develop animal health and welfare

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revised a list of conditions to be recorded by Meat Hygiene Inspectors (MHI) in abattoirs.

Scottish secretary joins farmers union conference line-up

The Scottish Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, is expected to address Brexit negotiations at the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotlands Autumn Conference.

Understanding illness key to preventing flock loss

Sheep producers have been told that using stock data from fallen animals can help stop further loss.

International food action plan launched by government

The government has unveiled its plan for growing the value of British exports by an additional 2.9 billion by 2020.

Food trends: roast dinner on the rise in Britain

Britons are eating more roast dinners than they did in 2015, according to meat consumption data from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Kantar Worldpanel.

Champion of Champions 2016 winner crowned

JC Rook & Sons has been named the winner of Champion of Champions 2016 at an event held in Londons St Barts Brewery on Monday 10 October.

Producer share of lamb retail prices remains stable

The producer share of the retail price for lamb has remained over 50% during the past few months, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Cattle prices up, but show signs of stabilising

Cattle prices are showing signs of stabilising, although they are still rising at the moment, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Lamb prices fall for third consecutive week

Liveweight lamb prices fell for the third consecutive week, according to the latest weekly figures from AHDB Beef & Lamb, as numbers coming to the market rose.

Post-Brexit opportunities on agenda for AHDB Seminar

Opportunities for beef and lamb in a post-Brexit landscape will be addressed at the 2016 AHDB Beef & Lamb Stakeholder Seminar.

Young bulls ease cattle price hikes, latest data indicates

Falling young bull prices diluted cattle price hikes in the week ending (w/e) 17 September, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Pork campaign sparks jump in sales

Phase two of the AHDBs Pulled Pork campaign in March helped boost value sales of pork by 13 million.

Lamb price falls despite drop in supplies

The price of lambs on liveweight markets declined in the week ending 14 September, despite a fall in supplies as demand has begun to return to normal levels, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Asda called on to support British producers

Following on from a recent beef and lamb country-of-origin survey, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on Asda to improve its commitment to supplying British red meat.

Market favours producers with supermarket spec cattle

Producers with supermarket spec cattle are in a winning position in the market as some processors cold room stocks dip and prices have risen for more than four months, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

AHDB Pork awards open for entries

Butchers across the country are being encouraged to enter the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork awards.

Industry discusses trade relationships with Switzerland

Organisational bodies from the red meat sector met in Bern, Switzerland on Tuesday, 13 September to discuss trade relationships outside of the European Union.

France names British lamb product of the year

Quality Standard Mark British lamb has been voted as the best product of the year by French consumers.

BPHS changes shouldnt impact producers

Changes are taking place at the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS), but producers who use the service should see no difference.

Levy board commits to developing Quality Standard Mark

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb branch has welcomed a new member of staff as part of the groups commitment to investing in and developing the Quality Standard Mark (QSM).

Sheep industry conference to address health and welfare issues

The impact that flock health and welfare has on a business will be the main focus for discussion at the third Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) conference on Wednesday, 16 November.

AHDB review sheds light on key industry research projects

As part of its second research and development review, the Beef & Lamb sector of the Agriculture and Development Board (AHDB) has highlighted the projects funded by its levy over the past 12 months.

Beef industry urged to work together for greater returns

The British beef supply chain is faced with a lack of transparency that is affecting returns for all, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Cattle price hikes keep producer hopes high

Cattle trade is looking up for producers as the market continues to the feel the effects of slower finishing and less abundant supplies, according to data from AHDB Beef & Lamb for the week ending 13 August.

Cooked options rise as busy Brits scramble for breakfast

Cooked breakfast options have seen a surge in popularity, according to new AHDB consumer insight data.

French chefs treated to an insight into British beef and lamb

A group of 25 French chefs were given an insight into beef and lamb production in England during a recent visit organised by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

AHDB highlights relationship between cattle prices and meat yield

A new report has shown that the prices paid for prime cattle dont consistently reflect the yield of trimmed primal cuts from the carcase.

Liveweight lamb prices fall

Following price rises in the past two weeks, which have been attributed to the fall in the strength of the pound, the price of liveweight lambs has begun to follow a more normal pattern in the last week, and fallen.

Prime cattle prices experience increase

Prime cattle prices in GB for the week ended 16 July increased to 331p/kg, up more than 2p/kg on the previous week.

Pig prices back to 2015 levels

The EU-spec SPP climbed for the 13th consecutive week in week ending 2 July, by over 1.5p to 123.77/kg.

Lamb prices rebound to normal trend

Liveweight lamb prices have returned to the normal trend seen at this time of year and fallen in the past week, as higher numbers have come to the market.

Film highlights religious sheep slaughtering practices

The industry levy board has produced a film to address the lack of understanding around religious sheep slaughter.

Cattle market in producers' favour

For another week, there was upwards movement in the cattle trade demonstrating that the market remains comfortably settled in producers favour.

Collaborative pig project a success

More than 50 representatives from the pig industry attended the first Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Pork Focus meeting on 20 June.

Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies.

British prime cattle market falls

The value of the prime cattle market in Britain fell by 15m in the year to February 2016, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division.

AHDB appoints senior marketing communications manager

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork division has appointed Ellen Noakes as the new senior marketing communications manager. She will be covering Helen Brothwell as she is on maternity leave.

AHDB outlines huge potential for exports to Asia

The impact of Brexit on trade could be partly offset by rising demand for meat in Asia, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

AHDB Pork welcomes new veterinary manager

Industry levy board AHDB (Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board) Pork has welcomed antimicrobial expert Lucy Coyne to the organisation.

Outdoor pig production enters spotlight

Securing the future of outdoor pig production is the topic of discussion at AHDB Porks upcoming meeting, Maintaining water quality in East Anglia.

AHDB recognised for international achievements

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division has been recognised at an awards ceremony in London for creating demand for Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb on the Polish market.

Industry to focus on meat exports post-referendum

The aftermath of the EU referendum will enter the spotlight at the 12th Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Meat Export Conference, to take place in Warwick on 29 June.

Consistency key to steak sales

Retailers risk losing sales unless they ensure consistent steak quality, according to a report just published by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

A cut above the rest

Theres increasing fusion going on at the moment between meat-driven restaurants and butchers.

Online medicine book contributes towards antibiotic data

Pig producers have made outstanding progress in recording use of antibiotics, the National Pig Association (NPA) has revealed.

Pig producers offered environmental training

Pig farm managers are being offered the opportunity to benefit from workshops tailored to educate them about their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR).

Joint initiative showcases lamb for Euro 2016

To celebrate the Euro 2016 football championships, the UKs Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Interbev in France and Bord Bia in Ireland have combined forces to produce a jointly-funded campaign aimed towards promoting lamb consumption.

New post-mortem rejection conditions unveiled

A list of new post-mortem rejection conditions has begun to be implemented in sheep and cattle abattoirs across England.

AHDB Pork publishes 2015 Yearbook

The industry levy board AHDBs Pork division has published its Yearbook covering 2015, highlighting the effort that has gone into the pig sector over the past 12 months.

Heavier carcases could impact incomes, says AHDB Beef & Lamb report

Heavier beef carcases produced to deliver the highest lean meat yield to score premiums could incur penalties if processors reduce their maximum weight limits.

Hands-on initiative launched by AHDB Pork

The industrys levy board AHDB Pork has launched a new Focus Farm initiative for pig producers.

Sheep meat supplies on the rise

Supplies of sheep meat are likely to increase in 2016 due to higher levels of adult sheep slaughterings, according to the latest Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) forecasts.

Global opportunities to be discussed at AHDB industry conference

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to highlight international markets and innovation for growth at the 12th AHDB Meat Export Conference.

Beef supplies on the rise in England

A combination of higher production from prime cattle and cows, as well as increased imports, means that beef supplies in 2016 are going to be up on last year, according to the latest AHDB forecast.

AHDB Pork supports Ladies in Pigs

Ladies in Pigs (LIPs) has been given support of 100,000 thanks to a sponsorship deal with AHDB Pork.

AHDB Pork unveils pig industry app

AHDB Pork has launched a new interactive app, Think BioRisk, to help prevent disease in the pig industry.

Keith Fisher to continue in industry

Despite announcing his retirement from AHDB last month, Keith Fisher is to pass on his industry knowledge to the next generation.

AHDB addresses levy payer priorities

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has released a report on the Activity Review it undertook last autumn and winter listening to levy payers views on challenges they are facing.

Industry celebrates Great British Food

Organisations from across the farming industry are joining forces to celebrate British food.

AHDB Beef & Lamb pinpoints West Indies as opportunity

Exports of premium beef and lamb cuts to the West Indies present a significant opportunity for the industry, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

AHDB Beef & Lamb to give video address after board meetings

AHDB Beef & Lamb has announced plans to launch a video address from its chairman Adam Quinney, following every board meeting held by the agricultural body.

AHDB Pork marketing campaign shortlisted for award

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork sector has been shortlisted for a Marketing Week award.

Keith Fisher retires from AHDB

AHDB master butcher advisor Keith Fisher has retired from the levy board after dedicating over 40 years to the meat industry.

Butcherys best to gather at Foodex 2016

The nations best young butchery talent is to be showcased at this years Foodex.

Video series addresses sheep lameness

Sheep producers will be able to benefit from a new series of videos about sheep lameness, thanks to industry body AHDB Beef & Lamb.

British red meat exports highlighted

A new film, produced by the industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb, is showcasing the important role that red meat exports play in the British economy.

Importance of halal sector highlighted on British Muslim TV

Industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has announced plans to launch a programme of activity emphasising the importance of the halal sector to the meat industry.

Industry expands technical knowledge at AHDB Beef & Lamb masterclass

Professionals from the meat industry have been given the opportunity to improve their technical knowledge with the help of AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Independent butchers deliver 2.3bn turnover

Independent butchers delivered 2.3bn in turnover and 555m in gross added value in England alone in 2015, according to the latest figures from AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Quality Assurance: Only the best will do

Following various scandals in the food sector, consumers are more savvy than ever before about where their meat comes from, so what is the industry doing to regain their trust? Aidan Fortune reports

UK export strategy on beef cuts pays off

UK levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has said its strategy to shift from exporting carcases to pricier cuts of meat has been rewarded as global trade of the latter rose by 11% last year.

Pig producers could be forced out of the business, warns AHDB Pork

A report issued by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork division has revealed that the price pig farmers and producers are receiving for their produce has fallen by a third over a two-year period.

Links between sheep producers and processors strengthen

AHDB Beef & Lamb confirmed that, as of yesterday (Tuesday 1 March), a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions is being trialled in a number of sheep abattoirs. This comes as part of a project to improve information exchange between animal producers and meat processors.

AHDB Pork tackles pig tail-biting

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork division is calling on pig producers to provide data regarding tail-biting.

Majority of Brits claim to eat the right amount of red meat

Research from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has revealed that the majority of British consumers believe they eat the correct amount of red meat and do not need to cut back.

AHDB Pork appoints new team member

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) pork division has welcomed a new knowledge exchange (KE) manager for the south of England region.

FSA and AHDB team up to deliver better health and animal welfare practices

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is undergoing consultations on a new system of data collection and communication for meat hygiene inspectors in the hopes of assisting the meat industry in identifying animal health and welfare issues more efficiently.

Origin of pork testing steps up a gear

Origin testing of pork and pork products is being stepped up by AHDB Pork from once a quarter to once a month.

Alfresco Chef is new corporate member of Q Guild

Barbecue equipment supplier Alfresco Chef has been awarded corporate membership of the Butchers Q Guild.

AHDB Outlook Conference addresses market predictions

Industry delegates gathered on Tuesday 9 February to hear what 2016 will hold for the livestock market.

Pig Industry Professional Register to get re-examined

The Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) is set to undergo a major consultation to focus on the functionality the service provides, as well as its day-to-day running and the value it offers its members.

E.coli risk management to be addressed

Tackling shiga-toxin producing E.coli (STEC) and providing risk management for it will be a focus at this years AHDB Beef & Lamb Processor Conference.

Love rub pulled pork campaign launched

A 2.7 million (m) Pulled Pork promotion has been unveiled by AHDB Pork in an effort to bring value to the sector.

Agricultural development scheme seeks applicants

Ambitious individuals within the agricultural sector looking to take their careers to the next stage are being sought.

QSM lamb star of Polish cookery show

Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb has been highlighted in one of Polands most popular TV cookery shows.

Videos show importance of sending clean livestock to slaughter

Two new videos produced by the industrys levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb have been designed to showcase the importance of presenting clean livestock at the time of slaughter.

Industry needs to promote beef and lamb, says NFU deputy president

The red meat industry ought to do more to promote and market its products, said Minette Batters.

Weaning of British pigs behind the rest of the EU

The number of British pigs being weaned per sow per year is behind the level in the rest of Europe, revealed AHDB Porks latest cost of production report.

AHDB addresses global opportunities for sheep meat

Developing global market opportunities has been highlighted as a crucial area for the sheep meat sector in 2016 by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Livestock conference to tackle Free Trade Agreements

The impact that free trade agreements (FTAs) have on the livestock sectors global competitiveness is expected to be the main focus of discussion at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDBs) annual Outlook Conference next month.

AHDB Beef & Lamb launches Meat Education Programme

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled the Meat Education Programme.

Lamb meat market starts 2016 on a high

Lamb sales during October and November last year were up 8% in volume, according to recent 12-week figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

2015: A year in review

Our month-by-month look at what has happened in the meat industry over the past year.

East dominates EU pork exports

The month of October saw China double shipments of EU pork exports, taking volumes to 182,300 tonnes, according to AHDB Pork.

Beef consultants benefit from industry workshops

AHDB Beef & Lamb and the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) have developed a new initiative offering beef industry consultants and advisers insights into herd performance and the selection process for cattle slaughter.

AHDB proposes rates freeze for 2016

Agricultural levy board AHDB has proposed it will hold all levy rates for 2016 and 2017 at the same level as this year across all its sectors.

AHDB outlook conference 2016 announced

AHDBs 2016 outlook conference is set to discuss EU membership and the competitiveness of the livestock sector.

Adam Quinney takes on Stuart Roberts' AHDB role

Adam Quinney has taken on Stuart Roberts' responsibilities as chairman of the beef & lamb sector group at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with immediate effect, after the latter stepped down in August.

Owton's Butchers claims top Q Guild award

Owtons Butchers in Southampton is the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards supreme champion.It is the highest honour a Q Butcher can achieve in the annual product evaluation event, open to the Guilds 110 members nationwide.

Cutting, slicing and dicing feature: A cut above

Whether a major processor or independent, butchers are having to cut meat to satisfy changing consumer demands.

AHDB Beef & Lamb encourages dialogue with levy payers

Delegates from the agriculture industry gathered yesterday (3 November 2015) for AHDB Beef & Lambs annual conference, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Pig profitability to be addressed at AHDB Pork conference

AHDB Pork is due to hold a series of events throughout November and December, with the aim of helping stockmen and farm managers in producing a profitable pig.

Halal operators plan conference boycott

Halal operators in the UK are planning to boycott the upcoming AHDB Beef & Lamb annual conference over concerns on how the levy is being spent.

AHDB urges foodservice to try the lamb

Foodservice operators are being encouraged to embrace lamb through a new AHDB Beef & Lamb digital campaign.

Royal appointment for AHDB Pork

Sam Bowsher, skills development co-ordinator at AHDB Pork, had an encounter of the royal kind when she met Princess Anne.

New Zealand lamb on AHDB agenda

A review of the sheep meat supply in New Zealand will be among the key topics at this years AHDB Beef & Lamb annual conference.

Chinas appetite for UK pork continues to grow

China is now the biggest market for UK pork exports outside of Europe, according to AHDB Pork, with strong demand for offal likely to continue to grow.

Pork organisation urges clearer slap marks

AHDB Pork has provided instructions on how pig producers can achieve clear and legible slap marks on its website to help improve traceability in the food chain.

AHDB Beef & Lamb appoints new strategy director

Laura Ryan has been appointed as AHDB Beef & Lambs new sector strategy director. After successfully launching premium beef and lamb brands in the North East of England, she joined AHDB in 2007. Prior to her new appointment, she held the position of head of strategic marketing.

Jean-Pierre Garnier

Jean-Pierre GarnierJP is export manager at AHDB and has more than 35 years of experience in the meat sector having worked in many countries and across the meat supply chain. He heads meat exports for AHDB Pork and AHDB Beef and Lamb and is involved with the marketing of pork, processed pork products and co-products to more than 40 markets.

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New appointment at AHDB Pork

Nigel Penlington has been appointed the head of research and development and knowledge exchange for AHDB Pork.

Sheep farmers praise vaccinations

AHDB Beef & Lambs recent Fallen Stock initiative has revealed that pulpy kidney and deaths caused by pasteurella in lambs were more common in the month of October. To prevent damage to the business, sheep producers ought to ensure their animals are vaccinated, said the levy body.

AHDB seek new board member

The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) is seeking a new board member. The successful applicant will also have the added responsibility of being chair of the organisations Beef & Lamb sector advisory board.

NPD could generate 92m in added sales

Almost 92m in extra sales could be generated if the meat industry pursued new product development opportunities proposed by AHDB Beef & Lamb, according to the sector group.

Christmas feature: Cracking Christmas

While turkey is still viewed as the Christmas hero, consumer demand is always evolving and butchers need to keep up with the trends.

Qurbani guide published by AHDB

A Qurbani guide has been issued by AHDB Beef & Lamb to help industry, butchers and consumers during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Try something different for the Rugby World Cup

With the Rugby World Cup about to start, fans of the sport are soon to find themselves occupied for the next month.

British meat to be showcased at Anuga

AHDB Beef & Lamb is due to take Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb products to one of the worlds leading food fairs.

AHDB establishes new leadership team

Three new senior appointments to the agricultural levy board AHDB complete the newly restructured leadership team.

Steak cuts guide published by AHDB

A new guide to help chefs and foodservice operators maximise their profits from a range of steak cuts and provide menu inspiration has been unveiled by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

British beef and lamb receives new promotional campaign

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled a new promotional campaign for beef and lamb cuts, due to launch next month.

British beef and lamb receives new promotional campaign

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled a new promotional campaign for beef and lamb cuts, due to launch next month.

Conference to focus on promoting beef and lamb globally

This years AHDB Beef & Lamb Annual Conference will focus on increasing the demand of beef and lamb on a global scale.

Gill Fine appointed acting chair of AHDB Beef & Lamb

Gill Fine, independent member on the AHDB Beef & Lamb sector board, has been appointed as the acting chair with immediate effect.

AHDB plans revitalisation in response to intervention accusations

AHDB Beef & Lamb has responded to concerns over government intervention in marketing campaigns raised by the resignation of chairman Stuart Roberts.

Precautions taken to tackle pig illness

Over 40,000 sows across the country are thought to be covered by AHDB Porks significant disease charter in a provision to tackle the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) should it arrive in the UK.

Sacrifice guidelines set out for UKs Muslim community

Demand for sheep meat in the UK is set to see a significant increase in sales during the end of September when the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha falls.

Update: Roberts receives support in levy row

The British Meat Processors Associations (BMPA) has backed Stuart Roberts' reasons for resigning from his post at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Pig industry scholarship remains popular

Eight firms are taking part in the pig industry scholarship scheme, run by AHDB Pork and Harper Adams.

Stuart Roberts resigns from his role at AHDB

Stuart Roberts, AHDB board member and chairman of the AHDB Beef & Lamb sector board, has sparked strong reactions from the industry after announcing his resignation on August 28.

UK beef and veal production expected to fall

According to the latest AHDB Beef & Lamb Market Outlook report, the production of beef and veal is predicted to fall by 2% to 860,000 tonnes (t) in 2015.

Sheep meat imports down in June

Sheep imports to the UK fell by 18% in June year-on-year, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

New campaign promotes cooking with lamb

AHDB Beef & Lamb has joined forces with the European Union, Interbev in France and Bord Ba in Ireland to create the Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun campaign in an effort to tackle the decline in sales and to promote it as an easy alternative to other, more common, meats.

Opportunity knocks for sous-vide

AHDB Beef & Lamb believes there are clear opportunities in exploring sous-vide and enhancing ready-cooked product ranges in the beef and lamb categories.

Emerging diseases remains a key focus for the British pig industry

The British pig industry is investigating almost 40 different threats to livestock.

AHDB Pork appoints Mick Sloyan to strategy post

Industry stalwart Mick Sloyan, who successfully led the creation of Bpex in 1999, has accepted the post of pork strategy director at AHDB.

Video: AHDB Meat Export Conference

Delegates gathered to hear guest speakers discuss the future of exporting British meat.

Experts gather to learn about British meat exports

The strength of sterling against the euro is affecting export volumes, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb export manager Jean-Pierre Garnier.

AHDB Beef & Lamb to exhibit latest research

The AHDB Beef & Lamb research and development team are to host an event designed to showcase the work performed by the levy board.

Pulled pork campaign pays off

Pork shoulder sales leapt in May, suggesting a promotional campaign launched by AHDB Pork is paying off, the trade body claimed.

Butchers see an increase in sales thanks to POS

AHDB Beef & Lamb claims to have helped Quality Standard Mark (QSM) butchers see a rise in sales.

Importance of halal recognised by AHDB

Red meat levy body AHDB Beef & Lamb has produced a new facts booklet, highlighting the importance of halal and the value it adds to the UK sheep market.

AHDB plans Scottish tour to debate levy allocation

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to tour Scotland this summer meeting people throughout the food industry on a listening tour to discuss what its priorities should be when deciding how to spend its levy.

Beef imports on the up, while exports slow

Beef imports to the UK were up by 870 tonnes to 21,200 tonnes in April compared with the same time last year, according to the AHDB.

New look and structure at AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has unveiled new branding and a new organisational structure, which will see its activities divided into six separate brands - beef and lamb; pork; cereals and oilseeds; dairy; horticulture; and potatoes.

AHDB embraces technology as industrys future

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched a new conference in an effort to promote and develop technology in the industry.

Free meat supply chain event organised

Pork and red meat levy bodies Bpex and Eblex are offering meat industry professionals a free conference set to discuss the use and flow of information in the supply chain.

AHDB leads bid to establish livestock centre of excellence

The food and livestock industries have backed the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) bid for a Centre of Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).

Eblex reveals Best Steak competition results

The winners of Englands Best Sirloin Steak, Englands Best Innovative Steak and Englands Best Steak Pie have been revealed at Eblexs Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards at Underglobe in London.

AHDB divisions develop cattle information initiative

Just shy of 300,000 has been made available to develop a prototype system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain.

AHDB chair says changes will benefit industry

Changes in the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mean it can do more for the industry, chairman Peter Kendall told delegates at a farming conference.

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

Rise in sheep meat production forecast

UK sheep meat production is set to rise again this year, according to AHDB/Eblex forecasts.

Difficult situation in UK pig market to continue

Pig prices across the UK and the rest of Europe have been spiralling downhill, with key challenges likely to remain, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were informed.

Video: AHDB Outlook Conference 2015

The annual AHDB Conference took place last Wednesday (11 February) at One Great George Street, London. The new chief executive of AHDB, Jane King, kicked off proceedings in the morning, outlining the organisations plans and focus going forwards.

Retailers pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotlands Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

AHDB points to steady recovery for cattle

For the cattle sector, 2014 was a rollercoaster year, with prices at one point falling back to the same levels of 2012, the beef and lamb session at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Outlook Conference were told.

Bpex urges industry to bid for unique funding opportunity

Livestock industries have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a share of 90m government funding, according to Bpex.

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a simplified family of brands.

AHDB conference to look at emerging opportunities

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to address the prospects for the beef, lamb, pig, poultry and dairy sectors in its 2015 Outlook Conference next month.

Jane King appointed AHDB CEO

Former Farmers Weekly editor Jane King has been announced as the new chief executive of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

AHDB chair knighted in New Years Honours list

Former NFU president and current Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chair Peter Kendall has received a knighthood in the New Years Honours 2015 list.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

The cattle market is demonstrating stability as the year draws to a close, according to Eblex.

AHDB prepares for 2015 conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to hold its 2015 Outlook Conference, which will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster on Wednesday 11 February.

AHDB chairman reveals organisations ambition

Alongside new headquarters the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chairman has announced a new long-term ambition to become a world-leading centre of excellence for UK agriculture.

AHDB moves to 5m headquarters

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has moved to new headquarters at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

UK beef producers missing French opportunity, says AHDB

UK producers are failing to grasp the opportunity presented by cow beef in the French market, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Remi Fourrier.

Three new members join AHDB board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Board (AHDB) has appointed three new board members.

AHDB seeks new chief executive

The hunt is on for a new leader for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), following the resignation of its current chief executive, Tom Taylor.

Meat bodies offer new online statistics

Eblex and Bpex have revealed a new online library of meat statistics ranging from livestock numbers to the seasonality of meat markets.

Pig prices fall to lowest point since April 2013

Pig prices have fallen to their lowest point since April 2013, as higher supplies and subdued demand have combined to produce a similar picture to that in the sheepmeat and cattle sectors.

UK sheepmeat exports show good growth

Sheepmeat exports continued to perform strongly last year, according to the AHDB/Eblex Cattle and Sheep Yearbook 2014.

Farm-assured beef and lamb add value at farmgate

Farm assurance continued to add value at the farmgate in 2013, with assured beef cattle returning an average of 13p/kg more than non-assured last year, according to Eblex.

AHDB president outlines vision for agri-food sector

In an address to employees, Peter Kendall, president of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said that ensuring food security was the organisations biggest challenge.

Infographic: UK beef carcase quality improving

British prime beef carcases increased in quality in 2013, with 3.8% more reaching the R4L or better target than in 2012, according to Eblexs recent annual carcase classification results.

Peter Kendall appointed as new AHDB chair

Former National Farmers Union president Peter Kendall has been appointed by government as the new chair of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), with effect from 1 April 2014, for a three-year term.

Levy payers pleased with value for money as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were surprising and very positive.

Bpex abandons DAPP following controversial drop-outs

Following a significant decline in participating processors in the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP), the Bpex board has decided to launch a new historical pig price report, called the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP).

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Meat stats launched by Eblex and Bpex

An online library of meat industry facts and figures has been launched by Eblex and Bpex, available free to levy payers and industry stakeholders.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

Volatile prices create uncertainty in sheep industry

Price volatility in the sheep sector remains a huge problem, and market experts expect fewer lambs to be hitting the market this year, delegates to the Outlook Conference in London were told.

Constraint in long-term beef supplies

Beef supplies will remain tight into the long term, but consumer demand remains robust, delegates to the Outlook Conference were told.

Expert says 2014 meat outlook is positive

Richard Brown, director of consultancy and research company Gira, talked positively about the trading environment for the UK meat industry at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday.

Beef and veal supply expected to remain tight

AHDB Market Intelligence and Eblex forecasts suggest that while beef and veal supply is expected to be up on last year, the long-term situation will remain tight.

Farming minister sees huge potential in exports

After speaking at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday, food and farming minister George Eustice told MTJ of UK food export successes so far, as well plans to exploit potential around the globe.

UK food and farming minister to address AHDB conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference 2014 has confirmed that 100 delegates have already booked their places at this years event.

NPA accuses DAPP leavers of cost-cutting

The National Pig Association (NPA) has accused pig processors of trying to cut their costs by pulling out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) scheme, after Karro Food Group announced its decision to walk away from the voluntary agreement.

BREAKING: Karro pulls out of DAPP

The UKs pig price monitoring system, the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) has been dealt a further blow with the announcement by the Karro Food Group that they were withdrawing from the scheme.

Government searches replacement for AHDB chair

The government is seeking a new chair for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) as John Godfrey is nearing the end of his term of office.

UK lamb forecast revised down

Fewer lambs will be reared in the UK this year, partly down to poor weather conditions, leading to an 8% decrease on the estimated crop.

Eblex event to highlight beef and lamb trends

Global beef and lamb sector trends and developments will be highlighted at an Eblex and agri benchmark event in June.

Feeling the pinch

This time last year, the biggest problem for the pork sector was the divergence between volume and value, with supermarket promotions blamed for poor returns to producers. Twelve months on and the same tension between retailers and producers exists, but Kantar Worldpanel data reveals that the amount of pork sold on promotion has fallen by 6% year-on-year. This has brought a reversal of the recent trend for volume to outstrip value, with volume declining by 0.4% while value rose 6.1% in the 52 weeks to 10 June 2012, bringing the total market value to 935m.

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