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Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The importance of migrant labour to the Scottish red meat industry has been highlighted in a Brexit briefing paper, published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Flexitarianism offers opportunities, says industry rep

Flexitarians offer the meat industry opportunities, rather than posing a threat, according to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). 

National Farmers' Union Scotland urge more farming engagement ahead of Brexit

The head of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland has called for more clarity and engagement with the farming industry as negotiations for Great Britain to leave the EU begin.

Queen recognises food industry in birthday honours

Several members across the meat, animal welfare, and agriculture sectors have been awarded for their services to the food industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend. 

Who’s Who in Meat 2017

The Who’s Who in Meat 2017 list is now out, revealing the top 20 influencers in the meat industry. 

How bright is the future of retail butchery?

This piece is an honest account of the challenges which I personally see in our industry. It may be controversial and people may have different opinions on some of the content written, however when all told this is my livelihood, my life and my passion. 

How bright is the future of the retail butcher?

This piece is an honest account of the challenges which I personally see in our industry. It may be controversial and people may have different opinions on some of the content written, however when all told this is my livelihood, my life and my passion.

Is the industry doing enough to address sustainability issues?

The meat industry's image seems to be under constant fire from critics of how animals are reared and fed. Barely a week goes past without some report questioning whether the industry’s approach is sustainable.

Drop in Colistin usage in pigs welcomed by industry

The pig sector has praised figures suggesting there has been a significant drop in the use of Colistin in the pig sector. 

Livestock producers advised on farm break-ins

Farmers have been warned of break-ins, following an increase in the industry being targeted by animal rights protestors. 

Imported foods could have ‘devastating’ impact on livestock industry

Northern Ireland’s chief veterinary officer has warned of the damaging implications importing foods can have on the livestock industry. 

Commercial beef unit sought to take part in feed project

The Beef Feed Efficiency Programme is looking for a commercial beef unit to take part in its the industry-leading project.

Calls made to ban Brazilian meat imports, amid scandal

The Northern Irish farming industry has demanded that Brazilian meat imports be banned completely. 

Animal health organisation calls for government support

The next government has been called on to provide the necessary tools to the animal health industry to ensure it is able to flourish post-Brexit. 

How the BDCI is helping the meat industry

It can be tough to give your life to a sector and then, when you fall on hard times, feel there’s no help available to you.  Thankfully, for those in the meat industry, there is support at hand. 

Who’s Who in Meat reveals top meat influencers

Curious to know who the most influential players in the meat industry are? 

General election: how will the next government affect you?

No matter what industry you’re in, the UK is on the brink of change. 

Industry must work together to overcome meat fraud

The Scottish meat industry has been encouraged to make the most of the Food Crime and Incidents unit to overcome fraudulent practices. 

Meat industry sets out demands for next government

With just under three weeks until the general election, industry bodies have laid out their expectations from the UK’s next government, with Brexit remaining a key topic of discussion. 

UV breakthrough hailed for knife sterilisation

A waterless steriliser, offering an alternative to hot water for sterilising knives and other tools in cutting plants and abattoirs, has been approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is already attracting considerable interest from the meat industry, according to its inventor. 

Europe lagging behind in technological advances in agriculture

The agricultural industry heard how technology can help boost productivity at a conference last week. 

Sheep association sets out ‘future-proofing’ the industry

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has said that the whole industry working together is “essential” if it is to overcome challenges in the wake of Brexit. 

Industry encouraged to participate in charity golf day

Members of the meat industry are being encouraged to take part in the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) 2017 annual golf day. 

UK sheep flock increases

Industry figures have revealed that the UK’s breeding flock has increased year-on-year. 

BBQ trends report designed to benefit industry

BBQ trends and influences for 2017 are at the centre of a report delivered by Dalziel Ingredients. 

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir. 

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

UK livestock sector vows to support trade post-EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the papers triggering Article 50 this morning, the livestock industry has vowed to protect trade and welfare standards as the UK leaves the European Union. 

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

Article 50: industry demands from Brexit talks

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter that will trigger Article 50, notifying Brussels that Britain wants to exit the European Union we discuss with the industry what it wants from the talks.

Stepping up to the challenge with Riverford Organic

Six years of success at Riverford Organic, the award-winning food box delivery firm, has done little to quell butchery manager Mark Slade’s enduring appetite for industry and innovation. 

Free-range poultry industry debate heats up

The British poultry industry has hit back at suggestions that welfare standards of non-RSPCA-Assured chickens are below acceptable levels. 

Processing hygiene report slammed by meat industry

A report into UK slaughterhouses by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been debunked by industry experts. 

Looking ahead to 2017

The past 12 months have been tumultuous for the meat industry and beyond. As the sector dusts itself off after a messy 2016, we look at what the industry hopes to see in 2017.

Pig industry to benefit from training tool

A training and development web-based tool is scheduled to be introduced to the pig industry. 

Leadsom pledges red tape action for farming industry

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has vowed to cut red tape for the farming industry. 

BBC anti-sheep rustling solutions shot down

Ideas set out in BBC 2 programme The Big Life Fix to combat sheep rustling have been debunked by the industry. 

Beef sales dominated by steak

Beef steak sales have reached a five-year high, making up almost 70% of sales in the category, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

UK ‘lucky’ not to have serious Avian Influenza outbreak yet

The UK poultry industry has been described as “lucky” that there hasn’t been a large scale outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) so far. 

Past Master Roy Seeman passes away, aged 83

The industry is saddened to learn of the passing of Roy Seeman, past Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. 

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. 

Entries now open for Chefs’ Choice awards

The foodservice industry is invited to take part in a new competition designed to recognise the best of the sector. 

Packing in some sustainability

How is the packaging industry responding to increasing demands on sustainability, portion size and freshness? 

Scottish pig industry introduces new antibiotic measures

The Scottish pig industry has introduced new measures to ensure it stays at the frontline of best practice in the use of antibiotics. 

Smithfield Festival tailored for farming industry

The East of England Smithfield Festival is promising to attract the wider livestock industry for this year’s event. 

Pig industry scholarship returns for fourth year

The pig industry scholarship scheme is now open to recruit students for its fourth year. 

Meat industry contacts Prime Minister over FSA bias concern

The British meat industry has combined forces to voice their concerns about Food Standards Agency (FSA) bias against the sector. 

Love Lamb Week campaign returns for second year

The Love Lamb Week campaign is set to return for a second year, with additional support from key players in the sheep-meat industry. 

Scottish red meat industry bullish after Brexit result

Scotland’s red meat industry is in a good position to adapt to the period of change that will follow the EU referendum, according to the chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Jim McLaren. 

New workshop targets beef and lamb production advisors

AHDB Beef & Lamb will hold a workshop in Warwick to outline its completed and ongoing research in the red meat industry. 

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry. 

Dunbia chief executive Jim Dobson receives industry honours

Chief executive and co-owner of red meat processor Dunbia, Jim Dobson OBE, has been the recipient of two industry honours. 

Truss issues Brexit warning to sheep industry

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has warned that the sheep industry will suffer should Great Britain leave the European Union. 

Industry builds on new Scottish Beef Efficiency Scheme

Several Scottish industry bodies are looking to drive uptake of the new Scottish Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) before the 31 May deadline. 

Beef no longer a part of Mercosur deal

News that South American beef will no longer be a part of the Mercosur negotiations has been welcomed by industry bodies. 

AHDB Pork unveils pig industry app

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

Pig industry invited to attend regional forums

Industry levy board AHDB Pork is inviting pig producers and members of the industry to attend a series of regional forums to discuss concerns within the trade. 

Agricultural industry comes together to fight BVD

Over 50 organisations and companies from across the agricultural industry have joined forces in a campaign to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD). 

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. 

Meat Business Women announce third networking event

Meat Business Women, the networking group for women working in the UK meat industry, is to host its third event next month in London. 

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. 

Farmers warned against bluetongue return

Livestock farmers are being urged by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) to talk to their vets, as the industry braces itself for a potential return of bluetongue disease. 

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. 

Anti-meat agenda concerns for industry

A leading figure in the meat industry has warned of a growing anti-meat agenda and fears it may be the next food to be targeted by health bodies after sugary drinks and fatty snacks. 

Meat industry mourns death

Ian Galloway, chairman of Bridge of Allan-based Scotbeef, has died after a short illness, at the age of 75. 

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. 

Pig industry gains seven new young students

The Pig Industry Scholarship has attracted seven new bright students to its training scheme. 

FSA seeks comments on rare burger production advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking for comments on new consolidated advice for the food industry and local authorities on the production of rare burgers. 

Leeds City College celebrates women in the butchery industry

To commemorate International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March), Leeds City College celebrated the success of women in the butchery industry, by showcasing the skilled women who study with the institution. 

National Sheep Association unveils next generation ambassadors

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced the 12 individuals selected to represent the sheep industry in its 2016 Next Generation Ambassador programme. 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Meat adulteration webinar launched by Meat Trades Journal

To learn more about protecting the supply chain in the UK food industry, be sure to register for Meat Trades Journal’s webinar on meat adulteration. 

Northern Irish beef industry drives processing sector

A new survey published in Insider magazine revealed that 26 out of Northern Ireland’s top 100 manufacturers come from the agri-food industry. 

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Convenience key to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry has been urged to give the consumer what they want through their products. 

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. 

Refrigeration feature: Cold play

We’ve come a long way since using snow and ice to keep our food fresh. Thanks to the development of technology, we’re able to keep our food refrigerated year round without having to rely on the unpredictable nature of the seasons.

Pig industry mourns the loss of respected figure

John A C Godfrey CBE, a popular figure within the pig industry, passed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  

Beef industry urged to be more efficient

The beef industry ought to follow in the footsteps of the pig and poultry sectors when it comes to efficiency, according to the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute’s (AFBI) Dr Francis Lively. 

Food safety industry receives new sentencing guidelines

The food sector has received a new set of sentencing guidelines, designed to improve health and safety within the industry. 

Meat industry to climb new heights for Farm Africa

Personnel from the meat industry are looking to test their endurance as they hope to trek in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains in aid of Farm Africa. 

Impending meat report debunked by UK experts

A report into the carcinogenic effects of meat set to be launched next week has already been slammed by UK industry experts. 

World Steak Challenge winner revealed

The winner of the first-ever World Steak Challenge has been unveiled at an event in London.

TPP agreement welcomed in UK and Northern Ireland

The successful agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been welcomed by the UK and Northern Ireland food industry. 

Andrews Chiller Hire doubles fleet

Andrews Chiller Hire has doubled its fleet of FC90 Fast Chill models, due to increasing popularity as a positive fix when temporary chiller hire is called upon across all sectors of the food and drinks industry. 

Hands off pig levy say producers

The English pig industry has urged the government to keep out of decisions about how the pig levy is spent. 

Pig industry scholarship remains popular

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

Sheep scab warning issued to farmers

At a recent Clyde monitor farm meeting, hosted by farmer Andre Baillie, industry experts gathered to deliberate the increasingly pressing issue of sheep scab. 

Northern Irish food directors nominated for top award

Directors from two of Northern Ireland’s largest companies, Moy Park and Dunbia - both from the food industry, have been recognised for their commitment to the sector. 

Dalziel gives behind the scenes look at the UK butchery industry

Dalziel is to launch a series of films which go behind the scenes of the UK’s retail butchery industry. 

Nominations still open for David Black Award

There is still time to nominate somebody to receive the David Black Award – the highest honour the pig industry can bestow. 

Christmas SuperMeat & Fish judging underway

Christmas is coming early for the meat industry as the judging for SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products gets underway. 

Asda pledges support for UK lamb producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed plans to support the UK’s sheep farming industry by ensuring that most of its lamb will be UK-sourced as of mid-July. 

HCC outlines ambitious five-year targets for Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has set out ambitious new five-year targets, encouraging all sectors of the Welsh red meat industry to secure a viable long-term future. 

HCC to highlight concerns facing Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) aims to tackle issues facing the Welsh red meat industry at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. 

Poultry industry adds £300m extra to UK GDP

The affordability of poultry products relative to other foods has helped the industry grow its contribution to UK GDP by £300 million. 

Aldi commits to the Scottish meat industry

Aldi has continued to encourage locally sourced meat products in its Scottish stores. 

QMS calls for praise of Scottish red meat

The chairman of Quality Meat Scotland has urged the red meat industry to recognise the value of its brands in Scotland. 

ABP gives students experience in meat industry

Food processor ABP has employed three students from Leeds City College since announcing a partnership to give young people experience in the meat and supply chain industry. 

Colin Crawshaw steps down as buying director of Crawshaw Group

Colin Crawshaw has stepped down as buying director of independent butchers Crawshaw Group after 40 years in the industry. 

Livestock industry unveils joint approach to data collection

The livestock industry has agreed to work together to ensure the correct information and data are being collected across the poultry, pig, beef and sheep sectors. 

Scottish lamb industry facing challenge

The Scottish lamb industry faces a challenge to increase consumption of Lamb in the country, Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has claimed. 

Call for input on future Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock

The industry has been encouraged to help shape the future of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). 

Butcher issues business warning to government

A butcher set to close her doors for the final time has warned that the industry will be forced to do the same unless the government does more to support small businesses. 

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.

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

The Conservative Party has achieved a majority in the 2015 General Election.

BDCI to offer £5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) is to offer a £5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

ABP Food Group subsidiary wins sustainability award

The renewable energy division of the ABP Food Group, Olleco, has won an award at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards.

QMS reports boost to Scottish Quality Assurance scheme

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed increased numbers of farmers joining Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Quality Assurance scheme.

QMS gains funding boost for Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry is set to receive €1.2 million (£861,000) from the European Commission (EC), thanks to a grant secured by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Pig health under scrutiny at Bpex event

The pig industry will look for new insights to safeguard pig health in the future at its annual Bpex Innovation Conference on 13 May.

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be “best in class”, at this year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a “short-term blip” by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

Opening US and China remains top priority, says Northern Irish meat processor

With the election only weeks away, opening up export markets in the US and China should be regarded as an economic and political priority, according to the CEO of food and feeds company Fane Valley.

Great British Beef Week to raise awareness of declining suckler herd

The British beef industry has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows in the last three years, Ladies in Beef reported as they gear up for Great British Beef Week.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

Welsh meat body to hold meeting on pig disease

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will hold a meeting to increase the industry’s knowledge and awareness of the threat of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

Butcher bounce back threatened by lost generation

Butchers are riding the crest of a wave of increasing popularity among consumers, but a lost generation of skills is threatening to derail that momentum.

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

Sign up for today’s exclusive campylobacter webinar

There is still time to register for today’s (18 March 2015) webinar: Cracking down on Campy – what should the industry be doing?

ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

Eblex offers technical masterclass

A new two-day science masterclass has been introduced for meat industry workers by beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

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.

Export worries dent poultry sector confidence

Poultry industry confidence has been knocked due to export uncertainty, according to a new British Poultry Council (BPC) survey.

Barbers outpace food apprentices

There are nearly as many apprentice barbers as apprentices across the entire food sector, and the numbers are continuing to fall, figures have revealed.

Welsh red meat trade sets out strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the Welsh red meat industry will aim to increase sales by at least 34% to £776 million a year by 2020, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported.

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Inaugural seminar held for women in the meat industry

Women across the meat industry came together on Wednesday (4 March), for a first-of-its-kind event for females working in the sector.

Halal seminar to debate issues

Eblex will focus on the current opportunities and challenges in the halal sector in a seminar later this month.

Ian Wright to head up food body

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed drinks man, Ian Wright, as its new director general.

Beef farmer competition launched

A new “unique” competition, The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, will take place at this year’s National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo.

Food industry expert highlights opportunities

The chief executive of research company IGD has predicted a changing picture for the food industry in the coming years, and outlined a number of opportunities for producers.

Government outlines long-term plan for food and farming

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss aims to ensure a thriving industry through her long-term economic plan for food and farming, outlined at the NFU Conference this week.

Retailers gear up for SuperMeat rivalry

Tesco will be hoping to defend its crown against rivals from across the supermarket sector as the industry gears up for the year’s most hotly contested contest in meat – the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015.

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

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 adds video news and ‘ask’ feature to web

Beef and sheep levy board Eblex has launched a monthly online news round-up video, “which reports the latest industry news and market information in a short, easily-digestible form”.

Feature: Quality promise

Arabella Mileham finds that increasing interest in quality assurance is pushing organisers to refine and enhance their schemes, but that this throws up some unavoidable challenges

Halal compliance courses offered

The Halal Food Association’s (HFA) charitable arm, the Halal Food Foundation (HFF) is launching courses in halal compliance training for workers in the meat industry.

Importance of leather highlighted to meat industry

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is opening its doors on 17 February to highlight the importance of leather, as a sector, to the meat industry.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

Bpex sends out annual pig survey

Bpex’s annual confidence survey is now being distributed to the pig industry.

Eblex gains funding boost for breeding project

Beef and lamb levy board Eblex has won £1.75m-worth of funding for a selective breeding project which aims to improve the sustainability of the meat industry

Eblex strengthens communications team

Eblex has increased the size of its communications team after calls from levy payers and stakeholders for more information “to help drive the industry forward”.

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the government’s long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Farming conference attracts political heavyweights

The 2015 Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) kicks off tomorrow, and a wide range of speakers will address a number of vital issues relevant to the meat industry.

Quality Meat Scotland announces 2015 events

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is encouraging livestock farmers to register for next year’s ‘Sharing Best Practice’ industry development conference, as well as a range of free workshops.

Meat body urges farmers to clip lambs at the final hour

With changeable weather forecast in coming weeks, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has urged farmers to ensure lambs are clipped and clean when sent to the abattoir.

Meat body reflects on 'crunch' year for Scottish industry

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a “crunch” year for the Scottish meat industry.

Asda launches female farming group

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

HCC action plan on track

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) five-year action plan, to ensure a “profitable” and “sustainable” meat industry for the future, is continuing to hit targets, according to the organisation.

New allergen labelling rules imminent

New allergen labelling comes into force tomorrow (13 December 2014), including new labelling protocol for frozen meat and frozen meat preperations.

Pig scholarship applications increase

The Pig Industry Scholarship, facilitated by Bpex in conjunction with Harper Adams University, is gaining in popularity after receiving an increased number of applications in 2014.

Pig herd improvements observed

The physical performance of the British pig herd continues to improve, according to the latest Interpig report, published by Bpex.

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

Poultry industry awards winners revealed

The British Poultry Council (BPC) rewarded excellence in the poultry industry at its Annual Awards at the House of Commons on Tuesday (2 December).

US cutting methods to be shown at Eblex conference

Adopting new US cutting methods could help British processors and butchers maximise carcases, according to Eblex.

High alert on bird flu

After the first outbreak of avian influenza in the UK since 2008 and new cases confirmed in the Netherlands almost daily, the poultry industry remains on high alert. 

Sainsbury’s to invest £150m in price cuts

Sainsbury’s has announced a £150m investment in price cuts as it revealed a 2.1% fall in like-for-like sales.

Bright future for red meat, says QMS boss

There are a number of signs that point to an “encouraging future” for the Scottish red meat industry, according to Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Demand from Europe drives UK beef exports

August figures for UK beef exports show smaller European markets are driving growth, according to beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

ABP joins forces with Leeds College

Meat company ABP has teamed up with Leeds City College to help students develop skills essential for the meat industry.

Beef and lamb outlook positive, but volatility to remain

Due to increasing global demand for meat, the outlook for the UK beef and lamb industry is positive, but volatility is here to stay, said speakers at Eblex’s annual conference.

QMS boss emphasises importance of Scotch meat quality assurance

Maintaining the integrity of the Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb labels is crucial to ensuring the long-term profitability of the Scottish red meat industry, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive.

Scottish butcher addresses youngsters on job prospects

A West Lothian butcher has helped Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) raise awareness of careers in the meat industry during a Skills Scotland event.

Charity dinner tickets selling fast

The annual Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) is urging industry to get their seats booked for its annual dinner as tickets are reportedly running out.

Deadline looming for meat and poultry awards

Processing companies across the meat sector are being urged to polish up their entries for one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions.

Three new members join AHDB board

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

China to be a key focus for Eblex conference

Eblex has reported the impact of trade with China on British beef and lamb markets will be a key topic of its annual conference next month.

Poultry firm manager completes leadership programme

Moy Park manager Ian Dowsland has completed the prestigious Institute of Agricultural Management’s Leadership Development Programme, which the company hopes will see him “lead the way” in agriculture.

John Reed retains chair of British Poultry Council

John Reed has been re-elected as chairman of The British Poultry Council (BPC) for a third term.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Eblex introduces Cow Beef Guide

Eblex has released a new Cow Beef Guide to help industry explore different classifications and qualities.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotland’s farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

Prime Minister attends food and drink round-table

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpex’s seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

UK sheep delegation visits China

Representatives from the British sheep industry are visiting China to explore possible export opportunities to the country.

Research body develops food fraud ID systems

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has told the food industry to “expect the unexpected” after the publishing of the Elliott review last week.

UK missing out on Eid sacrifice income, says expert

Most UK Muslims are buying sheep for the annual Islamic Qurbani ritual sacrifice overseas, and the UK is missing out on a big opportunity, according to a halal meat expert.

FSA reacts to Unison reform attack

The Food Standards Agency has hit out at union leaders for making extraordinary claims ahead of a board meeting vote tomorrow.

Hunt on for meat processing stars

The search is on for the meat industry’s shining stars as Meat Trades Journal gears up once again for the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2015.

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is “extremely disappointing” that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

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.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Bpex takes steps against exotic pig diseases

Bpex has reported steady progress in the prevention of exotic diseases, such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) entering the UK.

BDCI welcomes bursary applications

The BDCI is now welcoming applications for its bursary programme announced earlier this month.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

Scottish beef action plan revealed

The Beef 2020 report, a Scottish beef industry action plan, has been unveiled to facilitate sustainable and long-term beef production growth.

BBC Horizon programme questioned by industry body

Claims by BBC’s Horizon programme that eating processed meat is detrimental to health have been refuted by an industry body.

Bpex updates butchers’ website

Bpex has revamped its ‘PorkforButchers’ website, which it said now contained the latest information on Bpex marketing campaigns, the latest consumer recipe booklets, advice on pork cuts and industry news.

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into ‘disrepute’

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into “disrepute” with its latest move for industrial action.

Meat industry charity to award bursaries amid change to organisation

Students will now be able to train for a career in the meat industry with a little helping hand, courtesy of the sector’s leading charity, the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI).

Datamonitor study points to meat-reduced flexitarianism diets

Research carried out by consumer analyst company Datamonitor has suggested consumer are moving away from meat, posing “significant concern for meat manufacturers”.

Farming and sheep bodies join forces on lamb

As lamb prices take a tumble, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has teamed up with the National Sheep Association (NSA) and produced the ‘Vision for British Lamb Production’ report.

Eblex reveals beef and lamb conference topics

Production efficiency and profitability will take centre-stage at the annual Eblex conference.

Chicken scandal update: Union joins call for stricter food inspection

Union bosses are calling for food inspection services to be ramped back up in the wake of headline claims in The Guardian over chicken production.

Wales seeks improvement in animal welfare

The Welsh government has announced plans to improve animal health and welfare over the next 10 years.

Kate Humble to address Welsh red meat conference

Television personality Kate Humble will speak at this year’s Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) annual conference, it was announced today (22 July).

Meat industry award recognises high achievers

The Royal Smithfield Club is calling for nominations for its Bicentary Trophy 2014, which celebrates excellence in the meat industry.

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The “‘sword of Damocles’ is hanging over the beef industry” due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

Pig industry backs regulation proposals on disease

The pig industry has given its support to proposals for new regulation on the handling of exotic diseases in pigs.

New school meal rules good news for pig industry

New rules allowing schools in England to serve up sausages more often has been welcomed by the pig industry.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a £1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this year’s prestigious David Black Award.

Farming minister highlights careers in food

The meat industry, along with the wider food sector, is the UK’s largest manufacturing business and should not be overlooked, food and farming minister George Eustice told delegates to the British Meat Processors Association’s (BMPA) annual conference.

Bpex adopts proactive strategy to tackle pig industry challenges

Bpex launched a new strategy to to deal with challenges facing the Pig industry at the Pig and Poultry Fair.

Eblex outlines export conference details

Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will present this year’s Eblex export conference, set to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Industry welcomes government investment in apprenticeships

The food industry has welcomed plans by the government to invest a further £85m in the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) scheme, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech yesterday (19 March).

BBC seeks meat industry artists

BBC One is hunting for the best of Britain’s amateur artists for a new competitive arts series, and they have asked for any budding maestros in the meat industry to put themselves forward.

Pig industry keeps watch for virus

The British pig industry is being extra vigilant to ensure the virulent porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) does not enter the country, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Aubrey Allen pays visit to Number 10

A representative from Aubrey Allen met with George Osborne at 10 Downing Street last week, as part of a trade mission to bridge the skills gap across the meat industry.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Faccenda managers enter new poultry course

After working with Harper Adams University for two years to develop the qualification, food company Faccenda has enrolled 12 managers on to the post-graduate Poultry Business Management course.

Pig industry exceeds GHG targets

The pig industry has already far exceeded its 2020 targets for carbon footprint reductions, according to farming minister George Eustice.

Helping Northern Ireland meat exports

An initiative to help Northern Ireland meat exports grow has been made by Invest Northern Ireland along with the Livestock and Meat Commission.

British Cattle Breeders outline conference details

Dates have been announced for the British Cattle Breeders’ Club (BCBC) annual conference, which will be held this year at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on in Shropshire from 21-23 January.

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