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French beef genetics to benefit from UK breed

A new agreement has been reached that will see UK cattle genetics used to enhance the French industry. 

Cattle disease surveillance dashboard launched

A new interactive map highlighting cattle disease across Great Britain has been launched by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). 

Scottish red meat abattoirs see turnover decline in 2016

Red meat primary processors in Scotland saw livestock numbers and figures for animals processed down year-on-year, despite a slight increase in the amount of cattle slaughtered. 

How Highland cattle breed reached Smithfield's restaurant menu

London’s Smiths of Smithfield has entered into partnership with Grace Noble, a supplier of Aberdeenshire Highland cattle, in a move that builds on its commitment to British. 

World Angus Forum returns to its roots

For the first time in 40 years, the 2017 World Angus Forum will be heading to the home of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in the UK and will be hosted by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society in the UK.

Reduced availability drives farmgate price rise

A drop in availability has led to farmgate prime cattle prices in Scotland rising modestly over the past couple of weeks. 

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.

Final call for Scottish farmers to log calf information in BES initiative

The deadline is looming for farmers who have applied to the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) in Scotland to log calving information, before the cut-off date of Tuesday, 7 February. 

QMS industry development welcomes new team member

Dr Heather McCalman has joined Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) industry development team as its knowledge transfer specialist. 

Wholesale meat market expected to experience ‘extremely competitive’ 2017

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned that the wholesale meat market will remain competitive over the next 12 months. 

Funding for antibiotic action tripled as part of five-year plan

Funding for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has more than tripled as part of a new five-year plan which will help UK farming reduce antibiotic use across animal and human medicine. 

Carr’s Group starts the year with solid feedblock sales

Agricultural and engineering company Carr’s Group has reported a growth in feed volume sales. 

Scottish beef farmers encouraged to apply for beef support scheme

Beef farmers in Scotland have been urged to apply for the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme ahead of the 31 December deadline.

Vets condemn CCTV recommendation report

British vets have today (19 December) expressed disappointment at a report instructed by the Welsh Government. 

Change in government scheme could cause beef industry serious ‘cashflow problems’

The beef industry is calling for the government to provide a four-year extension before any phasing out of the Approved Finishing Units (AFUs).

England to seek Officially TB-Free status for half the country in 2017

England is set to apply for Officially TB-Free (OTF) status for more than half of the country next year. 

Demand and supply balance presents challenge for Irish beef farmers

The latest analysis from Teagasc has shown that margins fell on most Irish farms this year. 

Progress in cattle health welcomed by vets

Significant improvements have been made in advancing cattle health, according to the latest biennial report from Great Britain’s Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG). 

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). 

New Lite Beef range promises less fat than traditional cuts

Online retailer Musclefood.com has launched a new range of beef products that it believes contains 14 times less fat than standard cuts. 

Aldi trumpets upmarket steaks with tactile labels

Global packaging firm Coveris has pioneered a new printing process used in the launch of Aldi’s 100% British Aberdeen Angus steaks. 

Farm animal ban handed down to Bedfordshire farmer

A Bedfordshire man has been disqualified from keeping farm animals for life after being found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act. 

Prime Scottish cattle throughputs on the rise

The pattern of prime cattle throughputs peaking in October and November looks set to continue this year. 

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.

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.

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.

Cattle failing to meet target specification

Beef producers are being advised on the importance of regularly handling and weighing cattle to meet target specification and avoid subsequent penalties. 

MII weighs in on ABP Slaney deal

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has debunked the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) claims that the ABP-Slaney joint venture would harm the Irish meat industry. 

Morrisons cuts meat and poultry prices by 12%

This week will see supermarket chain Morrisons cut prices of its meat and poultry products by 12% in an effort to help families cook more with meat this autumn. 

Beef producer to cast net into fish market

Somerset-based Brown Cow Organics has launched a range of fresh fish on its website. 

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. 

New measures announced to tackle TB

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced further measures today (Tuesday, 30 August) to tackle bovine TB as part of its 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease. 

Badger cull row rumbles on following extension

A reported extension to the badger cull has reawoken an ongoing row regarding the process and its impact on tackling TB in cattle.

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). 

Industry risks losing cash through lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies

Meat firms risk losing cash as a result of a lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies, including packaging innovations, according to research just published. 

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.

Farmers urged to check teeth numbers

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has issued a warning to its members, cautioning them to check that the number of teeth in cattle they buy is appropriate for their age. 

Concerns grow for Irish beef producers, as price differentials increase

Fears are growing for Northern Irish beef farmers due to the increasing price difference with Great Britain, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). 

Lidl shows support for Scotch Beef

Scottish beef is receiving support from a Lidl campaign, which is being backed by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland. 

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 don’t consistently reflect the yield of trimmed primal cuts from the carcase.

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. 

Nominations for Scotch Beef Farm of the Year open

The organisers of the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award are urging farmers and others involved in the industry to nominate farms they feel are worthy of receiving the 2016 award. 

Bluetongue vaccines now available in Britain

Vaccines for bluetongue are now available for sheep and cattle across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.

Shorthorn Cattle Society to supply beef to Morrisons

After six years in the works, the Shorthorn Cattle Society will be supplying beef exclusively to Morrisons for an undisclosed sum. 

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. 

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 Board’s (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division. 

Calls to tweak Scotland’s Beef Efficiency Scheme

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has suggested eight simple recommendations on how the Scottish government can make its Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) more effective for the country’s cattle producers.

Welsh red meat sector “proactive” in addressing climate change

Welsh beef and lamb producers are driving forward the industry’s climate change agenda by linking environmental actions to good commercial practices, according to research from Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

BVDFree campaign gathers support

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has joined a 70-strong coalition of organisations from the veterinary profession, industry, science sector and government to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from England ahead of the 2016 BVDFree campaign launch on Friday (1 July). 

Bluetongue meetings hit the road

The Joint campaign Against Bluetongue (JAB) will be hitting the road to deliver a series of meetings that will provide bluetongue updates to farmers, veterinarians, and the wider industry. 

Prices increase for Scottish cattle

Latest analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has shown that Scottish cattle prices have displayed some seasonal growth. 

Performance-enhancing drug found in cow not a threat to human health

Following on from an investigation into the discovery of performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol on an Irish farm, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said that it poses no threat to human health.

Aldi to launch premium quality wagyu steaks

Discounters Aldi is set to launch a range of quality premium wagyu steaks.

Dawn Meats farm welcomes guests

More than 2,000 farmers gathered at the Dawn Meats Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm for a showcase of the farm’s full year in operation. 

Celtic Pride beef producers optimistic about future

Celtic Pride Premium Beef Scheme producers were told of “ambitious plans” to increase sales of Celtic Pride Beef to premium catering establishments in the south east at Celtic Pride’s annual supplier meeting. 

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. 

Irish cattle farmers see a boost in income for 2015

Family farm incomes in Ireland grew by 6% last year, according to the agricultural and food development authority Teagasc's National Farm Survey, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to €26,526. 

EU exit to impact Devon beef farmers, warns Truss

An exit from the European Union could threaten Devon’s beef industry, according to Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss. 

AIMS issues response to CCTV calls from BVA and VPHA

The recent call from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, and that official veterinarians (OV) should have unrestricted access to footage, has sparked debate within the industry. 

NFU Scotland vice-president encourages beef producers to apply for efficiency scheme

National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland vice-president Rob Livesey highlighted the “particularly difficult time” the beef sector is facing in his latest blog, and how this can be overcome. 

World Steak Challenge 2016 now open for entries

Following the success of the inaugural World Steak Challenge, organised by GlobalMeatNews, the international competition to crown the best steak on the planet has returned.

Consumers encouraged to back British beef

The National Beef Association (NBA) is to showcase all the different cuts available from a cow, in an effort to alter shopping habits. 

Concerns for Scottish beef producers over Mercosur deal

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland highlighted the dangers that a flawed trade deal with South American countries could have of the country’s beef industry. 

Bestway launches premium cuts range

Bestway Wholesale has launched a range of top-quality fresh steaks under its Essentially Catering Premium label in response to customer demands. 

Welsh abattoir businesses need further investment

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has recognised cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering businesses as contributing £461 million every year to the Welsh economy. 

Beef prices hit five-year low

Britain’s beef prices have reached their lowest level in five years, according to the National Beef Association (NBA). 

UK retail beef sales report decline

Northern Irish meat processors have suggested demand for beef has been relaxed during much of 2016, with current supplies of prime cattle meeting demand for beef. 

Livestock industry’s young talent showcased

More than 140 young farmers between the ages of eight and 24 demonstrated their abilities at the National Young Stars from 23-24 March at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. 

Welsh Beef campaign beats target

Research has suggested that a Welsh Beef marketing campaign has been a success. 

Cattle rejection conditions tested in abattoirs over two-week trial

A two-week trial is currently taking place in nine cattle abattoirs across England and Wales in order to validate a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions. 

Calls for beef farmers to receive fair share of margins

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has called for cattle farmers to get a fairer share of the retail price of beef. 

McDonald's UK study helps farmers get greener and richer

Fast-food chain McDonald's has launched one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for Co2 reduction and boost profits. 

Challenges for the livestock sector highlighted

Livestock farmers are facing an uphill struggle to achieve positive margins when selling finished animals, according to latest figures from Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) economics services team. 

Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

Northern Irish artisan meat processing business Hillstown Farm has developed its own Wagyu-style beef.

Breeding values to be highlighted in bull selection process

Workshops in Scotland have been designed to help beef producers choose the most efficient and profitable breeding lines in cattle. 

Stanforths Butchers now owned by Simon Barker

Simon Barker has taken over 100% control of the Stanforths butchery business, including the meat production unit at Skipton Auction Mart and the retail shop in Skipton. 

SAMW sets targets for 2016

An improvement in end-product prices is on the agenda for Scotland’s meat wholesalers in 2016, as well as an upgrade in the way the government applies regulatory burdens.

Marks & Spencer honours top Aberdeen Angus farm

Macphie of Glenbervie, an independent food ingredients company, received the Aberdeen Angus Supplier of the Year award, an annual award presented by Marks & Spencer (M&S) and wholesaler Scotbeef, which supplies the supermarket.

Christmas challenges for carcase balance

As the Christmas season approaches, the challenges that processors face in achieving carcase balance is brought into the spotlight. 

NFU Scotland requests clarification over cattle moving

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has announced it will be contacting abattoirs and processors to gain an understanding into “maximum moves rules” in terms of cattle.

HSBC outlines challenging market for agri-food sector

The economic environment faced by farmers and growers in the UK is now tougher than at any time for the past decade, claims HSBC’s head of food & agriculture Allan Wilkinson.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year named

A family-run farm in Aberdeenshire has been named as the 2015 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

Profitability gaps in livestock identified

There is a “considerable” variation in the profitability between the top third and bottom third of livestock producers, the 2015 edition of the ‘Cattle and Sheep Enterprise Profitability’, published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), has revealed.

Support needed for the beef sector

The government, meat processors and retailers need to do more to market the UK’s beef sector, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters has said.

NFU criticises Dunbia’s change in cattle specification

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has disapproved Dunbia’s “unacceptable” changes to its terms and conditions for cattle specification on such short notice. 

Canada opens borders for UK beef

The UK and Ireland are among countries that are now able to send beef to Canada, after it opened its borders to EU beef products for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Farming family eye cattle victory

In the aftermath of recent show successes, the Lyon family, who farm cattle near Bourne in Lincolnshire, are heading to the 2015 East of England Smithfield Festival next month in the hopes of replicating their achievements.

The world’s best steak is soon to be revealed

We are just days away from the results of the World Steak Challenge.

MPs seek answers for falling meat prices

Following a difficult summer for cattle producers, the government’s environment, food and rural affairs committee is to examine aggravating factors affecting farmgate prices.

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 world’s leading food fairs.

Beef genetics could help farmers’ profitability

The Department for Environment & Food Rural Affairs (Defra), in conjunction with the Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR) Committee, has released a report revealing the potential profitability that can be generated for farmers via beef genetics.

Beef dripping reigns supreme

The Great Taste Supreme Champion 2015 has been awarded to James Whelan Butchers Beef Dripping product.

Multiple factors affect farmgate price movements

Recent inconsistent farmgate prices can be attributed to volume and currency fluctuations, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

37 deaths on farms in 2014/5, with cattle and vehicles most common causes

Moving cattle and vehicles are the biggest causes of deaths on British farms, provisional figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed.

New opportunities arise at North Yorkshire livestock auction

Craven Cattle Marts (CCM) is encouraging more farmer cattle feeders and retail butchers to attend its weekly Monday sale of prime cattle at its auction mart.

Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society appoints new chief executive

Johnny Mackey has been revealed as the new chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

Prime cattle see a rise in prices

Prime cattle prices have risen 8% in the past four weeks, according to analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Orkney cattle farmers struggling due to heavy rain

Unprecedented rains have left Orkney cattle farmers with their “backs against the wall” and have forced many to sell their animals months earlier than planned. 

BVD initiative to be rolled out across UK

A major cattle industry initiative to help eliminate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is to be extended across the UK. 

Not all cattle need to be tested for BVD

To reduce the level of individual testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), Scottish cattle owners will be able to assume that some of their livestock are free of the disease. 

Supply and demand for prime cattle starting to even up

Prices for prime cattle look to be stabilising following a redressing of the balance between supply and demand. 

BVD deadline for Scottish cattle keepers

Scottish cattle keepers must have their Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) statuses established or face movement restrictions, according to new guidance which comes into effect today (1 June). 

Sterling linked to cattle export fall

The rise in value of sterling has been attributed to the drop in exports of finished cattle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Irish body calls for end to low cattle quotes

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has claimed factories are attempting to lower cattle quotes in an effort to destabilise the trade and get another week’s supply at lower prices.

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Supply-demand imbalance hits cattle prices

Cattle prices are coming under pressure from slow consumer demand and ample supply, Eblex has warned.

Beef supply and demand set to settle, says QMS

Beef prices could begin to firm up in the coming months, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has predicted, in welcome news for cattle farmers, who have faced falling prices during the first part of the year.

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.

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.

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.

Northern Ireland seeks brucellosis-free status for cattle

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed news that Stormont’s Department of Agriculture is applying to the EU for Northern Ireland cattle to be declared brucellosis-free. 

Badger debate takes political turn

The badger cull debate is hotting up ahead of the general election as political parties set out their stalls, while unions and campaign groups also become more vociferous.

New processor code slammed

The new processor code of practice, aimed at improving relationships between processors and livestock producers, has come under fire, being described as “ineffective” and “a nonsense”. 

Processor code of practice finalised

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have finalised a processor code of practice, which is now set to be introduced.

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 Board’s (AHDB) Outlook Conference were told.

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Welsh body reports on subdued beef demand in 2014

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) reported a “testing time” for beef producers as it reflected on 2014.

New beef and lamb ‘pasture-fed’ label launched

A new ‘Pasture For Life’ certification mark has been launched – for meat from animals that are purely pasture-fed.

Report suggests testing more effective than culls in bTB fight

A new research report shows that testing cattle for bovine TB (bTB) would be more effective than badger culls in the fight to control the disease.

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.

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

QMS points to firmer cattle and sheep prices, but a tough pig market

Cattle and sheep prices have strengthened over recent months, but Scottish pig prices continue to struggle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Irish farmers stage cattle price protest

Irish beef farmers are to stage a blockade outside abattoirs today in a 24-hour protest over the price gap between Irish and UK cattle prices.

Eblex calls for better cattle handling to improve margins

Improving cattle handling could save up to £160 per carcase at current market values, according to Eblex.

Morrisons offers Beef Shorthorn cattle premium

Morrisons is offering a premium price for Beef Shorthorn-sired cattle for its Traditional Beef Scheme.

Morrisons aims for better beef production

Morrisons has revealed new beef farming ‘protocol’, which aims to reduce the time it takes to prepare cattle for slaughter by up to 10 months.

Wiltshire butcher takes caterers on farm visit

A Wiltshire butcher’s shop took 70 caterers from the South of England on a ‘farm to fork’ day to raise awareness about traceability and local produce.

Eblex manager highlights fifth-quarter benefits

Phil Hadley, senior regional manager at Eblex, has pointed to the economic and ecological benefits of fifth-quarter products in meatinfo.co.uk’s latest blog post.

Sussex farmer creates online farm shop

Entrepreneurial farmer Paul Ross has teamed up with design and branding company L&CO to create “online farm shop” The Marvellous Meat Company.

Devon farm’s beef wins National Trust food award

Beef from a Devon producer has been crowned the overall food winner at this year’s National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards.

Horizon programme explores livestock’s environmental impact

In the second part of the BBC’s Horizon, Should I Eat Meat? programme, Dr Michael Mosley looks at the effect livestock has on the environment.

Cattle trade shows signs of stabilising

The cattle trade is steadying, due to tightening supply and increased demand, according to industry experts.

UK meat bosses hit back at beef and environment critique

UK meat leaders have expressed disappointment over the reporting of a US-based study which claimed that beef production was 10 times more damaging to the environment than other livestock.

Waitrose raises price floor for British beef

In the wake of the UK’s beef pricing crisis, Waitrose has raised its “price floor” for British beef.

Slaughter statistics up in May

Defra has released slaughter statistics for May 2014, showing higher numbers of slaughterings than in May 2013 for cattle, sheep and pigs.

Scottish meat industry reports a difficult year in 2013

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched its Red Meat Industry Profile for last year, which shows that despite the sector generating over £2 billion, 2013 was a tough year.

NFU urges industry to ‘take responsibility’ on beef

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has met with union leaders to discuss falling beef prices and called for processors, retailers and caterers to “take responsibility”.

Scottish industry takes hats off to new CAP

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed the announcement of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which aims to boost production, including a £45m investment in the beef industry.

Increase in organic poultry production

The number of organic poultry birds increased during 2013, despite the continued decline of organic farming land in the UK.

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.

Scottish bodies tackle Johne’s disease in cattle

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) Skills Development Scheme will run a series of workshops for farmers on the best practice to avoid the spread of Johne’s disease in cattle.

Cattle supplies set to tighten in 2014

According to research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), cattle supplies are set to tighten throughout 2014, easing pressure on farmgate prices.

Associations encourage beef farmers to use auction marts

The National Beef Association (NBA) and the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) have told beef farmers that if abattoirs say they cannot take their cattle, they should consider using auction marts instead.

Scottish associations to join forces over beef marketing

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) and the NFU Scotland (NFUS) are to work together in a bid to address the issues of price pressure and premium cattle losses.

Take a #beefie for Great British Beef Week

Ladies in Beef, who run Great British Beef Week, are asking people take a #beefie – the bovine version of a #selfie.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UK’s supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Welsh meat promotion body seeks next study scholars

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has launched a search for scholars to enrol in their new livestock scholarship.

QMS aims to boost meat production through grassland project

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a project aimed at utilising grass to increase the kilograms of meat produced per hectare.

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 Eblex’s recent annual carcase classification results.

NFU hits out at badger cull decision as farmer loses quarter of herd

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has said that government decisions have left farmers’ hands tied, while bovine TB destroys their businesses.

Badger cull put on hold

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has announced that the badger cull roll-out will be put on hold, after recommendations on the cull pilots from the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) were published.

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”.

Mixed reaction as bovine TB stats show fewer cattle killed last year

Latest government figures have shown levels of cattle killed due to bovine TB dropped in 2013, but widespread concern remains.

Welsh cattle prices down, due to cheap imports and festive hangover, says HCC

A traditional January fall in demand along with increased quantities of Polish and Irish beef available have led to a fall in Welsh cattle prices, according to Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales.

Cattle conference to focus on healthy diet

The British Cattle Conference will focus on ‘breeding healthy food in a hungry world’ across its two-and-a-half day event in January.

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.

HCC looks at cattle herd health

In a bid to boost the profits of Welsh cattle farmers and increase the health of the nation’s herd, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has developed a booklet to explore the main health issues affecting beef enterprises. It also offers advice on herd health planning.

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