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Great British Beef Week pulls in support from Haldon Ladies Tug of War team

Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has this year attracted the attention of one of the nations top female Tug of War teams.

Kettyle Irish food partners with Guinness for new burger

Northern Irish meat processor Kettyle Irish Foods has joined forces with Guinness to introduce a premium beef burger.

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.

Quality assurance scheme targets Cypriot tourist community

British Quality Standard beef has been showcased in Cyprus, to meet the demands of British ex-pats and holidaymakers.

Dawn Meats tie-up with Dunbia rumoured

Dawn Meats is close to securing a takeover of Northern Ireland-based meat processor Dunbia, according to an industry expert.

Sterling frailty distorts growth

Food and drink exports broke the 20bn barrier last year, but experts are concerned a battered pound that made trade growth possible could fall further, raising the cost of imported goods.

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.

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.

A food quality threat from US: would a trade deal benefit or hinder the industry?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May faced all the pomp and pageantry Donald Trump could muster as she became the first foreign premier to meet the leader of the free world. Both agreed a UK-US trade deal should be done quickly but is this good for the meat industry? From chicken washed in chlorine, livestock feed brains and spinal cords, to beef and pork treated to a range of growth-promoting hormones and steroids, there are several issues that could scrape the gloss off the puffed-up policy.

Foodservice sector offered advice ahead of Great British Beef Week

With the run-up to Great British Beef Week (GBBW) under way, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has provided foodservice operators with tips on getting the most out of British beef.

Traditional Welsh pork gains protected status

Pork from traditionally-reared Pedigree Welsh Pigs has been awarded Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) status from the European Commission, the first of its kind in Wales.

Strive Beef Biltong secures first major distributor

Meatsnacks Group Ltd has announced that its Strive Beef Biltong range will launch nationwide through BP Marks & Spencer Simply Food forecourts at the beginning of March 2017.

Linden Foods launches gourmet burger range

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Food Group has introduced a new 20-strong range of gourmet burgers.

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.

Quality Meat Scotland highlights Brexit challenges and opportunities

A new paper has put the challenges and opportunities of leaving the European Union under the microscope.

Turkey takes flight: Sales of turkey mince have soared this year amid market deflation

Mince can be found in nearly eight in 10 households and the market is worth 892m. However, the latest evidence suggests the market may be flagging and deflated.

Welsh beef finds new market in Singapore restaurant

The first shipment of Celtic Pride Welsh Beef to Singapore will soon be enjoyed in one of the countrys most esteemed restaurants.

Muscle Food launches new meat-based meals

Online retailer MuscleFood.com has introduced a Live Clean ready meal range each containing fewer than 500 calories and entirely free of additives and preservatives.

H G Walters crowned Supreme Champion at Smithfield Awards

London butcher H G Walters picked up a hat-trick of accolades at this years Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

International meat business makes senior appointments

ABP Food Group has appointed Finbarr McDonnell as chief operating officer, effective from April this year, filling the role vacated by Frank Stephenson, who was named group chief executive in October 2016.

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.

Welsh meat industry welcomes new US Administration

With the USs new commander-in-chief seated in the Oval Office, the Welsh red meat industry said that it is looking forward to working with President Trump to open up the market for lamb and beef exports.

Great British sausage slump

Sausages are about as quintessentially British as you can get. Sadly, the Great British provenance story now a feature of government food trade rhetoric post-Brexit may not be doing much for UK sausages.

Welsh meat industry pleased with food name protection talks

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed progressive talks in Westminster over securing the food name protection given to Welsh Lamb, Welsh Beef and other products as the UK leaves the European Union.

Calls made for efficiency in Welsh red meat industry

Efficiency is key to the Welsh red meat sectors survival, experts stressed at a farmer meeting organised by Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) last week.

Figures show beef and chicken win Christmas meat battle

Beef and chicken were the categories that saw solid value and volume sales growth over the festive period.

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.

McAtamneys expands customer reach by acquiring property

Hunters Butcher Shop in Limavady, Northern Ireland, has been acquired by K&G McAtamneys.

Welsh food industry to discuss future of food names

Representatives from the Welsh food industry will congregate in London next week to discuss how iconic brand names will be protected once the UK leaves the European Union.

Pasture for Life welcomes on board first chief executive

In a move to increase production and consumption of certified 100% grass-fed beef, lamb and dairy in the UK, the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) has appointed its first chief executive.

Teachers help students understand meat provenance

North Welsh teachers have been shown the importance of communicating food origins to their students.

Uruguay aims to build on meat trade with UK following EU exit

Uruguay is keen to grow a two-way meat trade with the UK post-Brexit, according to a speech given at Januarys Worshipful Company of Butchers lunch in London.

Masterclass launched by Northern Irish butcher

Corries, a prominent butcher in Northern Ireland, has introduced a Butcher Masterclass initiative.

Whitbread defends lasagne following accusations of misleading menu listings

Catering operator Whitbread has defended its lasagne listing on its menus after The Sun claimed it had secretly been adding pork to its beef lasagne.

Morrisons brings in New Year with cuts to meat prices

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced a price cut on 800 items to help families eat wholesome food this January.

Welsh red meat industry prepares for volatile year

The Welsh red meat sector has been told it must show the greatest resilience, agility and adaptability in what is predicted to be a volatile 12 months.

Butchers experience strong festive sales, despite fears

Customers sidelined their worries over Brexit and warnings of a grim 2017 to spend, spend, spend over the recent festive season.

Research finds meat consumption does not impact heart disease risk

A new study has found that there is no connection between eating red meat and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

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.

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.

Beef volumes grow, but value sales falter as prices fall

Beef sales experienced strong volume growth in the 12 weeks before December, but value sales remained static compared to the same period last year.

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.

Beef shin named Northern Irelands favourite dish

Northern Ireland consumers have voted beef as its most popular dish.

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).

China demonstrates 'ferocious' hunger for beef

The UK is moving closer to a beef deal with China and the next big step is scheduled for 2017.

Welsh butchers report larger focus on provenance

More and more consumers care about where their food comes from, according to Welsh independent butchers.

NFU Scotland president Bowie meets Minister of State

NFU Scotland has met with the government to reaffirm its priorities as the UK looks to negotiate an exit from the European Union.

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.

Beef Efficiency Scheme sampling kicks off

Scottish farmers are to be informed of their animals selected for tissue tagging under the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES).

Steak tenderness and consistency increases

Steaks are becoming more tender as the quality of English beef continues to improve, a new study has found.

Welsh meat industry hoping UK-China beef deal acts as springboard for local lamb

The Welsh meat industry is hopeful the UKs trade negotiation with China over a beef deal could act as a springboard for its PGI Welsh Lamb.

Teenagers encouraged to increase meat consumption

The importance of teenagers eating a balanced diet and the provenance of their food were two key themes teachers took away at a conference co-organised by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Meat and Education.

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.

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.

Volume growth aids successful half year for Cranswick

Cranswick has reported a strong first half-year performance, thanks to volume growth across most categories.

Knowledge development fundamental to progressing Northern Irish beef industry

All areas of the Northern Irish beef industry have been called upon to work together in developing the sector.

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.

Fresh turkey decline speeds up as Christmas approaches

Fresh turkey sales have been falling at a faster rate than in previous quarterly periods, according to 12-week figures just released by Kantar, against a backdrop of strong fish sales growth.

CETA vs Brexit: The parallels

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

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.

Analysts back Brazilian corned beef consignment refusal

The rejection of a Brazilian corned beef consignment for exceeding maximum levels of the veterinary medicine albendazole has been supported by scientists from the Government Chemist.

Welsh beef stars as chefs find success at Culinary Olympics

The Senior and Junior Welsh Culinary teams both found success at the recent Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, with dishes demonstrating PGI Welsh Beef.

Farmers demand clarity on efficiency scheme

The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland is demanding the government to provide information on when applicants to Scotlands new Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) will receive necessary tags to meet scheme rules.

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.

350 jobs at risk at 2 Sisters Merthyr Tydfil site

2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to move a retail packing operation from its St Merryn plant in Merthyr Tydfil, which could result in 350 jobs being lost.

Lean Butcher closes doors

Andrew Gordon: The Lean Butcher, has closed its doors for the last time.

Meat and poultry dips as fish reels in the customers

Fresh primary meat and poultry sales have taken a hammering for the 12 weeks to 9 October, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures.

CP Foods announces acquisition of The Foodfellas Ltd

CP Foods (UK) has revealed that it has acquired a controlling interest in The Foodfellas Ltd.

Beef and lamb farmers seeing more of retail prices

UK farmers received a larger share of the retail price of beef and lamb in August 2016 than in the same period over the past two years, according to the latest report by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Welsh Beef aims to bring home gold on global stage

Fresh off the back of the Rio Olympics, a team of Wales chefs has headed to Erfurt in Germany for the Culinary Olympics.

Cornish student suggests protein alternatives

A pupil at Cornwalls Duchy College Stoke Climsland has suggested that insect larvae could soon replace traditional meats as a main source of protein.

Professor of Beef Production sought by Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University is advertising for the new position of Professor of Beef Production.

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.

UK beef and pork prices up thanks surge in exports

Average wholesale prices of beef and pork have increased markedly over the last few months, driven by growth in exports and a spike in summer meat consumption.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand to close UK office

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is to close its UK office as part of a strategy refocus.

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.

Riverford cuts meat prices and trims range

Riverford, the organic food delivery company, has lowered the price and size of its meat boxes to attract new consumers after research found UK meat demand was falling.

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.

Meat-based baby meals for the UK market

Mediterranean-themed baby food range Piccolo is set to unveil its new stage two products.

Aldi highlights importance of backing British

Discounter supermarket chain Aldi has demonstrated its commitment to supplying British beef and lamb, following on from AHDBs Beef & Lamb Watch Country of Origin Survey.

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.

Welsh meat board to support new GCSE qualification

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is providing training and materials for teachers as part of a new GCSE qualification in food and nutrition.

Origin labels: government 'should move now'

The government should launch compulsory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, farmers unions and the National Pig Association (NPA) have urged in a letter to Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom.

World's best pork sausages for Team GB

The British Beefeaters took home the best pork sausage title at this years World Butchers Challenge.

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.

Ireland welcomes very positive progress on beef access application to China

The Republic of Ireland has been engaging in productive talks with China to gain access to its beef market.

Meat, poultry and fish experience strong growth

Continued sunshine into early August has given the fresh primary meat and poultry and chilled fish sectors a healthy boost in volume terms.

Deadline approaches for monitor farm applications

Nine new monitor farms are wanted across Scotland before the application deadline closes on Friday, 30 September.

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.

Burger sales skyrocket during heatwave

Hot weather and Team GBs success at the Olympic Games in Rio have combined to give burger sales a much-needed boost.

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).

First wagyu steak shop opens in Scotland

The first UK steak retailer dedicated to wagyu beef has been launched in Stirling, Scotland with an opening ceremony attended a by a string of leading chefs.

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.

Ireland prepares for first cross-border Butchery Trade Expo

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are preparing for the inaugural All-Ireland Butchery Expo next month.

Tesco and Aldi revealed as best supporters of Scottish beef

Tesco and Aldi were named as the only two multiples in which shoppers were guaranteed that any burgers they bought would be Scottish, according to the latest shelf watch carried out by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland.

WorldSkills final six named

Cambrian Training Company has named the final six butchers who will be battling it out in the WorldSkills competition.

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).

Meet the Australian Steelers

Weve already introduced you to the British Beef Eaters, who will be representing Great Britain in the World Butchers Challenge, but who will they be going up against to be crowned the best in the business?

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.

Interest in West Country PGI beef and lamb grows

West Country Beef and West Country Lamb labels have seen a boost in attention from global consumers.

Burgers and sausages see depressed sales volume

Sales of traditional barbecue products such as burgers and sausages have come under pressure as consumers favour primary and sous vide barbecue products, figures from Kantar Worldpanel indicated.

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.

Nutrition brand targets demand for convenience

UK nutrition brand, GoNutrition.com, has launched a range of gourmet macro meals, catering to individuals who have busy lifestyles but want to find a convenient and nutritionally balanced dish.

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.

Butchery champion crowned at Royal Welsh Show

Mark McArdle (pictured left) has been crowned champion of Wales at the final of Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Butchers Club butchery competition at this years Royal Welsh Show.

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.

Prime cattle prices see seasonal growth

Prime cattle prices have enjoyed some seasonal strength over the past month, but are still down on last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Unacceptable specification changes hurting beef farmers

Retailers, foodservice companies and processors must be held accountable for short notice changes to beef specifications, which often leave farmers out of pocket.

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.

Government investment results in new markets for Welsh red meat industry

Three years-worth of government investment of 1.2 million to fund export activities has resulted in over 38m of new safeguarded business for PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef.

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.

Welsh meat industry encouraged to tackle Brexit head-on

The farming and meat industry has been urged to roll up its sleeves as Great Britain faces leaving the European Union.

Fresh red meat purchasing habits influenced by consumer preferences

Changing consumer habits play a significant role in the purchasing habits for fresh red meat, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Rubber contamination causes Tesco and Sainsburys recall

A precautionary recall for tinned Beef Ravioli that may be contaminated with rubber has been issued by Tesco and Sainsburys.

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.

TV programme showcases halal sector

A new TV programme showing how to cook with halal beef and lamb has hit the airwaves as part of Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lambs commitment to the sector.

Wagyu set for rapid growth

The growing demand for wagyu is expected to transform the UK beef market. That was the message delegates took away at the first UK Wagyu Revolution Conference, which took place in Warrendale Farm in East Yorkshire on Monday 27 June.

Hollands looks to strengthen position

A dominant pie manufacturer in the UK, Hollands, is hoping to strengthen its position as a market leader with the launch of two new products. It is now introducing new four pack chicken and vegetable pies and new four pack minced beef and onion puddings.

Buffalo meat range launched in Northern Ireland

Northern Irelands only buffalo producer, Ballyriff Farm in Co Derry, has launched a range of buffalo meats.

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.

Difficult year for beef and lamb in 2015, according to industry yearbook

The beef and lamb sectors were faced with challenging times in 2015, according to the latest edition of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb Cattle and Sheep Yearbook.

Butchers prepare for English heat of WorldSkills challenge

The third and final heat of the WorldSkills butchery challenge will take place tomorrow at Leeds City College.

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.

Calls to tweak Scotlands Beef Efficiency Scheme

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

Welsh red meat sector proactive in addressing climate change

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

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.

Beef burgers recalled due to labelling error

Sykes House Farm has issued a recall for a batch of its Smiths Beef & Caramelised Onion Burgers over an incorrect use by date of 25 July.

Beef producers told to adapt to contract changes

Trident Feeds is telling beef producers they ought to be reviewing the value of by-pass protein in young stock diets in an effort to maximise carcase returns.

Welsh beef farmers advised on profitability opportunities

Beef producers in Wales are being advised on methods to improve the performance of their herds.

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary utterly determined to maximise markets

The Scottish government aims at downgrading its BSE risk status, following calls from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) for the country to assumenegligible risk status.

New AHDB Beef & Lamb head of domestic marketing

Nick White has been appointed as the new head of domestic marketing for beef and lamb at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

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.

Eversfield Organic charcuterie range to launch next month

Eversfield Organic is launching a new range of British organic charcuterie nationwide from 15 July.

WorldSkills butchery challenge heads to Northern Ireland

The second heat of this years WorldSkills butchery challenge is taking place in Northern Ireland today.

Scottish beef and pig herds grow but sheep numbers drop

Scottish beef and pig herds increased in size during 2015, while the sheep flock contracted slightly, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Wales visited by Scandinavian food journalists

Lamb and beef farmers in north Wales have been hosting a delegation of Danish food writers to show Scandinavian consumers how Welsh Lamb and beef is reared.

Aberfoyle Butcher up for sale

A leading butchers shop in Scotland is up for sale, creating an opportunity to buy a respected business.

Action plan for protein

Considering the amount of pressure on him, you would think The Co-ops protein buyer Graham Dunn, who tends a category worth a cool 550m, would be looking harried and worn.

Beef Efficiency Scheme launched in difficult climate, says industry expert

Scotlands Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) is the start of a slow burn, said National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotlands former president Nigel Miller.

Halal range launches on AmazonFresh

Haloodies (Halal Foodies) is now available through the newly-launched AmazonFresh service, offering produce aimed at millennial Muslims.

Aldi to launch premium quality wagyu steaks

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

Welsh butcher gets behind local hero for Euro 2016

Martin Player High Class Butcher in Cardiff has created a Euro Burger to celebrate Wales first game of Euro 2016 against Slovakia tomorrow.

Dawn Meats creates billionth beef burger for McDonalds

The Republic of Irelands Dawn Meats has been celebrating after producing its billionth Irish beef burger for fast food restaurant chain McDonalds.

Dawn Meats farm welcomes guests

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

Trainee chefs receive hands-on learning from top butchers

WH Frost Butchers of Manchester and meat wholesaler Hartshead Meats of Lancashire, both Q Guild members, teamed up to deliver an educational programme to catering students.

Square Pie gets political

London-based Square Pie has launched two special Brexit-themed pies in time for the EU referendum, one In and one Out.

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 Prides 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.

Students' Scotch Beef burgers raise money for charity

Students from Bathgate Academy in West Lothian, Scotland, have been busy fundraising outside a local Tesco by selling Scotch Beef burgers, designed by the pupils.

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.

Halal beef demand rising as number of younger Muslims grows

The rising demand for halal beef and a younger Muslim population is creating huge opportunity, according to industry experts.

Meatsnacks Group enters premium market

Jerky company the Meatsnacks Group has entered the premium market by introducing a range of protein-packed snacks, being launched in Waitrose.

EU exit to impact Devon beef farmers, warns Truss

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

Linden Foods wins innovation award with chicken burger

Northern Irish meat processing company Linden Foods has been awarded with the Marks & Spencer (M&S) Best New Product Development Award for its innovative coriander and lemon chicken burger.

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.

New steak range launched by C&J Meats

One of Irelands leading meat processors, C&J Meats, has launched a new range of branded premium steak products aimed at Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

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.

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.

Dan Biggar revealed as new Welsh beef ambassador

Welsh international rugby star Dan Biggar has been named the new ambassador for the Celtic Pride Premium Beef Partnership.

Scottish consumers encouraged to cook with local meat

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new series of family-friendly, quick-step recipe videos to help consumers get the most out of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Speciality Selected Pork.

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.

James Martins staff trained in meat knowledge

Staff members at James Martins Manchester restaurant have become the first in the North West to be trained in meat knowledge and quality.

Q Guild welcomes Lincolnshire butchers

Two butchers shops, run by Stuart Stables in south Lincolnshire, have been welcomed into the national Butchers Q Guild.

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 countrys beef industry.

Industry celebrates Great British Food

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

Supermarkets back mini roast category

Product development work by industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has seen supermarkets introduce 22 new lines into the mini-roast category in the last year.

Sheep farmers urged to add value to products

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has urged producers to be more innovative in adding value to sheepmeat products, due to the volatility of farmgate prices.

QMS to continue focus on marketing

Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive, said the organisations priority, in terms of budget spend, remained marketing the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

US beef showcased in capital

Chefs and the media industry were treated to a dinner at the deputy ambassador to the United States house in London yesterday evening (Monday 25 April) to showcase US beef.

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.

Critical cocktail hits lamb exports

A critical cocktail of low consumer purchasing power, punitive exchange rates, cheap imports and supply surfeits have forced UK lamb exports to dip by nearly a quarter in the last 12 months, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) latest Market Bulletin.

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.

Concerns expressed over beef price drop

The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotlands livestock committee has revealed plans to extend its programme of drop-in sessions at store sales, in response to growing concerns about the beef market.

Beef prices hit five-year low

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

Red meat producers invited to Rising to the Challenges conference

Producers of beef and sheep are being encouraged to attend a free conference focusing on rising to the challenges presented in the red meat industry.

NFU reveals which supermarkets support British meat

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched an online supermarket sourcing guide that allows consumers to know who is backing British farming.

Parents encouraged to buy quality Scottish meat

Scotlands consumers are set to get an insight into the role that Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork plays in a balanced diet from an early age, thanks to a new series of weaning videos.

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.

University of Manchester battles meat fraud

A research team at the University of Manchester has used metabolic fingerprints to detect whether or not beef mince has been contaminated with pork.

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 industrys 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.

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.

Workshops boost industry awareness

A series of courses have helped increase the red meat industrys knowledge of shopper preferences and abattoir operations.

Support urged for Great British Beef Week

The British beef industry has been called on to help educate consumers about getting the most out of beef products.

Support urged for Great British Beef Week

The British beef industry has been called on to help educate consumers about getting the most out of beef products.

West Country butcher launches premium beef range

A West Country premium catering butcher has launched a new range of Quality Standard Mark (QSM) West Country PGI beef for chefs to assure consumers of provenance and guaranteed eating quality.

Classic bacon sandwich reaches new heights

Tim Peake has become somewhat of a national treasure since he hit the headlines after becoming the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, but six months floating around in outer space is a long time to go without any home comforts.

Aldi commits to British lamb

Discounter Aldi has revealed its support for British farmers after selling fresh whole leg of British lamb in over 600 stores across the nation. It claims that this makes it one of the only major supermarkets to sell 100% fresh British lamb this Easter period.

Scotch Beef campaign expected to reach 2.2 million consumers

A new radio campaign from Scotch Beef PGI is expected to reach over 2.2 million Scottish consumers.

In focus: New Zealand

With a new mandate from its farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is now considering its market strategy going forward. Fred ACourt takes a look at the state of play for the countrys red meat exports.

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.

Sheep and beef production expected to increase in 2016

Sheepmeat and beef production are both predicted to experience a year-on-year rise in 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

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.

Beef producers encouraged to attend roadshow

Britains beef farmers have been invited along to the National Beef Associations (NBA) roadshow events as it heads out on its spring tour to discuss industry issues.

Burgers meet beer for hotel chain

Northern Irish catering butchers Hannan Meats has announced it will be creating gourmet burgers for the Stock Burger Co restaurant chain.

Restaurant staff take part in Scottish Steak School

Restaurant employees recently took part in a Steak School on an Airdrie farm, hosted by Dawn Meats.

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.

Corries launches new Himalayan salt product

Northern Irish meat business Corries has developed a Himalayan salt product for cooking at home.

Seventh heaven for Tebay Services apprenticeship scheme

A butchery apprenticeship scheme based at motorway service station Tebay Services has successfully trained up seven young butchers over the past seven years.

Edgware welcomes new kosher butcher

The Jewish community of Edgware, north London, is set to get a new kosher butcher arriving on Mowbray Parade imminently, thanks to Australian-born Yitzchok Kleerekoper.

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.

Award-winning butcher teams up with local boxing champion

Meat Trades Journals 2015 Butchers Shop of the Year winners for the South of England, Walter Rose & Son, has entered a sponsorship deal with local professional boxer Nick Blackwell.

Hannan Meats wins Hong Kong market

Northern Irish catering butcher, Hannan Meats, has won its first business in Hong Kong and Macau with its premium Himalayan salt aged beef.

Meat snacks hit the health market

Meatsnacks Group, one of the largest producers of jerky and biltong in Europe, has announced the launch of a new biltong and jerky range aimed at the health and fitness market.

260m-worth of beef thrown out every year

More than 34,000 tonnes of beef is thrown away in Britain every year, according to figures released by Love Food Hate Waste. This is the equivalent of 300 million beef burgers or 260 million.

US requirements on beef imports discussed

US import requirements for beef have become a focus for the UK meat industry.

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.

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 Scotlands (QMS) economics services team.

ABP pilots AHDB Beef & Lambs Meat Education Programme

Processor ABP has stress-tested the AHDB Beef & Lamb Meat Education Programme with a class of butchers, product development experts, meat buyers and traders all passing with flying colours.

Scottish beef industry expresses fears over government payments

The Scottish Beef Association (SBA) has said it is concerned about the prospect of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments not being made to all eligible farmers.

Industry called on to work together to promote red meat sector

The meat supply chain has been urged to work together in finding ways to stimulate demand for beef and lamb.

AHDB Outlook Conference addresses market predictions

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

NFU calls summit on beef and lamb promotions

Processors, retailers and levy boards have been asked to come up with new and innovative methods or marketing beef and lamb by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

UK red meat production increases during 2015

Beef production in the UK experienced a 0.6% rise, while sheep meat production saw a rise of 0.5% during the 12 months of 2015.

Butcher celebrates Six Nations with special sausages

To commemorate the launch of the Six Nations rugby tournament this weekend, A D Turner & Sons, based in Newport, Wales, has created a range of sausages to honour each participating country.

Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

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

Game market goes wild as sales grow

The market for game meat is at an all-time high, according to the Countryside Alliance.

Worlds most expensive haggis unveiled in time for Burns Night

Haggis specialist Macsween of Edinburgh has created the worlds most expensive haggis as Scotland sets to prepare for Burns Night.

Interest shown in northern abattoir

KPMG has received expressions of interest over the acquisition of Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, which ceased trading in December 2015, resulting in 131 job losses.

Turkey loses Christmas crown in meat sales war

Turkey has been outperformed by chicken as Christmas traditions fall by the wayside.

AgriBank continues to support farming industry

Dedicated lender to the UK farming industry, AgriBank, is looking to carry on its success at this years Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) event.

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.

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.

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.

Environment Secretary commits to exploring new markets for British meat

Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary, has today welcomed the increasing global appetite for British meat as we enter the Year of Great British Food.

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.

Turkey and lamb grow sales in late winter

Lamb gave turkey a run for its money in the run-up to the Christmas period as sales skyrocketed.

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.

Northern Irish meat processor sees a rise in profits

Meat processor Dunbia, based in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, saw pre-tax profits rise by more than 40% in 2015.

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.

NFU looks to the year ahead

National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has urged the government and the complete food supply chain to back the British farming industry as we enter 2016.

SAMW sets targets for 2016

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

2015: A year in review

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

Scottish roast meat company to wholesale for first time

Scotlands the Juicy Meat Company is launching its roast meat range to the trade at the 2016 Scotland Speciality Food Show next month. Up until now, the company has only catered hog roasts for events.

Free workshops on Estimated Breeding Values offered to beef industry

Beef farmers are being offered the opportunity to attend free workshops focused on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).

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.

National Beef Association welcomes new board member

Third-generation farmer William Walton has been welcomed by the National Beef Association (NBA) as the organisations newest board member.

Consumers told not to fear antibiotic superbugs

Food safety specialist Acoura has told consumers that they shouldnt be concerned about antibiotic-resistant superbugs in British red meat.

Christmas turkey falling out of favour, says study

Research from online restaurant booking platform Bookatable.co.uk has revealed that the traditional Christmas dinner is becoming less popular with Millennials.

Specialist beef and lamb conference returns to the north

The first specialist beef and lamb conference in over a decade is to make a return to the north of England in January 2016.

Slow growth forecast for pigmeat production

EU pigmeat production is expected to experience only minimal growth over the next decade, according to the EU Commissions new Medium-term Outlook report.

Welsh promotional campaign hailed a success

In-store promotion is very customer-friendly and increases sales, according to Welsh butchers.

British meat hits French menus

Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb will soon be found in bistros and restaurants in two of Europes key cities.

Top meat suppliers awarded by Dalziel

The top-performing meat suppliers of the year for retail butchery specialist Dalziel have been awarded at the firms second annual supplier awards.

Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry, Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

ABP closes Blackburn plant

ABP Food Group, one of Europes leading privately owned processors and providers of beef, lamb and sausage products, has announced plans to move activity away from its plant in Blackburn.

Christmas challenges for carcase balance

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

AHDB outlook conference 2016 announced

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

Linden Foods expands horizons

Award-winning Irish meat processor Linden Foods has recently launched a new premium brand for the European and US markets.

Belgian dry-aged beef heads to UK

Award-winning dry-aged Secreto 07 is heading to the UK marketplace, thanks to the efforts of F&B Premium Brands and De Laet & Van Haver. Secreto 07 recently rose to prominence having been distributed by chefs, the Adri brothers.

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.

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 HSBCs head of food & agriculture Allan Wilkinson.

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.

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.

Red Tractor calls for view on standards

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is calling for the industry to give its views on the latest update to its Meat Processing Standards, which will be implemented in summer 2016.

Lorne sausages head to the capital

MPs in London were treated to a traditional square sausage called a Lorne, courtesy of Scottish butcher Malcolm Allan.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

Dawn Meats automates Red Tractor Assurance checking

Dawn Meats, the UK and Ireland meat supplier, has implemented an Integrated Checker service for verifying supplier Red Tractor assurance claims for beef.

Support needed for the beef sector

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

Stoddarts to be sold to private investors

Stoddarts, the Scottish beef processing company, is to be sold in a staged sale to a consortium of private investors.

Beef and lamb get television support

Beef and lamb are due to receive a television marketing push in the form of a 30-second advertisement.

Ladies in Beef urges industry to Save our Sucklers

Ladies in Beef wants to follow the lead of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to raise the profile of British suckler beef.

Scotland meets with Canada to promote red meat

Scottish food secretary Richard Lochhead has met with Canadian retailers to highlight the quality, taste and reputation of Scottish red meat.

McDonalds launches premium burgers

Major fast food chain McDonalds has revealed a pilot range of premium burgers which it launched in 28 restaurants last week.

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.

Brioche Burger adds halal Aberdeen Angus to menu

Londons Brioche Burger has expanded its menu by adding 100% halal certified Aberdeen Angus beef to its offerings.

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 Institutes (AFBI) Dr Francis Lively.

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.

QMS runs comfort food campaign

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is running a campaign based around comfort food to try and boost sales of Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI throughout the winter.

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.

Heavenly campaign for Welsh beef

Welsh beef is the focus of a new TV campaign highlighting its succulence and flavour.

NFU to discuss exports to the US

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is meeting with senior US officials this week to talk about the potential resumption of beef and lamb exports to the country.

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.

School children learn the value of Scottish meat

A Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) initiative is providing the opportunity for every secondary school in Scotland to apply for a voucher worth up to 100, which can be exchanged at local retailers for meat products such as Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI, and specially selected pork.

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.

Beef producers urged to combat liver fluke

Beef producers and farmers are being warned to brace themselves for an increased risk of liver fluke in cattle. The warning came from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), Meat Promotion Wales, which recommended that producers should plan for on-farm parasite management.

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.

Scotlands geographically protected meat gains attention

Italian-based Bennet group has officially been recognised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) for its continued support and commitment to Scotch Beef PGI.

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.

Gloucester beef firm believes rugby-inspired burger is scrum-my

Gloucester Born Beef has partnered with its local rugby team to launch The Gloucester Burger, made from the UKs rarest breed, to celebrate the town being a World Cup match venue.

Scottish red meat imports thriving

The annual survey of Scottish red meat exporters by QMS has revealed a 4.3% increase in the total red meat exported from Scotland for the year ending September 2015 to approximately 76.6 million (excluding fifth-quarter value).

The worlds best steak is soon to be revealed

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

International buyers learn about Scottish red meat

A group of international food buyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada headed to a Perthshire farm to learn about the origins Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Beef prices settle following unpredictable year

Following an unpredictable 2015 for prime beef cattle prices, the market has relaxed to a level similar to that of 12 months ago, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

NBA Beef Expo heads to Peak District

The Agricultural Business Centre, home of Bakewell Market, is set to host the National Beef Associations (NBA) 2016 Beef Expo, 15 years after the event was last held there.

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.

Search for the next generation of beef experts

A new industry training scheme aimed at creating a new generation of experts in the English beef sector is currently looking for recruits.

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.

Technology helps minimise bacteria on meat

Odour management firm Dax Airscience is working alongside a prominent UK beef supplier to help reduce the level of bacteria found on beef carcases.

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.

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.

Million-pound lamb and beef campaign set for autumn

A new 1 million TV and online advertising campaign is being launched this autumn to promote Quality Standard Mark (QSM) and Red Tractor lamb and beef.

AHDB establishes new leadership team

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

New packaging brings benefits to cooked meats range

Irelands leading cooked meats company, Greene Farm Foods, has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch new packaging for its products.

Scottish butcher gets a slice of success

Andrew Kirk, of Fife, has been found to have the best pies in the country. The butchers steak pies have been judged the Scottish Champion in the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Steak Pie Evaluation.

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.

Edwards of Conwy makes burgers with Sir Terry

Butchers Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy will appear on TV this week following a visit from Sir Terry Wogan.

London bloggers receive a taste of Scotland

Esteemed food and lifestyle bloggers from London travelled to Scotland to learn about Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

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.

First for Northern Irish beef

The inaugural Northern Ireland Beef Event, Beef NI Expo and Pedigree Calf Fair will take place on 14 November at the old Balmoral Belfast venue.

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.

Beef dripping reigns supreme

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

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.

Superstore fined after falsely labelling meat

A Manchester supermarket has been issued with a 20,000 fine after selling beef mince disguised as lamb meat.

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.

Midlothian supports Scotch Beef Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has become a member of Quality Meat Scotlands Scotch Beef Club, the first Scottish Premiership club to do so.

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.

Bord Ba launches new beef campaign

A new campaign is being launched this week to highlight the qualities of Irish beef to UK consumers.

Multiple factors affect farmgate price movements

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

Progress towards lifetime-assured beef receives support

Upon reviewing a consultation completed earlier in the year, Red Tractor has revealed that progress has been made towards changing the classification of lifetime assurance for beef.

Poultry prices fail to take off

The price of poultry has risen only 44% from 1987 to 2014, while other meat prices have more than doubled during the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Jerky and biltong companies merge to create Meatsnacks Group

The Jerky Group has merged with biltong brand Cruga to form the largest ambient beef snack manufacturer in Europe.

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.

Sausage sales simmer down, but not everyone is concerned

Sausages have been failing to make an impact on the barbecue season, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Wales eyes red meat export opportunities

New overseas markets are continuing to provide fresh opportunities for exporting Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Buyer reshuffle at Marks & Spencer

Tom Harvey has left his position as beef, lamb and game buyer at Marks & Spencer to take up a role in its dairy division.

FSA wins beef carcase judicial review

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has won a judicial review brought against it by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and Cleveland Meat Company Limited regarding a beef carcase that had been deemed unfit to enter the food chain.

Rook & Sons to offer national delivery service

Kent butcher J C Rook & Sons has rolled out a national delivery service through its RooksOnline offering.

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.

Sainsburys recalls lamb kebabs due to labelling error

Sainsburys is recalling its British Lamb Shish Kebabs due to a packaging error, which means some packs contain beef kebabs instead of lamb.

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.

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.

New training opportunity in the beef industry

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has teamed up with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) in a new scheme designed to educate and inform those involved in the beef industry.

SAMW issues warning over EU referendum

Scotlands meat wholesalers have warned that the export market for Scotch Beef and Lamb must not be damaged, whatever decision is reached on the UKs future relationship with the European Union.

Scottish farmers union calls for abattoir co-operation

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on Scotlands abattoir sector to work more closely with producers to ensure beef cattle meet market specifications.

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.

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.

Meat producers and convenience stores missing out on sales by not offering right range

Meat producers and convenience stores are missing a trick by not offering convenience store shoppers a wider range of beef and lamb products.

Scotch beef producers face lower margins

Poor exchange rates, reduced demand and full abattoirs have conspired to force the price of Scotch beef down, leaving many Scottish prime beef producers struggling to make a margin, according to the National Farmers Union Scotland.

West Country Beef and Lamb PGI status branded a success

The first year of West Country Beef and Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner has been labelled a success.

Beef association calls for pricing support for farmers

The South West regional branch of the National Beef Association (NBA) has called for more support for farmers on pricing.

Linden Foods launches salt moss aged beef range in Marks & Spencer

Linden Foods in Northern Ireland has developed salt moss ageing to produce a salt-aged beef product range for Marks & Spencer.

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).

Dunbia seals joint venture deal with Dutch beef firm

Meat processor Dunbia has announced a joint venture agreement with Dutch-based company Shannon Meats.

British meat bodies increase overseas activity

British red meat bodies are stepping up efforts to promote Welsh and Scottish red meat overseas.

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.

Red Tractor mulls over results of welfare consultation

The decision on whether to extend the Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period, is unlikely to be made until August, following the end of a consultation on the proposals.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Systems Integration lands Canada contract

A British software firm has landed a contract at a state-of-the-art beef processing facility set to open in Canada this year, which its owners claim is the first of its kind in North America.

Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nations favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

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.

Red Tractor life proposal meets farmer resistance

Beef farmers have raised concerns about plans to extend the Red Tractor (RT) assurance scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period. Nearly two-thirds opposed the change, according a survey carried out by the National Beef Association (NBA).

Dutch man jailed for horsemeat offences

A Dutch meat wholesaler has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for his part in the European horsemeat scandal in 2013.

Scotch Beef and Lamb sponsor pie competition

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI will be on show at the British Pie Awards, as they are on the line-up of sponsors at the Melton Mowbray event.

Eblex eyes China for beef and lamb

Eblex is hoping that beef and lamb will follow in porks footsteps in securing market access to China, to the benefit of the entire supply chain.

Dunbia to spend 27m on high-tech deboning hall

Dunbia has reported it will invest 27 million in new headquarters, creating 209 new jobs over the next three years.

Beef bucks flat meat export trend

Exports of meat and animal products in 2014 were broadly flat on the previous year, but beef was up by 6%, with only salmon, chocolate and cheese ahead of it among top export product categories.

Pressures on UK beef price

UK beef prices are coming under pressure from a range of factors, experts in Scotland have claimed.

Welsh to present PGI Beef and Lamb at IFE

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is preparing to showcase Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at the UKs largest food and drink event, IFE.

Higher production for Welsh beef forecast in 2016

New figures show higher calf registrations in Wales in 2014, pointing to higher beef production next year.

Valentines Day boosts meat despite deflation

Most meat categories enjoyed a Valentines Day boost to sales, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, but continued to be hit by deflationary pressures.

Welsh red meat body offers free beef carcase selection course

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has introduced a free course for beef carcase selection training.

Dates set for Great British Beef Week

The annual Great British Beef Week will this year take place from 23 April to 3 May, once again backed by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Ladies in Beef.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJs latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

British beef and lamb access to Thailand celebrated

British beef and lamb will be served up to guests at a dinner in Bangkok to celebrate gaining access to the Thai market.

Aldi introduces Wagyu burgers

Discount supermarket Aldi has launched a new range of Wagyu beef burgers for only 2.99 per pack.

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.

Beef farmer competition launched

A new unique competition, The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, will take place at this years National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo.

Small markets help to boost beef exports

Exports to small markets are contributing significantly to the overall export growth of beef, according to red meat levy board Eblex.

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.

Swedish supermarket takes Scotch Beef across chain

Scotch Beef and Lamb will now be sold in all 1,300 stores of Swedens leading supermarket ICA.

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.

Red Tractor reassures industry over scheme review

A shift to whole life assurance for beef under the Red Tractor scheme will not lead to any shortening of supplies within the sector, bosses have pledged.

ABP strikes first beef deal in US

Irelands ABP Food Group has become the first European company to agree a deal to supply beef to the US, since the lifting of the BSE-related ban a year ago.

Beef firm spends 5m on new unit in Wales

Welsh beef brand Celtic Pride has invested 5 million in a new state-of-the-art butchery unit in a new expansion project.

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.

Eblex raises flag for beef and lamb in France

Eblex has been raising the profile of Quality Standard beef and lamb in France, by showcasing it at the Sirha exhibition in Lyon.

Masterchef winner heads Scotch Beef campaign

Winner of BBCs Masterchef: The Professionals Jamie Scott has launched a new campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI.

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UKs first bacon-tasting product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Eblex stages Singapore event for beef

Eblex has hosted an event to showcase Quality Standard Beef to the foodservice sector in Singapore, where there could be significant opportunities for exports.

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.

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.

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.

Welsh red meat body targets Dutch market

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to boost demand abroad as it prepares to showcase Welsh Lamb and Beef at the Netherlands largest hospitality fair next week.

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

Ireland to restart beef exports to US

Ireland will export beef to the US for the first time in almost 16 years, following the lifting of a ban on European imports last year.

ABP spread festive cheer

An ABP plant has helped spread a little festive cheer over the Christmas period by providing a beef Christmas lunch for residents of a homeless shelter.

Carol Smilie lends festive help to butchers shop

Scottish television presenter Carol Smillie offered a festive helping hand at a West Lothian butchers shop during its one of the busiest week of the year.

Finalists of Meat & Poultry Processing Awards revealed

The judging is complete and Meat Trades Journal can now reveal the finalists in the 2015 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Beef prices to strengthen as supplies slow

Tighter local and global beef supplies are expected in 2015, and this will help to underpin GB producer prices, according to experts.

Scotch Beef named Scottish consumers favourite

Ahead of shortbread, smoked salmon and even haggis, Scotch Beef PGI has been named as Scotlands favourite food.

Report claims demand must dictate Welsh Beef supply

Co-operation across the supply chain and better knowledge of consumer demand would help secure a positive future for Welsh Beef, a report into the industry has found.

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.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year revealed

A Berwickshire family farm committed to producing top-quality Scotch Beef PGI has been crowned the 2014 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

West Country Beef and Lamb chosen for Tescos Finest pies

Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) West Country Beef has been chosen by Tesco for use in its Finest range.

Firmer beef prices expected in 2015

Beef cattle prices will become stronger next year amid tighter supplies, according to the latest market update from Eblex.

Welsh Beef and Lamb gain 4.1m shot in the arm

Welsh Beef and Lamb will receive a 4.1 million boost to promote Welsh PGI meat across Europe, it was announced this morning (13 November 2014).

Irish beef farmers continue protest at UK price gap

Thousands of Irish beef farmers have staged another protest outside meat factories as anger grows over the price gap with the UK.

Donut burger slammed for containing 2,000 calories

Pub chain Hungry Horse has been slammed by a nutritionist for launching a new burger containing 1,966 calories.

Winter promotional kit to boost beef and lamb sales

Eblex Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme members are set to receive a winter promotional kit to help sales of beef and lamb.

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.

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 Eblexs annual conference.

MPs debate slaughter and stunning issues

Neil Parish MP, chairman of the All-Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef & Lamb called for a reduction in the number of animals that are not stunned at the time of slaughter, during a debate on Meat Slaughtered in Accordance with Religious Rites yesterday (4 November).

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.

CAP front-loading payments for beef farmers dismissed

Scottish beef farmers are disappointed that payments under the Beef Calf Scheme will not be front-loaded as originally suggested by the Scottish Government.

Countryfile appearance for Ladies in Beef member

Ladies in Beef member and Yorkshire farmer Rosey Dunn has appeared on BBC1s Countryfile, promoting UK meat assurance schemes.

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.

Welsh minister presents Beef and Lamb DVD to Sial delegates

Wales deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans attended the Welsh stand at Sial Paris this year, and launched a multilingual DVD to promote Welsh meat to different markets.

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.

French importer rewarded for commitment to Scotch Lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has rewarded a French importer for its commitment to Scotch Lamb.

Eblex improves online lamb yield tools

Eblex has launched new and improved beef and lamb costing and yield calculation tools, to help businesses improve their operational effectiveness.

British meat bodies get set for Paris showcase

British meat bodies are preparing to go head-to-head with competitors from across the globe at this years Sial food show in a bid to increase global sales.

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.

QMS hosts top chefs at Scotch Beef and Lamb event

Those involved in the production of Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI were celebrated at a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) event, as some of the countrys top chefs were given a Hoof to Hook tour.

Eblex demonstrates slow cooking benefits to foodservice execs

Eblex held a special lunch event in London to showcase the benefits of slow cooking to chefs and menu developers from a range of pub and restaurant groups.

HCC brings forward campaign to support Welsh Beef

Welsh red meat promotion body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has brought forward its new marketing campaign, promoted by the Welsh rugby team, in reaction to falling market prices.

Eblex details value of beef and lamb levy spend

Eblex has released its annual review for the financial year 2013/2014, outlining how levy was spent across the beef and lamb industries.

Butchers reports rise in sales for T-bone steaks

Shropshire butchers G N Badley & Sons has reported a resurgence in the T-bone steak with an increase in requests from the foodservice sector.

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.

Morrisons offers Beef Shorthorn cattle premium

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

Eblex points to Dutch opportunity for beef

There is scope for developing beef exports to the Dutch foodservice sector, according to Eblex.

QMS introduces point-of-sale centre

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new point-of-sale centre, which will allow members of the Scotch Butchers Club to create their own branded point-of-sale items.

Study finds similar blood levels in halal, schechita and ordinary meats

New research, reported in The Times, shows similar blood levels in ordinary meat and meat from animals killed by shechita and halal methods.

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.

Welsh meat body appoints Dutch marketer

The red meat promotion body for Wales has appointed a Dutch marketing representative, which it hopes will increase exports to the country.

Beef labelling to take step backwards

The move to drop the requirement for independent verification of voluntary beef and veal labelling claims has been branded a step backwards by an industry expert.

Eblex introduces Cow Beef Guide

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

Womens beef group gets behind mini roast campaign

A female beef farming group has launched the campaign Go Mini for Autumn! to promote Eblexs midweek mini roasts initiative.

Wiltshire butcher takes caterers on farm visit

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

Welsh butchers helped to promote PGI

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to help butchers promote PGI Welsh Lamb this month by sending them new promotional materials.

Scotch meat PGI future could depend on referendum

As the Scottish people cast their votes today, speculation over the future of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protected Scotch beef and lamb is growing.

Asda launches Roast in a Tray range

Asda is hoping to shake up the roasting category with the launch of an innovative new product range that aims to introduce further convenience to the roast dinner.

Eblex releases Carvery point-of-sale kit

Butchers could benefit from a bumper Carvery point-of-sale (POS) kit for autumn, which has been created by Eblex.

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 farms beef wins National Trust food award

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

Welsh meat to the fore at NATO Summit

With the NATO Summit Wales taking in place in Newport this week, the worlds press will be treated to Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at a reception, courtesy of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales.

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.

Butchers targets students with value meat box

Butchers shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Eblex extends mini-roast campaign to TV

Following the launch of the mini-roasts brochure, Eblex has revealed it will promote the product through a television advertisement.

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.

Red meat body hosts Dominican Republic visit

Industry professionals from the Dominican Republic were introduced to UK beef and lamb production and given an insight into livestock genetics during a recent visit hosted by Eblex.

Tesco refuses to sell mixed-origin beef

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

Farming unions slam retailers over beef price share

UK farming unions have called for retailers to increase farmers share of beef prices, or risk undermining future supplies.

Matthew Fort to present Q Guild awards

Celebrity food writer Matthew Fort has been revealed as the presenter of the 2014 Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

Beef imports vital for UK, says public body

With the UK only 80% self-sufficient in beef production according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), imports will continue to play a vital support role for beef consumption in Britain, an analyst has said.

Fresh beef brings in 2bn to UK economy

The fresh beef market in Britain was worth more than 2bn this past year, according to figures from market analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Eblex reveals beef and lamb conference topics

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

Welsh meat body announces scholarship winners

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has announced the winners of this years HCC Livestock Scholarship.

Welsh red meat body embarks on Netherlands campaign

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is looking to increase overseas demand for Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef by starting a marketing drive in the Netherlands.

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.

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.

Lamb leads rise in meat production

Beef, lamb and pig meat production has increased on last year, according to the latest slaughter figures from Defra.

Video: Tri-Nations Butchers' Challenge 2014

Three teams of the finest butchers from Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand battled it out for the Tri-Nations crown at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.

SuperMeat and Fish Awards 2014
SuperMeat and Fish Awards 2014

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

Kiwis win Tri-Nations butchery comp

The New Zealand team won the Tri-Nations Butchers' Challenge once again this year, picking up the award last night (10 July) at the SuperMeat & Fish Awards at the Hilton in Park Lane, London.

Welsh Lamb and Beef exports boost countrys economy

International sales of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef earned the Welsh economy more than 224 million last year, according to new figures.

Eblex provides opportunity for foreign contact

A marketing event for British beef and lamb has given producers the chance to build relationships with foreign delegates, according to Eblex.

Bagley criticises beef crisis summit in blog

Norman Bagley, policy director of the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), said very little came out of the recent beef crisis summit other than hot air, in meatinfos latest blog post.

Waitrose raises price floor for British beef

In the wake of the UKs beef pricing crisis, Waitrose has raised its price floor for British beef.

Gordon Ramsay backs British food exports with lamb menu

Gordon Ramsay supported a British food exports summit by creating a gala menu, which included a saddle of British lamb, to showcase the best of British to foreign buyers.

Quality Standard mark shows strong influence on meat purchasing

The Eblex Quality Standard Mark (QSM) is one of the most influential logos affecting the decision to purchase meat and poultry products, according to a survey.

Beef industry gathers to tackle perfect storm

A perfect storm was responsible for the crisis affecting the beef industry as leaders and politicians gathered to find solutions with farming minister George Eustice this week.

Bpex and Eblex stage Chinese trade mission

Bpex and Eblex mounted another trade mission to China during the World Meat Congress in Beijing earlier this month.

Eblex releases new beef carcase brochure

A new educational guide from Eblex shows how to identify age and conformation and distinguish between bulls, steers and heifers, by studying the carcase.

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.

Campbells new haggis set to fill market gap

A new haggis was launched yesterday (19 June) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat which fills a gap in the market, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

UK and China to start beef and lamb talks

The UK and China are in negotiations that could see the export ban on British beef and lamb being lifted for the first time since the BSE outbreak 30 years ago.

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.

Exports in focus at Eblex conference

Eblex is to put the UKs beef and lamb export strategy under the spotlight at its annual export conference next week.

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A complex international market has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

Spotlight on Scottish red meat at Highland Show

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is gearing up to promote Scotch Beef and Lamb at this years Royal Highland Show, which gets under way next week.

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.

West Country PGI meat hits supermarket shelves

West Country beef and lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) label have hit the supermarket shelves.

Fresh pork sales fall

Value and volume sales of fresh pork fell in the last quarter, according to Bpexs Quarterly Category Report.

Quality Standard Mark welcomes new members

Eblexs Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme is continuing to grow in its tenth year, with more than 50 new members joining in one week at the start of the summer.

Aldi set to offer Wagyu steaks

Budget supermarket Aldi will now add Wagyu beef steaks from New Zealand to its growing range of premium meats.

Tesco sees third consecutive quarter of sales decline

UK like-for-like sales have fallen yet again for Tesco, down 3.7% (excluding petrol), for the first quarter of 2014-2015.

Royals get to taste a Scotch Beef pie

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been treated to a specially made Strathearn pie on their most recent royal tour of Perthshire.

Brand new beef processing plant opens in Shropshire

A new 10m state-of-the-art meat plant has been opened, with an eye for the export market.

QMS stages butchery masterclass for chefs

Up-and-coming chefs from top Edinburgh restaurants recently attended a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) butchery masterclass, led by master butcher Viv Harvey.

Three British chefs awarded Irish Beef Club status

Three of Britains top chefs have been awarded membership to the Chefs Irish Beef Club, run by Irish food body Bord Ba.

QMS in healthy lifestyle drive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has teamed up with Street Soccer Scotland to launch a new publication to help promote a healthy lifestyle to Scotlands youth.

Celeb chef showcases Northern Irish meat at Selfridges

Chef Mark Hix and Selfridges have collaborated to hold a high-profile dinner to promote local suppliers and British produce, and Northern Irish beef and pork is on the menu.

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 Johnes 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 Johnes disease in cattle.

Beef and offal exports jump 25%

Red meat levy body Eblex has reported an increase in beef and offal exports, with the Africa and the Far East as important emerging markets.

Beef shoulder brochure helps butchers add value

Profit from the Beef Shoulder, a new publication from Eblex, has been developed to help processors and butchers add value to the beef carcase.

Eblex launches app

Eblex have made it easier for farmers and processors to access beef and sheep prices through a mobile app, after research suggested digital tools would be beneficial.

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.

QSM marketing kit will help summer sales sizzle

Eblex has issued members of the Quality Standard Mark (QSM) Scheme with promotional material to help butchers boost sales during the summer.

Scottish butchers strikes 1m contract with Asda

Scottish butchers, We Hae Meat, reported it has secured a 1m deal with Asda to sell its products in stores across Scotland.

Beef and genetics firms join forces for better-quality meat

One of the UKs leading beef producers has announced a deal with a global genetics company to look into ways of developing more sustainable and higher-quality meat.

QMS recommends fertility tests for bulls

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is urging Scottish suckler herd farmers to think about a Bull MOT to ensure cows can reproduce next spring.

Irish beef imports put pressure on Welsh supply

An increase in Irish beef imports has resulted in a dramatic fall in prices of Welsh steers according to the Welsh red meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

Sainsburys alters lean mince labelling

Sainsburys has reported changes to its labelling of lean mince and reformulated its own-brand beef mince meat to remove fat.

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 meat producers set sights on Sweden

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported possible opportunities for Scotch Beef and Lamb after a Swedish food event.

Scottish pupils to compete on Commonwealth Burger

Scottish pupils have been invited to create a special burger for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow this summer

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.

Leicester removes halal products from schools, following kebab discovery

Halal meat products have been taken off Leicester school menus, after one lamb product a lamb sheek kebab was found to contain more than 50% beef.

YouGov discovers drop in meat consumption

Cautious spending by consumers has resulted in decreased meat consumption, according to a recent YouGov study.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

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

Bursary for food and farming journalism announced

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) have launched an initiative to encourage people into a career in agriculture.

Eblex hosts French butchers visit

Eblex hosted top French butchers on a trip that has highlighted the quality of British butchery training.

Retail giants increase halal offerings

Tesco and Sainsburys have increased their chilled halal offerings by introducing the Shazans brand into their stores, offering burgers and sausages to hundreds of shops around the country.

Eblex introduces image library to web

Eblex has launched a new image library on its website which can be used as a promotional tool for its users.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

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.

Producers, processors and auction marts optimistic, says survey

An Eblex survey has revealed that, after a number of difficult years, confidence among beef and sheep farmers, meat processors and auction marts is growing.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

Guernsey abattoir waits for export opportunity

It could be up to six months before Guernseys new 1.7m abattoir will be able to export its meat.

Scots display beef and lamb in Belgium

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) showcased PGI Scotch Beef and Lamb at an event in Belgium, which generated export interest from Belgian and Dutch retailers.

Italian stores in Welsh Beef promotion

Welsh Beef is available in Italy for the first time, as the PGI product has hit the shelves of 80 stores in a special promotion this spring.

Meat fares well in annual export data

UK lamb was in the top 10 performing export product categories, with growth of 8%, to 383m, during 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federations (FDF) annual export figures.

Tesco cowed by ad blunder

Tesco has found itself in hot water after a gaffe over its latest milk adverts led to farmers and the general public milking it for all it is worth.

Welsh red meat on display at Food & Drink Expo

Welsh Lamb and Beef will feature at the UKs largest food and drink trade show next week.

Meat firms take advantage of West Country PGI

Jaspers and Dawn Meats have become the first companies to be able to market West Country Beef and Lamb under its new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.

New members appointed to Eblex board

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

HCC sponsors green energy event

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will be one of the main sponsors of the Royal Welsh Grassland & Alternative Energy Event 2014, which will focus on green renewable energy.

French chefs showcase Quality Standard beef and lamb

Eight French chefs used English Quality Standard beef and lamb in a number of recipes at a top Paris food show.

Jerky firm teams with health magazine

A leading meat snack company is hoping to tap into the health sector with the launch of a new Mens Health branded beef jerky snacking range.

Eblex gets behind new beef cuts

Eblex is promoting its new beef cut development programme in an attempt to counteract declining beef consumption in the home.

Eblex steak guide added to beef box options

Eblex has added a new steak guide to its beef box scheme kit, which is designed to provide farmers with all the resources they need to sell their meat directly to consumers.

Beef jerky business sold to customer

Bare Earth, producer of Biltong dried meat snacks, has been sold to customer Mariani Foods Europe in a pre-pack deal.

UK increases beef exports to France

France has been importing increased volumes of UK beef, according to Eblex, as the organisation aims to promote higher-value cuts.

Union representatives discuss livestock challenges

UK and Irish unions met in Stirling this week to discuss livestock concerns, including beef price difficulties.

Welsh beef calf registrations fall faster than the rest of Britain

Beef calf registrations fell more steeply in Wales than in the rest of Britain during 2013, according to figures released by the British Cattle Movement Service.

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.

Paralympian medallist cooks steaks in schools

Paracyclist Fiona Duncan, a silver medallist in the 2011 Para-Cycling Track World Championships, delivered interactive cookery workshops at two schools last week, as part of Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) Champions in Schools programme.

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.

Scotch Beef PGI campaign targets 11 million people

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) last week launched a 650,000 campaign to promote PGI Scotch Beef, targeting 11 million consumers.

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.

Free Eblex meetings for beef and sheep farmers

Beef and sheep farmers in the south of England will be able to attend a series of free Eblex meetings to find out about the work Eblex is doing to improve the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector.

UK lamb production up by over 5% in 2013

UK lamb production rose in 2013, with pork remaining steady and beef falling, Welsh meat bosses reported.

West Country Beef and Lamb gain protected status

West Country Beef and West Country Lamb had their Protected Food Name (PFN) confirmed today by the European Union, taking the total number of protected UK foods to 62.

Eblex and Bpex eye up Asian export opportunities

Eblex and Bpex are eyeing up export potential for beef, lamb and pork in Asia following a mission to Japan, South Korea and India.

McDonalds aims for sustainable beef

McDonalds has announced a three-part plan to convert all the beef in its supply chain to meat that comes from verified sustainable sources.

Dunbia announces partnership with rugby star

Processing giant Dunbia yesterday launched an ambassador partnership with British Lions and Ireland rugby player Rory Best.

Northern Irish beef company wins Selfridges contract

Antrim-based beef farmer and processor Bruces Hill Cattle Company has agreed a contract to supply Selfridges with its Dexter beef.

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.

Eblex launches initiative to reduce water

Eblex has launched its second part of Testing the Water, a project aimed to reduce the use of blue water on farms and reveal wastage statistics.

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.

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 nations 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.

Wales looks beyond UK borders

With improved market returns and sheep numbers finally recovering after months of decline, the Welsh meat industry could be described as relatively buoyant. But there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the sector, with high input costs, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and a financially troubled eurozone putting pressure on farmers and processors.

Beef rides out crisis

While retail sales and volume are suffering, value sales of beef are riding out the recession and exports are enjoying the benefits of a weak pound. Alyson Magee provides an update

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