Livestock

Poultry firm fined two thousand pounds

Newark-based poultry producer Germany Farms faces a 2,000 fine for the irresponsible disposal of around 10,000 chicken carcasses on woodland near Knapthorpe in Nottinghamshire.

Farming union inspires younger generation

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging young people to take up agriculture as a career path.

Scotch red meat targets international audience

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI are heading to Toronto and Hong Kong, where they will have a presence at trade shows SIAL Canada and Hofex respectively.

Fergus Ewing to fight for Scotlands post-Brexit agri funds

Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity in Scotland, will fight to ensure money is available for farmers after the UK exits the European Union.

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.

Reduced availability drives farmgate price rise

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

Border and trade post-Brexit top of IFA priorities

Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, to discuss the threats posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture.

LDC backs Addo Food Group buyout

Equity investment firm LDC has backed the secondary buyout of pork pie and sausage roll producer Addo Food Group for an undisclosed sum.

Welsh red meat production grows in 2016

The Welsh red meat market has seen growth in 2016, highlighting its importance to the domestic agricultural sector.

Grass management workshop aims to grow profitability

Producers of red meat are being taught about the connections between grass management and profitability.

New AHDB Pork sector chair appointed

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

AI poultry rules to be softened

The government has announced that mandatory housing for poultry in Higher Risk Areas of England will be lifted as of Thursday, 13 April.

Prices of pigs fly high on tight supply ahead of Easter

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

Meat reps concerned about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwills reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal.

Lamb strong as retailers prepare for Easter

The liveweight lamb market strengthened further in the w/e 29 March, with demand increasing as Easter approaches.

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.

RSPCA awarded grant to grow China animal welfare standards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has received a bursary from the US foundation, the Open Philanthropy Project, to support its long-term work in China to improve animal welfare standards.

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a significant dependence on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

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

Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UKs farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit.

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board.

NFU sets out post-EU plan

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of Vision for the Future of Farming papers. The publication outlines key issues set to impact British farming, which must be addressed now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

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

UK butcher to make history at Dutch prime cattle showcase

A North Yorkshire butcher will become the first in the UK to take part in Hollands premier Easter prime showcase, Paasvee 2017, next week.

Roundworm resistance initiative to help sheep breeders

Lleyn sheep producers will be able to select animals for their resistance to roundworm, based on an estimated breeding value (EBV).

Prime Minister Theresa May invokes Article 50

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially triggered Article 50, signalling the United Kingdoms intent to exit the European Union.

UK livestock sector vows to support trade post-EU

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

Green Survey 2017 now open

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

Scottish pig prices reach nine-week high

Farmgate pig prices in Scotland have strengthened after a period of downward seasonal pressure during the early parts of 2017.

Industry bodies join forces on UK trade priorities post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have joined forces to outline priorities for UK trade post-Brexit.

Prime Ministers commitments to British farming welcomed

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa Mays commitments to supporting British farming post-Brexit.

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.

Calls made for Scottish government to continue greylag goose support

The National Farmers Unions (NFU) Scottish branch has called for the Scottish government to continue funding of greylag goose management schemes.

BDCI bursary awarded to meat and livestock students

Three students at Harper Adams University have received funding for their remaining years of full-time study.

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.

Pig welfare report warmly greeted by industry

A new welfare report on pig health has provided evidence for the high level of pig rearing standards in the UK.

AHDB Pork appoints four new board members

Four new members have been appointed to the AHDB Pork board to replace members whose terms of office will end on 31 March 2017.

Scientists create infection-resistant super pigs

The pig industry could save billions of pounds thanks to a new type of super pig bred by scientists to resist infection by Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Healthier, wealthier Britain: farming success post-Brexit

National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has outlined free trade, labour and a new agricultural policy as the main ingredients for a buoyant post-Brexit rural economy.

Duck firm moves production amid bird virus threat

Gressingham Foods has halted processing at its poultry slaughter plant in Redgrave, Suffolk after bird flu restrictions were imposed at a neighbouring Banham Poultry site, transferring operations to Debach, near Woodbridge.

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.

Waitrose to rebrand lamb products over origin concerns

Supermarket chain Waitrose has responded to the unacceptable labelling of New Zealand lamb branded as Waitrose British by committing to clearer labels.

BVA survey reveals data surveillance concerns

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reiterated the importance of a robust surveillance system and how vital it is to the health of UK livestock.

Herdwick lamb back in Booths

Herdwick lamb has returned to retailer Booths for a limited four-month season.

New bird flu measures pose serious risk to industry

Poultry keepers are now facing significant threats to their businesses with the introduction of updated measures to prevent the spread of bird flu.

Cumbrian butchers to stock local specialist breed

Cranstons Quality Butchers is offering shoppers the chance to sample the distinctive taste of Lake District Herdwick Lamb.

Retailers urged to support British poultry amidst AI crisis

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on British retailers to continue their support for producers that have had to keep poultry indoors due to the bird flu crisis.

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.

Festival prime stock event dropped by Royal Smithfield Club

The Royal Smithfield Club will not run its Festival prime stock event at the East of England Showground at Peterborough in November following a sustained drop in attendance and competition entries.

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

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

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