Livestock

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. 

Pig farming like ‘taking a punt at Ladbrokes’

The National Pig Association (NPA) has warned that current low feed prices are doing nothing to reduce pig producers’ losses. 

Pulled pork campaign set to return

After the success it brought last year, the pulled pork advertising campaign is set to return to television screens next month. 

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. 

EIDCymru splits opinion

A new electronic sheep movement reporting system, EIDCymru, is set to go live in Wales as of Monday, 18 January 2016, although not everybody in the industry is convinced about the need for the move. 

Weaning of British pigs behind the rest of the EU

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

AHDB addresses global opportunities for sheep meat

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

Livestock conference to tackle Free Trade Agreements

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

Avian influenza suspected in Scotland

Poultry producers in Scotland have been warned by the Scottish government to ‘stay vigilant’ following a suspected case of avian influenza (AI) in Fife. 

Asda buys key meat suppliers Forza AW and Kober

Retailer Asda has purchased two of its key meat suppliers. 

HCC urges industry to become more sustainable

Consumer and retailers must work alongside farmers to create a more sustainable 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

AHDB Beef & Lamb welcomes technical communications officer

Emma Heathcote has joined AHDB Beef & Lamb as the levy board’s new technical communications officer. 

Flooding fails to deter bullish Carr’s

Agricultural, food and engineering company Carr’s Group has revealed that it is in line to meet expectations for its complete financial year, despite disruption from the recent UK floods. 

Welsh ‘Lambassador’ awarded MBE

PGI Welsh Lamb producer Daphne Tilley has started her year on a high after being honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for her services to agriculture. 

Terry Jones appointed new NFU director general

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has appointed Terry Jones as its new director general. 

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 Scotland’s meat wholesalers in 2016, as well as an upgrade in the way the government applies regulatory burdens.

Fears raised over antibiotic-resistant pigs

Concerns have been raised in the UK after pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics - used on humans when all other medication fails - have been found. 

East dominates EU pork exports

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

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). 

HCC marketing campaign wins marketing awards

Summer and autumn marketing campaigns to help promote Welsh Lamb products and combat pressure on prices have been recognised at the Drum Network Awards. 

NFU encourages consumers to back British this Christmas

As the final countdown to Christmas approaches, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is taking the opportunity to highlight to consumers how they can support British farming beyond the festivities. 

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 organisation’s newest board member. 

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease. The move will mean that pig-keepers and vets will be legally obligated to inform the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) should they suspect a case of the disease.

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease. 

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. 

Poultry vaccine research receives £5.7m grant from BBSRC

Research into developing a cheap and effective poultry vaccine has been awarded a £5.7 million grant by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). 

Scholarship scheme hailed a success

The Pig Industry Scholarship scheme has approved its record number of scholars. Of the 51 applicants, seven have been accepted onto the scheme. 

New levy distribution scheme proposed

Levy boards across England, Scotland and Wales have outlined an alternative method for the distribution of the red meat levy income. 

Marks & Spencer honours top Aberdeen Angus farm

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

Tesco threatened with protests by lamb farmers

Farmers for Action (FFA) has said it will protest at Tesco’s distribution sectors and meat packaging division over claims the retailer will not fully commit to supporting British lamb producers.

Slow growth forecast for pigmeat production

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

AHDB proposes rates freeze for 2016

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

The Archers helps increase Christmas geese orders

Early orders of Christmas geese have been driven from an unlikely source. 

Bovine testing made compulsory in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill, has announced that testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus in new-born calves, including stillbirths and abortions, will be made compulsory. 

Pig industry mourns the loss of respected figure

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

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.

Experts point to impact of meat consumption on global warming

A new report has highlighted the relationship between the consumption of meat and the impact it has on global warming.

SPCA rewards industry expert

Scotland’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has recognised the commitment of an individual for his dedication to animal welfare within the pig industry over the last 25 years.

Lamb industry looks forward despite unpredictable year

Despite international struggles impacting the lamb industry, the global marketplace continues to hold the key to Welsh farming’s long-term prosperity. That’s according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) operations manager Prys Morgan.

NFU Scotland requests clarification over cattle moving

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

Scottish pig issues addressed in seminar

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Scottish Pig Industry conference last week focused on issues facing the industry, as well as opportunities ahead.

HSBC outlines challenging market for agri-food sector

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

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year named

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

Profitability gaps in livestock identified

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

Support needed for the beef sector

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

Northern farmers benefit from agribot technology

A group of 40 sheep and cattle farmers from Sheffield have been trialling a self-driving ‘agribot’, to help manage the hilly moorland for their livestock. 

New guidance on pig antibiotics published by PHWC

Pig-keepers should review their use of antibiotics at least every quarter, new guidance from the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) Antimicrobial Sub-group and the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) has advised. 

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