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Acoura Board welcomes new special advisors

David Gregory is set to join Acoura, a provider of risk services for the food and drink sector, as an advisor when he steps down from his position as chairman of Red Tractor at the end of the month.

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.

Pig profitability to be addressed at AHDB Pork conference

AHDB Pork is due to hold a series of events throughout November and December, with the aim of helping stockmen and farm managers in producing a profitable pig.

Tesco makes lamb pack pledge

Tesco is to stop selling lamb products in mixed origin packs following a meeting with the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Royal appointment for AHDB Pork

Sam Bowsher, skills development co-ordinator at AHDB Pork, had an encounter of the royal kind when she met Princess Anne.

Anthrax discovered on Wiltshire farm

A case of anthrax disease was confirmed at a farm in Wiltshire following the death of a cow. It is believed to be an isolated case.

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.

Farmers throw down gauntlet to retailers over British lamb

Lamb farmers have called on supermarkets to do more to support British lamb.

Northern Ireland welcomes new member to Livestock and Meat Commission

Michelle ONeill, agriculture and rural development minister for Northern Ireland, has welcomed Gerry Maguire to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

Morrisons promises continued innovation despite Dumfries House split

Morrisons says it will not sacrifice innovation in its meat sourcing as it ends its partnership with Dumfries House next month.

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.

Conference to address Welsh red meat supply chain

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), also known as Meat Promotion Wales, is to discuss solutions to developing a sustainable and commercial red meat supply chain in Wales at its annual conference, taking place in Llandrindod Wells on 12 November.

Pork organisation urges clearer slap marks

AHDB Pork has provided instructions on how pig producers can achieve clear and legible slap marks on its website to help improve traceability in the food chain.

World Steak Challenge winner revealed

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

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 bovine TB measures welcomed

Scotlands latest measures against bovine TB have been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the BVAs Scottish branch.

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.

Welsh Lamb receives new marketing push

In an effort to receive further backing for PGI Welsh Lamb, shoppers are being offered a luxury holiday for two to Antigua.

Moy Park wins development accolade

Moy Park has been awarded for its best-in-class approach to people development, picking up the IGD John Sainsbury Learning and Development Award at the IGD Awards 2015 earlier this week.

TPP agreement welcomed in UK and Northern Ireland

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

Sainsburys extends lamb season to January

Sainsburys has committed to extend its British lamb season until at least January 2016. According to the retailer, the decision is designed to help make the most of the increased availability of stock this season while reassuring its farmers affected by low prices.

New appointment at AHDB Pork

Nigel Penlington has been appointed the head of research and development and knowledge exchange for AHDB Pork.

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.

Avian influenza meetings to be held across UK

Following three cases of avian influenza in the UK over the past nine months, the UK Poultry Health and Welfare Group (PHWG) is set to hold a series of seminars across Great Britain and Northern Ireland to help poultry farmers prepare for a potential outbreak.

BSE case diagnosed in Wales

A case of BSE or mad cow disease was found on a farm in Wales.

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.

Lamb diseases to peak in October

Farmers and producers of lamb are being urged to ensure their sheep are vaccinated as autumn arrives.

NFU starts search for new director general

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has begun its search for a new director general following the resignation of Andy Robertson in August.

E.coli plan under fire warn trade bodies

Meat processors could face 1m in bills for unnecessary and costly recalls if draft European Commission (EC) guidance for tackling food poisoning bug E.coli is implemented, trade bodies are warning.

Fare of London teams up with Laverstoke Park Farm

Contract and event caterer Fare of London has announced a partnership with buffalo supplier Laverstoke Park Farm, as part of its 25th anniversary Forgotten Fare campaign.

Scottish pig and poultry industries jeopardised by inflation

National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has retaliated to proposals from the countrys environmental body to dramatically increase many of its charges.

Grant aids livestock production

Members of the agricultural industry have the chance to receive a grant from anywhere between 5,000 and 150,000.

Mixed reaction to McCarthy appointment

The farming community has given a decidedly lukewarm reaction to the appointment of Kerry McCarthy MP as Shadow Environment Secretary.

Welsh lamb EID project proves a success

The initial findings from Wales Electronic Identification (EID) project have revealed that 80% of participating farmers found the recording device easy to operate.

Tesco causes fury by selling imported lamb under Scottish banner

Supermarket giant Tesco has been accused of delivering Scottish sheep farmers "a slap in the face" by selling imported lamb underneath a banner proclaiming to support Scottish sheep farmers.

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.

#BritishLambWeek social media campaign hailed a success

Following a difficult few months for British lamb, the industry has taken to social media to promote the meat with an encouraging lift in sales for independent retailers.

Industry examines satellite technology for agri-food business

The potential for satellite technology to improve agri-food businesses will be explored at a networking event in October in London.

Supermarket aids livestock farming industry

Supermarket chain Sainsburys is encouraging young people to take part in its farming apprenticeship scheme. The next intake will see the trainees working alongside the livestock and poultry sector.

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.

Yorkshire farm opens butchery room

A Yorkshire farm has opened a new butchery room to sell its own produce.

Scottish government urged to support the countrys lamb production

A new scheme supporting Scottish lamb producers in Scotlands hills and uplands has opened for applications yesterday.

Support online for #BritishLambWeek

Butchers and producers have taken to social media to promote #BritishLambWeek.

Welsh Lamb hits the road

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has embarked on a roadshow in an effort to promote Welsh Lamb.

Consultation on bovine TB action launched by Defra

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has outlined proposals to tackle bovine TB (bTB).

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