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National Sheep Association unveils next generation ambassadors

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced the 12 individuals selected to represent the sheep industry in its 2016 Next Generation Ambassador programme. 

British poultry sector reports reduced overall antibiotic use in 2015

Antibiotic usage data collected by the British Poultry Council (BPC) for 2015 has revealed a 28% drop in overall usage of antibiotics compared to 2014. 

Debbie Butcher, senior analyst for AHDB, discusses the year's forecast for the beef market
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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). 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Antibiotic use in poultry on the rise

Reported use of the antibiotic fluoroquinolones has increased in the UK, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 

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. 

Irish farmers urge minister to show commitment

Farmers in Ireland have expressed concerns over the lack of commitment shown by the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney. 

Tesco provides opportunities to lamb farmers

Supermarket giant Tesco is inviting 100 British sheep farmers to take part in a ‘cost of production model for lamb’ trial, which is claimed to be the first of its kind. 

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution supports industry

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has given out grants of over £1.87 million to those in the farming industry who have suffered financial hardship during 2015. 

New managing director for MLCSL

Christine Walsh has been appointed managing director of Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL), the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of AHDB. 

PIPR is to undergo a major consultation
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Pig Industry Professional Register to get re-examined

The Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) is set to undergo a major consultation to focus on the functionality the service provides, as well as its day-to-day running and the value it offers its members. 

UFU announced concerns over the volume of sheep imports from the southern hemisphere
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Northern Irish sheep imports ‘deeply concerning’

The Ulster Farmers’ Union’s (UFU) deputy president Ivor Ferguson has said that the number of sheep imports that came through Belfast port during the year of 2015 was deeply concerning.

Nigel Logan outside Hillstown farm shop
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Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

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

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Farmgate prices impacting incomes

Prolonged drops in farmgate prices have been blamed for the falling farm income by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

TB testing deadline extension welcomed

Following concerns raised by British Veterinary Association (BVA) members in the south west that the 14-day deadline for signing the new TB testing contracts did not provide businesses enough time, the deadline has been extended to 21 days. 

Abolishment of pre-export testing on brucellosis welcomed

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Association Northern Ireland have welcomed the announcement that pre-export testing for brucellosis in Northern Ireland will be made redundant. 

AHDB Beef & Lamb refuses £50k funding for Ladies in Beef

AHDB Beef & Lamb has turned down a £50,000 proposal to fund work by Ladies in Beef in the coming financial year. 

Poachers arrested in Devon

Five people have been arrested as part of a two-and-a-half year wildlife crime operation in North Devon. 

NSA Sheep 2016 adds value to the industry

British sheep producers are encouraged to take advantage of the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Sheep 2016 free event, with a theme of ‘adding value to the sheep industry’. 

Importance of animal welfare highlighted in annual report

Businesses in the food sector are becoming more aware of the importance of displaying their animal welfare procedures, according to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report. 

Love rub pulled pork campaign launched

A £2.7 million (m) Pulled Pork promotion has been unveiled by AHDB Pork in an effort to bring value to the sector. 

Scottish farmers urged to contact local authorities over drowned livestock

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFU) has advised farmers that have come across livestock drowned in recent floods that don’t belong to them to contact their local authority. 

The agricultural industry is being encouraged to take part in AHDB's management programme
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Agricultural development scheme seeks applicants

Ambitious individuals within the agricultural sector looking to take their careers to the next stage are being sought. 

HCC's summer and winter PGI Welsh Lamb marketing campaigns have helped boost sales
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Meat marketing campaigns hailed as ‘hugely successful’

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) summer and winter PGI Welsh Lamb marketing campaigns have been considered a huge success. 

AgriBank is looking for another successful year at LAMMA 2016 in Peterborough
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AgriBank continues to support farming industry

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

The importance of clean animals for slaughter has been highlighted in two new videos from AHDB
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Videos show importance of sending clean livestock to slaughter

Two new videos produced by the industry’s levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb have been designed to showcase the importance of presenting clean livestock at the time of slaughter. 

QMS is to highlight the benefits of EBVs
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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. 

The pig industry in being impacted by low feed costs, says National Pig Association
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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 Daphne Tilley has been awarded an MBE for services to agriculture
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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 is to take up the role of director general at the NFU in April
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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. 

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