Livestock

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 Irelands Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle ONeill, 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

Scotlands 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 farmings long-term prosperity. Thats 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 Scotlands (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 HSBCs 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 UKs 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.

Herd size linked to bovine TB risk

Intensive farming practices including larger herd sizes, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and silage use have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB (bTB), research from the University of Exeter has concluded.

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.

NFU and NSA meet with government over sheep movement concerns

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National Sheep Association (NSA) have held an urgent government meeting concerning the inspection and penalty process for sheep movement reporting.

Carrs Group to continue UK investment

Agricultural and food business Carrs Group has set out growth plans for its UK and global divisions following its full-year results.

Government warned against Defra cuts

Announced cuts to the Defra budget have attracted criticism from the sector.

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.

International markets grow for Welsh lamb

Austria has announced it will become the latest country to supply PGI Welsh Lamb.

NFU criticises Dunbias change in cattle specification

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has disapproved Dunbias unacceptable changes to its terms and conditions for cattle specification on such short notice.

Concerns over new poultry slaughter regulations

New slaughter regulations from Defra regarding the killing of poultry have raised concerns over the welfare of the birds with the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

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.

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