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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. 

Frank Albers of Albers GMBH and Jack's Creek Managing Director Patrick Warmoll with the award-winning steak
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World Steak Challenge winner revealed

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

The Lyon family with an award winning cow
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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.

Scotland’s bovine TB measures welcomed

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

Gloucester Rugby players have endorsed the burger
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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 UK’s rarest breed, to celebrate the town being a World Cup match venue.

Welsh Government’s Farming and Food Minister Rebecca Evans at Asda in Cardiff
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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. 

Pictured at the IGD Awards 2015 are Mike Coupe, CEO Sainsbury’s: Mike Mullan, Moy Park HR Director Europe; Andrew Nethercott, Moy Park Director of Sales; and television personality Rachel Riley
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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. 

Sainsbury's has extended its lamb season into the new year
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Sainsbury’s extends lamb season to January

Sainsbury’s 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. 

Nigel Penlington has been appointed head of research and development and knowledge exchange at AHDB Pork
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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 & Lamb’s 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 Association’s (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.

A cow in Wales has been diagnosed with a case of BSE
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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 organisation’s 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.

Andy Robertson's premature retirement means the NFU needs a new director general
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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 country’s 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. 

Kerry McCarthy MP has been appointed Shadow Environment Secretary
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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.

The New Zealand lamb was sold in a Tesco store under a Scottish banner
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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 Sainsbury’s 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 has been appointed acting chair of AHDB Beef & Lamb following Stuart Roberts' resignation
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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 country’s lamb production

A new scheme supporting Scottish lamb producers in Scotland’s 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). 

AHDB plans revitalisation in response to intervention accusations

AHDB Beef & Lamb has responded to concerns over government intervention in marketing campaigns raised by the resignation of chairman Stuart Roberts. 

Farm animal numbers grow in Northern Ireland

Every major species of farm animal in Northern Ireland has increased in number over the past year, according to the latest farm census figures, despite the sustained pressure on farm gate prices. 

Welsh Lamb receives a Danish makeover

Top chefs from Denmark proved how versatile Welsh Lamb is as they came together to create delicious barbecue meals from the meat. 

Hands off pig levy say producers

The English pig industry has urged the government to keep out of decisions about how the pig levy is spent. 

Copas wins Red Ribbon award

Copas Traditional Turkeys has been presented with a Red Ribbon award, which recognises family businesses, in the Kent Investor Network ‘Best of British’ awards.

Seventy jobs saved at livestock auction

All 70 full-time and part-time staff at a livestock auction business have been saved after the business was prevented from going into administration.

Midlothian supports Scotch Beef Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has become a member of Quality Meat Scotland’s Scotch Beef Club, the first Scottish Premiership club to do so. 

QMS to address sheep lameness

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is working alongside MSD Animal Health in running a series of free workshops that will focus on preventing sheep lameness. 

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice. 

Wasted meat damaging our environment

Discarded meat is having a negative effect on our environment, according to research. 

UK beef and veal production expected to fall

According to the latest AHDB Beef & Lamb Market Outlook report, the production of beef and veal is predicted to fall by 2% to 860,000 tonnes (t) in 2015. 

Lancashire poultry farm restrictions lifted following avian flu

Restrictions have now been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm last month, Defra has confirmed. 

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