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AHDB Pork appoints Mick Sloyan to strategy post

Industry stalwart Mick Sloyan, who successfully led the creation of Bpex in 1999, has accepted the post of pork strategy director at AHDB. 

Asda pledges support for UK lamb producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed plans to support the UK’s sheep farming industry by ensuring that most of its lamb will be UK-sourced as of mid-July. 

Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society appoints new chief executive

Johnny Mackey has been revealed as the new chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

Lancashire exports to Hong Kong hit by avian flu case

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has announced that, in view of a notification from the UK authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza in Lancashire, it has banned imports of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from that area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong. 

HCC outlines ambitious five-year targets for Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has set out ambitious new five-year targets, encouraging all sectors of the Welsh red meat industry to secure a viable long-term future. 

HCC to highlight concerns facing Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) aims to tackle issues facing the Welsh red meat industry at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. 

Prime cattle see a rise in prices

Prime cattle prices have risen 8% in the past four weeks, according to analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Confirmed case of bird flu on Lancashire farm

A case of avian flu (bird flu) has been confirmed on a Lancashire poultry farm. 

Farm production at odds with consumer demand

New research from Barclays has shown a disconnect between what consumers want and what British farmers are producing. 

Farmers suffer as the price of lamb falls

Latest figures from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have shown that consumer lamb prices have fallen this spring from the spring of 2014. However, farmers’ share of the retail price has fallen from 60% to 50% within the same timeframe.

Video: AHDB Meat Export Conference

Delegates gathered to hear guest speakers discuss the future of exporting British meat.

Acoura enters partnership with Pasture-Fed Livestock Association

Acoura has been appointed by The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) as inspection provider for its Pasture for Life certification scheme. 

HCC acts to counter falling lamb prices

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to make an early start on marketing campaigns in an effort to tackle falling lamb prices.

FSA wins beef carcase judicial review

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has won a judicial review brought against it by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and Cleveland Meat Company Limited regarding a beef carcase that had been deemed unfit to enter the food chain. 

Poultry industry adds £300m extra to UK GDP

The affordability of poultry products relative to other foods has helped the industry grow its contribution to UK GDP by £300 million. 

Experts gather to learn about British meat exports

The strength of sterling against the euro is affecting export volumes, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb export manager Jean-Pierre Garnier. 

International experts to gather for Sheep Breeders Round Table

Specialists from Norway and the USA are the latest to join a line-up of speakers at the 2015 Sheep Breeders Round Table.  

Abattoirs alerted in sheep rustling outbreak

Police have involved UK abattoirs in the hunt for thieves who have stolen at least 480 lambs, ewes and rams in Somerset over a six-week period. 

Ireland set to return to a 'controlled risk' status

Ireland is expected to return to a ‘controlled risk’ status following the confirmation of BSE. 

Defra to make data available to businesses

Defra is to release all the data it holds in the hope rural businesses will be able to use it to improve productivity in farming. 

NFU calls on retailers to support British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged all major retailers to strengthen their commitments to sourcing peak-season British lamb. 

New training opportunity in the beef industry

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has teamed up with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) in a new scheme designed to educate and inform those involved in the beef industry. 

AHDB plans Scottish tour to debate levy allocation

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to tour Scotland this summer meeting people throughout the food industry on a ‘listening tour’ to discuss what its priorities should be when deciding how to spend its levy. 

Ulster farmers hit by Russian pork ban

The Russian ban on EU pork imports is forcing farmers in Britain out of business, the pork and bacon chairman of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said. 

UK pig meat production keeps growing

Latest figures from Defra show that the strong growth in UK pig meat production continued in May, with output over 5% higher than a year earlier at 66,700 tonnes. 

Orkney cattle farmers struggling due to heavy rain

Unprecedented rains have left Orkney cattle farmers with their “backs against the wall” and have forced many to sell their animals months earlier than planned. 

QMS calls for praise of Scottish red meat

The chairman of Quality Meat Scotland has urged the red meat industry to recognise the value of its brands in Scotland. 

British-produced pork tests positive for MRSA

Strands of superbug MRSA has been found in British-produced pork. 

Scottish farmers’ union calls for abattoir co-operation

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on Scotland’s abattoir sector to work more closely with producers to ensure beef cattle meet market specifications. 

Scottish producers see lower costs offset by falling prices in red meat sector

Scottish livestock producers benefited from lower input costs, increased productivity and better weather conditions in 2014. 

Beef imports on the up, while exports slow

Beef imports to the UK were up by 870 tonnes to 21,200 tonnes in April compared with the same time last year, according to the AHDB. 

Cull ewe price stability a lesson for supermarkets, says NSA chief

Lessons can be learned from the stable price of cull ewes, which stands in stark contrast to fluctuating lamb prices, said National Sheep Association chief executive Phil Stocker. 

£800k of training grants up for grabs

£800,000 worth of grants for food and farming business training remains up for grabs under the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership (AATP), with previous beneficiaries reporting big benefits.

Thousands of chickens die in suspicious fire

Arson is suspected as the probable cause of a fire in a remote poultry farm in Essex in which up to 13,000 chickens died.  

New look and structure at AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has unveiled new branding and a new organisational structure, which will see its activities divided into six separate brands - beef and lamb; pork; cereals and oilseeds; dairy; horticulture; and potatoes. 

Suspected outbreak of BSE on farm in County Louth

A suspected case of BSE on a farm in County Louth has been confirmed by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture today.  

Petition against pig farm gathers momentum

More than 137,000 people have signed a petition in Northern Ireland opposing plans for a giant pig farm in Mossley. Co Antrim. 

New lamb consumer campaign launched

A new campaign to encourage younger consumers to try lamb as an everyday meal option has been launched. 

Livestock industry unveils joint approach to data collection

The livestock industry has agreed to work together to ensure the correct information and data are being collected across the poultry, pig, beef and sheep sectors. 

Scottish lamb industry facing challenge

The Scottish lamb industry faces a challenge to increase consumption of Lamb in the country, Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has claimed. 

BVD initiative to be rolled out across UK

A major cattle industry initiative to help eliminate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is to be extended across the UK. 

Not all cattle need to be tested for BVD

To reduce the level of individual testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), Scottish cattle owners will be able to assume that some of their livestock are free of the disease. 

Farmers see drop in meat returns due to oversupply

UK farmers have seen their returns drop in recent months due to an oversupply of domestically produced meat, an increase in imports, plateauing consumer demand and a strong pound. 

Best of Irish chicken producers rewarded by Moy Park

Northern Irish chicken producer Moy Park has recognised its top-performing farmers at a special awards ceremony. 

Pig industry disease charter launched

A new disease charter has been unveiled by pork levy body Bpex in an attempt to combat threats such as porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PEDv). 

Scottish farmers receive £12m boost

Scottish farmers are set to receive a share of Scotland’s £12.2m Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) refund within the next few days, it has been announced. 

Supply and demand for prime cattle starting to even up

Prices for prime cattle look to be stabilising following a redressing of the balance between supply and demand. 

Call for input on future Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock

The industry has been encouraged to help shape the future of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). 

BVD deadline for Scottish cattle keepers

Scottish cattle keepers must have their Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) statuses established or face movement restrictions, according to new guidance which comes into effect today (1 June). 

Scotch beef producers face lower margins

Poor exchange rates, reduced demand and full abattoirs have conspired to force the price of Scotch beef down, leaving many Scottish prime beef producers struggling to make a margin, according to the National Farmers Union Scotland.  

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