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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. 

New farm investment scheme announced

Pig and poultry farmers will get the opportunity to benefit from a new €17m investment scheme, the Irish minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced. 

Scottish farmers called on to back lamb

Sheep farmers across Scotland are being urged by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to get behind their Scotch Lamb campaign by promoting the simplicity and flexibility of cooking with Scotch Lamb PGI. 

A fire on a pig farm cost the lives of 33 sows and 434 piglets (Image: @StaffordJimmy)
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Northern Ireland pig farm devastated by fire

A fire on a pig farm near Strabane in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, has killed 33 sows and 434 piglets, according to the BBC.  

Sheep meat imports down in June

Sheep imports to the UK fell by 18% in June year-on-year, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Halal slaughterhouse reportedly goes into administration

A halal slaughterhouse in Yorkshire, specialising in lamb, has reportedly gone into administration. The news comes six months after footage was released showing animals being abused by staff at the abattoir. 

Bord Bía launches beef campaign in the UK
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Bord Bía launches new beef campaign

A new campaign is being launched this week to highlight the qualities of Irish beef to UK consumers.

British farming support urged by trade bodies at emergency summit

Leading bodies in the farming industry met for an emergency summit to discuss serious concerns faced by the trade. 

The #NoLambWeek campaign caused a slight rise in prices but they have since dropped again
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#NoLambWeek campaigners refuse to rule out further action

Supermarkets are “taking advantage of lamb farmers”, according to #NoLambWeek campaigners. 

Frequent weighing of lambs can prevent illness

Cobalt deficiency in lambs was the topic of discussion at the recent Forth Monitor Farm meeting, hosted by the McEwen family at Arnprior Farm. 

Clear country-of-origin labels introduced for Welsh meat

Packaging on Welsh fresh and frozen meat products must now carry a country-of-origin label. 

Lamb supplies expected to grow

UK lamb and mutton production in 2015 is expected to be up 7% on last year, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb figures.

Prime cattle prices climbed between May and July
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Multiple factors affect farmgate price movements

Recent inconsistent farmgate prices can be attributed to volume and currency fluctuations, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

PETA opposes pig farm

A petition to prevent the development of a major pig factory farm in Limavady, Londonderry, has received backing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Poultry prices fail to take off

The price of poultry has risen only 44% from 1987 to 2014, while other meat prices have more than doubled during the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

British sheep farmers facing uncertain future

Hundreds of sheep farmers have been left doubting the future of their livelihoods after falling lamb prices have resulted in many producers being paid less than the cost of production.

Sheep scab warning issued to farmers

At a recent Clyde monitor farm meeting, hosted by farmer Andre Baillie, industry experts gathered to deliberate the increasingly pressing issue of sheep scab. 

Disparity between head and retail prices of lamb had led to Welsh farmers planning a boycott
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Welsh farmers plan #nolambweek

In response to dropping lamb prices, a group of Welsh farmers plan to withhold their prime lambs between August 1-7.

Scottish pig meat prices drop 17% year-on-year

The price of Scottish pig meat is down 17% on this time last year, the latest market information from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has revealed. 

Nominations still open for David Black Award

There is still time to nominate somebody to receive the David Black Award – the highest honour the pig industry can bestow. 

NFUS urges Scotch Lamb backing

Scotland’s sheep producers are urging consumers to get behind Scotch Lamb. 

Pork sales have declined over the past year
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Pork sales dropping in value and volume terms

Pork sales are continuing to drop in both volume and value terms, according to Kantar Worldpanel data. 

Animal welfare is a high priority for consumers when deciding if a company is ethical or not
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Animal welfare top priority for consumers

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of consumers claim that meat sourced from well-looked-after animals is a top issue that makes a food company ethical, according to Mintel. 

The Prime Minister has praised Welsh lamb, stating exports are "booming"
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Welsh Lamb gets PM thumbs-up

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has praised “booming exports” of Welsh Lamb, which have been boosted by the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. 

The new Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton
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New opportunities arise at North Yorkshire livestock auction

Craven Cattle Marts (CCM) is encouraging more farmer cattle feeders and retail butchers to attend its weekly Monday sale of prime cattle at its auction mart.

PM sets out £7bn growth proposal for UK food

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to boost productivity while growing food and farm exports by more than £7 billion. 

Welsh pig producers get online support

A new website is being launched to encourage customers to consume high-quality Welsh pork.

Emerging diseases remains a key focus for the British pig industry

The British pig industry is investigating almost 40 different threats to livestock.

Wales eyes red meat export opportunities

New overseas markets are continuing to provide fresh opportunities for exporting Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

New farm project launched by QMS

A Scottish cattle and sheep farm will take part in a new Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) project, with the aim of growing the business’ net margin performance from “average” to “top 25%". 

British lamb makes up 73% of supermarket facings

British produce accounts for 73% of all lamb facings in supermarkets. 

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 has committed to supporting the UK lamb industry with measures including price rollbacks
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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. 

Johnny Mackey has been appointed the new chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society
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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 are expressing concern over long-term falling lamb prices
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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 has moved to combat falling lamb prices
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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.  

Over 480 lambs, ewes and rams have been stolen from farms in Somerset
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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. 

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