Livestock

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 Irelands 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 Scotlands 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.

West Country Beef and Lamb PGI status branded a success

The first year of West Country Beef and Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner has been labelled a success.

National Pig Association honours John Godfrey with first-ever Lifetime Fellowship

The National Pig Association (NPA) has awarded John Godfrey its first Lifetime Fellowship. Godfrey, a North Lincolnshire producer, has been given the honour in recognition of his exceptional service to the British pig industry.

Bpex publishes guidelines to combat PEDv

A new set of guidelines has been released to help tackle a potential outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Pig slaughterings in the UK rise 3.4% in April

Official figures released by the government for show UK pig slaughterings have continued to rise.

Survey finds low awareness of mutton products

Confidence among mutton producers is buoyant, with high levels of innovation and a wide variety of products on the market. However, not enough consumers know about the benefits of mutton and some producers struggle to find a market for the whole carcase.

Pig producers could use viruses to tackle bacterial infections

Pig producers could soon be using viruses to treat bacterial infections, if innovative new research proves effective. Prof Martha Clokie from the University of Leicester is to lead a new research project examining whether certain types of viruses could be used to treat brachyspira and salmonella in pigs.

Beef association calls for pricing support for farmers

The South West regional branch of the National Beef Association (NBA) has called for more support for farmers on pricing.

FSA unannounced inspections reveal mostly good animal welfare standards in UK slaughterhouses

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has unveiled the results of its unannounced inspections of slaughterhouses across Britain.

Ireland outperforms UK in tackling bovine TB

The minister for agriculture in Ireland has claimed its badger cull had been a huge success and said Ireland was tackling bovine TB better than the UK.

Animal farm gate prices drop in March

Overall farm gate prices for animals have dropped year-on-year for the month of March.

More work for pig producers under COOL

New EU rules on country of origin labelling mean pig producers will now have to answer some extra questions on the electronic pig movement service, eAML2.

Slaughterhouse owner banned from keeping livestock for 20 years

A slaughterhouse owner has been banned from keeping livestock or managing a food business for 20 years.

COOL affecting lamb prices in Northern Ireland

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) has caused lamb prices in Northern Ireland to slump, because UK consumers are put off buying lamb labelled as being from another country, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has claimed.

Greater lamb numbers create trading difficulties

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has reported increased ewe numbers to be causing a subdued marketplace.

Cranswick reports positive progress in year-end results

Pork processor Cranswick has posted sales of over 1bn due to excellent strategic and commercial progress in the last year, the company reported.

QMS publishes sheep lameness prevention guide

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new publication to help farmers prevent sheep lameness.

Farming issues flagged up in Prince Charles black spider letters

The release of Prince Charles so-called black spider letters, published this week under the Freedom of Information Act, has revealed some of his views on issues affecting British agriculture.

Isle of Wight no longer exempt from fallen stock ban

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has amended its guidance on fallen stock and the safe disposal of dead animals.

Abattoir fined for lack of staffing controls

A turkey abattoir in Essex has been prosecuted for not upholding consumer safety.

NFU urges government to act on farming issues

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on David Camerons new government to take decisive action on issues such as Basic Payment System (BPS) and TB eradication.

Sterling linked to cattle export fall

The rise in value of sterling has been attributed to the drop in exports of finished cattle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Welsh focus on pig profits

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to launch a new website to help promote Welsh pork, while profiting from pig production will be the focus of an upcoming livestock festival in the country.

Irish body calls for end to low cattle quotes

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has claimed factories are attempting to lower cattle quotes in an effort to destabilise the trade and get another weeks supply at lower prices.

Fresh meat and poultry decline in value and volume

Sales of fresh meat and poultry have dropped in both value and volume over the 12 weeks to 26 April 2015.

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Sheep genetics project seeks suitable rams

A new project that aims for genetic improvement in the sheep industry is looking for rams for artificial insemination (AI).

AHDB leads bid to establish livestock centre of excellence

The food and livestock industries have backed the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) bid for a Centre of Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).

New lamb season sees slow start

A strong sterling, low export demand, and heavy hoggs have all contributed to a slow start for the new lamb season, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Pig association cautions against pet micro-pigs

The National Pig Association (NPA) is urging the public to abandon a trend of keeping micro-pigs as pets, due to perpetuating serious animal welfare problems.

BDCI to offer 5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) is to offer a 5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

Natural mineral proves beneficial to livestock

A natural mineral, which has been shown to lead to improved conditions in cattle, ewes and lambs, is being incorporated into a new feed product being launched next week by Rumenco, the livestock feed block manufacturers.

2 Sisters makes antibiotic commitment on poultry

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) is to stop using in its poultry production all antibiotics prioritised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being critically important to human health.

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