Livestock

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. 

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£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. 

Moy Park awarded some of its top farmers at a ceremony in Northern Ireland
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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.  

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.

Vet Ian Gill warns that CODD, foot rot, scald and shelly hoof are all threats to sheep health
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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 president Meurig Raymond has called on the new government to act on crucial farming issues
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NFU urges government to act on farming issues

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

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