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Tesco accused of giving too much support to NZ lamb

Tesco has denied consistently underestimating demand for British lamb after chef James Martin complained shelves were full of New Zealand product over the Easter weekend. 

Welsh meat body to hold meeting on pig disease

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will hold a meeting to increase the industry’s knowledge and awareness of the threat of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

MLCSL defends carcase grading system

Inspectors’ organisation Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL) has hit back at claims that the current carcase grading system is flawed and needs updating.

AHDB divisions develop cattle information initiative

Just shy of £300,000 has been made available to develop a prototype system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain.

Supply chain partners join forces on sheep genetics initiative

The UK sheep and lamb industries have pulled together on a new sheep genetics programme, which aims to increase industry awareness of breeding values.

EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Welsh body takes lamb promotion to Denmark

The British ambassador to Denmark hosted a Welsh Lamb reception at her home near Copenhagen to allow Welsh exporters to discuss potential business deals with Danish importers and retailers.

NFU urges retailers to back British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK’s major retailers to plan ahead and back British farming for this year’s lambing season.

Moy Park introduces high-spec poultry house

Moy Park has developed a state-of-the art poultry development house, which it said will allow it to deliver “significant improvements” to its poultry rearing and welfare practices.

Sausage exporter discusses animal welfare

Charles Baughan, from the West Country's Westaways Sausages, has posted his third blog post for meatinfo.co.uk, this time addressing the issue of animal welfare.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

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Welsh butcher gains Ocado listing for meats

Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy, in North Wales, has launched a range of meat products with online supermarket Ocado.

Pig farm applicant withdraws proposal following lengthy tussle

Midland Pig Producers (MPP) has withdrawn its planning application for what campaign groups called “one of Britain’s first factory farms”, after the Environment Agency (EA) rejected its proposals.

Eblex eyes China for beef and lamb

Eblex is hoping that beef and lamb will follow in pork’s footsteps in securing market access to China, to the benefit of the entire supply chain.

Wrexham poultry man receives ban for tax dodging

A director of a Wrexham poultry house has been banned for seven years for failures to ensure payment of the company’s taxes and account for company assets.

Pressures on UK beef price

UK beef prices are coming under pressure from a range of factors, experts in Scotland have claimed.

Smaller turkey breed developed

FarmGate Hatcheries is introducing a new breed of turkey “developed to help producers meet the growing demand for smaller Christmas turkeys”. 

Cooperation key to success in supply chain security

Greater cooperation and collaboration throughout the UK food supply chain was highlighted as a key factor in tackling the challenges of effective supply chain security, at a Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on the subject last week.

UK ‘corners’ the EU lamb market, claims Eblex

The UK has cornered the lamb and mutton export market, and is the only EU member making money out of it, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eblex export manager.

Irish pork DNA testing scheme deemed ‘incomplete’ by EC

The European Commission has called Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA) DNA testing scheme has been called “incomplete” by the European Commission.

Campylobacter webinar gets to heart of the bug

A successful ‘Cracking down on Campy’ webinar, a joint project between MTJ and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), saw a range of experts discuss what the industry is doing, and needs to do, to combat the bacteria. A recording of the webinar can still be accessed by following the link at the bottom of the story.

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

Sign up for today’s exclusive campylobacter webinar

There is still time to register for today’s (18 March 2015) webinar: Cracking down on Campy – what should the industry be doing?

Keilley Peters started her career on a pork production line
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ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

Eblex offers technical masterclass

A new two-day science masterclass has been introduced for meat industry workers by beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

Report illustrates animal welfare progress in UK

The government has made considerable progress on improving animal welfare in the UK, according to its five-year progress report.

Critical eye on saturated fat

As dietary review guidelines once again come to the fore, it seems there are no plans by the government to amend advice on saturated fat – a decision that is coming under fire from researchers. Eleanor Mackay reports

Welsh to present PGI Beef and Lamb at IFE

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is preparing to showcase Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at the UK’s largest food and drink event, IFE.

AHDB chair says changes will benefit industry

Changes in the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mean it can do more for the industry, chairman Peter Kendall told delegates at a farming conference.

Export worries dent poultry sector confidence

Poultry industry confidence has been knocked due to export uncertainty, according to a new British Poultry Council (BPC) survey.

Higher production for Welsh beef forecast in 2016

New figures show higher calf registrations in Wales in 2014, pointing to higher beef production next year.

Morrisons sees profits nosedive

Morrisons saw pre-tax profits fall 52% for the 2014 financial year, in its worst results in eight years.

Northern Ireland seeks brucellosis-free status for cattle

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed news that Stormont’s Department of Agriculture is applying to the EU for Northern Ireland cattle to be declared brucellosis-free. 

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

Moy Park keen to make most of popular poultry

Moy Park is looking to capitalise on consumers’ preference for local produce as it looks to grow its fresh poultry sales in the UK and Ireland.

Welsh red meat body offers free beef carcase selection course

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has introduced a free course for beef carcase selection training.

Dates set for Great British Beef Week

The annual Great British Beef Week will this year take place from 23 April to 3 May, once again backed by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Ladies in Beef. 

Turkey awards entries open

The British Turkey Awards has announced it is open for entries.

UK hogg kill up, but tightening

UK abattoirs handled almost 470,000 more prime sheep in the last six months compared with the previous year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Welsh red meat trade sets out strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the Welsh red meat industry will aim to increase sales by at least 34% to £776 million a year by 2020, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported.

Three appointments to Quality Meat Scotland board

The Scottish government has announced three new board members for red meat promotion body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJ’s latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

British beef and lamb access to Thailand celebrated

British beef and lamb will be served up to guests at a dinner in Bangkok to celebrate gaining access to the Thai market. 

Consumers continue to back British pork, finds study

A new survey shows consumers are backing British pork, with 80% saying supermarkets should continue to stock high levels of British meat.

Scottish food standards body gets ready for launch

The new Food Standards Scotland (FSS) – the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – has moved into its new home in Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

Welfare group embarks on duck campaign

The RSPCA is campaigning for farmed ducks to have more access to bathing water, and has urged consumers to think more about ducks’ welfare standards.

Beef farmer competition launched

A new “unique” competition, The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, will take place at this year’s National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo.

Badger debate takes political turn

The badger cull debate is hotting up ahead of the general election as political parties set out their stalls, while unions and campaign groups also become more vociferous.

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