Livestock

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s food and drink industry.

Poultry council expresses TTIP fears

Trade negotiations with the US have the potential to undermine the British poultry industry, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Commissioner defends CAP policy

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan has defended the reputation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and appealed to critics not take its benefits for granted.

NFU urges politicians to back British farming

NFU president Meurig Raymond has delivered an impassioned plea for whoever is in power after the general election to back British farming, eradicate bovine TB, and prepare properly for the potential of ending up outside the EU. 

Government outlines long-term plan for food and farming

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss aims to ensure a thriving industry through her long-term economic plan for food and farming, outlined at the NFU Conference this week.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

Small markets help to boost beef exports

Exports to small markets are contributing significantly to the overall export growth of beef, according to red meat levy board Eblex.

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

Job losses confirmed at 2 Sisters Food Group

After reports last week that hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, Unite Union said “their worst fears have been confirmed”.

Kerry reports upbeat performance

Kerry Food Group has posted positive results for the 2014 financial year in what it has described as a rapidly changing environment.

Environment body rejects pig farm proposal

Plans for a pig farm in Derbyshire have been rejected by the Environment Agency amid fears it would “offend the human senses” of its neighbours.

Michelin-star chef endorses QSM scheme

Eblex has enlisted the help of celebrity chef Nigel Howarth to be the ambassador for its Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

Pro-religious slaughter e-petition smashes signature target

An e-petition calling for non-stun slaughter to be supported in the UK and the EU has smashed through its 100,000 signature target, only days after it was launched.

MTJ links with FSA to stage online campylobacter forum

The poultry sector is being given the opportunity to get online in a bid to get to grips with the problems of campylobacter and take part in a unique new webinar.

Rival e-petition launched in support of non-stun slaughter

A e-petition in support of religious slaughter in the UK and the EU is gaining momentum, amassing more than 60,000 signatures in one week.

New processor code slammed

The new processor code of practice, aimed at improving relationships between processors and livestock producers, has come under fire, being described as “ineffective” and “a nonsense”. 

NFU launches pre-election food and farming drive

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is set to launch a national campaign to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election.

Date set for debate on non-stun slaughter

MPs are set to debate the issue of non-stun slaughter after an e-petition by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reached its 100,000 signature target, at the end of last month.

Ed Milliband said it was Labour's "moral duty" to protect animals.
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Labour dismays NFU with badger cull promise

Labour has pledged to abandon the badger culls if they win the general election in May.

Irish farming body under fire over pork testing

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has been accused of attempting to push up the price of pork in the marketplace through a scheme of  testing of pork products in Irish butchers’ shops which opponents have branded as “flawed”.

Pork trade defends CO2 stunning

The pork industry has defended the use of group CO2 stunning following claims made by animal activists that the process causes “severe distress”.

Rise in sheep meat production forecast

UK sheep meat production is set to rise again this year, according to AHDB/Eblex forecasts.

Processor code of practice finalised

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have finalised a processor code of practice, which is now set to be introduced.

Video: AHDB Outlook Conference 2015

The annual AHDB Conference took place last Wednesday (11 February) at One Great George Street, London. The new chief executive of AHDB, Jane King, kicked off proceedings in the morning, outlining the organisation’s plans and focus going forwards.

Swedish supermarket takes Scotch Beef across chain

Scotch Beef and Lamb will now be sold in all 1,300 stores of Sweden’s leading supermarket ICA.

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

“The poultry meat industry likes recessions,” according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Retailers’ pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

Huge opportunities in Asian grocery markets

Asia’s growing demand for meat and its evolving grocery market offer huge opportunities for UK exporters, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were told this week.

AHDB points to steady recovery for cattle

For the cattle sector, 2014 was a rollercoaster year, with prices at one point falling back to the same levels of 2012, the beef and lamb session at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Outlook Conference were told.

FSA investigates alleged abuses at Staffordshire abattoir

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that it has launched an immediate investigation into the alleged animal abuse at the S Bagshaw and Sons abattoir, and stopped any further processing at the site.

EC urged to apply COOL to meat as an ingredient

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to introduce country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods. 

Despite falling sales, bacon remained the most popular processed meat
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Kantar reveals post-Christmas performance for meat and poultry

Beef has dominated post-Christmas meat sales and is benefiting from further promotions, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Vet bodies issue joint statement on piglet disease

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) have released a statement on the isolation of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in piglets in eastern England.

Red Tractor reassures industry over scheme review

A shift to whole life assurance for beef under the Red Tractor scheme will not lead to any shortening of supplies within the sector, bosses have pledged.

Bpex prepares contingency plan for PEDv

A contingency plan for the pig industry should Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) arrive in the UK has been prepared, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a “challenging” market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

Bpex urges industry to bid for unique funding opportunity

Livestock industries have a “once-in-a-lifetime chance” to get a share of £90m government funding, according to Bpex.

College to open butcher’s shop as part of course

A North-East college is involving students in a field-to-fork project by opening a butcher’s shop from which to sell its own farm’s meat. 

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

Bpex wants to reach out to younger consumers through a new £2m television marketing campaign for pulled pork.

Pressure forces Ukip members to back down on non-stun slaughter ban

UK Independence Party (Ukip) members have backtracked on party policy to ban non-stun slaughter after criticism from the Jewish community.

Eblex adds video news and ‘ask’ feature to web

Beef and sheep levy board Eblex has launched a monthly online news round-up video, “which reports the latest industry news and market information in a short, easily-digestible form”.

Eblex raises flag for beef and lamb in France

Eblex has been raising the profile of Quality Standard beef and lamb in France, by showcasing it at the Sirha exhibition in Lyon.

Vets’ body urges action on animal welfare and disease

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has set out its 2015 general election manifesto, urging parties to commit to action on animal welfare and disease prevention.

Advocates of slaughterhouse CCTV gain increasing support

Support for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses seems to be growing, with a number of industry and government reviews backing the installation of the surveillance equipment in recent days.

Morrissey cancels concert in latest meat protest

Former The Smiths frontman and vegetarian, Morrissey, has cancelled a concert in Iceland after the venue refused to not sell meat on the evening.

FSA launches e-newsletter on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT) e-newsletter.

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