Livestock

Grass management workshop aims to grow profitability

Producers of red meat are being taught about the connections between grass management and profitability. 

New AHDB Pork sector chair appointed

The government has appointed two new members to the board of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will be chair of the pork sector. 

AI poultry rules to be softened

The government has announced that mandatory housing for poultry in ‘Higher Risk Areas of England’ will be lifted as of Thursday, 13 April. 

Prices of pigs fly high on tight supply ahead of Easter

Pig prices rose for the fourth consecutive week in the w/e 25 March on limited supplies and rising pre-Easter demand, AHDB Pork has claimed. 

Meat reps ‘concerned’ about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwill’s reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Lamb strong as retailers prepare for Easter

The liveweight lamb market strengthened further in the w/e 29 March, with demand increasing as Easter approaches. 

Retail rivalry softens cattle price drops

Competition between discount retailers and traditional supermarkets is boosting beef sales, softening typical seasonal falls in deadweight cattle prices, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

RSPCA awarded grant to grow China animal welfare standards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has received a bursary from the US foundation, the Open Philanthropy Project, to support its long-term work in China to improve animal welfare standards. 

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a “significant dependence” on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UK’s farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit. 

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board. 

NFU sets out post-EU plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of ‘Vision for the Future of Farming’ papers. The publication outlines key issues set to impact British farming, which must be addressed now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

UK butcher to make history at Dutch prime cattle showcase

A North Yorkshire butcher will become the first in the UK to take part in Holland’s premier Easter prime showcase, Paasvee 2017, next week.

Roundworm resistance initiative to help sheep breeders

Lleyn sheep producers will be able to select animals for their resistance to roundworm, based on an estimated breeding value (EBV). 

Prime Minister Theresa May invokes Article 50

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially triggered Article 50, signalling the United Kingdom’s intent to exit the European Union. 

UK livestock sector vows to support trade post-EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the papers triggering Article 50 this morning, the livestock industry has vowed to protect trade and welfare standards as the UK leaves the European Union. 

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

Scottish pig prices reach nine-week high

Farmgate pig prices in Scotland have strengthened after a period of downward seasonal pressure during the early parts of 2017.

Industry bodies join forces on UK trade priorities post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have joined forces to outline priorities for UK trade post-Brexit. 

Prime Minister’s commitments to British farming welcomed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitments to supporting British farming post-Brexit.

Levy board appointment to improve livestock cost management

Boosting cost management across whole farm businesses will be one of the main priorities for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) newly appointed farm benchmarking manager. 

Calls made for Scottish government to continue greylag goose support

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has called for the Scottish government to continue funding of greylag goose management schemes. 

BDCI bursary awarded to meat and livestock students

Three students at Harper Adams University have received funding for their remaining years of full-time study.

Mixed outlook for beef and lamb markets in coming year

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Livestock Outlook conference embraced the digital age this year, and moved online for the first time. 

Pig welfare report warmly greeted by industry

A new welfare report on pig health has provided evidence for the high level of pig rearing standards in the UK. 

AHDB Pork appoints four new board members

Four new members have been appointed to the AHDB Pork board to replace members whose terms of office will end on 31 March 2017. 

Scientists create infection-resistant super pigs

The pig industry could save billions of pounds thanks to a new type of ‘super pig’ bred by scientists to resist infection by Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Healthier, wealthier Britain: farming success post-Brexit

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has outlined free trade, labour and a new agricultural policy as the “main ingredients” for a buoyant post-Brexit rural economy. 

Duck firm moves production amid bird virus threat

Gressingham Foods has halted processing at its poultry slaughter plant in Redgrave, Suffolk after bird flu restrictions were imposed at a neighbouring Banham Poultry site, transferring operations to Debach, near Woodbridge.

Traditional Welsh pork gains protected status

Pork from traditionally-reared Pedigree Welsh Pigs has been awarded Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) status from the European Commission, the first of its kind in Wales. 

Waitrose to rebrand lamb products over origin concerns

Supermarket chain Waitrose has responded to the “unacceptable” labelling of New Zealand lamb branded as ‘Waitrose British’ by committing to clearer labels. 

BVA survey reveals data surveillance concerns

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reiterated the importance of a “robust surveillance system” and how vital it is to the health of UK livestock. 

Herdwick lamb back in Booths

Herdwick lamb has returned to retailer Booths for a limited four-month season. 

New bird flu measures pose serious risk to industry

Poultry keepers are now facing “significant threats” to their businesses with the introduction of updated measures to prevent the spread of bird flu. 

Cumbrian butchers to stock local specialist breed

Cranstons Quality Butchers is offering shoppers the chance to sample the distinctive taste of Lake District Herdwick Lamb. 

Retailers urged to support British poultry amidst AI crisis

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on British retailers to continue their support for producers that have had to keep poultry indoors due to the bird flu crisis. 

National Beef Association campaign targets new farmers

A new campaign from the National Beef Association (NBA) is encouraging young farmers to embrace the beef sector. 

Festival prime stock event dropped by Royal Smithfield Club

The Royal Smithfield Club will not run its Festival prime stock event at the East of England Showground at Peterborough in November following a sustained drop in attendance and competition entries.

Final call for Scottish farmers to log calf information in BES initiative

The deadline is looming for farmers who have applied to the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) in Scotland to log calving information, before the cut-off date of Tuesday, 7 February. 

Farmers urged to use data more efficiently

Sheep producers have been told that they should make the most of farm data to improve efficiency. 

Pork exports to China more than double for 2016

Pork shipments to China reached 1.6 million tonnes (t) in weight for 2016, more than double the previous year. 

Welsh lamb industry to welcome NZ delegates

The Welsh red meat levy board Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is this week hosting representatives from Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ). 

Poultry producers at risk of going out of business over free-range status

British poultry producers have been warned that their businesses may be at risk of closure if the free-range status of their poultry is not extended.

Sheep producers told to sell hoggs at optimum weight

Sheep farmers have been advised that to achieve maximum producer margin, hoggs should be sold at optimum weight and cleanliness to counterbalance a fall in prices year-on-year. 

Farmers' Union appoints new head of food and farming

Philip Hambling has been appointed head of food and farming for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Calls made to improve rabbit farming methods

Alternative methods have been called upon to phase out conventional battery cages for farming rabbits. 

National Farmers' Union airs fears over supermarket’s ‘anti-meat agenda’

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed “major concerns” over an initiative to encourage consumers to eat more vegetarian options. 

Brexit and a US trade deal to create ‘perfect storm’ for British farming

Leaving the Single Market and opening up borders to cheap food imports could have severe consequences for the British farming industry, according to the Liberal Democrats. 

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