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M&S appoints new agriculture manager

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has appointed Peter Kennedy from Tesco as its new agriculture manager, in charge of sourcing pig and poultry meat.

DAPP replaced by Standard Pig Price

Bpex has announced that the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) has been discontinued and will be replaced by the Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Company fined over horse meat sausage

Trading standards bosses have fined food importer Expo Foods Ltd after a pork sausage was discovered to have almost 50% horse meat.

Defra pig census reveals lower farmgate prices

Although UK pig prices remain some of the highest in Europe, UK pig farmgate prices are 9% lower than this time last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Study reveals better consumer perception of farming

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has welcomed the results of a survey which shows that 90% of people believe farming is important for the countrys economy.

GCA asks Tesco to look at attitude to suppliers

Just one week after Tesco announced a serious over-stating of profits and another meat contamination case, Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon said she has asked the retailer to examine its behaviour towards suppliers.

RSPCA highlight poultry welfare with Chicken Challenge

The RSPCA is encouraging people to stand on a piece of A4 for 20 minutes to campaign for poultry welfare, but the industry has defended British welfare standards.

Sheep prices set to struggle into 2015

The UK sheep trade is set to remain under pressure into the new year due to various reasons, according to Eblex.

New president for veterinary body

Shropshire farm animal and equine veterinary surgeon John Blackwell has been elected as president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2014/15.

Study finds similar blood levels in halal, schechita and ordinary meats

New research, reported in The Times, shows similar blood levels in ordinary meat and meat from animals killed by shechita and halal methods.

Morrisons aims for better beef production

Morrisons has revealed new beef farming protocol, which aims to reduce the time it takes to prepare cattle for slaughter by up to 10 months.

Meat Packers veteran passes away

Roger Baker, one quarter of the Baker Boys and a famous name in the UK meat and livestock industry, passed away on 21 September aged 73, after a long illness.

Deer association launches venison quality mark

With the popularity of venison soaring as reported by Kantar Worldpanel, a new quality assurance mark has been launched to ensure welfare and quality standards for retailers and consumers.

Gressingham poultry now sold via online portal

Online artisan butchery Meat Porter has announced a partnership with renowned British duck producer Gressingham.

Slowest growth ever for supermarket sales

Intense competition and zero price inflation mean supermarket sales are growing at the slowest rate ever recorded, according to recent figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

John Reed retains chair of British Poultry Council

John Reed has been re-elected as chairman of The British Poultry Council (BPC) for a third term.

New lamb supplier goes direct online

A new meat brand, Upper Teesdale Limited, is taking on the supermarkets by offering farmers higher returns, while shortening the lamb supply chain.

FSA agrees discount reforms

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has answered calls for modernisation by agreeing to go ahead with discount reforms at its recent board meeting.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotlands farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Welsh sheep farmers to benefit from 1m technology scheme

Welsh sheep farmers are set to benefit from a 1 million Welsh government project, which will help them embrace technology and improve profits.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Vast majority of vets buy British meat

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

Scotch meat PGI future could depend on referendum

As the Scottish people cast their votes today, speculation over the future of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protected Scotch beef and lamb is growing.

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EC claimed to ignore scientific advice on livestock antibiotics

The European Commission (EC) has ignored scientists warnings on the overuse of antibiotics in farmed animals, according to the Soil Association.

Red Tractor debut at KFC

As Red Tractor week kicks off, it has been announced that Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is displaying the Red Tractor logo on its packs for the first time this autumn.

Pig industry brings in whistleblowing hotline

Pig leaders are introducing a new whistleblowing service to beef up animal welfare and counteract bogus claims by animal activists over mistreatment on farms.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

NFU takes to social media to expose foreign lamb retailing

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging producers to take to social media to bring retailers who are promoting out-of-season foreign lamb into light.

Prime Minister attends food and drink round-table

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpexs seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

UK sheep delegation visits China

Representatives from the British sheep industry are visiting China to explore possible export opportunities to the country.

RSPCA rebrands animal welfare scheme

The RSPCAs animal welfare assurance scheme, Freedom Food, has announced it will rebrand to RSPCA Assured in response to consumer research.

UK missing out on Eid sacrifice income, says expert

Most UK Muslims are buying sheep for the annual Islamic Qurbani ritual sacrifice overseas, and the UK is missing out on a big opportunity, according to a halal meat expert.

Scottish union turns to CMA over chicken market plight

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on the governments Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Scottish chicken market after the recent termination of a number of producers contracts.

Welsh red meat body to offer SME training

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) is to offer employees of small and medium (SME) Welsh abattoirs and cutting plants new training opportunities to maximise efficiency.

Eblex brings out Lamb Yield Guide

After the success of Eblexs Beef Yield Guide, the levy body has developed a new Lamb Yield Guide, to help businesses gain maximum yield and value from the lamb carcase.

Phil Vickery to front British Sausage Week

Former England and Lions rugby star Phil Vickery will be the famous face this years British Sausage Week.

AHDB seeks new chief executive

The hunt is on for a new leader for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), following the resignation of its current chief executive, Tom Taylor.

Renewed badger cull meets with anger from welfare groups

Animal welfare and wildlife protection groups have reacted with sadness and anger to the re-start of the badger cull, which is now underway.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

FSA to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

Sussex farmer creates online farm shop

Entrepreneurial farmer Paul Ross has teamed up with design and branding company L&CO to create online farm shop The Marvellous Meat Company.

BVA calls for early intervention in animal health issues

A survey has revealed that musculoskeletal conditions, infertility and mastitis are the most common reasons for vets to be called out to farms, and The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging farmers to work with them to prevent the health concerns.

Devon farms beef wins National Trust food award

Beef from a Devon producer has been crowned the overall food winner at this years National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards.

BVA welcomes launch of new badger vaccination scheme

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the launch of the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS), announced by Defra earlier this week.

Welsh meat to the fore at NATO Summit

With the NATO Summit Wales taking in place in Newport this week, the worlds press will be treated to Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at a reception, courtesy of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is extremely disappointing that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

Meat bodies offer new online statistics

Eblex and Bpex have revealed a new online library of meat statistics ranging from livestock numbers to the seasonality of meat markets.

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