Livestock

Great Yorkshire contest introduces new UK-wide category

The prestigious Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition is to feature a new category this year for open small pork pies.

CHICKEN SCANDAL UPDATE: FSA changes stance on hygiene at 2 Sisters poultry plant

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has admitted that 2 Sisters Food Group did breach hygiene regulations at its Scunthorpe facility.

KellyBronze celebrates 30th birthday

KellyBronze has turned 30, and celebrated with a birthday bash on the farm in Essex.

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into disrepute

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into disrepute with its latest move for industrial action.

Meat inspectors vote in favour of strike

Meat inspectors have voted for strike action over pay, with up to 130 slaughterhouses across the UK expected to be affected.

Beef imports vital for UK, says public body

With the UK only 80% self-sufficient in beef production according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), imports will continue to play a vital support role for beef consumption in Britain, an analyst has said.

Meat body congratulates gold medallist

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has congratulated Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas for his gold in the Coomonwealth Games road race.

Lamb prices begin to stabilise amid uncertainty

Uncertaintity of demand is causing a boom and bust trend in the lamb market causing volatile prices.

Game body reveals how to handle grouse

The shooting season is almost under way and to help consumers enjoy grouse to its fullest, game promotion body Taste of Game has produced a guide to the meat.

Russian ban has minimal impact on UK meat

Russia has banned meat imports from the EU, as well as the USA, Canada and Norway, but the move will have minimal impact on UK exports.

Co-op sells farm division to The Wellcome Trust

The Co-operative Group has sold its farm business to The Wellcome Trust for a reported 249m to help cut its debt.

Parliamentary group calls for more halal labelling research

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report calling for more research into labelling of halal products.

Horsemeat scandal research given go ahead

Two British universities have been awarded grants through the Global Food Security Programme to research the effects of the horsemeat scandal.

Sainsburys sheep farmers to benefit from faster parasite technology

Sainsburys has announced new technology for its sheep farmers, which will effectively manage parasites, increasing product quality.

Farming and sheep bodies join forces on lamb

As lamb prices take a tumble, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has teamed up with the National Sheep Association (NSA) and produced the Vision for British Lamb Production report.

NFU takes cycling challenge to support farming in Africa

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is set to take part in a 100-mile cycle to raise money for farmers in Africa.

Research could help industry fight climate change

New research being carried out in Scotland and Africa hopes to defend the meat and livestock industries against climate change.

Eblex reveals beef and lamb conference topics

Production efficiency and profitability will take centre-stage at the annual Eblex conference.

Pig prices fall to lowest point since April 2013

Pig prices have fallen to their lowest point since April 2013, as higher supplies and subdued demand have combined to produce a similar picture to that in the sheepmeat and cattle sectors.

Moy Park seeks poultry farmers to continue growth

Moy Park has announced its grower expansion programme in Northern Ireland has been a success, with over 250 new poultry houses planned for completion by the end of 2015.

Retailers pledge support for British lamb to NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has held positive talks with a number of retailers in light of members protest action against Tesco promoting New Zealand lamb, at the Royal Welsh Show.

LA-MRSA found in piglet in Northern Ireland of no great concern

A piglet in Northern Ireland has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is reportedly the first incident of its kind in the UK.

FSA gives green light to new audit scheme

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) approved plans for a new audit system at last weeks board meeting.

UK and Irish foods stand up to origin test

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has not found any misleading information in a study looking at foods which have UK and Ireland country of origin claims.

UK sheepmeat exports show good growth

Sheepmeat exports continued to perform strongly last year, according to the AHDB/Eblex Cattle and Sheep Yearbook 2014.

Consumers unfazed by halal meat, finds study

The majority of UK consumers are not concerned about the consumption of halal meat, according to a new survey from Canadean.

Cattle trade shows signs of stabilising

The cattle trade is steadying, due to tightening supply and increased demand, according to industry experts.

Red Tractor set to promote quality during dedicated week

Red Tractor has urged licensees to get behind Red Tractor Week (15-21 September), saying it is a great opportunity to promote their own quality assurance credentials.

Welsh meat body announces scholarship winners

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has announced the winners of this years HCC Livestock Scholarship.

UK farmer embarks on chicken welfare tour

A young Devon farmer is preparing to set off on a 39-day tour of Europe to campaign for clearer poultry labelling and she is doing it dressed as a chicken.

Wales seeks improvement in animal welfare

The Welsh government has announced plans to improve animal health and welfare over the next 10 years.

Kate Humble to address Welsh red meat conference

Television personality Kate Humble will speak at this years Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) annual conference, it was announced today (22 July).

UK meat bosses hit back at beef and environment critique

UK meat leaders have expressed disappointment over the reporting of a US-based study which claimed that beef production was 10 times more damaging to the environment than other livestock.

Meat industry award recognises high achievers

The Royal Smithfield Club is calling for nominations for its Bicentary Trophy 2014, which celebrates excellence in the meat industry.

NFU protests against Tesco's NZ lamb promotion

The National Farmers Union (NFU) staged a protest outside the Tesco stand at the Royal Welsh show yesterday (21 July) against its promotion of New Zealand lamb during prime British lambing season.

British farmers to benefit from public procurement plan

Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced a potential 400m boost for British food businesses in a move that has been backed by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The sword of Damocles is hanging over the beef industry due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

Price most important factor for meat buying public

Price is the most important consideration when buying meat for consumers, according to research comissioned by the British Poultry Council (BPC).

Meadow Vale gets Klucky

Meadow Vale Foods is offering suppliers the chance to win up to 500 through its new marketing campaign, Klucky.

MEPs back British farming

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has received 33 signatures from MEPs in Strasbourg who are committed to the Back British Farming Pledge.

Lamb leads rise in meat production

Beef, lamb and pig meat production has increased on last year, according to the latest slaughter figures from Defra.

Welsh meat body uses show to offer livestock advice

Expert advice on a wide range of livestock issues will be available to farmers at the Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) stand during the Royal Welsh Show.

FSA staff to be balloted for strike action

A proposed strike by meat hygiene inspectors and supporting staff could cause disruption to the meat supply chain, processing bosses have warned.

Badger cull protestors welcome Patersons departure

Wildlife groups opposed to the badger cull are celebrating Owen Patersons removal from the cabinet, calling his term as environment secretary a catastrophe.

FSA gets set to introduce new audit system

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to launch its new audit system for meat plants in August 2014, subject to approval at its next board meeting on 23 July.

Welsh meat body uses show to offer livestock advice

Expert advice on a wide range of livestock issues will be available to farmers at the Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) stand during the Royal Welsh Show.

Paterson exits Cabinet, as Truss takes environment role

Owen Paterson is out in the latest government reshuffle with former education minister Liz Truss stepping into the role of environment minister.

Pig industry backs regulation proposals on disease

The pig industry has given its support to proposals for new regulation on the handling of exotic diseases in pigs.

Concern over lamb prices deepens

Another meat body has expressed its concern at the fall in lamb prices as supply increases.

Tulip seeks closer working relationship with suppliers

Food producer Tulip has launched a new campaign which aims to work closer with suppliers and share expertise.

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