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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 farm’s beef wins National Trust food award

Beef from a Devon producer has been crowned the overall food winner at this year’s 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 world’s 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.

Meat debate latest: Scots point to meat credentials

Following the latest attack on the meat industry’s environmental impact, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has responded by highlighting the “excellent sustainability credentials” behind Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Meat processor aims for PVC-free packaging

Meat processor Tulip has announced it aims to make its packaging PVC-free by spring 2015.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Bpex takes steps against exotic pig diseases

Bpex has reported steady progress in the prevention of exotic diseases, such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) entering the UK.

Eblex embarks on ‘Festival of Lamb’

With a host of promotional activity and British lamb in abundance as we enter autumn, Eblex has announced a ‘Festival of Lamb’.

Scotch Lamb campaign deemed a success

The ‘Love Scotch Lamb Weekend’, which took place across Scotland last weekend, has been hailed a success by its organisers.

Eblex extends mini-roast campaign to TV

Following the launch of the mini-roasts brochure, Eblex has revealed it will promote the product through a television advertisement.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

Positive growth for sheep meat exports

Exports of UK sheep meat were valued at £183.9 million for the first half of 2014, reported Eblex.

Green light given for new badger culls

Natural England has given the go-ahead for the second of four years of badger culling in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset to attempt to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

Pork roadshows ‘postponed’

Bpex has “postponed” its Regional Roadshow events this year in an “overall review” of its marketing programme.

QMS points to ‘cooling’ pig prices

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has highlighted the “cooling” of pig prices, suggesting there are more pigs on the market.

Eblex devises digital aid for sheep farmers

Sheep producers can now make the most of a new digital tool from The Eblex Better Returns Programme (BRP) which helps to manage flocks electronically.

Scottish beef action plan revealed

The Beef 2020 report, a Scottish beef industry action plan, has been unveiled to facilitate sustainable and long-term beef production growth.

Meat industry criticises BBC Horizon programme

The BBC Horizon two-part series, Should I Eat Meat?, has been criticised by the meat industry for suggesting people should consume less meat.

BREAKING: Meat inspectors prepare for strike action

Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors are set for two four-hour walkouts on 26 and 27 August over pay disputes.

Horizon programme explores livestock’s environmental impact

In the second part of the BBC’s Horizon, Should I Eat Meat? programme, Dr Michael Mosley looks at the effect livestock has on the environment.

Environmentalists lock horns over holistic grazing systems

After The Guardian columnist George Monbiot rubbished Allan Savory’s ‘holistic grazing management’ theory, the Sustainable Food Trust’s Patrick Holden has hit back with an open letter, asking Monbiot not to dismiss the idea so brusquely.

Red meat body hosts Dominican Republic visit

Industry professionals from the Dominican Republic were introduced to UK beef and lamb production and given an insight into livestock genetics during a recent visit hosted by Eblex.

Tesco refuses to sell mixed-origin beef

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

The best of the #meatdebate

Last night’s BBC programme Horizon, Should I Eat Meat?, caused quite a stir on Twitter, with Meat Trades Journal taking the lead using the #meatdebate.

Welsh red meat body to embark on autumn campaign for lamb

‘Not all lamb is created equal’ is the motto of the new marketing campaign from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), which aims to raise consumer demand of Welsh Lamb.

BBC Horizon programme questioned by industry body

Claims by BBC’s Horizon programme that eating processed meat is detrimental to health have been refuted by an industry body.

Farming unions slam retailers over beef price share

UK farming unions have called for retailers to increase farmers’ share of beef prices, “or risk undermining future supplies”.

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

QMS enlists help of beauty queen for latest lamb campaign

With the help of Miss Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new Scotch Lamb campaign which aims to reach 90% of Scottish adults.

Dunbia supply chain winner sees birth of first piglets

Dunbia has reported the first piglets have been born at its Pig Innovation Centre, winner of the supply chain initiative at our Meat and Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA).

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.

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