Livestock

Poultry is UKs number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a 1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

Exports in focus at Eblex conference

Eblex is to put the UKs beef and lamb export strategy under the spotlight at its annual export conference next week.

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A complex international market has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

High recognition for Red Tractor among children

Red Tractor Assurance reported that more than half of schoolchildren recognise and understand the Red Tractor Logo.

Meat retailing masterclass on offer

Westley Consulting, a consulting agency for food and agricultural businesses, is hosting a meat retailing masterclass, which aims to educate butchers and farmers on the importance of meat retailing and best retailing practice.

Eblex anticipates good lamb season

Eblex has reported that improved weather conditions and the spring lambing season should result in a good season for English lamb.

NFU urges industry to take responsibility on beef

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has met with union leaders to discuss falling beef prices and called for processors, retailers and caterers to take responsibility.

Scottish industry takes hats off to new CAP

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed the announcement of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which aims to boost production, including a 45m investment in the beef industry.

BVA calls on Defra to explain poultry stunning delay

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that Defra must explain for the delay in implementation of EU poultry stunning laws.

Scottish farmers join forces for Aldi poultry deal

Scottish poultry farmers from Strathaven, Kilmaurs and Laurencekirk have joined forces to secure a 400,000 contract to supply Aldi with free-range whole chickens.

West Country PGI meat hits supermarket shelves

West Country beef and lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) label have hit the supermarket shelves.

Eblex to use videos for communication

Eblex plans to use online videos as a resource for levy payers after the appointment of a new media officer

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this years prestigious David Black Award.

Poultry farmers win right to create energy from litter

New European poultry litter rules will help the poultry industry become more sustainable and produce healthier birds, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

NFU calls for beef industry vision

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has responded to falling beef prices as anger from beef cattle farmers grows.

Increase in organic poultry production

The number of organic poultry birds increased during 2013, despite the continued decline of organic farming land in the UK.

KellyBronze turkey turns 30

The KellyBronze slow-grown turkey has stood the test of time to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

Welsh farmer demonstrates large-scale pedigree pig production

The owner of Wales biggest herd of Pedigree Welsh Pigs sought to demonstrate that it is possible to survive as a large-scale, sustainable producer of the breed, at an open day on his Gower farm.

Lamb in plentiful supply

Good spring weather has led to an increased number of lambs reaching the market, with auction prices firm, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Brand new beef processing plant opens in Shropshire

A new 10m state-of-the-art meat plant has been opened, with an eye for the export market.

Rise in online sales of pork

Bpex has welcomed reports that online sales for pork have increased, highlighting that pork purchasers are using modern purchasing methods.

Soil Association launches 2014 organic awards

The Soil Association has announced that its 2014 awards are now open for entries, with everything from food and drink to organic living awards up for grabs.

Farm-assured beef and lamb add value at farmgate

Farm assurance continued to add value at the farmgate in 2013, with assured beef cattle returning an average of 13p/kg more than non-assured last year, according to Eblex.

Non-EU sheep meat exports hit record high

UK sheep meat export volumes to non-EU markets in the first quarter of 2014 have reached record levels, according to Eblex.

Scottish bodies tackle Johnes disease in cattle

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) Skills Development Scheme will run a series of workshops for farmers on the best practice to avoid the spread of Johnes disease in cattle.

Beef and offal exports jump 25%

Red meat levy body Eblex has reported an increase in beef and offal exports, with the Africa and the Far East as important emerging markets.

Eustice: we need more time on stun law changes

The government needs more time to consider the ramifications of imposing new welfare regulations, food and farming minister George Eustice told meat processors this week.

Eblex launches app

Eblex have made it easier for farmers and processors to access beef and sheep prices through a mobile app, after research suggested digital tools would be beneficial.

Tulip joins campaign to combat worker exploitation

Meat manufacturer Tulip is the latest company to join the Stronger Together campaign to combat worker exploitation, human trafficking and forced labour.

Badger Trust moves to challenge cull decision

The Badger Trust has made an application for a judicial review to challenge the legality of Defras decision in April to continue the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

UK pork exports on the up

Bpex has reported record pork export figures as China becomes a high performing market for British pork.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

BVA calls for clarity on future regulations in Scotland

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) expressed frustration over Scottish independence and outlined views on non-stun slaughter at its annual Scottish conference.

Investment made in new meat DNA testing

Food advisory and testing group Exova has invested in new DNA testing equipment to confirm the source of meat found in products.

Cattle supplies set to tighten in 2014

According to research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), cattle supplies are set to tighten throughout 2014, easing pressure on farmgate prices.

Infographic: BPC highlights low poultry price rises

New data shows that poultry prices have risen at the slowest rate of 29 different food categories in an Office for National Statistics study.

Defra withdraws stun legislation at 11th hour

After a judicial review was launched on behalf of over 20 abattoir operators, Defra has revoked the implementation of an EU regulation which would require increased currents for stunning poultry, the day before it was due to come into force.

Welfare body makes plea to incentivise carcase-only trade

The RSPCA is urging the government to incentivise the livestock sector to switch from live animal trade to meat only.

QMS recommends fertility tests for bulls

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is urging Scottish suckler herd farmers to think about a Bull MOT to ensure cows can reproduce next spring.

Welsh Lamb Club chef crowned Food Personality of the Year

Celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, a member of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales Welsh Lamb Club, has been named Food Personality of the Year at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Bpex adopts proactive strategy to tackle pig industry challenges

Bpex launched a new strategy to to deal with challenges facing the Pig industry at the Pig and Poultry Fair.

Irish beef imports put pressure on Welsh supply

An increase in Irish beef imports has resulted in a dramatic fall in prices of Welsh steers according to the Welsh red meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

Associations encourage beef farmers to use auction marts

The National Beef Association (NBA) and the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) have told beef farmers that if abattoirs say they cannot take their cattle, they should consider using auction marts instead.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Scottish meat producers set sights on Sweden

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported possible opportunities for Scotch Beef and Lamb after a Swedish food event.

Bpex outlines pig conference details

Feeding and performance data will take centre stage at this years Bpex Innovation Conference.

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Tributes paid to Sir Ben Gill

Farming leaders have been paying tribute following the death of a former leader who guided the sector through some of its most troubled times.

Industry experts dismiss sensationalist supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

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