Livestock

NFU wants retailers to value British food more

The NFU has urged supermarkets not to devalue British food by entering price wars which could undermine farmers.

BVA reiterates position on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Associations (BVAs), president-elect John Blackwell would like ministers to consider following Denmarks example and ban non-stun slaughter, it has been reported.

Eblex steak guide added to beef box options

Eblex has added a new steak guide to its beef box scheme kit, which is designed to provide farmers with all the resources they need to sell their meat directly to consumers.

Suspected illegal meat operations discovered in the Midlands and Northern Ireland

Suspected illegal meat operations were discovered and products seized in separate investigations in the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Forum to look at legal uncertainty surrounding animal welfare

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum will look at legislation covering welfare on the farm, during transport and at the slaughterhouse, to decide whether a lack of clarity is causing animals unnecessary suffering.

Independent study claims badger cull was inhumane

An independent review leaked to The Guardian and the BBC has claimed that last years badger cull was inhumane and ineffective.

Live animal exports decision to cost Thanet up to 1.5m

Thanet District Council is facing up to a 1.5m damages claim after taking the moral and political but hasty and legally unwise decision to close the Port of Ramsgate to live animal exports for five weeks.

ANSA calls Cargill Meats halal trial into question

The Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs (ANSA) has taken issue over Cargill Meats Europe paying for covert trials into halal recovery.

Survey suggests poor understanding about red meat nutrition could be detrimental

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has carried out a survey which it says reveals a lack of understanding on the nutritional value of red meat, causing a knowledge gap that could be detrimental to UK health.

New NFU president elected

Meurig Raymond has been elected as the new president of the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Full enquiry launched into live exports from Dover

A full enquiry has begun into the resumption of live exports from the Port of Dover a move welcomed by the RSPCA.

UK increases beef exports to France

France has been importing increased volumes of UK beef, according to Eblex, as the organisation aims to promote higher-value cuts.

Animal welfare boss to step down

The controversial boss of animal charity the RSPCA has announced he is stepping down from his role, due to fears for his health.

Receding flood waters pose dangers to animals, say vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says that animals in flood-stricken areas are at risk from disease as waters recede.

GB sees finished pig prices up year on year

Finished pig prices have remained 5-6% up year on year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), despite the seasonal dip normally experienced early in the new year.

Experts dispute meat and Alzheimers link

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has hit back at a new US study which claims grilled, fried or barbecued meat could increase the risk of Alzheimers disease.

New chairman as BDCI prepares 2014 fundraising events

Meat industry charity the Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) has a number of events planned for 2014, after the festival chairmans official handover lunch.

Mineral levels and meat consumption linked

Lower consumption of meat could be linked to low levels of mineral intakes, according to a new study.

Moy Park awards latest Harper Adams scholarship

Moy Park has selected its latest scholar under the British Poultry Councils scholarship scheme at Harper Adams University.

Eblex launches new Beef Yield Guide

A new guide to help the supply chain maximise the value of beef carcase has been launched by Eblex.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Award-winning Gressingham plans aggressive marketing strategy for 2014

Gressingham Duck plans to drive further growth in 2014, investing in more above-the-line activity and launching a new partnership with country house hotel group Hand Picked Hotels.

Union representatives discuss livestock challenges

UK and Irish unions met in Stirling this week to discuss livestock concerns, including beef price difficulties.

Pig body issues swill feed warning

The National Pig Association (NPA) has used the anniversary of the UK foot-and-mouth outbreak to remind pig producers of the risks of swill feeding.

Northern Ireland firm scoops top processor award

Northern Irish-based processor Linden Foods was celebrating after taking home the title of Processing Business of the Year at the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Poultry company announces World Cup sponsorship

After agreeing sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Moy Park brand will be beamed to millions of viewers across the globe this summer.

Welsh beef calf registrations fall faster than the rest of Britain

Beef calf registrations fell more steeply in Wales than in the rest of Britain during 2013, according to figures released by the British Cattle Movement Service.

Bpex asks pig producers for vigilance against swine dysentery

Bpex has reminded producers that since the risk of swine dysentery at this time of year is high, they need to be extra vigilant.

Meat stats launched by Eblex and Bpex

An online library of meat industry facts and figures has been launched by Eblex and Bpex, available free to levy payers and industry stakeholders.

Meat South West looks to help organisations make use of PGI

Following interest from the supply chain in the new PGIs for West Country Beef and Lamb, regional advisory body Meat South West (MSW) is preparing resources to help organisations make the most of them.

Sheep meat exports see strong growth

UK exporters were celebrating breaking the 100,000t barrier on sheep meat shipments, according to recent figures revealed by Eblex.

Booker boss advises food industry to change strategy

Food suppliers need to rethink their strategies and avoid being ground down by the supermarkets for limited growth, according to the chief executive of wholesale giant Booker.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

Butchers and suppliers donate meat to Somerset flooding victims

Evans Butchers in Langport, with help from Tican meat suppliers, have been delivering meat to those cut off by the floods in Somerset.

Volatile prices create uncertainty in sheep industry

Price volatility in the sheep sector remains a huge problem, and market experts expect fewer lambs to be hitting the market this year, delegates to the Outlook Conference in London were told.

New technology for sheep tracking

Pera Technology has developed an accurate and cost-efficient method for monitoring sheep movements, which could greatly improve food-chain tracking.

Constraint in long-term beef supplies

Beef supplies will remain tight into the long term, but consumer demand remains robust, delegates to the Outlook Conference were told.

New Red Tractor logo launched

A new Made with Red Tractor logo has been launched to provide assurances over the contents of ready meals and pies.

Expert says 2014 meat outlook is positive

Richard Brown, director of consultancy and research company Gira, talked positively about the trading environment for the UK meat industry at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday.

Poultry industry wants more export help from government

A British Poultry Council (BPC) survey has found that just a quarter of its members think the government is doing enough to secure UK poultry exports to growing markets.

Beef and veal supply expected to remain tight

AHDB Market Intelligence and Eblex forecasts suggest that while beef and veal supply is expected to be up on last year, the long-term situation will remain tight.

Farming minister sees huge potential in exports

After speaking at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday, food and farming minister George Eustice told MTJ of UK food export successes so far, as well plans to exploit potential around the globe.

West Midlands Roadshow cancelled

Bpex has announced that its West Midlands Roadshow has been cancelled, due to weather conditions.

NPA to publish lorry cleanliness league table

The National Pig Association (NPA) is polling pig producers at abattoirs on lorry washes, with the aim of creating a cleanliness league table.

NFU highlights need for agri-food investment

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has stressed the importance of protecting agricultural land and enabling farmers to meet production challenges.

Farming minister promises vigilance on African swine flu

Border Force officers will be extra vigilant during the Sochi Winter Olympics to ensure that African swine flu is not brought from Russia to Britain, according to food and farming minister George Eustice.

New chapter for Scottish pig industry after multi-million-pound investment

A P Jess, Scotlands largest pork processing plant, is set to almost double in capacity thanks to a multi-million-pound investment from the Scottish government.

IPC appoints Peter Bradnock as policy affairs consultant

Former British Poultry Council (BPC) chief executive Peter Bradnock has been named as the policy affairs consultant for the International Poultry Council (IPC).

Analysts find 38% of food samples are mislabelled

A West Yorkshire public laboratory has published findings from a six-month study, showing that 38% of food products, including meat, were mislabelled or had compositional faults.

Eblex warns sheep producers against over-fat lambs

Following a good summer last year and with a late Easter approaching, Eblex has warned sheep producers not to let lambs get over-fat.

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