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Record-holder scoops turkey plucking challenge

The Champions of Champions turkey plucking competition was won by the Guinness Book of Records holder Vincent Pilkington.

Infographic: Risk assessment vs risk management

After the tasks of risk assessment and risk management were separated a decade ago to strengthen Europe’s food safety, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released an explanation of the differences, seeking to dispel any uncertainty.

Welsh meat promotion body seeks next study scholars

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has launched a search for scholars to enrol in their new livestock scholarship.

Organic suppliers look to China for exports

With organic demand in China growing the UK Soil Association Certification (SAC) has teamed up with its Chinese counterparts to make it cheaper and simpler for UK suppliers to export.

2 Sisters poultry supply firm modernises heating systems

The sister company of food manufacturing group 2 Sisters Food Group – 2Agriculture – has announced a new £20m investment to improve chicken welfare standards.

QMS aims to boost meat production through grassland project

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a project aimed at utilising grass to increase the kilograms of meat produced per hectare.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Meat fraud discovered in takeaways

Consumer magazine Which? has found shocking evidence of food fraud in lamb takeaway dishes, with 40% of meat tested contaminated with other meats.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a “chapter of change and opportunity”, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Chicken tops Easter meal poll

Chicken is the most popular choice for a special Easter meal this year, according to a recent IGD ShopperVista survey.

Infographic: UK beef carcase quality improving

British prime beef carcases increased in quality in 2013, with 3.8% more reaching the ‘R4L or better’ target than in 2012, according to Eblex’s recent annual carcase classification results.

NFU Cymru director steps down

Mary James, director of NFU Cymru, has announced her decision to retire after 15 years working at the Welsh union.

Roundtable makes over 30 recommendations for exotic pig diseases

Representatives from the pig industry attended a Pig Health and Welfare Council roundtable, and came up with over 30 recommendations to deal with the threat of exotic and emerging diseases.

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

Green Party manifesto tackles animal welfare

Ahead of the European elections this year, the Green Party has released a manifesto that aims to fight against factory farming, live exports and the badger cull.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

Scottish farmers’ union welcomes support decision for beef

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has welcomed the Scottish government’s decision to increase coupled support under the Scottish Beef Scheme for farmers.

McDonald’s launches new digital business tool to help farmers save money

Fast food giant McDonald’s has launched a new digital business tool, which aims to help the beef industry save money and reduce CO2 emissions.

NFU hits out at badger cull decision as farmer loses quarter of herd

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has said that government decisions have left farmers’ hands tied, while bovine TB destroys their businesses.

2 Sisters’ free-range chicken suppliers celebrate milestone

Westcountry Free Range Farmers, a co-operative of free-range chicken farmers and a key supplier to 2 Sisters Food Group, is celebrating after reaching a milestone 100-flock cycles of chicken production.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring ‘infected’ meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in ‘infected’ meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month – a record low – according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

Stockcroft Pigs joins LEAF

Pork producer Stockcroft Pigs has joined sustainable farming organisation LEAF – Linking Environment and Farming.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Animal welfare groups react as Princess Anne says badgers should be gassed

Animal welfare campaigners have reacted angrily to Princess Anne’s claim that badgers should be gassed instead of shot to help prevent bovine TB.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Bpex takes steps to tackle seasonal infertility

Bpex is attempting to tackle one of the pig industry’s perennial problems, seasonal infertility, by holding a series of meetings.

Peter Kendall appointed as new AHDB chair

Former National Farmers’ Union president Peter Kendall has been appointed by government as the new chair of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), with effect from 1 April 2014, for a three-year term.

Scots display beef and lamb in Belgium

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) showcased PGI Scotch Beef and Lamb at an event in Belgium, which generated export interest from Belgian and Dutch retailers.

Celebrity chef helps Bpex with pork demo

TV chef Cyrus Todiwala cooked up some of his favourite pork dishes using Red Tractor meat during an event organised by Bpex.

Scottish farmers’ union meets with upcoming Sainsbury’s boss

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has met with future Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe, where he pledged the retailer’s commitment to British produce.

Sian Lloyd to present Welsh curry awards

ITV weather girl Siân Lloyd is to present the Welsh Curry House of the Year Awards, which will include a specially created Welsh lamb curry.

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Badger cull put on hold

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has announced that the badger cull roll-out will be put on hold, after recommendations on the cull pilots from the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) were published.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Bpex introduces additional pig price scheme

Following the announcement of the discontinuation of the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) and the launch of the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP), Bpex will now expand its historical pig price reporting to include an all-new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Butchery skills tested at Chef of the Year Awards

Finalists at this year’s British Culinary Federation’s (BCF) Chef of the Year Awards had their butchery skills put to the test last week, in the penultimate stage of the competition.

Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

Former NFU president takes up World Farmers leadership

Peter Kendall, who was president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) for eight years, will replace American Robert Calson as president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).

Eblex pushes new lamb marketing campaign

Eblex’s marketing channel, Simply Lamb and Beef, has teamed up with celebrity chef Mark Sergeant to promote its latest lamb campaign, Adventure Lamb.

Report details importance of poultry to British economy

The British poultry industry contributes £3.3 billion gross to the UK GDP and supports 73,200 jobs, according to a report.

Italian stores in Welsh Beef promotion

Welsh Beef is available in Italy for the first time, as the PGI product has hit the shelves of 80 stores in a special promotion this spring.

Sunderland AFC to sell assured meat only

Sunderland AFC has become the latest Premier League football club to become Red Tractor-certified for its red meat products.

BVA concerned at calls for sick animals to be slaughtered

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has questioned remarks made by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dame Sally Davies that sick animals should be slaughtered rather than treated, and has asked for clarification on the issue.

Antrim goat meat company wins award

Northern Irish goat kids’ meat producer Broughgammon Farm has been recognised for its enterprise at the Countryside Alliance Awards.

FSA embarks on pig inspection consultation

Ahead of the new EU pig inspection rules, which come into play in June, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started a six-week consultation period in order to discuss and explore how the changes will be practically applied.

New appointments at NFU

Leicester farmer Charles Sercombe has been unanimously re-elected for a second term as chairman of National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) national livestock board.

Six thousand chickens killed in fire

A chicken shed in Devon has burnt down, killing 6,000 chickens inside.

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