Livestock

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.

Scotch Beef PGI campaign targets 11 million people

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) last week launched a 650,000 campaign to promote PGI Scotch Beef, targeting 11 million consumers.

Halal Authority Board plans conference

A conference is set to be held to establish a consensus within the halal community when it comes to the ritual slaughter of poultry.

NFUS announces AGM line-up

A list of leading politicians and industry spokespeople will line up at NFU Scotlands annual AGM and dinner in St Andrews on 10 and 11 February.

Tesco offers two-year contracts to lamb suppliers

Farming leaders have welcomed the news that Tesco has offered two-year contracts to 200 of its lamb suppliers as part of its campaign to increase confidence in its supply chains.

2 Sisters to hold workshops to combat campylobacter

In line with a national 4m initiative to reduce the risk of campylobacter, 2 Sisters has announced that it will hold 20 biosecurity workshops from the beginning of February to communicate best practice.

Scottish schoolchildren help create cattle app

Inspired by children from Caithness in Scotland, Novoda last week launched an app that helps farmers manage livestock inventory and records.

Eblex conference to look at meat quality and hygiene

Eblex is hosting a processor conference on 6 March, at which meat quality and hygiene regulations will be discussed.

Welsh cattle prices down, due to cheap imports and festive hangover, says HCC

A traditional January fall in demand along with increased quantities of Polish and Irish beef available have led to a fall in Welsh cattle prices, according to Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales.

Groceries Supply Code of Practice under discussion

Suppliers to the multiple retailers were now protected and represented according to the new Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), but others have their doubts, a forum in Westminster heard this week.

Asda meat trader receives Peter Asquith award

Jim Viggars, the face of Asdas TV adverts for meat, has been awarded the supermarkets internal Peter Asquith award after 30 years at the retailing giant.

Sandy Howie recognised for contribution to Scottish pig industry

Sandy Howie has been awarded the 2014 Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award for his immense work in the Scottish pig industry.

Eleven E.coli cases in Glasgow possibly linked to burgers

A total of 11 cases of E.coli O157 have been reported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), all linked to the SSE Hydro concert venue in Glasgow and the consumption of burgers.

NPA calls on government to tackle ASF

The National Pig Association (NPA) is urging the government to help tackle the problem of African swine fever (ASF) by stepping up security at border posts.

Yorkshire Dales Meat supplies rugby club

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company is now offering players and supporters of Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club the opportunity to buy meat boxes.

Welsh Lamb seeks to start trading with Sweden

Representatives from the Welsh Lamb industry visited Sweden last week to discuss trading following a growing demand for consumers.

Polish beef fears allayed

UK meat bosses have played down fears of increased Polish beef imports, after reports of a claimed renewed focus from the supermarket sector post-horsegate.

WWF calls for collaboration on meat

The meat industry needs to stop rejecting criticism and work with campaigners for a more sustainable future, according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) food policy advisor Duncan Williamson.

Cranswick reports strong Q3

Cranswick has reported good growth in pork consumption and sales, according to its third-quarter results.

UK food and farming minister to address AHDB conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference 2014 has confirmed that 100 delegates have already booked their places at this years event.

Bpex to run pig producer workshops

Bpex is running a series of workshops to help pig producers understand employment law and avoid potentially expensive fines.

Welsh farmers slate proposed cattle compensation system

The Welsh Governments proposed plans to change the way compensation is calculated for cattle herds affected by bovine TB has drawn strong criticism from farmers.

Pig producers encouraged to prevent disease spread

UK pig producers have been urged to review their biosecurity to protect herds against diseases such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (DEP) virus due to their recent spread.

Exotic meats butcher joins Q Guild

Tilehurst Village Butchers, which sells homemade pies containing bison, zebra and alpaca, has landed one of the top accolades in the industry acceptance into the Q Guild of Butchers.

Free Eblex meetings for beef and sheep farmers

Beef and sheep farmers in the south of England will be able to attend a series of free Eblex meetings to find out about the work Eblex is doing to improve the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector.

NPA accuses DAPP leavers of cost-cutting

The National Pig Association (NPA) has accused pig processors of trying to cut their costs by pulling out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) scheme, after Karro Food Group announced its decision to walk away from the voluntary agreement.

FSA to research new meat inspection system

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking a contractor to carry out research to explore a new system where plant staff would act as spotters, flagging up carcase and offal defects before inspection by Official Veterinarians or Meat Hygiene Inspectors.

BREAKING: Karro pulls out of DAPP

The UKs pig price monitoring system, the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) has been dealt a further blow with the announcement by the Karro Food Group that they were withdrawing from the scheme.

NPA blasts Cranswick's actions

Cranswicks decision to walk away from the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) system is a blatant move to source cheaper pigs, the chairman of the NPA has claimed.

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