Livestock

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.

Charles Mason wins AMI award

Technical director of the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) Charles Mason has received the Robin Irish Award from the Association of Meat Inspectors (AMI).

Scotch Lamb campaign sees very positive results

The Wham Bam Thank You Lamb Scotch Lamb advertising campaign has delivered strong results, according to findings from the food and grocery research charity IGD.

Pig bosses are bitterly disappointed at Cranswick

The National Pig Association (NPA) and producers are bitterly disappointed at Cranswicks decision to drop out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) sample.

Cranswick pulls out of DAPP

Cranswick PLC has announced that it has dropped out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) sample.

RSPCA fails to prosecute farm over alleged pig mistreatment

The RSPCA has abandoned plans to prosecute a farm for allegedly mistreating pigs, citing a lack of evidence.

Head count reminder for Scottish sheep- and goat-keepers

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has reminded all sheep- and goat-keepers to complete their annual return before the end of January deadline.

Pig industry exceeds GHG targets

The pig industry has already far exceeded its 2020 targets for carbon footprint reductions, according to farming minister George Eustice.

Animal science conference to focus on global food challenge

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) Annual Conference 2014, to be held at the University of Nottingham on 29 and 30 April 2014, will discuss the latest techniques, technologies and developments in science which are helping to tackle the biggest challenges in the livestock sector.

Part-time veganism on the rise, reports Vegan Society

According to the Vegan Society, the amount of people trying out veganism appears to be on the up, but many of them are only giving up animal products as a temporary measure.

Book claims to expose 'true cost of cheap meat'

Campaigners have launched a new book which claims to expose the true cost of cheap meat and act as a wake-up call for consumers.

UK lamb production up by over 5% in 2013

UK lamb production rose in 2013, with pork remaining steady and beef falling, Welsh meat bosses reported.

NFU announces nominees for officeholder elections

The nominees have been announced for the 2014-2016 National Farmers Union (NFU) officeholder elections.

Overwhelmingly positive response to US Welsh lamb mission

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales said its diplomatic mission to promote Welsh Lamb exports in North America was very successful.

NFUS launches ScotchWatch scheme

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has built on its ShelfWatch campaign and launched a ScotchWatch scheme to assess the level of labelled Scottish meat on retailer shelves.

Wales and Scotland apprehensive over CAP reform

Farming leaders in Scotland and Wales have warned of their concerns ahead of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Eblex research projects look to reduce soya footprint of UK sheep

Two Eblex-funded projects will assess whether the level of soya bean meal (SBM) used in sheep diets can be replaced with alternative proteins to create a more sustainable sector.

West Country Beef and Lamb gain protected status

West Country Beef and West Country Lamb had their Protected Food Name (PFN) confirmed today by the European Union, taking the total number of protected UK foods to 62.

Demand from Third Countries increases UK sheep meat exports

Demand from Third Countries has led to an increase in UK sheep meat exports in 2013, according to Eblex.

Prime hogg prices up as supply falls

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported a rising trend in prime hogg prices, underpinned by a tightening of supply.

Government searches replacement for AHDB chair

The government is seeking a new chair for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) as John Godfrey is nearing the end of his term of office.

Eblex and Bpex eye up Asian export opportunities

Eblex and Bpex are eyeing up export potential for beef, lamb and pork in Asia following a mission to Japan, South Korea and India.

New BDCI festival chairman reveals plans

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) has appointed a new festival chairman, Norman Hatcliff, who has revealed his plans for the coming year.

FSA begins study on geographic origin of foods

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is due to begin its study into the geographical origin of food, in a bid to ensure products with UK labels are correct.

Whole turkey sales poor, but butchers report good Christmas

While standard whole turkey sales suffered, many butchers enjoyed a positive Christmas period, with alternatives such as beef proving a big hit.

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