Livestock

Welsh farmers slate proposed cattle compensation system

The Welsh Government’s 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 UK’s 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

Cranswick’s 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 Cranswick’s 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.

McDonald’s aims for sustainable beef

McDonald’s has announced a three-part plan to convert all the beef in its supply chain to meat that comes from verified sustainable sources.

Dunbia announces partnership with rugby star

Processing giant Dunbia yesterday launched an ambassador partnership with British Lions and Ireland rugby player Rory Best.

Northern Irish beef company wins Selfridges contract

Antrim-based beef farmer and processor Bruces Hill Cattle Company has agreed a contract to supply Selfridges with its Dexter beef.

NFU and Soil Association commend Paterson’s vision

Major players in UK farming and agriculture have supported Owen Paterson’s call for self-suffuciency after the environment secretary spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference on Tuesday.

More funding vital for flood recovery, says NFU

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Meurig Raymond has announced that further funding is essential to ensure the problems caused by flooding do not get worse in rural areas.

NFU says right CAP is central to food security

Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday, National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall said a refocused Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was vital for the farming industry’s future.

Red tape cuts will save £70m, says Paterson

Speaking yesterday at the Oxford Farming Conference, secretary of state Owen Paterson announced that cuts to red tape will save farmers and taxpayers £70m, allow businesses to flourish, and help prevent disease.

2 Sisters plans multi-million-pound expansion for poultry plant

The 2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to build a new 11,000sq ft extension to its chicken processing plant in Cambuslang near Glasgow, creating up to 180 new jobs.

New head of agriculture at Health and Safety Executive

Rick Brunt has been appointed as the new head of agriculture by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Taste Cumbria backs Herdwick meat project

Taste Cumbria has recently launched a project which promotes Cumbrian product, Herdwick meat, and the way it is farmed.

Charity charts costs of badger cull

The badger culls in England cost £4,121 per dead badger last year, according to wildlife charity Care for the Wild’s official sources and Freedom of Information requests.

Cattle conference to focus on healthy diet

The British Cattle Conference will focus on ‘breeding healthy food in a hungry world’ across its two-and-a-half day event in January.

Pop star in new anti-meat outburst

Campaigning vegeterian and former pop-star Morrisey is back on the anti-meat bandwagon, this time comparing meat consumption with paedophilia.

Future of agriculture discussed at OFC

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is currently taking place on 6-8 January, with speakers including Secretary of State Owen Paterson, European Commissioner Dacian Cioloș and National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall.

Bpex works with FSA to ensure CCIR responsibility

Bpex is currently working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and meat inspectors to tackle collection and communication of inspection results (CCIR).

Eblex responds to meat tax proposals

Eblex has hit back at claims that taxes on meat could help reduce the production of global warming gases from farming.

Turkey firms raise £2k for charity

Small traditional turkey producers taking part in the Turkeys for Troops campaign have raised £2,000 for Help for Heroes.

NFU president urges to back British as he steps down

President of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Peter Kendall has urged consumers to back British in return for sustainable farming, in a final message before his resignation from the post.

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