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Retailers urged to support British poultry amidst AI crisis

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on British retailers to continue their support for producers that have had to keep poultry indoors due to the bird flu crisis. 

National Beef Association campaign targets new farmers

A new campaign from the National Beef Association (NBA) is encouraging young farmers to embrace the beef sector. 

Festival prime stock event dropped by Royal Smithfield Club

The Royal Smithfield Club will not run its Festival prime stock event at the East of England Showground at Peterborough in November following a sustained drop in attendance and competition entries.

Final call for Scottish farmers to log calf information in BES initiative

The deadline is looming for farmers who have applied to the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) in Scotland to log calving information, before the cut-off date of Tuesday, 7 February. 

Farmers urged to use data more efficiently

Sheep producers have been told that they should make the most of farm data to improve efficiency. 

Pork exports to China more than double for 2016

Pork shipments to China reached 1.6 million tonnes (t) in weight for 2016, more than double the previous year. 

Welsh lamb industry to welcome NZ delegates

The Welsh red meat levy board Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is this week hosting representatives from Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ). 

Poultry producers at risk of going out of business over free-range status

British poultry producers have been warned that their businesses may be at risk of closure if the free-range status of their poultry is not extended.

Sheep producers told to sell hoggs at optimum weight

Sheep farmers have been advised that to achieve maximum producer margin, hoggs should be sold at optimum weight and cleanliness to counterbalance a fall in prices year-on-year. 

Farmers' Union appoints new head of food and farming

Philip Hambling has been appointed head of food and farming for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Calls made to improve rabbit farming methods

Alternative methods have been called upon to phase out conventional battery cages for farming rabbits. 

National Farmers' Union airs fears over supermarket’s ‘anti-meat agenda’

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed “major concerns” over an initiative to encourage consumers to eat more vegetarian options. 

Brexit and a US trade deal to create ‘perfect storm’ for British farming

Leaving the Single Market and opening up borders to cheap food imports could have severe consequences for the British farming industry, according to the Liberal Democrats. 

Cranswick in top tier of farm animal welfare

Cranswick is the only UK meat processor to appear in the top tier of companies rated in a wide-ranging report on farm animal welfare standards. 

Welsh meat industry welcomes new US Administration

With the US’s new commander-in-chief seated in the Oval Office, the Welsh red meat industry said that it is looking forward to working with President Trump to open up the market for lamb and beef exports. 

Calls made for efficiency in Welsh red meat industry

Efficiency is key to the Welsh red meat sector’s survival, experts stressed at a farmer meeting organised by Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) last week.

Pig industry to benefit from training tool

A training and development web-based tool is scheduled to be introduced to the pig industry. 

Welsh farmers warn of free trade New Zealand deal

The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) has warned a free trade deal with New Zealand would not benefit UK livestock producers, amid prospects of the ‘Hard Brexit’ pursued by prime minister Theresa May.

Positive outlook for new-season lamb, says farming union

New-season lamb at farm level prices is "marginally above" last year's levels, according to the National Farmers' Union's (NFU) chief livestock adviser John Royle.

RSPCA calls for post-Brexit animal welfare reforms

A poll by the RSPCA has revealed eight out of 10 people want animal welfare laws improved or at least kept the same after the UK leaves the EU. 

Farmers told to ‘step up’ to face challenges

A call for farmers, growers and the food industry to “step up” and address the obstacles in the way of agricultural competitiveness and productivity in a changing world was made by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

UK pig prices end 2016 on a high

The EU-spec Standard Pig Price (SPP) bounced back from a modest decline in the week ending 31 December 2016. This was mainly driven by tighter supplies. 

Leadsom pledges red tape action for farming industry

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has vowed to cut red tape for the farming industry. 

UK pig semen used to improve Indian pork quality

For the first time, pig semen from UK animals has been used in India in a project to improve the country’s pig breeding stock and to produce better-quality pork.

AHDB Pork's Focus Farm scheme hailed a success

AHDB Pork’s Focus Farm scheme has been touted as a success after achieving a 61% reduction in pre-weaning mortality. 

Meryl Ward to step down as AHDB Pork chairman

AHDB board member and AHDB Pork sector board chair Meryl Ward has announced that she will not put herself forward for re-appointment when her term of office comes to an end in March 2017. 

Government increases surveillance following avian influenza developments

Poultry keepers have been told to remain vigilant after a dead wild duck containing H5N8 bird flu was found in Carmarthenshire, Wales. 

Scottish beef farmers encouraged to apply for beef support scheme

Beef farmers in Scotland have been urged to apply for the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme ahead of the 31 December deadline.

Famers’ union warns of increase in livestock worrying

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has told pet owners to keep their animals under control as they exercise them over the Christmas period. 

Over-finished lambs raise industry concerns

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb has encouraged the country’s sheep farmers to watch out for over-fat lambs.

Change in government scheme could cause beef industry serious ‘cashflow problems’

The beef industry is calling for the government to provide a four-year extension before any phasing out of the Approved Finishing Units (AFUs).

Avian influenza confirmed on turkey farm in Lincolnshire

Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in turkeys at a farm near Louth in Lincolnshire. 

England to seek Officially TB-Free status for half the country in 2017

England is set to apply for Officially TB-Free (OTF) status for more than half of the country next year. 

BBC anti-sheep rustling solutions shot down

Ideas set out in BBC 2 programme The Big Life Fix to combat sheep rustling have been debunked by the industry. 

UK ‘lucky’ not to have serious Avian Influenza outbreak yet

The UK poultry industry has been described as “lucky” that there hasn’t been a large scale outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) so far. 

NFU Scotland president Bowie meets Minister of State

NFU Scotland has met with the government to reaffirm its priorities as the UK looks to negotiate an exit from the European Union. 

Last call for next generation of sheep sector entrepreneurs

The National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation is looking for NSA Ambassadors for 2017.

Levy reform call from Welsh AM

A Welsh Assembly Member has urged fairer funding between England, Scotland and Wales. 

Scottish red meat trade ‘no more than steady’

Trade in the run-up to the festive period in Scotland has been “no more than steady”, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

European pig research project receives NI support

Northern Ireland is set to play a key role in the European Union funded project – EU PIG. 

AHDB sets out vision and purpose for 2017-2020

Improving resilience and competition are crucial priorities for AHDB Beef & Lamb, which outlined post-Brexit strategy targets for the next three years on 8 December. 

Beef Efficiency Scheme sampling kicks off

Scottish farmers are to be informed of their animals selected for tissue tagging under the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES). 

Welsh meat industry hoping UK-China beef deal acts as springboard for local lamb

The Welsh meat industry is hopeful the UK’s trade negotiation with China over a beef deal could act as a springboard for its PGI Welsh Lamb. 

Meat industry calls for Single Market access post-Brexit

Organisations from across the meat industry have come together in support of tariff-free access to the Single Market.

Irish pork exports increase, but at slower rate than previously

Latest figures from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have shown that exports of Irish fresh and frozen pork for the first three quarters of the year increased 13% on the previous year – at 139,100 tonnes (t). 

Demand and supply balance presents challenge for Irish beef farmers

The latest analysis from Teagasc has shown that margins fell on most Irish farms this year. 

AHDB board sets out post-Brexit strategy

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said it will be working out where levy funds can best add value and have the greatest impact once we leave the European Union. 

Welsh Cambrian Mountains Lamb PDO request welcomed by farming industry

Cambrian Mountains Lamb could soon be benefiting from Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, a move that has been well-received by the industry. 

Northern Irish pig herd shows more growth than anticipated

The final results from the June Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland, delivered by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), has suggested that the nation’s pig herd grew more than expected. This is in juxtaposition to the small Welsh herd, which declined further.

Scottish red meat industry contributes £733m to GDP

The Scottish red meat industry is reported to contribute £733 million (m) to Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product and £2.4 billion to total output. 

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