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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. 

Progress in cattle health welcomed by vets

Significant improvements have been made in advancing cattle health, according to the latest biennial report from Great Britain’s Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG). 

Knowledge development ‘fundamental’ to progressing Northern Irish beef industry

All areas of the Northern Irish beef industry have been called upon to work together in developing the sector. 

Cattle producers urged to help tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

English cattle producers are being encouraged to play their part in fighting Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). 

Poultry industry leads the way for sensible antibiotic usage

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has said it is “setting milestones” for the responsible usage of antibiotics over the past year. 

Scottish prime stock prices fall year-on-year

Scottish prime stock prices in 2015 were “generally” lower than the previous year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Post-Brexit export strategy planned for Welsh meat

A ten-year Welsh red meat export strategy is in the works to maximise on global market opportunities for when the UK leaves the European Union. 

Innovation in animal medicines must continue after EU departure

Measures must be in place to facilitate trade and innovation for animal medicines when the UK leaves the European Union. 

Skipton Auction Mart prepares for Christmas prime show

With the festive period on the horizon, Skipton Auction Mart is getting ready for the biggest day in its calendar. 

Farmers demand clarity on efficiency scheme

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland is demanding the government to provide information on when applicants to Scotland’s new Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) will receive necessary tags to meet scheme rules. 

Farm animal ban handed down to Bedfordshire farmer

A Bedfordshire man has been disqualified from keeping farm animals for life after being found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act. 

Farming unions join forces on Brexit concerns

The UK’s four farming unions have issued a joint call for the government to “maintain full, unfettered access to the single market”. 

Urgent scheme needed for non-EU farm workers

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the Home Office to deliver a substantial trial of a Seasonal Agricultural Permit Scheme for non-EU workers in the 2017 season. 

Marketing campaign boosts sales of Scottish lamb

Scotch Lamb PGI has received a sales increase, thanks to an advertising campaign undertaken by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Survey reveals pig industry’s reliance on European Union

A new survey has shown that one in five businesses and farms in the pig industry would struggle to survive without migrant labour. 

Sheep producers encouraged to help understand ram effectiveness

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging sheep farmers to participate in a study to find out how effective rams are. 

Market needed for Shetland light lamb

With prices for Shetland light lamb down to £5 a carcase, a market is desperately needed for the product. 

Beef and lamb farmers seeing more of retail prices

UK farmers received a larger share of the retail price of beef and lamb in August 2016 than in the same period over the past two years, according to the latest report by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Scottish secretary joins farmers’ union conference line-up

The Scottish Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, is expected to address Brexit negotiations at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s Autumn Conference. 

NI farmers warn government over scrapping deprived area scheme

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is appealing the government’s decision to eliminate the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme next year. 

Sheep industry welcomes EU report recommendations

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has praised a report from the European Union for recognising the importance of the “vulnerable” UK sector in uncertain circumstances. 

Farmers’ union calls for grocery adjudicator to be extended

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has requested that the Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA) be extended to cover more of the supply chain. 

Understanding illness key to preventing flock loss

Sheep producers have been told that using stock data from fallen animals can help stop further loss. 

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