Livestock

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. 

Scottish farmers warned of Winter thieves

As the colder months approach, farmers and crofters in Scotland have been advised to remain vigilant in protecting their property. 

Hard Brexit may spark job losses in meat and farming

A hard break from the European Union could lead to job losses for small meat and farming businesses trapped between rising production costs and fixed shelf prices, warns Nick Clegg. 

Prime pig farmgate prices reach two-year high

Farmgate prices for prime pigs currently stand at their highest level since December 2014, according to analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Industry welcomes M&S commitment to Scottish lamb

Representative bodies within the sheep and farming sector have greeted Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) announcement that it would only be sourcing fresh lamb sold in Scottish stores from Scottish farms. 

Professor of Beef Production sought by Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University is advertising for the new position of Professor of Beef Production. 

Over three-quarters willing to pay more for free-range eggs

Seventy-eight per cent of UK shoppers who buy free-range eggs said they would be prepared to pay a premium for them, according to a OnePoll survey. 

NPA airs Brexit concerns to Defra

The National Pig Association (NPA) has urged Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom to ensure pig farmers get a fair Brexit deal. 

New round of market courses from HCC

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is offering a new round of educational courses for beef and sheep farmers. 

NFU Scotland praises supportive retailers

NFU Scotland has praised a drive by retailers to support Scottish farmers, crofters and the country’s beef industry by stocking Scotch Beef. 

NFU Scotland seeks assurances over post-Brexit funding

The National Farmers’ Union in Scotland (NFU Scotland) has called for assurances from the assembly government on maintaining funding post-Brexit. 

Prime Scottish cattle throughputs on the rise

The pattern of prime cattle throughputs peaking in October and November looks set to continue this year. 

Cattle prices up, but show signs of stabilising

Cattle prices are showing signs of stabilising, although they are still rising at the moment, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Farmers union appoints Brexit head

Nick von Westenholz will head the Brexit unit at the National Farmers Union (NFU) as it moves to strengthen and extend its political reach following the UK public’s fateful decision.

Lamb prices fall for third consecutive week

Liveweight lamb prices fell for the third consecutive week, according to the latest weekly figures from AHDB Beef & Lamb, as numbers coming to the market rose.

English pig herd growing despite reports of tightening supplies

The latest Defra pig survey has revealed that the English pig herd grew by 2% to 3.9 million head in the year to June 2016, with the breeding herd increasing by the same percentage. 

Scottish pig industry introduces new antibiotic measures

The Scottish pig industry has introduced new measures to ensure it stays at the frontline of best practice in the use of antibiotics. 

Young bulls ease cattle price hikes, latest data indicates

Falling young bull prices diluted cattle price hikes in the week ending (w/e) 17 September, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Importance of livestock genetics showcased

The importance of genetic improvement in livestock has been highlighted at an event hosted by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Lamb genetics project delivers positive results

The early results of an innovative research project to improve genetics in lambs have shown the initiative has gotten off to a strong start. 

Lamb price falls despite drop in supplies

The price of lambs on liveweight markets declined in the week ending 14 September, despite a fall in supplies as demand has begun to return to normal levels, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Emerging themes cropping up in farmers’ Brexit consultation

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) director general Terry Jones has highlighted some of the key concerns of members as Great Britain prepares for Brexit.

Asda called on to support British producers

Following on from a recent beef and lamb country-of-origin survey, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on Asda to improve its commitment to supplying British red meat. 

Aldi highlights importance of backing British

Discounter supermarket chain Aldi has demonstrated its commitment to supplying British beef and lamb, following on from AHDB’s Beef & Lamb Watch Country of Origin Survey. 

Appley Orchard Farm moves into poultry business

A farm near Wellington in Somerset is to begin rearing free-range broiler chickens.

Defra backs O’Neill review on anti-microbial resistance

The government has backed the O’Neill review on anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

Market favours producers with supermarket spec cattle

Producers with supermarket spec cattle are in a winning position in the market as some processors’ cold room stocks dip and prices have risen for more than four months, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

UK pork exports decrease

Shipments of UK fresh and frozen pork experienced a year-on-year (YOY) fall of 7% to 14,300 tonnes (t) for the month of July, said AHDB Pork. 

Cattle failing to meet target specification

Beef producers are being advised on the importance of regularly handling and weighing cattle to meet target specification and avoid subsequent penalties. 

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