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NFU pins hopes on MP support for Back British Farming Day

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on MPs to show their support for their local farmers by wearing a specially-made British lapel pin for Back British Farming Day (Wednesday, 14 September). 

Preparing sheep for breeding essential for future generations

As mating season approaches, producers are being told that optimising ram and ewe conditions is of the upmost importance. 

BPHS changes shouldn’t impact producers

Changes are taking place at the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS), but producers who use the service should see no difference. 

Producers encouraged to attend livestock genetic conference

Livestock producers looking to improve the genetics of stock and the efficiency of the business are being encouraged to sign up to the latest ON-Farm 2016 event. 

Sheep industry ‘seriously alarmed’ by potential Australian trade deal

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has expressed concerns over a proposed free trade deal from Australia – following on from the UK’s upcoming exit from the European Union. 

Farmers encourage consumers to buy British during Red Tractor Week

Members of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) will have a presence in supermarkets across the country to communicate the importance of British food in support of Red Tractor Week (12 – 18 September).

Levy board commits to developing Quality Standard Mark

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb branch has welcomed a new member of staff as part of the group’s commitment to investing in and developing the Quality Standard Mark (QSM). 

Sheep industry conference to address health and welfare issues

The impact that flock health and welfare has on a business will be the main focus for discussion at the third Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) conference on Wednesday, 16 November.

Deadline approaches for monitor farm applications

Nine new monitor farms are wanted across Scotland before the application deadline closes on Friday, 30 September. 

Scotland expresses concern over future of immigrant workers

Scotland’s meat processing and farming sectors have united to urge the government to provide assurance on the status of workers from outside of the UK. 

Industry prepares for Love Lamb Week

As Love Lamb Week gets underway tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September) industry bodies are preparing to take part and promote lamb as a versatile and simple dish to cook. 

AHDB review sheds light on key industry research projects

As part of its second research and development review, the Beef & Lamb sector of the Agriculture and Development Board (AHDB) has highlighted the projects funded by its levy over the past 12 months. 

4,000 animal welfare breaches in two years, reports Bureau

British farm animals are being subjected to needless pain and distress as they are slaughtered, a study from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed. 

New measures announced to tackle TB

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced further measures today (Tuesday, 30 August) to tackle bovine TB as part of its 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease. 

Brexit remains hot topic for agricultural industry

The news that the UK will be departing from the rest of the European Union may be two months old now, but the impacts that this will have on the livestock community is remaining a key focus point. 

Research agreement set to improve livestock and aquaculture breeding

The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics have collaborated to create a research alliance designed to improve the sustainability of animal production. 

Dog owners threatened with prosecution

Following on from a number of incidents in recent weeks of dogs worrying sheep, dog walkers in Orkney and Shetland are being urged to keep their pets on a tight lead. 

Post-mortem inspection system shows early success

Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) trials have got off to a strong start. 

Badger cull row rumbles on following extension

A reported extension to the badger cull has reawoken an ongoing row regarding the process and its impact on tackling TB in cattle.

Beef industry urged to work together for greater returns

The British beef supply chain is faced with a lack of transparency that is affecting returns for all, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Government stays out of levy row between IFA and ABP

The Department of Agriculture is to remain neutral in an ongoing spat between the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and ABP over the collection of levies. 

Sheep producers encouraged to take advantage of latest technology

Welsh sheep farmers are being told they should make use of the latest technology to enhance the genetics and profitability of their flocks.

Lamb prices slide as more animals hit market

Liveweight lamb prices in Great Britain (GB) began to decline in the past week, after higher numbers have been coming to the market, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Venison

Venison import fears

Venison imports could dramatically eclipse domestic production volumes in the next five years, the Scottish Venison Partnership (SVP) has warned. 

Cattle price hikes keep producer hopes high

Cattle trade is looking up for producers as the market continues to the feel the effects of slower finishing and less abundant supplies, according to data from AHDB Beef & Lamb for the week ending 13 August.

Stolen lamb could be used as meat, police warn

Police are appealing for information following the theft of a seven-month-old lamb from a field in Romsey, Hampshire. It is thought that the lamb could be sold on as meat. 

Pigs stolen from New Forest farm

14 pigs have been stolen from a farm in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, Hampshire. 

Farming union launches post-Brexit consultation

British farmers are being provided with the chance to “shape the future” of the sector following on from the EU referendum result. 

Smithfield Festival tailored for farming industry

The East of England Smithfield Festival is promising to attract the wider livestock industry for this year’s event. 

Welsh Lamb showcased at Dutch barbecue fair

Consumers in Holland were fortunate enough to get a taste of PGI Welsh Lamb at the Big Green Egg Flavour Fair this summer. 

Pig industry scholarship returns for fourth year

The pig industry scholarship scheme is now open to recruit students for its fourth year. 

Welsh pork campaign urges consumers to shop local

In an effort to promote local pork producers, Welsh consumers are being offered the chance to win a hog roast in a campaign driven by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Farmers urged to check teeth numbers

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has issued a warning to its members, cautioning them to check that the number of teeth in cattle they buy is appropriate for their age. 

Concerns grow for Irish beef producers, as price differentials increase

Fears are growing for Northern Irish beef farmers due to the increasing price difference with Great Britain, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). 

German food writers treated to farm to fork tour

A delegation of food writers from Germany were given an insight into the Welsh farming industry to experience first-hand how the nation’s lamb is reared. 

Sheep industry taught the importance of adding value

Members of the sheep production community learnt about the vitality of adding value by maximising the marketplace at an industry seminar held at the recent National Sheep Association (NSA) event in Malvern.

Lidl shows support for Scotch Beef

Scottish beef is receiving support from a Lidl campaign, which is being backed by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland. 

Farmers’ union blasts National Trust over ‘damaged countryside’ portrayal

The National Trust has come under fire from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) after it called for reforms of farming subsidies post-Brexit to reverse the damage of the natural environment. 

Interest in West Country PGI beef and lamb grows

West Country Beef and West Country Lamb labels have seen a boost in attention from global consumers. 

Bright future for Scottish pig industry

The future for pig farming in Scotland is looking positive, according to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scotland’s New Generation Committee and Scottish Pig Producers. 

French chefs treated to an insight into British beef and lamb

A group of 25 French chefs were given an insight into beef and lamb production in England during a recent visit organised by AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

AHDB highlights relationship between cattle prices and meat yield

A new report has shown that the prices paid for prime cattle don’t consistently reflect the yield of trimmed primal cuts from the carcase.

Messer’s Parkinson picks up Dawn Meats producer award

Messer’s Parkinson has been awarded the inaugural Marks & Spencer/Dawn Meats Swaledale Producer of the Year award 2016. 

Scottish hill-sheep scheme launches with lower payments

The new Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSS) has launched, with payments being made at €78 per hogg head, according the Scottish branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Love Lamb Week campaign returns for second year

The Love Lamb Week campaign is set to return for a second year, with additional support from key players in the sheep-meat industry. 

Farming minister cuts ‘red tape’ on livestock movement

Simpler rules on livestock movement for farmers have been unveiled by George Eustice, minister of state at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

Liveweight lamb prices fall

Following price rises in the past two weeks, which have been attributed to the fall in the strength of the pound, the price of liveweight lambs has begun to follow a more normal pattern in the last week, and fallen. 

Prime cattle prices experience increase

Prime cattle prices in GB for the week ended 16 July increased to 331p/kg, up more than 2p/kg on the previous week. 

Sheep industry offered hands-on experience

Members of the sheep industry are being offered the chance to take part in a series of four workshops based around the theme of adding value at the National Sheep Association (NSA) Sheep Event. 

Nominations for Scotch Beef Farm of the Year open

The organisers of the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award are urging farmers and others involved in the industry to nominate farms they feel are worthy of receiving the 2016 award. 

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