Livestock

Prime cattle prices see seasonal growth

Prime cattle prices have enjoyed some seasonal strength over the past month, but are still down on last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Scholarship winners to take fact-finding tour of US

The recipients of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC’s) 2016 scholarship have been announced at a reception at the Royal Welsh Show. 

NPA calls on Brexit minister to support UK pork trade

National Pig Association (NPA) chairman Richard Lister has written to Brexit minister David Davis stressing the importance of the pig industry to Britain’s balance of trade. 

Northern Ireland eyes US lamb export agreement

The Northern Irish sheep industry is hopeful that exports of sheepmeat from the EU to the US could be put in place as early as 2017. 

‘Unacceptable’ specification changes hurting beef farmers

Retailers, foodservice companies and processors must be held accountable for short notice changes to beef specifications, which often leave farmers out of pocket. 

New workshop targets beef and lamb production advisors

AHDB Beef & Lamb will hold a workshop in Warwick to outline its completed and ongoing research in the red meat industry. 

Kelly Turkeys ready to take on US Thanksgiving market

Poultry producer Kelly Turkeys is confident of cracking the United States Thanksgiving market following a recent sales mission by managing director Paul Kelly. 

Government investment results in new markets for Welsh red meat industry

Three years-worth of government investment of £1.2 million to fund export activities has resulted in over £38m of new safeguarded business for PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef. 

Deadline for beef funding scheme extended

The cut-off date for the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) has been extended from its original date of Friday, 15 July to Sunday, 31 July to allow more time for farmers and crofters to complete their calving data on the ScotEID website.

Bluetongue vaccines now available in Britain

Vaccines for bluetongue are now available for sheep and cattle across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.

Shorthorn Cattle Society to supply beef to Morrisons

After six years in the works, the Shorthorn Cattle Society will be supplying beef exclusively to Morrisons for an undisclosed sum. 

Man arrested and charged following £11,000 theft of livestock

Farmers and crofters are being encouraged to report livestock thefts, following the arrest of a 22-year-old man who stole £11,000 worth of animals in the Highlands. 

Welsh meat industry encouraged to tackle Brexit head-on

The farming and meat industry has been urged to “roll up its sleeves” as Great Britain faces leaving the European Union. 

NFU complains to Trading Standards over Tesco fake farms

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has formally complained to the National Trading Standards Institute over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on food products. 

Farmers urge Leadsom engagement

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Angela Leadsom to work with the body to overcome “market uncertainties”. 

Morrisons crowned top retailer at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016

Morrisons has picked up the title of Meat & Fish Retailer of the Year at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016.

NFU introduces first new branch in 80 years

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland is to launch a new branch to meet demand, for the first time since the 1930s. 

Food industry campaigns to new Prime Minister

New Prime Minister Theresa May has been called on to support British produce by the food and drink industry. 

Fresh red meat purchasing habits influenced by consumer preferences

Changing consumer habits play a significant role in the purchasing habits for fresh red meat, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

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Meat production projects win Agri-Tech Catalyst support

A whole supply chain approach to campylobacter is among four meat- and fish-related projects that have been awarded funding as part of the government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst scheme. 

Pig prices back to 2015 levels

The EU-spec SPP climbed for the 13th consecutive week in week ending 2 July, by over 1.5p to 123.77/kg. 

NSA Sheep 2016 looks for the best of British lamb

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be going head to head in an attempt to win the title of best British lamb dish at the NSA Sheep 2016. 

New protected food names scheme to be developed

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she is keen to develop a British version of the protected food names scheme for when the UK leaves the EU. 

Lamb prices rebound to normal trend

Liveweight lamb prices have returned to the normal trend seen at this time of year and fallen in the past week, as higher numbers have come to the market. 

Small family farms declining

The number of small family farms in the UK has dropped since the beginning of the century due to poor farm succession and retirement planning. 

Film highlights religious sheep slaughtering practices

The industry levy board has produced a film to address the lack of understanding around religious sheep slaughter. 

Ramadan gives lift to lamb market

Prime lamb prices rose 6-10p/kg in the week running up to the end of Ramadan across the UK, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Cattle market in producers' favour

For another week, there was upwards movement in the cattle trade demonstrating that the market remains comfortably settled in producers’ favour. 

Payments to Scottish sheep farmers delayed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has expressed disappointment over delayed payments under Scotland’s new Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSS).

Collaborative pig project a success

More than 50 representatives from the pig industry attended the first Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Pork Focus meeting on 20 June.

Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies. 

‘Business as usual’ for UK farmers

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has responded with enthusiasm to the idea that the industry will continue to have full access to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support schemes and to the EU internal market – for the time being. 

Difficult year for beef and lamb in 2015, according to industry yearbook

The beef and lamb sectors were faced with challenging times in 2015, according to the latest edition of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb Cattle and Sheep Yearbook. 

Animal feed committee seeks new member

The Advisory Committee on Animal Feedstuffs (ACAF) is seeking a new committee member.

British prime cattle market falls

The value of the prime cattle market in Britain fell by £15m in the year to February 2016, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division. 

Calls to tweak Scotland’s Beef Efficiency Scheme

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has suggested eight simple recommendations on how the Scottish government can make its Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) more effective for the country’s cattle producers.

Lincolnshire pig unit welcomes Chinese delegates

Chinese producers and veterinarians were treated to a tour around Grayingham Grange’s pig unit in Gainsborough last month, hosted by World Animal Protection (WAP).

Still time to apply for overseas training opportunities

The Nuffield Farming Trust has reminded potential scholars that time is running out to apply for its overseas scholarship, as the 31 July deadline approaches. 

Welsh red meat sector “proactive” in addressing climate change

Welsh beef and lamb producers are driving forward the industry’s climate change agenda by linking environmental actions to good commercial practices, according to research from Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Seven pillars of farmers’ post-Brexit proposals

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has revealed the seven proposals it believes will equip farmers to face an economic future outside of the EU.

AHDB appoints senior marketing communications manager

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division has appointed Ellen Noakes as the new senior marketing communications manager. She will be covering Helen Brothwell as she is on maternity leave.

AHDB outlines huge potential for exports to Asia

The impact of Brexit on trade could be partly offset by rising demand for meat in Asia, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Sheep industry “needs young blood”, says NSA

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has highlighted the importance of securing the future of the sheep industry. 

NFU pleads for reassurance for EU farming schemes

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has written to EU commissioner Phil Hogan calling for reassurance that schemes currently available to UK farmers will remain open and in place until 2020.

Welsh meat industry to discuss future of lamb sector after Brexit

Representatives from the Welsh red meat sector are “determined” to make the industry a key topic of discussion in the aftermath of the EU referendum result. 

BVDFree campaign gathers support

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has joined a 70-strong coalition of organisations from the veterinary profession, industry, science sector and government to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from England ahead of the 2016 BVDFree campaign launch on Friday (1 July). 

Pig producers urged to be confident about post-EU Britain

The National Pig Association (NPA) has said that British pig producers should look forward to life outside of the European Union. 

Beef producers told to adapt to contract changes

Trident Feeds is telling beef producers they ought to be reviewing the value of by-pass protein in young stock diets in an effort to maximise carcase returns. 

Increased backing for British farming

The number of people supporting British farming has increased for the fifth year in a row, according to a National Farmers’ Union (NFU) commissioned survey from OnePoll. 

Welsh beef farmers advised on profitability opportunities

Beef producers in Wales are being advised on methods to improve the performance of their herds. 

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