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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 Boards (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division.

Calls to tweak Scotlands Beef Efficiency Scheme

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

Lincolnshire pig unit welcomes Chinese delegates

Chinese producers and veterinarians were treated to a tour around Grayingham Granges 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 industrys 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 Boards (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.

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary utterly determined to maximise markets

The Scottish government aims at downgrading its BSE risk status, following calls from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) for the country to assumenegligible risk status.

AHDB Pork welcomes new veterinary manager

Industry levy board AHDB (Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board) Pork has welcomed antimicrobial expert Lucy Coyne to the organisation.

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future uncertainty following Great Britains decision to leave the EU.

Outdoor pig production enters spotlight

Securing the future of outdoor pig production is the topic of discussion at AHDB Porks upcoming meeting, Maintaining water quality in East Anglia.

New AHDB Beef & Lamb head of domestic marketing

Nick White has been appointed as the new head of domestic marketing for beef and lamb at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

AHDB recognised for international achievements

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division has been recognised at an awards ceremony in London for creating demand for Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb on the Polish market.

SAMW requests BSE meeting with Cabinet Secretary

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has called on the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to meet in order to examine the case for Scotland to be upgraded to negligible risk, the highest possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status.

Industry to focus on meat exports post-referendum

The aftermath of the EU referendum will enter the spotlight at the 12th Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Meat Export Conference, to take place in Warwick on 29 June.

Scottish beef and pig herds grow but sheep numbers drop

Scottish beef and pig herds increased in size during 2015, while the sheep flock contracted slightly, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Wales visited by Scandinavian food journalists

Lamb and beef farmers in north Wales have been hosting a delegation of Danish food writers to show Scandinavian consumers how Welsh Lamb and beef is reared.

Punjab government visits UK to learn about pig production

A high-level delegation from the Punjab government has paid a visit to the UK to assess British pig production and genetics.

Pig producers urged to listen to abattoir reports

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork division is reminding pig producers that abattoir reports can help them to fend off invisible diseases.

Online medicine book contributes towards antibiotic data

Pig producers have made outstanding progress in recording use of antibiotics, the National Pig Association (NPA) has revealed.

Consistency key to steak sales

Retailers risk losing sales unless they ensure consistent steak quality, according to a report just published by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Online medicine book contributes towards antibiotic data

Pig producers have made outstanding progress in recording use of antibiotics, the National Pig Association (NPA) has revealed.

Beef Efficiency Scheme launched in difficult climate, says industry expert

Scotlands Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) is the start of a slow burn, said National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotlands former president Nigel Miller.

Pig producers offered environmental training

Pig farm managers are being offered the opportunity to benefit from workshops tailored to educate them about their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR).

Bluetongue meetings hit the road

The Joint campaign Against Bluetongue (JAB) will be hitting the road to deliver a series of meetings that will provide bluetongue updates to farmers, veterinarians, and the wider industry.

Performance-enhancing drug found in cow not a threat to human health

Following on from an investigation into the discovery of performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol on an Irish farm, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said that it poses no threat to human health.

Top Welsh lamb producer receives royal recognition

Some of Londons top chefs were joined by industry professionals to honour Daphne Tilley of Daphnes Original Welsh Lamb on receiving her MBE.

AIMS makes progress on judicial review

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has taken a massive step forward in securing a judicial review of the Food Standards Agencys (FSA) refusal to allow appeals against Official Veterinarians (OV) decisions.

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry.

Dawn Meats farm welcomes guests

More than 2,000 farmers gathered at the Dawn Meats Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm for a showcase of the farms full year in operation.

Nuffield Farming Scholarship seeking applicants

Nuffield Farming is encouraging individuals in the agricultural industry aged between 22 and 45 interested in international experience to step forward.

Livestock worrying addressed at NFU conference

The board chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Charles Sercombe, has called on police forces to investigate incidents on livestock worrying (the act of causing distress to livestock) and to prosecute those who act irresponsibly.

UK meat companies non-respondent in soy survey

UK meat processing companies have been named as non-respondent in the WWF Soy Scorecard 2016.

Nominations open for David Black Award

One of the pig industrys most prestigious awards is now open for nominations.

New post-mortem rejection conditions unveiled

A list of new post-mortem rejection conditions has begun to be implemented in sheep and cattle abattoirs across England.

AHDB Pork publishes 2015 Yearbook

The industry levy board AHDBs Pork division has published its Yearbook covering 2015, highlighting the effort that has gone into the pig sector over the past 12 months.

Heavier carcases could impact incomes, says AHDB Beef & Lamb report

Heavier beef carcases produced to deliver the highest lean meat yield to score premiums could incur penalties if processors reduce their maximum weight limits.

Irish cattle farmers see a boost in income for 2015

Family farm incomes in Ireland grew by 6% last year, according to the agricultural and food development authority Teagasc's National Farm Survey, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to 26,526.

Meat Business Women hits new peaks with latest networking event

The latest Meat Business Women networking event has been hailed as a success by the conferences organiser, Laura Ryan.

Farmgate prices damaging confidence of livestock sector, industry bodies warn

Downward pressure on farmgate returns is affecting livestock producers confidence, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Farmers advised on maximising profitability

Farmers have been told that tailoring investment in pasture improvements and nutritional supplements to the particular needs of individual farms is the best way to secure financial gain.

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