Livestock

Consumers encouraged to back British beef

The National Beef Association (NBA) is to showcase all the different cuts available from a cow, in an effort to alter shopping habits.

Pig antibiotic stewardship programme launched

The National Pig Association (NPA) is to launch an antibiotic stewardship programme to help achieve minimum use of antibiotics.

Key opportunities identified for lamb market

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has identified two key areas of opportunity for the lamb market.

Funding drives positive change in agriculture

The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust and Holly Beckett, a 2015 Nuffield Scholar, have both been unveiled as recipients of Frank Parkinson Agri-leadership fund bursaries.

British Poultry Council chief executive steps down

Andrew Large, chief executive of the British Poultry Council (BPC), left his post on Saturday 30 April, after serving in the position since May 2013.

Concerns for Scottish beef producers over Mercosur deal

National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland highlighted the dangers that a flawed trade deal with South American countries could have of the countrys beef industry.

AHDB addresses levy payer priorities

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has released a report on the Activity Review it undertook last autumn and winter listening to levy payers views on challenges they are facing.

HCC Scholarship offers global opportunity

Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is offering the chance to participate on a global fact-finding mission through its annual HCC Scholarship scheme.

Sheep farmers urged to add value to products

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has urged producers to be more innovative in adding value to sheepmeat products, due to the volatility of farmgate prices.

Wales hopes to boost lamb exports to Scandinavia

A team of top red meat industry representatives from Wales will be attending one of northern Europes biggest food and hospitality trade fairs next week, with the hopes of increasing imports of Welsh Lamb PGI into the region.

AIMS speaks out on U-turn

Defras decision to backtrack on its decision to repeal animal welfare guidance has been slammed by the Association of Meat Suppliers (AIMS).

Opportunities for British livestock farmers in the US

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has recognised opportunities for British livestock farmers by accessing beef and lamb markets in the US.

Electronic medicine book for pigs published

An electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is now available for all UK pig producers.

Meat Business Women to host London networking event

Tickets are now available for Meat Business Womens third networking event on Wednesday 25 May.

New appointments for Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has sworn in three new executives after the former incumbents completed their respective terms of presidency.

Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers calls for common sense from Food Standards Scotland

Alan McNaughton, president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), has said Food Standards Scotland (FSS) should employ more common sense to meat safety issues.

Meat outlook provides mixed fortunes

Data collection body Mintec has revealed varying meat outcomes in its latest meat index, revealed on Friday 15 April 2016.

AHDB Beef & Lamb to give video address after board meetings

AHDB Beef & Lamb has announced plans to launch a video address from its chairman Adam Quinney, following every board meeting held by the agricultural body.

Agricultural industry comes together to fight BVD

Over 50 organisations and companies from across the agricultural industry have joined forces in a campaign to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD).

Welsh abattoir businesses need further investment

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has recognised cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering businesses as contributing 461 million every year to the Welsh economy.

Farmers reminded of bluetongue threat

The Welsh agricultural community has been urged by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) to remain vigilant of animal welfare, in the aftermath of reported bluetongue outbreaks in France.

Concerns expressed over beef price drop

The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotlands livestock committee has revealed plans to extend its programme of drop-in sessions at store sales, in response to growing concerns about the beef market.

Beef prices hit five-year low

Britains beef prices have reached their lowest level in five years, according to the National Beef Association (NBA).

Government under fire for U-turn on animal welfare guidance

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has decided to reverse its decision to allow industry-led guidance, leading to criticism from livestock organisations.

Red meat producers invited to Rising to the Challenges conference

Producers of beef and sheep are being encouraged to attend a free conference focusing on rising to the challenges presented in the red meat industry.

Video series addresses sheep lameness

Sheep producers will be able to benefit from a new series of videos about sheep lameness, thanks to industry body AHDB Beef & Lamb.

National Pig Association launches critical friends initiative

A programme has been launched by the National Pig Association (NPA) to help counteract propaganda driven by anti-meat campaigners.

PHWC to create industry-led pig animal welfare guidance

New guidance to help pig producers comply with legislation is to be drawn up by the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC).

British red meat exports highlighted

A new film, produced by the industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb, is showcasing the important role that red meat exports play in the British economy.

Livestock industrys young talent showcased

More than 140 young farmers between the ages of eight and 24 demonstrated their abilities at the National Young Stars from 23-24 March at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Farmers warned against bluetongue return

Livestock farmers are being urged by the National Farmers Union (NFU) to talk to their vets, as the industry braces itself for a potential return of bluetongue disease.

British Poultry Council to publish animal welfare guidance

The British Poultry Council (BPC) is to publish industry-led guidance in the poultry sector, following the governments decision to repeal official guidance on animal welfare standards.

Newby Foods celebrates high court vindication

Newby Foods aims to win back millions of pounds in lost business after a high court victory exempting it from Food Standards Agency (FSA) restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM).

Sheep producers told to remain vigilant against sheep scab

Scottish sheep farmers are being advised by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland to report any suspicious signs of sheep scab among their animals.

Newby Foods ruling ignites debate

A legal victory favouring Newby Foods, exempting its pig and poultry meat preparations from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM), has sparked debate about its implications.

Tighter control urged for pig farmers

Pig producers have been advised to focus on producing more litters per sow and improving uniformity in finisher pigs when they go for sale.

Cattle rejection conditions tested in abattoirs over two-week trial

A two-week trial is currently taking place in nine cattle abattoirs across England and Wales in order to validate a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions.

Scotch Beef campaign expected to reach 2.2 million consumers

A new radio campaign from Scotch Beef PGI is expected to reach over 2.2 million Scottish consumers.

Bord Ba celebrates St. Patricks Day on a global level

To celebrate the Irish festival of St Patricks Day, which falls on Thursday 17 March, Bord Ba has planned more than 100 events, from Dublin to Dubai, to champion Irelands iconic food and drink.

Pig industry gains seven new young students

The Pig Industry Scholarship has attracted seven new bright students to its training scheme.

Saria Group completes acquisition

Germanys Saria Group has completed the acquisition of leading UK animal by-products processing and collection specialist, Saria Ltd.

Sheep and beef production expected to increase in 2016

Sheepmeat and beef production are both predicted to experience a year-on-year rise in 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Beef producers encouraged to attend roadshow

Britains beef farmers have been invited along to the National Beef Associations (NBA) roadshow events as it heads out on its spring tour to discuss industry issues.

Farmgate pricing inquiry welcomed by sheep industry

An inquiry conducted by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee into the volatility of sheep farmgate prices has been welcomed by the National Sheep Association (NSA).

BVD testing welcomed in Northern Ireland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), alongside its Northern Ireland branch, welcomed the commencement of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) education programme in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 1 March.

Pig producers could be forced out of the business, warns AHDB Pork

A report issued by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork division has revealed that the price pig farmers and producers are receiving for their produce has fallen by a third over a two-year period.

AHDB Pork tackles pig tail-biting

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork division is calling on pig producers to provide data regarding tail-biting.

AHDB Pork appoints new team member

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) pork division has welcomed a new knowledge exchange (KE) manager for the south of England region.

Origin of pork testing steps up a gear

Origin testing of pork and pork products is being stepped up by AHDB Pork from once a quarter to once a month.

Challenges for the livestock sector highlighted

Livestock farmers are facing an uphill struggle to achieve positive margins when selling finished animals, according to latest figures from Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) economics services team.

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