Livestock

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.

Scottish farmers express concern over delivery of government hardship payments

Details of the Scottish governments Hardship Scheme have been revealed, although questions are still being raised over the delivery of payments.

Pig producers advised on cost-saving strategies

To help overcome the challenge of low prices currently facing the pig industry, producers have been advised to stick to a strict culling policy and remove non-productive sows.

Swine flu diagnosed in Leicester

Fourteen cancer patients on three wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary are being treated for swine flu.

Scotbeef works with school to create burger for Aldi

A new Scotch beef burger has been created by a team of cooks at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow as part of a Scotbeef initiative to get younger people excited about food.

NFU president calls for more referendum information

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has urged the Prime Minister to provide more facts on the impending EU referendum.

Andrew Kuyk announced as new Provision Trade Federation director general

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has announced the appointment of Andrew Kuyk CBE as its new director general.

Scottish beef industry expresses fears over government payments

The Scottish Beef Association (SBA) has said it is concerned about the prospect of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments not being made to all eligible farmers.

National Farmers' Union Scotland votes for change at annual general meeting

Members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland voted through a number of constitutional changes at this years annual general meeting on Thursday, 11 February.

Farmers told to remain vigilant over bluetongue concerns

British farmers have been urged to closely monitor their sheep flocks carefully by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The news comes in light of the ongoing presence of bluetongue virus (BTV) in France.

Industry called on to work together to promote red meat sector

The meat supply chain has been urged to work together in finding ways to stimulate demand for beef and lamb.

Cut price deals could damage industry, warns turkey farmer

Turkey producers have been warned that rearing birds to supply to local wholesale markets and auctions at spot prices will do long-term damage to the traditional Christmas turkey sector.

Pasture for Life certification mark approved

Cattle and sheep meat products that have been reared solely on grass and pasture can now benefit from the Pasture for Life mark.

National Sheep Association unveils next generation ambassadors

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced the 12 individuals selected to represent the sheep industry in its 2016 Next Generation Ambassador programme.

British poultry sector reports reduced overall antibiotic use in 2015

Antibiotic usage data collected by the British Poultry Council (BPC) for 2015 has revealed a 28% drop in overall usage of antibiotics compared to 2014.

AHDB Outlook Conference addresses market predictions

Industry delegates gathered on Tuesday 9 February to hear what 2016 will hold for the livestock market.

NFU calls summit on beef and lamb promotions

Processors, retailers and levy boards have been asked to come up with new and innovative methods or marketing beef and lamb by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls the worst period of low prices for over half a decade.

Antibiotic use in poultry on the rise

Reported use of the antibiotic fluoroquinolones has increased in the UK, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

UK red meat production increases during 2015

Beef production in the UK experienced a 0.6% rise, while sheep meat production saw a rise of 0.5% during the 12 months of 2015.

Irish farmers urge minister to show commitment

Farmers in Ireland have expressed concerns over the lack of commitment shown by the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney.

Tesco provides opportunities to lamb farmers

Supermarket giant Tesco is inviting 100 British sheep farmers to take part in a cost of production model for lamb trial, which is claimed to be the first of its kind.

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution supports industry

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has given out grants of over 1.87 million to those in the farming industry who have suffered financial hardship during 2015.

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