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Dawn Meats farm welcomes guests

More than 2,000 farmers gathered at the Dawn Meats Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm for a showcase of the farm’s 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 industry’s 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 AHDB’s 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 conference’s 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. 

EU exit to impact Devon beef farmers, warns Truss

An exit from the European Union could threaten Devon’s beef industry, according to Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss. 

Swedes bid for Welsh Lamb

For the first time, Swedish consumers are able to bid for Welsh Lamb on online auctioning site, Tradera. 

Insect larvae should be used in animal feed, says EU project

Insect larvae reared on manure should be used in animal feed as a “priority”, according to the European Commission. 

AIMS launches Assured Meat Processing Standard

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has launched the Assured Meat Processing Standard (AMPS), which will become United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved to EN45011. 

Trade groups back call for global action against superbugs

Global action and country-specific targets to reduce antimicrobials’ use in livestock are called for by a report tackling antimicrobial resistance launched today (May 19). 

Bernard Matthews responds to redundancy claims

Turkey processing company Bernard Matthews has responded to claims that it is facing financial hardship. 

NFU Scotland vice-president encourages beef producers to apply for efficiency scheme

National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland vice-president Rob Livesey highlighted the “particularly difficult time” the beef sector is facing in his latest blog, and how this can be overcome. 

Sheep meat supplies on the rise

Supplies of sheep meat are likely to increase in 2016 due to higher levels of adult sheep slaughterings, according to the latest Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) forecasts. 

Lords EU Committee backs farming industry

The House of Lords EU Committee recently published a report outlining what needs to be done to increase resilience in the farming sector in the face of volatile prices. 

Truss issues Brexit warning to sheep industry

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has warned that the sheep industry will suffer should Great Britain leave the European Union. 

Stay vigilant in show season, pork producers warned

Pork producers in Wales are being encouraged to stick strictly to general biosecurity practices ahead of the summer show season. 

Industry builds on new Scottish Beef Efficiency Scheme

Several Scottish industry bodies are looking to drive uptake of the new Scottish Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) before the 31 May deadline. 

Beef no longer a part of Mercosur deal

News that South American beef will no longer be a part of the Mercosur negotiations has been welcomed by industry bodies. 

Beef supplies on the rise in England

A combination of higher production from prime cattle and cows, as well as increased imports, means that beef supplies in 2016 are going to be up on last year, according to the latest AHDB forecast. 

Success for British Pig & Poultry Fair

The British Pig & Poultry Fair, which started on Tuesday (10 May 2016) has started well, with standing room only at the popular forum programmes. 

Helen Munday has been appointed chief scientific officer at the Food and Drink Federation
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Food and Drink Federation appoints Helen Munday as chief scientific officer

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed Helen Munday as its new chief scientific officer. 

Celebrity pig welfare campaign launched

A celebrity-backed campaign highlighting pig welfare has been launched. 

AHDB Pork supports Ladies in Pigs

Ladies in Pigs (LIPs) has been given support of £100,000 thanks to a sponsorship deal with AHDB Pork. 

AHDB Pork unveils pig industry app

AHDB Pork has launched a new interactive app, ‘Think BioRisk’, to help prevent disease in the pig industry. 

Dan Biggar revealed as new Welsh beef ambassador

Welsh international rugby star Dan Biggar has been named the new ambassador for the Celtic Pride Premium Beef Partnership. 

Meat Business Women networking event speaker list expanded

A new speaker has been added to the third Meat Business Women event. 

Scottish consumers encouraged to cook with local meat

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new series of family-friendly, quick-step recipe videos to help consumers get the most out of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Speciality Selected Pork. 

Sainsbury’s outlines 100% British lamb sourcing commitment

Sainsbury’s has committed to source 100% British lamb by 1 July. 

AHDB Pork agree on abattoir monitoring transition

Industry levy board AHDB Pork has announced an agreement on the 12 offal conditions to be monitored at abattoir-level under the new Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) programme. 

Pig industry invited to attend regional forums

Industry levy board AHDB Pork is inviting pig producers and members of the industry to attend a series of regional forums to discuss concerns within the trade. 

Combatting campylobacter: More work to be done

Our sister title Food Manufacture held a panel discussion on campylobacter during Foodex about the scale of the issue. 

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.

Holly Beckett has been awarded with a Frank Parkinson Agri-leadership fund bursary
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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 country’s 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. 

(l-r) Prys Morgan, HCC’s Head of Operations; Alan Gardner, HCC Scholar 2015; Huw Williams, HCC Scholar 2015; Dai Davies, HCC Chairman
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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 Europe’s 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

Defra’s 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. 

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