Livestock

HCC urges industry to become more sustainable

Consumer and retailers must work alongside farmers to create a more sustainable 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

AHDB Beef & Lamb welcomes technical communications officer

Emma Heathcote has joined AHDB Beef & Lamb as the levy boards new technical communications officer.

Flooding fails to deter bullish Carrs

Agricultural, food and engineering company Carrs Group has revealed that it is in line to meet expectations for its complete financial year, despite disruption from the recent UK floods.

Welsh Lambassador awarded MBE

PGI Welsh Lamb producer Daphne Tilley has started her year on a high after being honoured with an MBE in the New Years Honours List for her services to agriculture.

Terry Jones appointed new NFU director general

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Terry Jones as its new director general.

Lamb meat market starts 2016 on a high

Lamb sales during October and November last year were up 8% in volume, according to recent 12-week figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

NFU looks to the year ahead

National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has urged the government and the complete food supply chain to back the British farming industry as we enter 2016.

SAMW sets targets for 2016

An improvement in end-product prices is on the agenda for Scotlands meat wholesalers in 2016, as well as an upgrade in the way the government applies regulatory burdens.

Fears raised over antibiotic-resistant pigs

Concerns have been raised in the UK after pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics - used on humans when all other medication fails - have been found.

East dominates EU pork exports

The month of October saw China double shipments of EU pork exports, taking volumes to 182,300 tonnes, according to AHDB Pork.

Free workshops on Estimated Breeding Values offered to beef industry

Beef farmers are being offered the opportunity to attend free workshops focused on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).

HCC marketing campaign wins marketing awards

Summer and autumn marketing campaigns to help promote Welsh Lamb products and combat pressure on prices have been recognised at the Drum Network Awards.

NFU encourages consumers to back British this Christmas

As the final countdown to Christmas approaches, the National Farmers Union (NFU) is taking the opportunity to highlight to consumers how they can support British farming beyond the festivities.

Beef consultants benefit from industry workshops

AHDB Beef & Lamb and the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) have developed a new initiative offering beef industry consultants and advisers insights into herd performance and the selection process for cattle slaughter.

National Beef Association welcomes new board member

Third-generation farmer William Walton has been welcomed by the National Beef Association (NBA) as the organisations newest board member.

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease. The move will mean that pig-keepers and vets will be legally obligated to inform the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) should they suspect a case of the disease.

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease.

Specialist beef and lamb conference returns to the north

The first specialist beef and lamb conference in over a decade is to make a return to the north of England in January 2016.

Poultry vaccine research receives 5.7m grant from BBSRC

Research into developing a cheap and effective poultry vaccine has been awarded a 5.7 million grant by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Scholarship scheme hailed a success

The Pig Industry Scholarship scheme has approved its record number of scholars. Of the 51 applicants, seven have been accepted onto the scheme.

New levy distribution scheme proposed

Levy boards across England, Scotland and Wales have outlined an alternative method for the distribution of the red meat levy income.

Marks & Spencer honours top Aberdeen Angus farm

Macphie of Glenbervie, an independent food ingredients company, received the Aberdeen Angus Supplier of the Year award, an annual award presented by Marks & Spencer (M&S) and wholesaler Scotbeef, which supplies the supermarket.

Tesco threatened with protests by lamb farmers

Farmers for Action (FFA) has said it will protest at Tescos distribution sectors and meat packaging division over claims the retailer will not fully commit to supporting British lamb producers.

Slow growth forecast for pigmeat production

EU pigmeat production is expected to experience only minimal growth over the next decade, according to the EU Commissions new Medium-term Outlook report.

AHDB proposes rates freeze for 2016

Agricultural levy board AHDB has proposed it will hold all levy rates for 2016 and 2017 at the same level as this year across all its sectors.

The Archers helps increase Christmas geese orders

Early orders of Christmas geese have been driven from an unlikely source.

Bovine testing made compulsory in Northern Ireland

Northern Irelands Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle ONeill, has announced that testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus in new-born calves, including stillbirths and abortions, will be made compulsory.

Pig industry mourns the loss of respected figure

John A C Godfrey CBE, a popular figure within the pig industry, passed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry, Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Experts point to impact of meat consumption on global warming

A new report has highlighted the relationship between the consumption of meat and the impact it has on global warming.

SPCA rewards industry expert

Scotlands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has recognised the commitment of an individual for his dedication to animal welfare within the pig industry over the last 25 years.

Lamb industry looks forward despite unpredictable year

Despite international struggles impacting the lamb industry, the global marketplace continues to hold the key to Welsh farmings long-term prosperity. Thats according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) operations manager Prys Morgan.

NFU Scotland requests clarification over cattle moving

National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has announced it will be contacting abattoirs and processors to gain an understanding into maximum moves rules in terms of cattle.

Scottish pig issues addressed in seminar

Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) Scottish Pig Industry conference last week focused on issues facing the industry, as well as opportunities ahead.

HSBC outlines challenging market for agri-food sector

The economic environment faced by farmers and growers in the UK is now tougher than at any time for the past decade, claims HSBCs head of food & agriculture Allan Wilkinson.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year named

A family-run farm in Aberdeenshire has been named as the 2015 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

Profitability gaps in livestock identified

There is a considerable variation in the profitability between the top third and bottom third of livestock producers, the 2015 edition of the Cattle and Sheep Enterprise Profitability, published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), has revealed.

Support needed for the beef sector

The government, meat processors and retailers need to do more to market the UKs beef sector, the National Farmers Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters has said.

Northern farmers benefit from agribot technology

A group of 40 sheep and cattle farmers from Sheffield have been trialling a self-driving agribot, to help manage the hilly moorland for their livestock.

New guidance on pig antibiotics published by PHWC

Pig-keepers should review their use of antibiotics at least every quarter, new guidance from the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) Antimicrobial Sub-group and the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) has advised.

Herd size linked to bovine TB risk

Intensive farming practices including larger herd sizes, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and silage use have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB (bTB), research from the University of Exeter has concluded.

Beef and lamb get television support

Beef and lamb are due to receive a television marketing push in the form of a 30-second advertisement.

Ladies in Beef urges industry to Save our Sucklers

Ladies in Beef wants to follow the lead of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to raise the profile of British suckler beef.

NFU and NSA meet with government over sheep movement concerns

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National Sheep Association (NSA) have held an urgent government meeting concerning the inspection and penalty process for sheep movement reporting.

Carrs Group to continue UK investment

Agricultural and food business Carrs Group has set out growth plans for its UK and global divisions following its full-year results.

Government warned against Defra cuts

Announced cuts to the Defra budget have attracted criticism from the sector.

Beef industry urged to be more efficient

The beef industry ought to follow in the footsteps of the pig and poultry sectors when it comes to efficiency, according to the Agri-Food Biosciences Institutes (AFBI) Dr Francis Lively.

International markets grow for Welsh lamb

Austria has announced it will become the latest country to supply PGI Welsh Lamb.

NFU criticises Dunbias change in cattle specification

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has disapproved Dunbias unacceptable changes to its terms and conditions for cattle specification on such short notice.

Concerns over new poultry slaughter regulations

New slaughter regulations from Defra regarding the killing of poultry have raised concerns over the welfare of the birds with the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

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