Livestock

Is the industry doing enough to address sustainability issues?

The meat industry's image seems to be under constant fire from critics of how animals are reared and fed. Barely a week goes past without some report questioning whether the industry’s approach is sustainable.

General election: how will the next government affect you?

No matter what industry you’re in, the UK is on the brink of change. 

How the Welsh industry is focusing on quality over quantity

It was a year of quality over quantity for Welsh Lamb. Despite a growth in flock numbers in 2016, fewer lambs were marketed and carcase weights decreased slightly. This has been attributed to unfavourable weather and growing conditions in early 2016. 

Article 50: industry demands from Brexit talks

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter that will trigger Article 50, notifying Brussels that Britain wants to exit the European Union we discuss with the industry what it wants from the talks.

Sterling frailty distorts growth

Food and drink exports broke the £20bn barrier last year, but experts are concerned a battered pound that made trade growth possible could fall further, raising the cost of imported goods.

Safety first: Why industry and inspection agencies are being encouraged to collaborate

It is hard to look at the safety and security of the meat supply chain without referencing the major impact that the horsemeat scandal had in 2013. It highlighted major flaws in the supply chain and has been the catalyst for increased scrutiny on the meat served to consumers. 

Industry expresses concerns over PM’s Brexit plan

The Prime Minister has said a “bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union” will be a priority in Brexit negotiations, although this has received a less-than-popular reaction from the meat industry. 

China demonstrates 'ferocious' hunger for beef

The UK is moving closer to a beef deal with China and the next big step is scheduled for 2017. 

Focus on Ireland

A positive 12 months for Irish exports may be hindered by the UK’s decision to leave the EU but growth shouldn’t be ruled out just yet. 

Beef's jerky future

The fresh beef market is valued at £2.1bn. This is slightly less than poultry and, unlike white meat which is in marginal growth, fresh beef is in decline. 

Wales: Coming in from the cold

The strength of sterling has impacted Welsh meat and will continue to do so but what can be done to overcome this to grow the market? Aidan Fortune reports.

In focus: New Zealand

With a new mandate from its farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is now considering its market strategy going forward. Fred A’Court takes a look at the state of play for the country’s red meat exports.

Brexit: Should we stay or should we go?

This summer may see Great Britain make the toughest choice in decades as it determines its EU fate in a referendum. While there are a lot of arguments being bandied about for both sides, what does the meat industry think?         
Aidan Fortune investigates

Poultry feature: Ruffled feathers

A drop in feed prices, the threat of bird flu and increased retail competition are all hitting the UK’s poultry sector, yet long-term growth is still on the cards.

Halal feature: Labelling under the spotlight

With the debate on stun or non-stun slaughter still raging, Oli Haenlein examines the different arguments on how meat should be labelled, given slaughter and other welfare factors.

Training feature: Plugging the gaps

Training in the meat industry has not always delivered the specific skills companies need, but a new apprenticeship scheme is about to shake up the sector, as Helen Gregory reports

Export feature: Meat on the move

Despite the efforts of the ‘eat less meat’ brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.

NFU advisor concerned about poultry overproduction

Speaking to MTJ after the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 12 February, national poultry advisor Christopher Dickinson said it was vital not to get into a state of poultry overproduction.

Halal’s hot potato

Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.

Holiday illness

Employers could be forgiven for lacking sympathy with an employee who returns from a holiday complaining they were sick while on annual leave, so they could not properly enjoy it particularly if they are sporting a suspiciously healthy-looking tan.

In defence of meat

The demonisation of meat occurred simultaneously with the public health dietary advice to "base our meals on starchy foods" and obesity has increased tenfold since. Here are seven facts in the defence of meat to help the industry fight the "nutritional ignorance" that currently abounds.

Feeling the pinch

This time last year, the biggest problem for the pork sector was the divergence between volume and value, with supermarket promotions blamed for poor returns to producers. Twelve months on and the same tension between retailers and producers exists, but Kantar Worldpanel data reveals that the amount of pork sold on promotion has fallen by 6% year-on-year. This has brought a reversal of the recent trend for volume to outstrip value, with volume declining by 0.4% while value rose 6.1% in the 52 weeks to 10 June 2012, bringing the total market value to £935m.

Wales looks beyond UK borders

With improved market returns and sheep numbers finally recovering after months of decline, the Welsh meat industry could be described as relatively buoyant. But there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the sector, with high input costs, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and a financially troubled eurozone putting pressure on farmers and processors.

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