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Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship gets government approval

The Butchery Employer Trailblazer Group (BETG) has received final government approval for the Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship. 

Welsh Lamb eyes up fashion capital

Italy is being targeted as an area to lift PGI Welsh Lamb exports, by connecting producers from Wales with international chefs. 

Understanding illness key to preventing flock loss

Sheep producers have been told that using stock data from fallen animals can help stop further loss. 

Scottish farmers warned of Winter thieves

As the colder months approach, farmers and crofters in Scotland have been advised to remain vigilant in protecting their property. 

International food action plan launched by government

The government has unveiled its plan for growing the value of British exports by an additional £2.9 billion by 2020. 

Prime Scottish cattle throughputs on the rise

The pattern of prime cattle throughputs peaking in October and November looks set to continue this year. 

Beef + Lamb New Zealand to close UK office

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is to close its UK office as part of a strategy refocus. 

Farmers union appoints Brexit head

Nick von Westenholz will head the Brexit unit at the National Farmers Union (NFU) as it moves to strengthen and extend its political reach following the UK public’s fateful decision.

Long-awaited Brechin abattoir opens in Scotland

Scotland’s £10m Brechin abattoir has opened, employing 58 people and providing much-needed additional capacity to the pigmeat industry in the country.

Volume sales of fresh meat on the rise but value slides

Volume sales of beef, chicken and turkey continue to see volume sales growth but are struggling in value terms. 

Labour's living wage pledge "a burden for consumers"

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has criticised Labour’s promises of an increased living wage, saying it will led to a “higher cost burden” for consumers. 

Lamb prices fall for third consecutive week

Liveweight lamb prices fell for the third consecutive week, according to the latest weekly figures from AHDB Beef & Lamb, as numbers coming to the market rose.

Butchers warned against accepting stolen sheep

Butchers in the Northamptonshire area have been warned about contaminated meat. 

English pig herd growing despite reports of tightening supplies

The latest Defra pig survey has revealed that the English pig herd grew by 2% to 3.9 million head in the year to June 2016, with the breeding herd increasing by the same percentage. 

Debbie & Andrew’s launches new festive-themed products

To celebrate British Sausage Week (31 October-6 November), premium sausage producer Debbie & Andrew’s has launched two new products. 

Doherty’s unveils rebranding

Northern Irish gluten-free meat specialist Doherty’s has refreshed its brand as part of a marketing drive to expand business in Britain and the Republic of Ireland. 

Young bulls ease cattle price hikes, latest data indicates

Falling young bull prices diluted cattle price hikes in the week ending (w/e) 17 September, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Australia wins the World Steak Challenge for second time

Australian producer Jack’s Creek has retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer. 

Lamb genetics project delivers positive results

The early results of an innovative research project to improve genetics in lambs have shown the initiative has gotten off to a strong start. 

North Yorkshire develops heritage breed Christmas alternatives

Online heritage breed butcher Farmison & Co has produced a number of alternative dinner options for the festive season. 

Lamb price falls despite drop in supplies

The price of lambs on liveweight markets declined in the week ending 14 September, despite a fall in supplies as demand has begun to return to normal levels, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Boparan poised to buy Bernard Matthews

Rumours of a purchase of poultry processor Bernard Matthews are premature, according to Boparan Holdings.

Snaffling Pig gets in Brazilian spirit

With the Paralympic Games kicking off yesterday (Wednesday, 7 September), premium pork scratchings firm The Snaffling Pig Co. has launched a new limited edition flavour to celebrate the success of Team GB in Rio. 

New ‘eye-catching’ look for Ginsters sandwiches

Ginsters has revealed a new image for its sandwich range. 

Britain’s Best Burger finalists announced

Celebrating the tastiest burgers in the country, the final six in Britain’s Best Burger competition have been announced. 

AIMS rubbishes FSA campylobacter claims

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has continued to apply pressure to the Food Standards Agency, saying it has continued to “undermine the meat processing sector”. 

Slaughterhouse operative jailed for animal cruelty violations

A man working as a slaughterhouse operative has been sentenced to 10 months and banned from keeping farm animals for 15 years after pleading guilty to a series of food safety, animal cruelty and animal movement offences. 

Government stays out of levy row between IFA and ABP

The Department of Agriculture is to remain neutral in an ongoing spat between the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and ABP over the collection of levies. 

Warnings issued as rogue fish traders hit the streets of Northumberland

Fish unfit for consumption is being sold in Northumberland, according to the county’s trading standards service. 

Welsh Lamb hits the festival crowd

Some of the biggest names in pop will have the chance to sample high-quality PGI Welsh Lamb at this year’s V Festival. 

Spar commits to cage-free eggs by 2025

Spar has become the latest supermarket to commit to using cage-free eggs by 2025 after revising its suppliers. 

Meatsnacks Group targets independent retailers with trade website launch

The Meatsnacks Group has launched a dedicated trade website to offer independent retailers greater flexibility in both orders and payment. 

Keyani & Sons increases production thanks to Multivac UK

Birmingham-based manufacturers of halal doner kebabs Keyani & Sons has been able to boost production by 20 tonnes per month after the installation of a Laska Grinder by Multivac UK. 

Farming minister cuts ‘red tape’ on livestock movement

Simpler rules on livestock movement for farmers have been unveiled by George Eustice, minister of state at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

Lucas Ingredients launches Gluten Free Pork Sausage mix

Lucas Ingredients has unveiled its new Gluten Free Pork Sausage mix. 

Immigration raid at Byron burger chain

Dozens of employees at London branches of burger chain Byron have been arrested in an immigration raid, according to the Home Office. 

Mattessons issues recall due to presence of plastic

Certain batches of Mattessons Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products have been recalled as they may be contaminated by pieces of plastic. 

Prime cattle prices experience increase

Prime cattle prices in GB for the week ended 16 July increased to 331p/kg, up more than 2p/kg on the previous week. 

Sheep industry offered hands-on experience

Members of the sheep industry are being offered the chance to take part in a series of four workshops based around the theme of adding value at the National Sheep Association (NSA) Sheep Event. 

Brexit result has “no immediate impact” on retailers

Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending Sunday, 17 July 2016 show that the supermarket sector has experienced slow growth, with sales up by 0.1% compared to last year. 

High Wycombe Asda welcomes halal butcher counter

A halal butcher’s is to be installed into an Asda branch in High Wycombe as part of a £1.7 million investment. 

Farmison & Co secures 60 supply deals in six months

Since launching the trade side of the business in March of this year, British heritage breed butcher Farmison & Co has seen weekly turnover from trade sales increase by more than 500% after securing 60 contracts supplying meat to some leading UK restaurants. 

Kelly Turkeys ready to take on US Thanksgiving market

Poultry producer Kelly Turkeys is confident of cracking the United States Thanksgiving market following a recent sales mission by managing director Paul Kelly. 

New workshop targets beef and lamb production advisors

AHDB Beef & Lamb will hold a workshop in Warwick to outline its completed and ongoing research in the red meat industry. 

NPA calls on Brexit minister to support UK pork trade

National Pig Association (NPA) chairman Richard Lister has written to Brexit minister David Davis stressing the importance of the pig industry to Britain’s balance of trade. 

We Hae Meat launches breakfast pie with Asda

Following a social media campaign calling for followers to put forward their perfect pie recipe, We Hae Meat has unveiled a new breakfast pie to be sold in 48 Scottish Asda stores.

Shorthorn Cattle Society to supply beef to Morrisons

After six years in the works, the Shorthorn Cattle Society will be supplying beef exclusively to Morrisons for an undisclosed sum. 

Man arrested and charged following £11,000 theft of livestock

Farmers and crofters are being encouraged to report livestock thefts, following the arrest of a 22-year-old man who stole £11,000 worth of animals in the Highlands. 

Farmers urge Leadsom engagement

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Angela Leadsom to work with the body to overcome “market uncertainties”. 

Small family farms declining

The number of small family farms in the UK has dropped since the beginning of the century due to poor farm succession and retirement planning. 

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