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NFU issues Brexit agriculture policy plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) wants government to adopt a bold domestic agriculture policy after exiting the EU.  

‘Priorities need to become promises’, BVA warns government

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has urged the government to act on its commitments to support the EU workforce post-Brexit.

RSPCA ‘encouraged’ by proposal on restricting live animal exports

Michael Gove, Secretary of State of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has spoken out against live animal exports, claiming that Brexit provides an opportunity to restrict the practice. 

UK Brexit team is no sitting duck

So everyone sets out their red lines in negotiations until someone breaches them. ’Twas always thus. 

Clear sourcing from Tesco needed

As a sheep producer, I take great pride in British lamb and sending our product to supermarkets for the public to enjoy. However, we’re in the middle of peak British lamb season and it has come to light that Tesco’s British lamb facings have fallen by 15% compared to last year. 

Industry slams leaked government plan to cut migration

A government plan to curb the flow of low-skilled EU migrants entering Britain after Brexit could raise food prices and damage meat exports, critics have warned. 

Customers trust British poultry

With Brexit looming, feeding ourselves must be one of our nation’s biggest priorities. Our farmers and producers are determined to not let any trade deal dilute our high food safety and animal welfare standards, hard-won through years of experience.

Farmers urge action on Brexit opportunity

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the government to take advantage of the opportunity Brexit presents to create a “regulatory environment for farming that is streamlined, grounded in science and respects realistic farm practices”. 

Brexit prompts AHDB Beef & Lamb call for carcase classification views

Representatives of the beef and lamb industry are being urged to share their thoughts on the future of carcase classification as part of a call for views by levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb.

High animal welfare standards should be supported

The RSPCA has called on the government to help support and strengthen high animal welfare practices post-Brexit. 

‘Prioritise food safety’ says butcher amid chlorine-washed chicken spat

Government must put food safety first in trade talks for Brexit and beyond, amid a dispute that imports of US chicken rinsed in chlorine could undermine British producers, a butcher has warned. 

Liam Fox warned not to ‘undermine’ British poultry industry

Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has been told to trust food producers from the UK in the same way that the public do.

NFU issues food industry worker access warning

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned the government there may be a “significant shortage of people to work on Britain’s farms” if it does not address growing concerns over access to workers. 

Hard Brexit could lead to 80% tax on premium beef

Luxury beef could face tariffs of up to 80% if the government fails to clinch a post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU, forcing the industry to adopt World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. 

Meat industry voices post-Brexit labour fears

The British meat and farming industries have again raised concerns about access to EU workers following Brexit as the government outlined its legislative plan in the recent Queen’s address to Parliament. 

Rally call for Scotland’s supply chain post-EU

To overcome challenges that are expected to be created from Brexit, the Scottish red meat supply chain has been called upon to work together. 

Animal health organisation calls for government support

The next government has been called on to provide the necessary tools to the animal health industry to ensure it is able to flourish post-Brexit. 

Meat industry sets out demands for next government

With just under three weeks until the general election, industry bodies have laid out their expectations from the UK’s next government, with Brexit remaining a key topic of discussion. 

Sheep association sets out ‘future-proofing’ the industry

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has said that the whole industry working together is “essential” if it is to overcome challenges in the wake of Brexit. 

Fergus Ewing to ‘fight’ for Scotland’s post-Brexit agri funds

Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity in Scotland, will “fight to ensure money is available” for farmers after the UK exits the European Union.

Meat reps ‘concerned’ about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwill’s reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a “significant dependence” on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UK’s farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit. 

Industry bodies join forces on UK trade priorities post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have joined forces to outline priorities for UK trade post-Brexit. 

Prime Minister’s commitments to British farming welcomed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitments to supporting British farming post-Brexit.

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.

Mixed outlook for beef and lamb markets in coming year

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Livestock Outlook conference embraced the digital age this year, and moved online for the first time. 

Healthier, wealthier Britain: farming success post-Brexit

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has outlined free trade, labour and a new agricultural policy as the “main ingredients” for a buoyant post-Brexit rural economy. 

BVA survey reveals data surveillance concerns

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reiterated the importance of a “robust surveillance system” and how vital it is to the health of UK livestock. 

Quality Meat Scotland highlights Brexit challenges and opportunities

A new paper has put the challenges and opportunities of leaving the European Union under the microscope. 

Butchers encouraged to utilise cash support schemes in uncertain times

The butchery sector has been advised to make the most of financial support systems amidst Brexit. 

Welsh lamb industry to welcome NZ delegates

The Welsh red meat levy board Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is this week hosting representatives from Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ). 

Feathering the nest: MTJ catches up with Faccenda Foods' General Manager

Once upon a time everybody would sit around the table and carve up a whole turkey at Christmas. These days, UK consumers are hugely more varied in their tastes. For Robert Jennings, the man who has to square that circle and make turkey pay dividends for Faccenda Foods, the key is added value, fresh and convenience. 

Opportunities for meat producers to target international investors

Investment from overseas firms in the UK’s food and drink sector has continued to increase. According to the latest research from business and finance adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 2016 saw the highest levels for three years. 

Farmers' Union appoints new head of food and farming

Philip Hambling has been appointed head of food and farming for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Brexit to provide improved animal welfare opportunities

Leaving the European Union could lead to higher animal welfare standards for the UK. 

Brexit and a US trade deal to create ‘perfect storm’ for British farming

Leaving the Single Market and opening up borders to cheap food imports could have severe consequences for the British farming industry, according to the Liberal Democrats. 

Great British sausage slump

Sausages are about as quintessentially British as you can get. Sadly, the Great British provenance story – now a feature of government food trade rhetoric post-Brexit – may not be doing much for UK sausages. 

Asia Pacific tipped as ‘important’ pork market

UK pork exporters have been told to consider the Far East as a potential market.

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. 

Uruguay aims to build on meat trade with UK following EU exit

Uruguay is keen to grow a two-way meat trade with the UK post-Brexit, according to a speech given at January’s Worshipful Company of Butchers lunch in London. 

Welsh red meat industry prepares for volatile year

The Welsh red meat sector has been told it must show the “greatest resilience, agility and adaptability” in what is predicted to be a volatile 12 months. 

Butchers experience strong festive sales, despite fears

Customers sidelined their worries over Brexit and warnings of a grim 2017 to spend, spend, spend over the recent festive season. 

Scottish beef farmers encouraged to apply for beef support scheme

Beef farmers in Scotland have been urged to apply for the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme ahead of the 31 December deadline.

NFU Scotland president Bowie meets Minister of State

NFU Scotland has met with the government to reaffirm its priorities as the UK looks to negotiate an exit from the European Union. 

Post-Brexit protection for Geographical Indication

British products with Geographical Indication (GI) status may still get EU protection from imitation after the UK leaves the EU. 

AHDB board sets out post-Brexit strategy

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said it will be working out where levy funds can best add value and have the greatest impact once we leave the European Union. 

Bacon producer Turners of Bond Street sold out of liquidation, securing jobs

West Midlands bacon producer Turners of Bond Street has been sold out of liquidation, saving 13 jobs. 

CETA vs Brexit: The parallels

As the UK prepares to begin the process of leaving the EU, what can the authors of the trade agreement learn from the CETA situation? 

Red meat tariff-free Brexit deal ‘critical’, says Welsh industry

Outgoing Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) chairman Dai Davies has stressed the importance of post-Brexit free trade negotiations and their impact on the Welsh red meat industry. 

Northern Ireland pushes export opportunities for meat and poultry

The Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) has launched a report into the impact that Brexit will have on the local food and drink sector. 

New independent member sought for AHDB Pork

AHDB is looking for a pig producer and an independent member to join the board of AHDB Pork. 

High Court ruling will delay Brexit clarity says industry

The High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the UK can begin the process of leaving the European Union, will delay “clarity”, according to industry trade body British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

Survey reveals pig industry’s reliance on European Union

A new survey has shown that one in five businesses and farms in the pig industry would struggle to survive without migrant labour. 

Welsh meat exports: Saudi Arabia a crucial country

Saudi Arabia is “a crucial country” for exports of Welsh meat, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Scottish secretary joins farmers’ union conference line-up

The Scottish Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, is expected to address Brexit negotiations at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s Autumn Conference. 

Hard Brexit may spark job losses in meat and farming

A hard break from the European Union could lead to job losses for small meat and farming businesses trapped between rising production costs and fixed shelf prices, warns Nick Clegg. 

Poultry and foodservice deals to September generate £74m

Meat industry acquisitions in the year to 31 August generated £74m, although Boparan Private Office’s acquisition of Bernard Matthews in September will boost the value of 2016 transactions. 

Welsh meat board conference to address volatility

Uncertainty and volatility caused by Brexit will be discussed by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) at its conference in November. 

NFU Scotland seeks assurances over post-Brexit funding

The National Farmers’ Union in Scotland (NFU Scotland) has called for assurances from the assembly government on maintaining funding post-Brexit. 

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.

Post-Brexit opportunities on agenda for AHDB Seminar

Opportunities for beef and lamb in a post-Brexit landscape will be addressed at the 2016 AHDB Beef & Lamb Stakeholder Seminar. 

Emerging themes cropping up in farmers’ Brexit consultation

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) director general Terry Jones has highlighted some of the key concerns of members as Great Britain prepares for Brexit.

Asda called on to support British producers

Following on from a recent beef and lamb country-of-origin survey, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on Asda to improve its commitment to supplying British red meat. 

British vets call for mandatory animal welfare labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on meat and dairy products. 

Brexit: no plan to chicken out

The meat industry is seeking a template for a profitable and productive system after UK Prime Minister Theresa May poured cold water on left-wing calls for a revote on June’s EU referendum. 

Crawshaws sees fall in like-for-like sales

Butchery chain Crawshaws has reported a reduction in its like-for-like sales, although this has been softened by further strengthening of gross margin. 

Brexit provides unique opportunity for UK fishermen

The fishing industry has heard that the result of the EU referendum has provided the sector with a “once-in-a-generation opportunity for radical change”. 

Sheep industry ‘seriously alarmed’ by potential Australian trade deal

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has expressed concerns over a proposed free trade deal from Australia – following on from the UK’s upcoming exit from the European Union. 

Lords to investigate the future of UK fisheries

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will discuss the implications that leaving the EU will have on UK fisheries tomorrow, Wednesday 7 September, as part of an inquiry. 

Legal Advice: what are the risks involved in odour pollution prosecutions?

Managing odour from food processing facilities is a perennial problem. There can be a risk of criminal liability – for example, where a site is subject to an environmental permit, the Environment Agency can bring enforcement action for breach of permit conditions.

Farmers’ union blasts National Trust over ‘damaged countryside’ portrayal

The National Trust has come under fire from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) after it called for reforms of farming subsidies post-Brexit to reverse the damage of the natural environment. 

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. 

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. 

Food industry campaigns to new Prime Minister

New Prime Minister Theresa May has been called on to support British produce by the food and drink industry. 

IMTA plans post-Brexit strategy for members

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has set out a post-Brexit strategy to help its members navigate Great Britain exiting the EU. 

New protected food names scheme to be developed

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she is keen to develop a British version of the protected food names scheme for when the UK leaves the EU. 

Seven pillars of farmers’ post-Brexit proposals

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has revealed the seven proposals it believes will equip farmers to face an economic future outside of the EU.

AHDB outlines huge potential for exports to Asia

The impact of Brexit on trade could be partly offset by rising demand for meat in Asia, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Pig producers urged to be confident about post-EU Britain

The National Pig Association (NPA) has said that British pig producers should look forward to life outside of the European Union. 

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future “uncertainty” following Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 

Moy Park announces support for remaining in EU

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has revealed its support for the UK remaining in the EU as the referendum is now less than a week away. 

Square Pie gets political

London-based Square Pie has launched two special Brexit-themed pies in time for the EU referendum, one ‘In’ and one ‘Out’. 

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

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).

More meat needed on Brexit referendum

More clarity on the implications of a yes result in the impending EU referendum has been called for following rumours that it will take place this summer. 

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