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Scottish pig herd shrinking

The number of Scottish pigs has declined for the first time in four years, promoting warnings the decline could hit production rates. 

Welsh farmer develops new beef cattle

A farmer from Powys in mid-Wales has produced a new unique herd of beef cattle in memory of his late wife. 

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. 

QMS is to highlight the benefits of EBVs
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Breeding values to be highlighted in bull selection process

Workshops in Scotland have been designed to help beef producers choose the most efficient and profitable breeding lines in cattle. 

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. 

Yorkshire beef farmer, Rosey Dunn
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Great British Beef Week to raise awareness of declining suckler herd

The British beef industry has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows in the last three years, Ladies in Beef reported as they gear up for Great British Beef Week.

Welsh farmer demonstrates large-scale pedigree pig production

The owner of Wales’ biggest herd of Pedigree Welsh Pigs sought to demonstrate that it is possible to survive as a large-scale, sustainable producer of the breed, at an open day on his Gower farm.

Cattle supplies set to tighten in 2014

According to research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), cattle supplies are set to tighten throughout 2014, easing pressure on farmgate prices.

QMS recommends fertility tests for bulls

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is urging Scottish suckler herd farmers to think about a ‘Bull MOT’ to ensure cows can reproduce next spring.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UK’s supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Mixed reaction as bovine TB stats show fewer cattle killed last year

Latest government figures have shown levels of cattle killed due to bovine TB dropped in 2013, but widespread concern remains.

HCC looks at cattle herd health

In a bid to boost the profits of Welsh cattle farmers and increase the health of the nation’s herd, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has developed a booklet to explore the main health issues affecting beef enterprises. It also offers advice on herd health planning.

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