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Moy Park fumes probe underway

Investigations continue into the source of fumes at Moy Park’s Ashbourne factory that caused a temporary evacuation of the site and brought a short term, partial halt to production there. 

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. 

Kennedy Bacon meets customer demand by expanding operations

Northern Irish dry-cured bacon, ham and gammon firm Kennedy Bacon is catering to an increasing demand for its products by expanding its production space.

Fall in pork production leads to less shelf facings

A decrease in domestic pork production has contributed towards a drop in British pork facings in UK supermarkets. 

Dalziel expansion to increase production capacity

Dalziel Ingredients has announced a £2.5 million manufacturing expansion, as demand for its gluten-free solutions has doubled.

UK pig production decline greater than expected

Year-on-year UK pork production fell by more than expected for the second quarter of the year.

How production demands are pressurising weighing and labelling equipment

Weighing and labelling equipment are among the most important pieces of kit on the processing line, with manufacturers’ margins reliant on waste reduction and avoidance of mislabelling-related recalls.

Job threat at meat plant as Tulip targets inefficiency

Up to 118 jobs could go at Tulip Ltd’s cooked meat processing facility in King’s Lynn, Norfolk as the company strives to turn its losses into profits.

Specialist finance for venison producers launched

Lloyds Bank has unveiled a new range of finance options for the UK venison industry in an effort to help boost domestic production. 

Japan inspects UK beef production controls

A government delegation from Japan inspected beef production controls across the UK last week – which could reopen the market on UK exports. 

Liquid enzymes to improve biogas production for agriculture sector

A new strategic partnership to improve biogas production in anaerobic digesters through the use of liquid enzymes has the potential to benefit rural and farm communities on both a financial and environmental level, according to the companies involved. 

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.

How artificial casings are gaining ground in the UK

Rising global demand for natural casings is paradoxically aiding prospects for artificial alternatives, as manufacturers come under pressure to secure consistent supply, keep costs down and improve production efficiency. 

2 Sisters grows south west chicken production after multi-million investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced that £27.5 million has been invested in its south west supply chain last year, enabling it to increase its chicken production in the region. 

2 Sisters proposes Smethwick closure – 630 jobs at risk

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed that it plans to cease production at a processing site in Smethwick, Staffordshire, which could result in the loss of up to 630 jobs. 

Bernard Matthews job cuts ‘deeply disappointing’

Bernard Matthews’ plans to cut up to 155 jobs after its takeover by Boparan Private Office are “deeply disappointing”, according to trades union Unite.

Million-pound investment to benefit beef industry efficiency

Research and industry collaborators are being sought out to help establish a five-year Beef Knowledge Partnership, with an emphasis on beef production. 

Research agreement set to improve livestock and aquaculture breeding

The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics have collaborated to create a research alliance designed to improve the sustainability of animal production. 

Punjab government visits UK to learn about pig production

A high-level delegation from the Punjab government has paid a visit to the UK to assess British pig production and genetics. 

Increased cooked meats production leads to Tulip jobs boost

Tulip is looking to recruit over 100 people for its King’s Lynn production facility, following an increase in the volume of sliced, cooked meats manufactured at the site. 

FSA seeks comments on rare burger production advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking for comments on new consolidated advice for the food industry and local authorities on the production of rare burgers. 

Sheep and beef production expected to increase in 2016

Sheepmeat and beef production are both predicted to experience a year-on-year rise in 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

UK red meat production increases during 2015

Beef production in the UK experienced a 0.6% rise, while sheep meat production saw a rise of 0.5% during the 12 months of 2015. 

Grant aids livestock production

Members of the agricultural industry have the chance to receive a grant from anywhere between £5,000 and £150,000. 

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice. 

Moy Park completes first phase of Dungannon investment

Poultry processor Moy Park has completed the first phase of a £20m investment at its Dungannon facility, which it said would significantly enhance its production capabilities at the site. 

UK beef and veal production expected to fall

According to the latest AHDB Beef & Lamb Market Outlook report, the production of beef and veal is predicted to fall by 2% to 860,000 tonnes (t) in 2015. 

Farm production at odds with consumer demand

New research from Barclays has shown a disconnect between what consumers want and what British farmers are producing. 

UK pig meat production keeps growing

Latest figures from Defra show that the strong growth in UK pig meat production continued in May, with output over 5% higher than a year earlier at 66,700 tonnes. 

UK poultry production dropped in 2014

UK production of poultry meats decreased by 1% in 2014, the first drop in five years. 

Bill Gates issues pro-meat blog

Former vegetarian and billionaire Bill Gates has backed meat production in his latest blog post, stating you can eat meat and still be environmentally friendly.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Farm efficiency in focus at Soil Association livestock event

Low input production techniques for innovative farming will be examined at next week’s Soil Association National Livestock Event.

UK ‘corners’ the EU lamb market, claims Eblex

The UK has cornered the lamb and mutton export market, and is the only EU member making money out of it, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eblex export manager.

Higher production for Welsh beef forecast in 2016

New figures show higher calf registrations in Wales in 2014, pointing to higher beef production next year.

Poultry council expresses TTIP fears

Trade negotiations with the US have the potential to undermine the British poultry industry, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Rise in sheep meat production forecast

UK sheep meat production is set to rise again this year, according to AHDB/Eblex forecasts.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

MP pursues ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was “only fair” to launch a ‘Red Meat Month’ to celebrate Britain’s livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Meat industry hits back at ‘misleading’ reports

The UK meat industry has defended itself after two separate studies claimed that livestock production and meat consumption must be reduced to tackle climate change.

Heck moves into burger and meatball market

Sausage brand Heck has announced plans to open a “state-of-the-art” processing site in Ripon as it moves into the burger and meatball market.

‘Devastating blow’ for Scotland’s chicken industry

The Scottish chicken industry has been dealt a “devastating blow” after contracts with four free-range producers were terminated, according to NFU Scotland (NFUS).

Meat debate latest: Scots point to meat credentials

Following the latest attack on the meat industry’s environmental impact, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has responded by highlighting the “excellent sustainability credentials” behind Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

QMS points to ‘cooling’ pig prices

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has highlighted the “cooling” of pig prices, suggesting there are more pigs on the market.

Scottish beef action plan revealed

The Beef 2020 report, a Scottish beef industry action plan, has been unveiled to facilitate sustainable and long-term beef production growth.

Red meat body hosts Dominican Republic visit

Industry professionals from the Dominican Republic were introduced to UK beef and lamb production and given an insight into livestock genetics during a recent visit hosted by Eblex.

UK meat bosses hit back at beef and environment critique

UK meat leaders have expressed disappointment over the reporting of a US-based study which claimed that beef production was 10 times more damaging to the environment than other livestock.

Lamb leads rise in meat production

Beef, lamb and pig meat production has increased on last year, according to the latest slaughter figures from Defra.

Slaughter statistics up in May

Defra has released slaughter statistics for May 2014, showing higher numbers of slaughterings than in May 2013 for cattle, sheep and pigs.

Morrisons to expand meat processing site

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced plans to expand its meat processing site in Winsford Chesire, which will increase its workforce by 50%.

GB sees finished pig prices up year on year

Finished pig prices have remained 5-6% up year on year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), despite the seasonal dip normally experienced early in the new year.

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.

UK lamb production up by over 5% in 2013

UK lamb production rose in 2013, with pork remaining steady and beef falling, Welsh meat bosses reported.

Eblex event to highlight beef and lamb trends

Global beef and lamb sector trends and developments will be highlighted at an Eblex and agri benchmark event in June.

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.

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