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New knowledge transfer officer for AHDB Pork

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Pork’s newest recruit has returned to her pig farming roots after joining the knowledge transfer team. 

NFU issues Brexit agriculture policy plan

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

Training scheme raises level of farming professionalism

The farming community is being encouraged to put themselves forward for a management training scheme, which could save businesses thousands of pounds.

Training tool tracks pig industry skills

A new tool has been developed to give pig farmers a simple and flexible way to record staff training.

New CIEL chief executive unveiled

The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) has appointed a new chief executive.

Young people show increased interest in agriculture sector

Research showed that more young people are following a career in the agricultural sector.

Beef and lamb specialists to improve industry competitiveness

New livestock specialists have been trained across the country to help the industry meet market requirements.

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.

Agriculture sector positioned to drive changes

The UK’s farming industry is in a unique position to implement change and “build a world-class agriculture industry”, according to the English red meat levy board.

Farmers among the healthiest professionals in the UK

Physical activity and wide open spaces have contributed towards the agriculture sector being named one of the healthiest in the UK. 

Queen recognises food industry in birthday honours

Several members across the meat, animal welfare, and agriculture sectors have been awarded for their services to the food industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend. 

Tender process for Isle of Man meat plant to start soon

The tendering process for the meat plant on the Isle of Man is set to begin within the year, according to Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot. 

New post for AHDB’s Dr Phil

Dr Phil Hadley has been appointed to the new post of international market development director for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Farming union inspires younger generation

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging young people to take up agriculture as a career path. 

New AHDB Pork sector chair appointed

The government has appointed two new members to the board of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will be chair of the pork sector. 

Farmers told to ‘step up’ to face challenges

A call for farmers, growers and the food industry to “step up” and address the obstacles in the way of agricultural competitiveness and productivity in a changing world was made by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Beef sales dominated by steak

Beef steak sales have reached a five-year high, making up almost 70% of sales in the category, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

NPA airs Brexit concerns to Defra

The National Pig Association (NPA) has urged Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom to ensure pig farmers get a fair Brexit deal. 

Still time to apply for overseas training opportunities

The Nuffield Farming Trust has reminded potential scholars that time is running out to apply for its overseas scholarship, as the 31 July deadline approaches. 

AHDB recognised for international achievements

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division has been recognised at an awards ceremony in London for creating demand for Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb on the Polish market. 

Industry to focus on meat exports post-referendum

The aftermath of the EU referendum will enter the spotlight at the 12th Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Meat Export Conference, to take place in Warwick on 29 June. 

Pig producers urged to listen to abattoir reports

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division is reminding pig producers that abattoir reports can help them to fend off “invisible” diseases. 

Farmgate prices damaging confidence of livestock sector, industry bodies warn

Downward pressure on farmgate returns is affecting livestock producers’ confidence, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

AHDB Pork agree on abattoir monitoring transition

Industry levy board AHDB Pork has announced an agreement on the 12 offal conditions to be monitored at abattoir-level under the new Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) programme. 

Holly Beckett has been awarded with a Frank Parkinson Agri-leadership fund bursary
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Funding drives positive change in agriculture

The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust and Holly Beckett, a 2015 Nuffield Scholar, have both been unveiled as recipients of Frank Parkinson Agri-leadership fund bursaries. 

AHDB Pork marketing campaign shortlisted for award

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork sector has been shortlisted for a Marketing Week award. 

AHDB Pork tackles pig tail-biting

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division is calling on pig producers to provide data regarding tail-biting. 

AHDB Pork appoints new team member

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) pork division has welcomed a new knowledge exchange (KE) manager for the south of England region. 

Revenue for Associated British Foods’ agricultural division expected to drop

Associated British Foods has predicted that its agriculture division revenue for the first half of the year will drop. This comes in its trading update, before entering the close period for its interim results to 27 February 2016, scheduled for announcement on 19 April 2016. 

Debbie Butcher, senior analyst for AHDB, discusses the year's forecast for the beef market
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AHDB Outlook Conference addresses market predictions

Industry delegates gathered on Tuesday 9 February to hear what 2016 will hold for the livestock market. 

Scottish farmers urged to contact local authorities over drowned livestock

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFU) has advised farmers that have come across livestock drowned in recent floods that don’t belong to them to contact their local authority. 

The agricultural industry is being encouraged to take part in AHDB's management programme
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Agricultural development scheme seeks applicants

Ambitious individuals within the agricultural sector looking to take their careers to the next stage are being sought. 

AgriBank is looking for another successful year at LAMMA 2016 in Peterborough
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AgriBank continues to support farming industry

Dedicated lender to the UK farming industry, AgriBank, is looking to carry on its success at this year’s Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) event.

Livestock conference to tackle Free Trade Agreements

The impact that free trade agreements (FTAs) have on the livestock sector’s global competitiveness is expected to be the main focus of discussion at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB’s) annual Outlook Conference next month.

NFU looks to the year ahead

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has urged the government and the complete food supply chain to back the British farming industry as we enter 2016. 

Sheep and beef farmers less attuned to what their marketplace demands, according to report
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Change needed in the red meat industry, says expert

The head of agriculture and research for meat processor Dunbia has encouraged the meat industry to embrace change.
 

Experts point to impact of meat consumption on global warming

A new report has highlighted the relationship between the consumption of meat and the impact it has on global warming.

NFU Scotland requests clarification over cattle moving

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has announced it will be contacting abattoirs and processors to gain an understanding into “maximum moves rules” in terms of cattle.

HSBC outlines challenging market for agri-food sector

The economic environment faced by farmers and growers in the UK is now tougher than at any time for the past decade, claims HSBC’s head of food & agriculture Allan Wilkinson.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year named

A family-run farm in Aberdeenshire has been named as the 2015 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

Anne Richmond has joined Moy Park as agriculture analyst
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Moy Park to focus on Big Data through new appointment

Anne Richmond is set to join Moy Park in the newly created position of agriculture analyst. 

McCarthy declares support for British farming

During a Labour Party conference in Brighton, Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy announced that she supported British farming.

MPs seek answers for falling meat prices

Following a difficult summer for cattle producers, the government’s environment, food and rural affairs committee is to examine aggravating factors affecting farmgate prices.

Stuart Roberts has resigned from his position at AHDB
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Stuart Roberts resigns from his role at AHDB

Stuart Roberts, AHDB board member and chairman of the AHDB Beef & Lamb sector board, has sparked strong reactions from the industry after announcing his resignation on August 28.

New farm investment scheme announced

Pig and poultry farmers will get the opportunity to benefit from a new €17m investment scheme, the Irish minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced. 

16 people were killed on British farms in 2014/15 due to equipment or being trampled on by cattle
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37 deaths on farms in 2014/5, with cattle and vehicles most common causes

Moving cattle and vehicles are the biggest causes of deaths on British farms, provisional figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed.

Farmers are expressing concern over long-term falling lamb prices
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Farmers suffer as the price of lamb falls

Latest figures from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have shown that consumer lamb prices have fallen this spring from the spring of 2014. However, farmers’ share of the retail price has fallen from 60% to 50% within the same timeframe.

New training opportunity in the beef industry

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has teamed up with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) in a new scheme designed to educate and inform those involved in the beef industry. 

AHDB plans Scottish tour to debate levy allocation

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to tour Scotland this summer meeting people throughout the food industry on a ‘listening tour’ to discuss what its priorities should be when deciding how to spend its levy. 

Suspected outbreak of BSE on farm in County Louth

A suspected case of BSE on a farm in County Louth has been confirmed by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture today.  

Farming issues flagged up in Prince Charles’ ‘black spider letters’

The release of Prince Charles’ so-called black spider letters, published this week under the Freedom of Information Act, has revealed some of his views on issues affecting British agriculture. 

AHDB embraces technology as industry’s future

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched a new conference in an effort to promote and develop technology in the industry.

AHDB leads bid to establish livestock centre of excellence

The food and livestock industries have backed the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) bid for a Centre of Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).

Livestock health research to receive £6m funding boost

Eblex and Bpex will receive funding to improve livestock health as part of a £6m research programme.

AHDB chair says changes will benefit industry

Changes in the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mean it can do more for the industry, chairman Peter Kendall told delegates at a farming conference.

Northern Ireland seeks brucellosis-free status for cattle

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed news that Stormont’s Department of Agriculture is applying to the EU for Northern Ireland cattle to be declared brucellosis-free. 

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

AHDB points to steady recovery for cattle

For the cattle sector, 2014 was a rollercoaster year, with prices at one point falling back to the same levels of 2012, the beef and lamb session at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Outlook Conference were told.

Consumer budgeting here to stay, expert tells conference

Consumer affluence has not rebounded to pre-crisis levels and a recessionary mindset is likely to persist for some time, delegates to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s Outlook Conference were told.

Eblex raises flag for beef and lamb in France

Eblex has been raising the profile of Quality Standard beef and lamb in France, by showcasing it at the Sirha exhibition in Lyon.

China agriculture and food counsellor appointed

The UK’s first agriculture and food counsellor in China has been appointed, to help increase British food and drink exports to the country.

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a “simplified family of brands”. 

AHDB conference to look at emerging opportunities

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to address the prospects for the beef, lamb, pig, poultry and dairy sectors in its 2015 Outlook Conference next month.

AHDB chair knighted in New Year’s Honours list

Former NFU president and current Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chair Peter Kendall has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours 2015 list.

AHDB prepares for 2015 conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to hold its 2015 Outlook Conference, which will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster on Wednesday 11 February.

AHDB chairman reveals organisation’s ambition

Alongside new headquarters the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chairman has announced a new long-term ambition to become a “world-leading centre of excellence” for UK agriculture.

UK beef producers missing French opportunity, says AHDB

UK producers are failing to grasp the opportunity presented by cow beef in the French market, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Remi Fourrier.

Three new members join AHDB board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Board (AHDB) has appointed three new board members.

M&S appoints new agriculture manager

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has appointed Peter Kennedy from Tesco as its new agriculture manager, in charge of sourcing pig and poultry meat.

AHDB seeks new chief executive

The hunt is on for a new leader for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), following the resignation of its current chief executive, Tom Taylor.

Dunbia supply chain winner sees birth of first piglets

Dunbia has reported the first piglets have been born at its Pig Innovation Centre, winner of the supply chain initiative at our Meat and Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA).

Pig Industry Scholarship offer doubles

The number of companies offering Pig Industry Scholarships, facilitated by Bpex and Harper Adams, has doubled this year to eight.

AHDB president outlines vision for agri-food sector

In an address to employees, Peter Kendall, president of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said that ensuring food security was the organisation’s biggest challenge.

Funding approved for Isle of Man Meats factory

A £1.6 million investment package for Isle of Man Meats’ ailing factory has been approved by the parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald.

TMI hope to cook up success in the US

A UK bacon producer is celebrating after becoming the first in the country to gain approval from the US Department of Agriculture for its cooked bacon range.

Moy Park awards latest Harper Adams scholarship

Moy Park has selected its latest scholar under the British Poultry Council’s scholarship scheme at Harper Adams University.

Government searches replacement for AHDB chair

The government is seeking a new chair for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) as John Godfrey is nearing the end of his term of office.

New head of agriculture at Health and Safety Executive

Rick Brunt has been appointed as the new head of agriculture by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Future of agriculture discussed at OFC

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is currently taking place on 6-8 January, with speakers including Secretary of State Owen Paterson, European Commissioner Dacian Cioloș and National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall.

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