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UK signs £34 million beef export deal with Philippines

The UK has signed a beef export deal with the Philippines worth £34 million (m) over the next five years.

Gove: UK has historic opportunity to review animal welfare

The UK has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to review animal welfare policy, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

Michael Gove’s Defra appointment a ‘boost’ to agricultural industry

Michael Gove has been named as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as part of a government reshuffle. 

AI latest for England, Scotland, Wales, NI

Avian influenza (AI) prevention zones in Scotland and Wales have been scrapped, although they remain in England until 15 May, and in Northern Ireland measures have been extended until 31 May.

UK lamb set to return to Kuwait

Lamb from the United Kingdom will once again be available in Kuwait, following a new deal worth up to £15 million. 

Retailers urged to support British poultry amidst AI crisis

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on British retailers to continue their support for producers that have had to keep poultry indoors due to the bird flu crisis. 

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). 

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. 

Welsh meat industry ‘pleased’ with food name protection talks

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed progressive talks in Westminster over securing the food name protection given to Welsh Lamb, Welsh Beef and other products as the UK leaves the European Union. 

New incident of avian influenza found in Lincolnshire

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed another incident of H5N8 avian influenza in a flock of turkeys at a farm in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. 

Welsh food industry to discuss future of food names

Representatives from the Welsh food industry will congregate in London next week to discuss how iconic brand names will be protected once the UK leaves the European Union. 

Government extends Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

The government has extended an Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, first implemented on 6 December 2016, until 28 February. 

Industry figures recognised by Queen in Honours List

Respected names from the meat and agricultural industry have been among those named in the New Year’s Honours List 2017. 

Government increases surveillance following avian influenza developments

Poultry keepers have been told to remain vigilant after a dead wild duck containing H5N8 bird flu was found in Carmarthenshire, Wales. 

Government takes measures to suspend avian flu spread

Following the outbreak of a case of H5N8 avian flu at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire, the government has placed a temporary suspension on gatherings of certain birds species.

Avian influenza confirmed on turkey farm in Lincolnshire

Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in turkeys at a farm near Louth in Lincolnshire. 

England to seek Officially TB-Free status for half the country in 2017

England is set to apply for Officially TB-Free (OTF) status for more than half of the country next year. 

Protection zone against avian influenza declared

The English and Scottish governments have announced an avian influenza (AI) prevention zone in an attempt to prevent the spread of the H5N8 strain of the virus. 

Poultry producers urged to remain vigilant on AI

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has told poultry farmers and producers that they must be on the look-out of any signs of avian influenza (AI) and to report symptoms to their vet or the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA). 

British beef eyes up China

Progress has been made in exporting British beef into China, following a successful visit by Chinese officials.

UK on course to hit antibiotic reduction target by 2018

Sales of antibiotics for usage on UK animals have reached an all-time low, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

Susanna Williamson honoured with David Black Award 2016

Dr Susanna Williamson, of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), is the recipient of this year’s David Black Award. 

Defra introduces new deputy chief veterinary officer

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has welcomed its new deputy chief veterinary officer (DVCO) for the UK. 

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. 

Pig industry calls for wild boar population control methods

The National Pig Association (NPA) has called for well thought-out efforts in controlling the feral wild boar population in the Forest of Dean.

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. 

MPs urged to take action on antibiotic use

An Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Zac Goldsmith MP on veterinary antibiotic use is encouraging MPs to join the fight against the overuse of antibiotics in animals from which UK supermarkets source their meats. 

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. 

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. 

Defra backs O’Neill review on anti-microbial resistance

The government has backed the O’Neill review on anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

FSA could take CCTV debate to Defra

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is considering whether it should encourage the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, (Defra) to enforce new legislation for CCTV in slaughterhouses. 

Country of origin labelling meat
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BMPA advisor questions calls for mandatory origin labels

A representative of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has cautioned against latest calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) across all meat products.

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”. 

New measures announced to tackle TB

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced further measures today (Tuesday, 30 August) to tackle bovine TB as part of its 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease. 

Badger cull row rumbles on following extension

A reported extension to the badger cull has reawoken an ongoing row regarding the process and its impact on tackling TB in cattle.

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. 

Industry should pay for compulsory abattoir CCTV monitoring, report claims

Compulsory CCTV monitoring in abattoirs, funded by industry, is necessary to ensure animal welfare issues are being effectively addressed, according to a report just published which calls for the launch of a pilot scheme. 

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). 

New food and drink apprenticeship schemes launched

Ten new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAP) for the Food & Drink Industry have been unveiled at a House of Commons event attended by industry leaders, training providers and members of parliament. 

Bluetongue vaccines now available in Britain

Vaccines for bluetongue are now available for sheep and cattle across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.

Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies. 

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary “utterly determined” to maximise markets

The Scottish government aims at downgrading its BSE risk status, following calls from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) for the country to assume ‘negligible risk’ status.

Bluetongue can affect ruminants such as sheep as well as cattle, goats and deer and camelids, such as llamas and alpacas
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Bluetongue meetings hit the road

The Joint campaign Against Bluetongue (JAB) will be hitting the road to deliver a series of meetings that will provide bluetongue updates to farmers, veterinarians, and the wider industry. 

EU exit to impact Devon beef farmers, warns Truss

An exit from the European Union could threaten Devon’s beef industry, according to Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss. 

Trade groups back call for global action against superbugs

Global action and country-specific targets to reduce antimicrobials’ use in livestock are called for by a report tackling antimicrobial resistance launched today (May 19). 

Simpler rules for livestock movements

Livestock producers can expect to benefit from simplified rules regarding livestock movements, according to the Department for the Environment & Rural Affairs (Defra). 

US beef showcased in capital

Chefs and the media industry were treated to a dinner at the deputy ambassador to the United States’ house in London yesterday evening (Monday 25 April) to showcase US beef. 

Government under fire for U-turn on animal welfare guidance

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has decided to reverse its decision to allow “industry-led” guidance, leading to criticism from livestock organisations. 

Halal tribunal to be launched

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal is to preside over a trial on machine slaughter and its place in halal. 

US requirements on beef imports discussed

US import requirements for beef have become a focus for the UK meat industry. 

Industry calls for help on Brexit referendum

The meat sector is turning to independent experts for advice on a potential exit for Great Britain from the EU ahead of the referendum on 23 June. 

Defra says no to EU exit, NFU reticent

The government says an EU exit would create uncertainty for UK farmers and their ability to trade internationally, but the National Farmers’ Union is still undecided on what outcome would be best for the industry. 

Farmers told to remain vigilant over bluetongue concerns

British farmers have been urged to closely monitor their sheep flocks carefully by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The news comes in light of the ongoing presence of bluetongue virus (BTV) in France. 

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. 

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. 

Fears raised over antibiotic-resistant pigs

Concerns have been raised in the UK after pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics - used on humans when all other medication fails - have been found. 

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease. The move will mean that pig-keepers and vets will be legally obligated to inform the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) should they suspect a case of the disease.

Badger vaccination has been suspended in Wales
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Badger vaccination project suspended in Wales

The decision to suspend the badger vaccination project in Wales has been met with disappointment.

BVA react to Defra cuts

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed relief at the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, which was announced on Wednesday 26 November. 

NFU and NSA meet with government over sheep movement concerns

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the National Sheep Association (NSA) have held an urgent government meeting concerning the inspection and penalty process for sheep movement reporting. 

Government warned against Defra cuts

Announced cuts to the Defra budget have attracted criticism from the sector. 

Scotland’s geographically protected meat gains attention

Italian-based Bennet group has officially been recognised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) for its continued support and commitment to Scotch Beef PGI.

AHDB seek new board member

The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) is seeking a new board member. The successful applicant will also have the added responsibility of being chair of the organisation’s Beef & Lamb sector advisory board.

NFU Scotland meets with Tesco following labelling scandal

After Tesco’s inaccurately marketed New Zealand lamb under signs reading ‘Best Scottish Lamb in season’, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland took action to ensure this kind of fraud is not replicated in the future.

Beef genetics could help farmers’ profitability

The Department for Environment & Food Rural Affairs (Defra), in conjunction with the Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR) Committee, has released a report revealing the potential profitability that can be generated for farmers via beef genetics.

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

Update: Roberts receives support in levy row

The British Meat Processors Associations (BMPA) has backed Stuart Roberts' reasons for resigning from his post at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Lancashire poultry farm restrictions lifted following avian flu

Restrictions have now been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm last month, Defra has confirmed. 

Defra to make data available to businesses

Defra is to release all the data it holds in the hope rural businesses will be able to use it to improve productivity in farming. 

Defra talks to food firms about extending COOL

Informal conversations between Defra officials and UK food companies have begun over the possibility of extending country-of-origin labelling (COOL) to differentiate between food produced in the different countries, regions or towns of the UK. 

Isle of Wight no longer exempt from fallen stock ban

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has amended its guidance on fallen stock and the safe disposal of dead animals. 

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Possible human bird flu cases linked to Hants outbreak

Three people were tested for bird flu after showing symptoms following a confirmed case of the H7 strain on a chicken farm in Hampshire.

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.

High alert on bird flu

After the first outbreak of avian influenza in the UK since 2008 and new cases confirmed in the Netherlands almost daily, the poultry industry remains on high alert. 

Bird flu outbreak: the latest from across Europe

After the first case of avian influenza was confirmed in the UK since 2008, Meantinfo.co.uk looks at the spread of the bird flu outbreak across Europe.

Defra reveals results of UK meat law consultation

The responses from a consultation on the Meat Products (England) Regulations 2014 (MPR 2014), which is due to come into force in December, have been published by Defra.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Yorkshire bird flu strain identified

Defra has confirmed the bird flu outbreak at a Yorkshire farm has been identified as the highly contagious H5N8 strain found recently in the Netherlands.

Defra moves swiftly to contain bird flu outbreak

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed a case of bird flu on a Yorkshire duck breeding farm.

BVA welcomes launch of new badger vaccination scheme

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the launch of the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS), announced by Defra earlier this week.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

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.

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.

Goat speciation screening service offered

The Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) has reported it will add goat speciation screening to its list of services.

Bagley criticises beef crisis summit in blog

Norman Bagley, policy director of the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), said very little came out of the recent beef crisis summit other than “hot air”, in meatinfo’s latest blog post.

Live export protest taken to London

Animal welfare charities hosted a protest against live exports through London yesterday (3 July), calling on Defra to “stand up for sheep”.

EFRA calls for robust approach to food security

Sustainable intensification and focused government leadership are needed to address the needs of UK food security, a parliamentary report has claimed.

Welsh Lamb makes play for US market

Negotiations are under way to open up exports of Welsh Lamb to the USA, which could be worth £20 million a year to the Welsh meat industry.

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.

UK and China to start beef and lamb talks

The UK and China are in negotiations that could see the export ban on British beef and lamb being lifted for the first time since the BSE outbreak 30 years ago.

Defra and FSA investigate undeclared blood and offal

A scientific study has found undeclared blood and offal to be mixed into meats, which has sparked a Defra and Food Standards Agency (FSA) study into the issue.

Increase in organic poultry production

The number of organic poultry birds increased during 2013, despite the continued decline of organic farming land in the UK.

Brand new beef processing plant opens in Shropshire

A new £10m state-of-the-art meat plant has been opened, with an eye for the export market.

Defra backs 13% coupled support for Scotland

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has welcomed news that the Scottish government could gain coupled support up to 13%.

Eustice: we need more time on stun law changes

The government needs more time to consider the ramifications of imposing new welfare regulations, food and farming minister George Eustice told meat processors this week.

Badger Trust moves to challenge cull decision

The Badger Trust has made an application for a judicial review to challenge the legality of Defra’s decision in April to continue the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

Defra withdraws stun legislation at 11th hour

After a judicial review was launched on behalf of over 20 abattoir operators, Defra has revoked the implementation of an EU regulation which would require increased currents for stunning poultry, the day before it was due to come into force.

Yorkshire butcher takes ‘Rural Oscars’ award

British butchers were celebrated at the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards, presented at the Houses of Parliament.

Eblex outlines export conference details

Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will present this year’s Eblex export conference, set to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Roundtable makes over 30 recommendations for exotic pig diseases

Representatives from the pig industry attended a Pig Health and Welfare Council roundtable, and came up with over 30 recommendations to deal with the threat of exotic and emerging diseases.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Backbenchers vote against badger cull by 219 to 1

MPs branded the badger cull a ‘catasrophic failure’ and voted overwhelmingly against its continuation last night, with backbenchers voting 219 to 1 in favour of abandoning the policy.

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.

Prices up 6% for prime sheep in Scotland

The price that Scottish producers are receiving for prime sheep at auction continue to hold at 6% up on this time last year, according to the latest data from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Consultation on Meat Products Regulation nears end

Butchers, meat processors, and manufacturers have only two days left to submit their views as part of the government’s consultation on changes to the Meat Products Regulation.

Independent study claims badger cull was inhumane

An independent review leaked to The Guardian and the BBC has claimed that last year’s badger cull was inhumane and ineffective.

Volatile prices create uncertainty in sheep industry

Price volatility in the sheep sector remains a huge problem, and market experts expect fewer lambs to be hitting the market this year, delegates to the Outlook Conference in London were told.

Defra launches consultation on English meat regulation

A new Defra consultation is seeking views on whether England should retain national legislation to uphold the quality of its meat products when new EU food laws come into effect at the end of the year.

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.

FSA begins study on geographic origin of foods

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is due to begin its study into the geographical origin of food, in a bid to ensure products with UK labels are correct.

Red tape cuts will save £70m, says Paterson

Speaking yesterday at the Oxford Farming Conference, secretary of state Owen Paterson announced that cuts to red tape will save farmers and taxpayers £70m, allow businesses to flourish, and help prevent disease.

Halal’s hot potato

Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.

Defra hosts Bovine TB Q&A sessions

Experts from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will answer questions about bovine tuberculosis (bTB) over the next few weeks in sessions via Twitter.

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