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Farming bodies urged to unite over lynx concerns

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has raised concerns over the rumoured “blasé attitude” of the environment secretary  over the potential release of lynx into the Kielder Forest area of Northumberland, England. 

Agriculture fund encourages collaborative thinking

A funding programme worth £1.7 million has been opened to encourage farmers and organisations to work together on large-scale environmental projects.

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”. 

Save meat to save money and the environment, says HCC

The Welsh red meat levy board is encouraging consumers to make the most of leftover meat. 

Electronic ID promises huge efficiency gain

As a member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) Traceability Design Board, we’ve been looking at how industry could mandate the introduction of bovine electronic identification (EID) tagging alongside the introduction of a new replacement database to record animal movement history.  

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. 

Farmer confidence hit by political uncertainty

A National Farmers’ Union (NFU) survey has revealed an 18-point drop in mid-term confidence in the last two years. It says the political environment is a key driver for this fall. 

Number of organically farmed animals rises

Figures have indicated that the number of animals farmed organically in the UK increased on the year in 2016.

How can you ensure you provide a safe work environment?

Providing a safe work environment is crucial to running a successful operation. While the raft of regulations faced by businesses is a logistical challenge, it is vital that they keep on top of the constantly evolving obligations. 

Government wants cut to ‘unnecessary’ antibiotic use

The government wants to lead a global fight against antimicrobial resistance, the “biggest threat” to human and animal health, according to environment secretary Andrea Leadsom. 

Leadsom pledges red tape action for farming industry

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has vowed to cut red tape for the farming industry. 

Refrigeration: Cooler climate

Environment is still top of the agenda for refrigeration, and suppliers are keen to help meat firms comply. 

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.

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). 

Truss issues Brexit warning to sheep industry

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has warned that the sheep industry will suffer should Great Britain leave the European Union. 

Take part in Meat Trades Journal’s Green Survey

The industry has its chance to have its say on environmental issues, thanks to the annual Meat Trades Journal Green Survey.

PPS packaging awarded for environmentally-friendly box

Transit packaging company, PPS, has been crowned the winner of the Eco Pack Challenge at the Packaging Innovations Show 2016, leading to opportunities to partner with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Bacon not as environmentally destructive as lettuce, says report

After being revealed in a Chatham House report that meat production contributes to around 15% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it has now been reported that lettuce carries three times more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon.

McCarthy declares support for British farming

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

Kerry McCarthy MP has been appointed Shadow Environment Secretary
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Mixed reaction to McCarthy appointment

The farming community has given a decidedly lukewarm reaction to the appointment of Kerry McCarthy MP as Shadow Environment Secretary. 

Consultation on bovine TB action launched by Defra

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has outlined proposals to tackle bovine TB (bTB). 

Wasted meat damaging our environment

Discarded meat is having a negative effect on our environment, according to research. 

General Election fallout: Who's in?

Despite the upheaval caused by the Conservative majority victory in the General Election, the status quo was largely kept in terms of political posts for the sector.

Pig farm applicant withdraws proposal following lengthy tussle

Midland Pig Producers (MPP) has withdrawn its planning application for what campaign groups called “one of Britain’s first factory farms”, after the Environment Agency (EA) rejected its proposals.

2 Sisters’ chicken sales stay flat amid ‘tough’ trading

2 Sisters has posted flat sales in its chicken processing business in “the toughest commercial environment” in many years, according to CEO Ranjit Singh. 

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

Morrisons sees profits nosedive

Morrisons saw pre-tax profits fall 52% for the 2014 financial year, in its worst results in eight years.

Kerry reports upbeat performance

Kerry Food Group has posted positive results for the 2014 financial year in what it has described as a rapidly changing environment.

Environment body rejects pig farm proposal

Plans for a pig farm in Derbyshire have been rejected by the Environment Agency amid fears it would “offend the human senses” of its neighbours.

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.

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the government’s long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Farming conference attracts political heavyweights

The 2015 Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) kicks off tomorrow, and a wide range of speakers will address a number of vital issues relevant to the meat industry.

Research reveals ‘chicken juice’ influence on campylobacter

Liquid released from chicken carcases helps spread campylobacter, scientists have found in new research.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

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 processor aims for PVC-free packaging

Meat processor Tulip has announced it aims to make its packaging PVC-free by spring 2015.

Paterson exits Cabinet, as Truss takes environment role

Owen Paterson is out in the latest government reshuffle with former education minister Liz Truss stepping into the role of environment minister.

Poultry farmers win right to create energy from litter

New European poultry litter rules will help the poultry industry become more sustainable and produce healthier birds, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Moy Park achieves landfill target

Moy Park celebrated reaching its goal of becoming 100% landfill free on World Environment Day on 5 June.

Quality Standard Mark welcomes new members

Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme is continuing to grow in its tenth year, with more than 50 new members joining in one week at the start of the summer.

Green success for haggis firm

Haggis brand Macsween have become 100% land-fill free through collaboration with waste management companies.

More funding vital for flood recovery, says NFU

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Meurig Raymond has announced that further funding is essential to ensure the problems caused by flooding do not get worse in rural areas.

Reimbursement for removing sheep killed by snow

The farming minister has announced a reimbursement for the cost of removing sheep killed in the heavy snowfall that hit the UK in March.

Environment charity calls on government to reduce UK’s resource use

Over one-and-a-half times the UK’s land size is used to provide the nation with food products and other necessities, a Friends of the Earth report has revealed today.

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