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‘Priorities need to become promises’, BVA warns government

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has urged the government to act on its commitments to support the EU workforce post-Brexit.

Industry slams leaked government plan to cut migration

A government plan to curb the flow of low-skilled EU migrants entering Britain after Brexit could raise food prices and damage meat exports, critics have warned. 

Scottish meat firms win over £600k in government funding

Two Scottish butchers, one meat processor and an abattoir association between them have secured more than £600,000 in funding from the Scottish Government to expand operations. 

Government set five tests to rewrite agriculture policy

High standards for animal welfare, the environment and labour cannot be watered down post-Brexit as they need to be the bedrock of Britain’s new food and farming vision, the Soil Association has claimed.

High animal welfare standards should be supported

The RSPCA has called on the government to help support and strengthen high animal welfare practices post-Brexit. 

Northern Ireland improves animal health system

The Northern Irish government has begun to introduce a new initiative that will oversee the welfare of livestock. 

Meat industry voices post-Brexit labour fears

The British meat and farming industries have again raised concerns about access to EU workers following Brexit as the government outlined its legislative plan in the recent Queen’s address to Parliament. 

National Farmers' Union Scotland urge more farming engagement ahead of Brexit

The head of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland has called for more clarity and engagement with the farming industry as negotiations for Great Britain to leave the EU begin.

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. 

Animal health organisation calls for government support

The next government has been called on to provide the necessary tools to the animal health industry to ensure it is able to flourish post-Brexit. 

General election: how will the next government affect you?

No matter what industry you’re in, the UK is on the brink of change. 

Meat industry sets out demands for next government

With just under three weeks until the general election, industry bodies have laid out their expectations from the UK’s next government, with Brexit remaining a key topic of discussion. 

MP seeks justice for Welsh butcher

Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, has written to the government requesting an investigation into the collapse of a Carmarthenshire hotel business. 

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. 

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. 

Analysts back Brazilian corned beef consignment refusal

The rejection of a Brazilian corned beef consignment for exceeding maximum levels of the veterinary medicine albendazole has been supported by scientists from the Government Chemist. 

NFU Scotland seeks assurances over post-Brexit funding

The National Farmers’ Union in Scotland (NFU Scotland) has called for assurances from the assembly government on maintaining funding post-Brexit. 

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. 

British Poultry Council to publish animal welfare guidance

The British Poultry Council (BPC) is to publish industry-led guidance in the poultry sector, following the government’s decision to repeal official guidance on animal welfare standards. 

Government warned against Defra cuts

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

Hands off pig levy say producers

The English pig industry has urged the government to keep out of decisions about how the pig levy is spent. 

Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first budget of the new Conservative government
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Budget 2015: What does it mean for you?

It was a mixed bag for business owners as Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Conservative Budget of the new government. 

Pig slaughterings in the UK rise 3.4% in April

Official figures released by the government for show UK pig slaughterings have continued to rise. 

Kim Bateman (right) warned that other butchers may have to close if the government doesn't act
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Butcher issues business warning to government

A butcher set to close her doors for the final time has warned that the industry will be forced to do the same unless the government does more to support small businesses. 

NFU president Meurig Raymond has called on the new government to act on crucial farming issues
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NFU urges government to act on farming issues

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on David Cameron’s new government to take decisive action on issues such as Basic Payment System (BPS) and TB eradication. 

Lack of butchery apprentices creates skills shortage risk

The meat industry is at risk of a serious skills shortage, according to the managing director of catering butcher Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, who is calling on the new government to implement a clear strategy when it comes to apprenticeships. 

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

The Conservative Party has achieved a majority in the 2015 General Election.

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Organic body meets Welsh Government on farming policy

Soil Association representatives met members of the Welsh Government yesterday (Thursday 30 April), to discuss their priorities for farmers and agricultural policy for the next 12 months.

Report illustrates animal welfare progress in UK

The government has made considerable progress on improving animal welfare in the UK, according to its five-year progress report.

Critical eye on saturated fat

As dietary review guidelines once again come to the fore, it seems there are no plans by the government to amend advice on saturated fat – a decision that is coming under fire from researchers. Eleanor Mackay reports

Barbers outpace food apprentices

There are nearly as many apprentice barbers as apprentices across the entire food sector, and the numbers are continuing to fall, figures have revealed.

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.

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s food and drink industry.

Government outlines long-term plan for food and farming

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss aims to ensure a thriving industry through her long-term economic plan for food and farming, outlined at the NFU Conference this week.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

Date set for debate on non-stun slaughter

MPs are set to debate the issue of non-stun slaughter after an e-petition by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reached its 100,000 signature target, at the end of last month.

Advocates of slaughterhouse CCTV gain increasing support

Support for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses seems to be growing, with a number of industry and government reviews backing the installation of the surveillance equipment in recent days.

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon
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Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

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.

Farmers call for government support in 2015

Farming leaders are calling on government support to back their industry and help reverse a decline in self-sufficiency.

NFU sets stage for scientific discussion on bovine TB

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has hosted leading UK experts to discuss the scientific basis for eradicating bovine TB (bTB).

Parliament to debate religious slaughter

A debate on religious slaughter is to be held in parliament next week, following an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

Government pledges to open new markets for meat

Meat remains a very important part of the UK export mix, and the priority of the UK government is to open new markets, according to Defra secretary of state Elizabeth Truss.

Three new members join AHDB board

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

Government backs new food and drink skills partnership

The government has backed the creation of a new business-driven Industry Skills Partnership for the entire food and drink manufacturing sector in England, according to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

Welsh sheep farmers to benefit from £1m technology scheme

Welsh sheep farmers are set to benefit from a £1 million Welsh government project, which will help them embrace technology and improve profits.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

Chicken scandal update: Union joins call for stricter food inspection

Union bosses are calling for food inspection services to be ramped back up in the wake of headline claims in The Guardian over chicken production.

Wales seeks improvement in animal welfare

The Welsh government has announced plans to improve animal health and welfare over the next 10 years.

Badger cull protestors welcome Paterson’s departure

Wildlife groups opposed to the badger cull are celebrating Owen Paterson’s removal from the cabinet, calling his term as environment secretary a “catastrophe”.

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.

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.

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.

NFU hits out at badger cull decision as farmer loses quarter of herd

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has said that government decisions have left farmers’ hands tied, while bovine TB destroys their businesses.

Peter Kendall appointed as new AHDB chair

Former National Farmers’ Union president Peter Kendall has been appointed by government as the new chair of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), with effect from 1 April 2014, for a three-year term.

Badger cull put on hold

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has announced that the badger cull roll-out will be put on hold, after recommendations on the cull pilots from the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) were published.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Welsh success at Food & Drink Expo

Exhibitors on the Food and Drink Wales stand reported a successful Food & Drink Expo 2014, benefiting from powerful branding, a prominent location and an exclusively Welsh showcase area.

Italian stores in Welsh Beef promotion

Welsh Beef is available in Italy for the first time, as the PGI product has hit the shelves of 80 stores in a special promotion this spring.

Industry welcomes government investment in apprenticeships

The food industry has welcomed plans by the government to invest a further £85m in the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) scheme, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech yesterday (19 March).

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.

Scottish programme reduces salt in butchers’ bangers

A reformulation programme from The Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) has reduced salt in seasonings for the butchery trade, to help create healthier products.

Welsh farmers slate proposed cattle compensation system

The Welsh Government’s proposed plans to change the way compensation is calculated for cattle herds affected by bovine TB has drawn strong criticism from farmers.

Head count reminder for Scottish sheep- and goat-keepers

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has reminded all sheep- and goat-keepers to complete their annual return before the end of January deadline.

Chadwick’s Butchers assist in drive for red tape cuts

Chadwick’s Butchers in Balham has been working with the government’s Business, Innovations & Skills department (BIS) in a project aimed at cutting red tape for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Government cuts and deregulation are affecting meat safety, says Unison

Public service trade union Unison has warned that the public is at risk of food contamination due to cuts in council trading standards, environmental health and meat hygiene inspection.

Charity charts costs of badger cull

The badger culls in England cost £4,121 per dead badger last year, according to wildlife charity Care for the Wild’s official sources and Freedom of Information requests.

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.

Activists vow to stop badger culls

Activists have warned that they will take “direct action” in an attempt to stop pilot badger culls from going ahead in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Rotisserie chicken tax could cost industry millions

Introducing VAT on whole rotisserie chickens could cost the poultry sector £17m in lost sales, according to research carried out by Morrisons.

DSM debacle

Pressure is mounting on the government to urge the European Commission to lift the moratorium on desinewed meat (DSM), following the publication of results from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee inquiry on 23 July.

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