Livestock

James Osman is one of three new directors welcomed to the board
  (Photo: PFLA )

New chairman sought for Pasture-Fed Livestock Association

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) is seeking a new chairman to fill the role left vacant by John Meadley, who had run the organisation since 2011. 

Straw shortage presents livestock farmers with challenges

Some livestock farmers are having to look for alternatives to straw as their animals bed overwinter. 

Young Welsh leaders take agricultural future in own hands

A selection of young members of the Welsh agricultural scene have taken steps to secure the future of their industry by outlining their key priorities post-Brexit. 

Organic derogation extension avoids ‘severe consequences’ for pork and poultry producers

The news that two derogations for organic pigs and poultry have been extended has been welcomed by industry bodies, although the long-term future is still uncertain. 

Qatar has ‘strong interest’ in Welsh Lamb

Tiny oil and gas-rich state Qatar has developed a big appetite for the finest cuts of premium Welsh Lamb, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) told this site. 

Poultry industry urges safeguarding of welfare standards

British poultry farmers have called for public procurement of British food and no dilution of health and welfare standards in Brexit trade deals. 

Prime cattle prices restored

There could be a possible “mismatch” between the price of beef and volume available this Christmas. 

Sheep sector seeks young ambassadors

The hunt is on for young sheep farmers to represent the industry as part of the National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation project. 

Government scheme to ‘reduce burden’ for Welsh meat industry

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) will enable the reduction of animal feed inspections of farms across Wales by local authority trading standards. 

Northern Ireland prime throughputs see Christmas rise

Northern Ireland prime cattle throughput in local plants has increased with 7,283 head killed in the last week.

Gove sets out government’s animal sentience position

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has moved to clarify the government’s position on animal sentience following what he felt were “misconceptions” that it voted against the idea that animals are sentient beings.

Livestock worrying costs farmers £1.3 million in 2016

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged local authorities to take measures to prevent livestock worrying, with dog attacks becoming a growing concern for farmers.

New Assured Food Standards chairman announced

Assured Food Standards (AFS), the owner and operator of Red Tractor Assurance, has appointed Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe as its new chairman.

Chancellor urged to prioritise British farming in upcoming Budget Statement

The importance of the British farming industry has been highlighted in a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. 

Scottish red meat sector positioned to tackle Brexit challenge

The Scottish red meat sector has been told that it has a strong future ahead of it, despite the obstacles that may be presented by Brexit. 

Lynx UK Trust remains hopeful of reintroduction after attack

The Lynx UK Trust has said it remains optimistic that plans to reintroduce lynx into the Kielder Forest area will be given the go-ahead.

Farmers 'angry' at Mercosur deal, says industry body

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has spoken out in opposition to plans to include beef in a deal with Latin American trade bloc Mercosur. 

Lynx attack on sheep increases industry body tension

An escaped Eurasian lynx has been blamed for the death of seven Welsh sheep. 

New lamb brand to meet market demands of premium meat

A Northern Irish farming family has developed a new lamb meat brand with the aim of meeting demand for high-quality meat. 

Exports could be key to Welsh red meat industry success, says levy board

The Welsh red meat industry has been advised to eye-up export opportunities, according to chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Kevin Roberts. 

Pig industry faces labour Brexit crisis

The UK pig industry could be faced with a massive labour shortage if the government does not retain access to EU workers following Brexit, according to a National Pig Association (NPA) members survey. 

Northern Irish beef farm branches into pork market

Northern Ireland’s Castlescreen Farm, traditionally a beef producer, has diversified business by starting to produce gammon and bacon options. 

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. 

Meat industry reacts to new antibiotic targets

The British meat industry has largely welcomed new targets for antibiotic usage in animals set out by Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA). 

Sainsbury’s in vertical integration beef supply trial

Supermarket Sainsbury’s has confirmed it is in the “very early stages” of a pilot scheme to test vertical integration of its beef supply chain.

Animal antibiotic sales in the UK fall to record low

Sales of antibiotics for use in animals have fallen to their lowest level since records began, according to a Defra report.

Multi-million euro campaign to boost lamb consumption

The UK has signed on as part of a cross-country campaign to boost lamb consumption in the EU over a three-year period. 

AHDB & NFU equip farmers for Brexit

Levy organisation the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is rallying livestock farmers behind a campaign to future-proof them against the worst Brexit scenarios, in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

  (Photo: Castlescreen Farm )

Northern Irish beef farm secures first retail business

Castlescreen Farm, based in Co Downpatrick, has expanded its market reach by signing its first deal with a retail business. 

DNA testing could guarantee authenticity of Scotch Beef PGI

Proposals to introduce a DNA testing programme that would secure the legitimacy of Scotch Beef PGI are being explored by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Pig farmgate prices steady following extended volatility

Farmgate pig prices have returned to a traditional seasonal pattern in 2017, following considerable volatility in recent years. 

Industry divided over live export restrictions

The industry has presented countering arguments over plans to restrict the number of live animals being exported from the UK. 

Pasture for Life receives multi-million pound funding

A new research project will look into Pasture for Life’s meat production, exploring ways to increase the resilience and sustainability of the UK food system. 

NFU issues Brexit agriculture policy plan

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

Poultry dominates British livestock production

A new report has shown that poultry is the most farmed livestock category within Britain. 

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.

Hewetson pictured with the donated lamb
  (Photo: Moule Media )

Skipton Auction Mart launches charity initiative

The first lamb purchase through Skipton Auction Mart’s new charity programme has been completed.

Scottish beef producers warn against Mercosur deal

Representatives from the Scottish beef industry have spoken out against a possible trade deal with the South American trading bloc Mercosur.

Scottish lamb prices regain ground following slump

Having fallen for the past four weeks, Scottish prime lamb prices have re-established themselves and risen to 7p/kg liveweight.

Grass-fed beef is not eco-friendly, report finds

Grazing livestock on grassy pastures is not as environmentally sound as the idyllic image suggests and assumptions that meat production must grow to meet rising protein demand needs questioning, a report has claimed.

Pig prices continue to fall

Pig prices have experienced their largest week-on-week decline since February 2016. 

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. 

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.

Lynx trust misunderstands the sheep sector, says industry

The Lynx UK Trust has been accused of “completely misunderstanding the concerns of the sheep farming world”.

UK keeps up beef price pressure on EU

UK beef prices remain competitive, maintaining pressure on key EU markets, including Ireland, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Sheep flock insured against threat of lynx attacks

The Lynx UK Trust has secured a deal with Lloyds of London that will insure all sheep, pets and humans in the country against lynx attacks. 

New CIEL chief executive unveiled

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

Extension on organic derogations sought for pig and poultry sector

The industry has warned that an extension on two derogations for organic pig and poultry is vital to the sectors. 

Police appeal over 200 stolen pigs

Cheshire Constabulary is appealing for information after nearly 200 pigs were stolen from a commercial farm near Frodsham. 

Young people show increased interest in agriculture sector

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

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