Livestock

Farmers warned against bluetongue return

Livestock farmers are being urged by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) to talk to their vets, as the industry braces itself for a potential return of bluetongue disease. 

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. 

Newby Foods is now poised to regain lost business
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Newby Foods celebrates high court vindication

Newby Foods aims to win back millions of pounds in lost business after a high court victory exempting it from Food Standards Agency (FSA) restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM). 

Sheep producers told to remain vigilant against sheep scab

Scottish sheep farmers are being advised by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland to report any suspicious signs of sheep scab among their animals. 

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Newby Foods ruling ignites debate

A legal victory favouring Newby Foods, exempting its pig and poultry meat preparations from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM), has sparked debate about its implications. 

Tighter control urged for pig farmers

Pig producers have been advised to focus on producing more litters per sow and improving uniformity in finisher pigs when they go for sale. 

Cattle rejection conditions tested in abattoirs over two-week trial

A two-week trial is currently taking place in nine cattle abattoirs across England and Wales in order to validate a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions. 

Scotch Beef campaign expected to reach 2.2 million consumers

A new radio campaign from Scotch Beef PGI is expected to reach over 2.2 million Scottish consumers. 

Bord Bía celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on a global level

To celebrate the Irish festival of St Patrick’s Day, which falls on Thursday 17 March, Bord Bía has planned more than 100 events, from Dublin to Dubai, to champion Ireland’s iconic food and drink. 

Pig industry gains seven new young students

The Pig Industry Scholarship has attracted seven new bright students to its training scheme. 

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Saria Group completes acquisition

Germany’s Saria Group has completed the acquisition of leading UK animal by-products processing and collection specialist, Saria Ltd. 

Sheep and beef production expected to increase in 2016

Sheepmeat and beef production are both predicted to experience a year-on-year rise in 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Beef producers encouraged to attend roadshow

Britain’s beef farmers have been invited along to the National Beef Association’s (NBA) roadshow events as it heads out on its spring tour to discuss industry issues. 

Farmgate pricing inquiry welcomed by sheep industry

An inquiry conducted by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee into the volatility of sheep farmgate prices has been welcomed by the National Sheep Association (NSA).

BVD testing welcomed in Northern Ireland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), alongside its Northern Ireland branch, welcomed the commencement of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) education programme in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 1 March. 

Pig producers could be forced out of the business, warns AHDB Pork

A report issued by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division has revealed that the price pig farmers and producers are receiving for their produce has fallen by a third over a two-year period.

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. 

Origin of pork testing steps up a gear

Origin testing of pork and pork products is being stepped up by AHDB Pork from once a quarter to once a month. 

Challenges for the livestock sector highlighted

Livestock farmers are facing an uphill struggle to achieve positive margins when selling finished animals, according to latest figures from Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) economics services team. 

Scottish farmers express concern over delivery of government hardship payments

Details of the Scottish government’s Hardship Scheme have been revealed, although questions are still being raised over the delivery of payments. 

Pig producers advised on cost-saving strategies

To help overcome the challenge of low prices currently facing the pig industry, producers have been advised to stick to a strict culling policy and remove non-productive sows. 

Swine flu diagnosed in Leicester

Fourteen cancer patients on three wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary are being treated for swine flu. 

Scotbeef works with school to create burger for Aldi

A new Scotch beef burger has been created by a team of cooks at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow as part of a Scotbeef initiative to get younger people excited about food. 

NFU president calls for more referendum information

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the Prime Minister to provide more facts on the impending EU referendum. 

Andrew Kuyk announced as new Provision Trade Federation director general

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has announced the appointment of Andrew Kuyk CBE as its new director general. 

Scottish beef industry expresses fears over government payments

The Scottish Beef Association (SBA) has said it is concerned about the prospect of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments not being made to all eligible farmers. 

National Farmers' Union Scotland votes for change at annual general meeting

Members of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland voted through a number of constitutional changes at this year’s annual general meeting on Thursday, 11 February. 

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. 

Industry called on to work together to promote red meat sector

The meat supply chain has been urged to work together in finding ways to stimulate demand for beef and lamb. 

Cut price deals could damage industry, warns turkey farmer

Turkey producers have been warned that rearing birds to supply to local wholesale markets and auctions at spot prices will do long-term damage to the traditional Christmas turkey sector. 

Pasture for Life certification mark approved

Cattle and sheep meat products that have been reared solely on grass and pasture can now benefit from the Pasture for Life mark. 

National Sheep Association unveils next generation ambassadors

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced the 12 individuals selected to represent the sheep industry in its 2016 Next Generation Ambassador programme. 

British poultry sector reports reduced overall antibiotic use in 2015

Antibiotic usage data collected by the British Poultry Council (BPC) for 2015 has revealed a 28% drop in overall usage of antibiotics compared to 2014. 

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 calls summit on beef and lamb promotions

Processors, retailers and levy boards have been asked to come up with new and innovative methods or marketing beef and lamb by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Antibiotic use in poultry on the rise

Reported use of the antibiotic fluoroquinolones has increased in the UK, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 

UK red meat production increases during 2015

Beef production in the UK experienced a 0.6% rise, while sheep meat production saw a rise of 0.5% during the 12 months of 2015. 

Irish farmers urge minister to show commitment

Farmers in Ireland have expressed concerns over the lack of commitment shown by the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney. 

Tesco provides opportunities to lamb farmers

Supermarket giant Tesco is inviting 100 British sheep farmers to take part in a ‘cost of production model for lamb’ trial, which is claimed to be the first of its kind. 

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution supports industry

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has given out grants of over £1.87 million to those in the farming industry who have suffered financial hardship during 2015. 

New managing director for MLCSL

Christine Walsh has been appointed managing director of Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL), the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of AHDB. 

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Pig Industry Professional Register to get re-examined

The Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) is set to undergo a major consultation to focus on the functionality the service provides, as well as its day-to-day running and the value it offers its members. 

UFU announced concerns over the volume of sheep imports from the southern hemisphere
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Northern Irish sheep imports ‘deeply concerning’

The Ulster Farmers’ Union’s (UFU) deputy president Ivor Ferguson has said that the number of sheep imports that came through Belfast port during the year of 2015 was deeply concerning.

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Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

Northern Irish artisan meat processing business Hillstown Farm has developed its own Wagyu-style beef.

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Farmgate prices impacting incomes

Prolonged drops in farmgate prices have been blamed for the falling farm income by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

TB testing deadline extension welcomed

Following concerns raised by British Veterinary Association (BVA) members in the south west that the 14-day deadline for signing the new TB testing contracts did not provide businesses enough time, the deadline has been extended to 21 days. 

Abolishment of pre-export testing on brucellosis welcomed

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Association Northern Ireland have welcomed the announcement that pre-export testing for brucellosis in Northern Ireland will be made redundant. 

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