Livestock

John Godfrey CBE passed away on Monday 1 December
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Pig industry mourns the loss of respected figure

John A C Godfrey CBE, a popular figure within the pig industry, passed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  

Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding “the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry”, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Experts point to impact of meat consumption on global warming

A new report has highlighted the relationship between the consumption of meat and the impact it has on global warming.

Stuart Earley presents Gordon McKen with a Scottish SPCA 3rd Century medal
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SPCA rewards industry expert

Scotland’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has recognised the commitment of an individual for his dedication to animal welfare within the pig industry over the last 25 years.

Lamb industry looks forward despite unpredictable year

Despite international struggles impacting the lamb industry, the global marketplace continues to hold the key to Welsh farming’s long-term prosperity. That’s according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) operations manager Prys Morgan.

NFU Scotland requests clarification over cattle moving

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has announced it will be contacting abattoirs and processors to gain an understanding into “maximum moves rules” in terms of cattle.

Scottish pig issues addressed in seminar

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Scottish Pig Industry conference last week focused on issues facing the industry, as well as opportunities ahead.

HSBC outlines challenging market for agri-food sector

The economic environment faced by farmers and growers in the UK is now tougher than at any time for the past decade, claims HSBC’s head of food & agriculture Allan Wilkinson.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year named

A family-run farm in Aberdeenshire has been named as the 2015 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

Profitability gaps in livestock identified

There is a “considerable” variation in the profitability between the top third and bottom third of livestock producers, the 2015 edition of the ‘Cattle and Sheep Enterprise Profitability’, published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), has revealed.

Support needed for the beef sector

The government, meat processors and retailers need to do more to market the UK’s beef sector, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters has said.

Northern farmers benefit from agribot technology

A group of 40 sheep and cattle farmers from Sheffield have been trialling a self-driving ‘agribot’, to help manage the hilly moorland for their livestock. 

New guidance on pig antibiotics published by PHWC

Pig-keepers should review their use of antibiotics at least every quarter, new guidance from the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) Antimicrobial Sub-group and the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) has advised. 

Herd size linked to bovine TB risk

Intensive farming practices including larger herd sizes, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and silage use have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB (bTB), research from the University of Exeter has concluded. 

Beef and lamb get television support

Beef and lamb are due to receive a television marketing push in the form of a 30-second advertisement. 

Ladies in Beef urges industry to Save our Sucklers

Ladies in Beef wants to follow the lead of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to raise the profile of British suckler beef. 

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. 

Carr’s Group to continue UK investment

Agricultural and food business Carr’s Group has set out growth plans for its UK and global divisions following its full-year results. 

Government warned against Defra cuts

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

Beef industry urged to be more efficient

The beef industry ought to follow in the footsteps of the pig and poultry sectors when it comes to efficiency, according to the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute’s (AFBI) Dr Francis Lively. 

International markets grow for Welsh lamb

Austria has announced it will become the latest country to supply PGI Welsh Lamb.

NFU criticises Dunbia’s change in cattle specification

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has disapproved Dunbia’s “unacceptable” changes to its terms and conditions for cattle specification on such short notice. 

Concerns over new poultry slaughter regulations

New slaughter regulations from Defra regarding the killing of poultry have raised concerns over the welfare of the birds with the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

Acoura's new special pictured with chairman Paul Egan (second right)
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Acoura Board welcomes new special advisors

David Gregory is set to join Acoura, a provider of risk services for the food and drink sector, as an advisor when he steps down from his position as chairman of Red Tractor at the end of the month. 

AHDB Beef & Lamb encourages dialogue with levy payers

Delegates from the agriculture industry gathered yesterday (3 November 2015) for AHDB Beef & Lamb’s annual conference, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. 

Pig profitability to be addressed at AHDB Pork conference

AHDB Pork is due to hold a series of events throughout November and December, with the aim of helping stockmen and farm managers in producing a profitable pig. 

Tesco makes lamb pack pledge

Tesco is to stop selling lamb products in mixed origin packs following a meeting with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

AHDB Pork's Sam Bowsher meets Princess Anne
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Royal appointment for AHDB Pork

Sam Bowsher, skills development co-ordinator at AHDB Pork, had an encounter of the royal kind when she met Princess Anne. 

Anthrax discovered on Wiltshire farm

A case of anthrax disease was confirmed at a farm in Wiltshire following the death of a cow. It is believed to be an isolated case. 

Heavenly campaign for Welsh beef

Welsh beef is the focus of a new TV campaign highlighting its succulence and flavour. 

NFU to discuss exports to the US

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is meeting with senior US officials this week to talk about the potential resumption of beef and lamb exports to the country. 

Farmers throw down gauntlet to retailers over British lamb

Lamb farmers have called on supermarkets to do more to support British lamb. 

Gerry Maguire of Linden Foods has been appointed to the NI Livestock and Meat Commission
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Northern Ireland welcomes new member to Livestock and Meat Commission

Michelle O’Neill, agriculture and rural development minister for Northern Ireland, has welcomed Gerry Maguire to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC). 

Morrisons promises continued innovation despite Dumfries House split

Morrisons says it will not sacrifice innovation in its meat sourcing as it ends its partnership with Dumfries House next month. 

New Zealand lamb on AHDB agenda

A review of the sheep meat supply in New Zealand will be among the key topics at this year’s AHDB Beef & Lamb annual conference. 

Beef producers urged to combat liver fluke

Beef producers and farmers are being warned to brace themselves for an increased risk of liver fluke in cattle. The warning came from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), Meat Promotion Wales, which recommended that producers should plan for on-farm parasite management. 

Conference to address Welsh red meat supply chain

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), also known as Meat Promotion Wales, is to discuss solutions to developing a sustainable and commercial red meat supply chain in Wales at its annual conference, taking place in Llandrindod Wells on 12 November. 

Pork organisation urges clearer ‘slap marks’

AHDB Pork has provided instructions on how pig producers can achieve clear and legible ‘slap marks’ on its website to help improve traceability in the food chain. 

Frank Albers of Albers GMBH and Jack's Creek Managing Director Patrick Warmoll with the award-winning steak
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World Steak Challenge winner revealed

The winner of the first-ever World Steak Challenge has been unveiled at an event in London.

The Lyon family with an award winning cow
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Farming family eye cattle victory

In the aftermath of recent show successes, the Lyon family, who farm cattle near Bourne in Lincolnshire, are heading to the 2015 East of England Smithfield Festival next month in the hopes of replicating their achievements.

Scotland’s bovine TB measures welcomed

Scotland’s latest measures against bovine TB have been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the BVA’s Scottish branch.

Gloucester Rugby players have endorsed the burger
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Gloucester beef firm believes rugby-inspired burger is scrum-my

Gloucester Born Beef has partnered with its local rugby team to launch The Gloucester Burger, made from the UK’s rarest breed, to celebrate the town being a World Cup match venue.

Welsh Government’s Farming and Food Minister Rebecca Evans at Asda in Cardiff
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Welsh Lamb receives new marketing push

In an effort to receive further backing for PGI Welsh Lamb, shoppers are being offered a luxury holiday for two to Antigua. 

Pictured at the IGD Awards 2015 are Mike Coupe, CEO Sainsbury’s: Mike Mullan, Moy Park HR Director Europe; Andrew Nethercott, Moy Park Director of Sales; and television personality Rachel Riley
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Moy Park wins development accolade

Moy Park has been awarded for its best-in-class approach to people development, picking up the IGD John Sainsbury Learning and Development Award at the IGD Awards 2015 earlier this week. 

TPP agreement welcomed in UK and Northern Ireland

The successful agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been welcomed by the UK and Northern Ireland food industry. 

Sainsbury's has extended its lamb season into the new year
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Sainsbury’s extends lamb season to January

Sainsbury’s has committed to extend its British lamb season until at least January 2016. According to the retailer, the decision is designed to help make the most of the increased availability of stock this season while reassuring its farmers affected by low prices. 

Nigel Penlington has been appointed head of research and development and knowledge exchange at AHDB Pork
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New appointment at AHDB Pork

Nigel Penlington has been appointed the head of research and development and knowledge exchange for AHDB Pork. 

Beef prices settle following unpredictable year

Following an unpredictable 2015 for prime beef cattle prices, the market has relaxed to a level similar to that of 12 months ago, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Sheep farmers praise vaccinations

AHDB Beef & Lamb’s recent Fallen Stock initiative has revealed that pulpy kidney and deaths caused by pasteurella in lambs were more common in the month of October. To prevent damage to the business, sheep producers ought to ensure their animals are vaccinated, said the levy body. 

NBA Beef Expo heads to Peak District

The Agricultural Business Centre, home of Bakewell Market, is set to host the National Beef Association’s (NBA) 2016 Beef Expo, 15 years after the event was last held there. 

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