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Scotch pie line rolled out in Asda

Ayrshire meat company, We Hae Meat, has rolled out its single-portion Scotch pie range to 62 Asda stores across Scotland.

New meat sensor aims to help combat waste

Scientists at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) have created a sensor which detects gases emitted from rotting meat, which could help to reduce food waste.

Concerns over new bTB testing regime

Cattle farmers have raised concerns over a new bovine TB (bTB) testing programme, due to come into force in England on 1 May, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has reported.

Supply-demand imbalance hits cattle prices

Cattle prices are coming under pressure from slow consumer demand and ample supply, Eblex has warned.

Bill Gates issues pro-meat blog

Former vegetarian and billionaire Bill Gates has backed meat production in his latest blog post, stating you can eat meat and still be environmentally friendly.

Horsemeat investigation results in numerous arrests

A European crackdown on the illegal horsemeat trade resulted in 26 arrests on Friday (24 April), according to the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).

QMS gains funding boost for Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry is set to receive €1.2 million (£861,000) from the European Commission (EC), thanks to a grant secured by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Pig health under scrutiny at Bpex event

The pig industry will look for new insights to safeguard pig health in the future at its annual Bpex Innovation Conference on 13 May.

Beef supply and demand set to settle, says QMS

Beef prices could begin to firm up in the coming months, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has predicted, in welcome news for cattle farmers, who have faced falling prices during the first part of the year.

Red Tractor mulls over results of welfare consultation

The decision on whether to extend the Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period, is unlikely to be made until August, following the end of a consultation on the proposals.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Eblex offers mobile video resource

Producers now have “a wealth of video resources” available to them on the Eblex mobile app, which can be accessed even without a live internet connection, according to the levy body.

Veterinary body urges trapping badgers before shooting

Badgers killed as part of anti-bovine TB culling programmes in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire should be trapped in a cage before being shot, rather than being shot while roaming free.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a “short-term blip” by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

Systems Integration lands Canada contract

A British software firm has landed a contract at a state-of-the-art beef processing facility set to open in Canada this year, which its owners claim is the “first of its kind” in North America.

UKIP changes tack on non-stun slaughter

After backing down from plans to ban non-stun slaughter, UKIP’s new election manifesto supports continuation of the slaughter method, and insists on “formal non-stun training and certification for all religious slaughtermen”.

Asda apologises for lamb gaffe

Asda has apologised for mis-labelling imported lamb as British, after a customer uncovered a New Zealand health stamp on her joint.

Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nation’s favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

Farm efficiency in focus at Soil Association livestock event

Low input production techniques for innovative farming will be examined at next week’s Soil Association National Livestock Event.

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Meat and poultry hit by food deflation

Food deflation continues to have an impact on meat and poultry sales according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Livestock health research to receive £6m funding boost

Eblex and Bpex will receive funding to improve livestock health as part of a £6m research programme.

Study reveals stress contributes to disease in pigs

Scientists have shown for the first time that stress can make pigs more likely to suffer from disease.

Celebrity chef gets behind drive for British farming

TV chef Tom Kerridge has thrown his weight behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) campaign to back British farming and food.

Innovation conference launched

A new conference promoting innovation in the food and drink manufacturing industries has been launched.

Yorkshire beef farmer, Rosey Dunn
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Great British Beef Week to raise awareness of declining suckler herd

The British beef industry has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows in the last three years, Ladies in Beef reported as they gear up for Great British Beef Week.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

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Youngsters display skills in livestock and butchery event

More than 100 young enthusiasts in the livestock, auctioneering and butchery sectors showcased their skills at the inaugural National Young Show Stars event in Malvern.

Cranswick turns in strong performance

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick has finished the financial year in a strong position following a “robust” fourth quarter.

Red Tractor life proposal meets farmer resistance

Beef farmers have raised concerns about plans to extend the Red Tractor (RT) assurance scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period. Nearly two-thirds opposed the change, according a survey carried out by the National Beef Association (NBA).

Chicken firm scoops International Safety accolade

Chicken processor Moy Park has been presented an International Safety Award  with merit for promoting high standards of health and safety management in the workplace.

Dutch man jailed for horsemeat offences

A Dutch meat wholesaler has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for his part in the European horsemeat scandal in 2013.

Tesco accused of giving too much support to NZ lamb

Tesco has denied consistently underestimating demand for British lamb after chef James Martin complained shelves were full of New Zealand product over the Easter weekend. 

Welsh meat body to hold meeting on pig disease

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will hold a meeting to increase the industry’s knowledge and awareness of the threat of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

MLCSL defends carcase grading system

Inspectors’ organisation Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL) has hit back at claims that the current carcase grading system is flawed and needs updating.

AHDB divisions develop cattle information initiative

Just shy of £300,000 has been made available to develop a prototype system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain.

Supply chain partners join forces on sheep genetics initiative

The UK sheep and lamb industries have pulled together on a new sheep genetics programme, which aims to increase industry awareness of breeding values.

EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Welsh body takes lamb promotion to Denmark

The British ambassador to Denmark hosted a Welsh Lamb reception at her home near Copenhagen to allow Welsh exporters to discuss potential business deals with Danish importers and retailers.

NFU urges retailers to back British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK’s major retailers to plan ahead and back British farming for this year’s lambing season.

Moy Park introduces high-spec poultry house

Moy Park has developed a state-of-the art poultry development house, which it said will allow it to deliver “significant improvements” to its poultry rearing and welfare practices.

Sausage exporter discusses animal welfare

Charles Baughan, from the West Country's Westaways Sausages, has posted his third blog post for meatinfo.co.uk, this time addressing the issue of animal welfare.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

Head butcher, Ieuan Edwards
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Welsh butcher gains Ocado listing for meats

Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy, in North Wales, has launched a range of meat products with online supermarket Ocado.

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.

Eblex eyes China for beef and lamb

Eblex is hoping that beef and lamb will follow in pork’s footsteps in securing market access to China, to the benefit of the entire supply chain.

Wrexham poultry man receives ban for tax dodging

A director of a Wrexham poultry house has been banned for seven years for failures to ensure payment of the company’s taxes and account for company assets.

Pressures on UK beef price

UK beef prices are coming under pressure from a range of factors, experts in Scotland have claimed.

Smaller turkey breed developed

FarmGate Hatcheries is introducing a new breed of turkey “developed to help producers meet the growing demand for smaller Christmas turkeys”. 

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