Livestock

Meat body urges farmers to clip lambs at the final hour

With changeable weather forecast in coming weeks, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has urged farmers to ensure lambs are clipped and clean when sent to the abattoir.

Meat body reflects on 'crunch' year for Scottish industry

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a “crunch” year for the Scottish meat industry.

NFU calls for rollout of badger culls

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for a rollout of badger culls to other regions, claiming that the extended pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire have been effective.

Asda launches female farming group

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

HCC action plan on track

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) five-year action plan, to ensure a “profitable” and “sustainable” meat industry for the future, is continuing to hit targets, according to the organisation.

Eblex encourages revival of casseroles

English beef and sheep industry levy body Eblex is undertaking a ‘Casserole Revival’ project to improve the popularity of the casserole and braising sector, and halt its “long-term decline”.

Derby outlets in adulterated meat scandal

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

Scottish farmers’ union presidential candidates revealed

The final list of six candidates for next year’s National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) presidential elections has been announced.

Fitness website slashes fresh turkey price

Fitness food website MuscleFood.com is offering affordable fresh turkeys for the festive market for only £9.

2 Sisters in spotlight as contract terms are criticised

2 Sisters Food Group has been accused of setting “beyond unreasonable” terms of contract by one of its suppliers on a BBC Newsnight programme.

Can the FSA deliver a Food Crime Unit?

Concern over whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA) can deliver a Food Crime Unit by the end of the year have been heard at a recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee.

Lamb prices gain pace

Lamb sales are struggling compared to 2013, but prices are gathering pace in recent weeks, according to Eblex’s Sheep Weekly.

Farming minister accused of complacency on campylobacter

Food and farming minster Minister George Eustice has been branded a “mouthpiece for poisoners” by a Labour MP as the campylobacter debate reaches the Commons.

Beef prices to strengthen as supplies slow

Tighter local and global beef supplies are expected in 2015, and this will help to underpin GB producer prices, according to experts. 

Pig veteran joins Bpex board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Suffolk pig producer Simon Watchom as the newest member of the Bpex board.

Federation of Small Businesses calls for reform

Business rates are the third biggest expense for small businesses, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which said the gorvernment needs to abolish the tax.

Pig scholarship applications increase

The Pig Industry Scholarship, facilitated by Bpex in conjunction with Harper Adams University, is gaining in popularity after receiving an increased number of applications in 2014.

Online livestock auction firm offers free trading platform

Online livestock auction software company Livestock Live is now offering its online trading platform to customers for free.

Scotch Beef named Scottish consumers’ favourite

Ahead of shortbread, smoked salmon and even haggis, Scotch Beef PGI has been named as Scotland’s favourite food.

Pig producers improve biosecurity

British pig producers have made huge progress in improving biosecurity and preventing foreign diseases, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Yorkshire wins out in pie ‘war’

A Halifax farm shop has been crowned supreme champion at the sixth annual Great Northern Pie Competition, allowing Yorkshire to laud it over its Lancashire rivals in the ‘War of the Roses’.

Pig herd improvements observed

The physical performance of the British pig herd continues to improve, according to the latest Interpig report, published by Bpex.

Tesco issues warning on profits

Tesco has issued an unscheduled profits warning stating the supermarket does not expect yearly profits to exceed £1.4bn in its next interim results.

Pork processor introduces online initiative

Tulip has launched a new “online community” to engage with its consumers and provide real-time insights for both the business and its customers.

Scottish schools prompted to apply for meat vouchers

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has urged Scottish secondary schools to apply for its Meat Vouchers Scheme before the deadline at the end of the year.

Glasgow pork project meets opposition

An ethical food project in Glasgow has come under fire from members of the public after rearing pigs for slaughter in a local park.

Welsh red meat roadshow reaches conclusion

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) Red Meat Roadshow reached the last stage of its two-year journey at the weekend, at the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion.

Poultry body presents 2020 Vision

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has released its manifesto, laying out its ‘2020 Vision’, as well as its calls for government assistance in ensuring the “continuing success of the British poultry meat industry”.

Meat industry hits back at ‘misleading’ reports

The UK meat industry has defended itself after two separate studies claimed that livestock production and meat consumption must be reduced to tackle climate change.

Co-op to boost British meat credentials

The Co-operative Food has committed to sourcing all its own-brand meat from British farmers as part of a £1.5bn initiative announced today (5 December).

Butchers get involved in Small Business Saturday

Butchers are being urged to take part in Small Business Saturday tomorrow to boost trade and raise awareness of their business before Christmas.

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

Poultry industry awards winners revealed

The British Poultry Council (BPC) rewarded excellence in the poultry industry at its Annual Awards at the House of Commons on Tuesday (2 December).

Chancellor commits to businesses rates relief

Chancellor George Osborne has announced another year of tax relief for small businesses and tax cuts for employers with apprentices.

High alert on bird flu

After the first outbreak of avian influenza in the UK since 2008 and new cases confirmed in the Netherlands almost daily, the poultry industry remains on high alert. 

2 Sisters slammed over flood plain chicken farm move

An animal welfare charity has criticised 2 Sisters Food Group over its decision to rebuild a chicken farm on a flood plain where 700,000 chickens drowned.

Ewe research could boost UK sheep trade

Research into the genetics of ewe longevity could give the UK sheep industry a £4.35 million boost, according to Eblex.

Scottish lamb prices up slightly on 2013

Farm gate lamb prices are slightly ahead of last year according to the latest market update from meat promotion body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Foreign interest in Welsh Lamb revealed

Details of recent trade missions to Wales from foreign retailers, importers and journalists interested in Welsh Lamb were revealed today (1 December) at the Royal Welsh Show by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterday’s campylobacter results.

Report claims demand must dictate Welsh Beef supply

Co-operation across the supply chain and better knowledge of consumer demand would help secure a positive future for Welsh Beef, a report into the industry has found. 

Video: Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales' 2014 annual conference

Meatinfo.co.uk was at Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales’ 2014 annual conference, where speakers included TV celebrity Kate Humble.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Industry awaits ‘name and shame’ campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

Categories extended in British Pie Awards

The 2015 British Pie Awards are now open for entry, with the competition this year offering 20 different categories.

Scottish meat company to triple production site

Scottish meat firm, We Hae Meat, has announced plans to triple the size of its site in Ayrshire, opening up jobs for local people.

Cranswick reports profitable H1

Cranswick has benefited from falling pork prices, contributing to a successful first half of 2014.

AHDB prepares for 2015 conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to hold its 2015 Outlook Conference, which will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster on Wednesday 11 February.

NI poultry farmer enhances biosecurity with viewing gallery

Moy Park poultry farmer Graham McIlroy has installed a new viewing gallery that will enhance biosecurity.

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