Livestock

Pig farmers pledge commitment to animal health

Scottish pig farmers have shown their loyalty to animal health and welfare by signing up to the Scottish Pig Health Charter. 

Meat industry sets out demands for next government

With just under three weeks until the general election, industry bodies have laid out their expectations from the UK’s next government, with Brexit remaining a key topic of discussion. 

Europe lagging behind in technological advances in agriculture

The agricultural industry heard how technology can help boost productivity at a conference last week. 

HCC’s new board of directors set ‘bold direction’

The newly appointed board of directors for Wales’ red meat levy board have met for the first time. 

Sheep association sets out ‘future-proofing’ the industry

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has said that the whole industry working together is “essential” if it is to overcome challenges in the wake of Brexit. 

Eight-point action plan launched to promote Welsh Lamb among retailers

The Welsh farming union has launched an eight-point action plan, urging retailers to support Welsh sheep producers and to stock their produce. 

HCC collaborates with Welsh vets to deliver lamb management strategies

The Welsh red meat levy board has been working in conjunction with Welsh vets to deliver information on red meat-related issues. 

High pig prices offer opportunity for producers

For the 10th consecutive week, the EU-spec standard pig price (SPP) has increased, taking it to its highest level since August 2014, according to figures for the week ending 6 May. 

Welsh red meat sector to ‘intensify’ export quest

Welsh meat firms are courting customers in Hong Kong, Canada, Europe and the Middle East among others as the country's export push builds momentum.

Industry split over new-season lamb volume numbers

The British livestock community has expressed differing opinions over the number of new-season lambs. 

Norfolk poultry farm to support local produce

JW Spencer Farms in Thetford is having a planning application considered by the council to build a new poultry farm for barn-reared birds, with the aim of promoting local produce. 

British pork targets US market

Quality cuts of British pork will be displayed at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago later this month. 

World Angus Forum returns to its roots

For the first time in 40 years, the 2017 World Angus Forum will be heading to the home of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in the UK and will be hosted by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society in the UK.

Scottish levy board welcomes new knowledge transfer specialist

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has welcomed 24-year-old Rebecca Rainnie as a new Knowledge Transfer Specialist. She will work in the organisation’s industry development team. 

UK sheep flock increases

Industry figures have revealed that the UK’s breeding flock has increased year-on-year. 

AI latest for England, Scotland, Wales, NI

Avian influenza (AI) prevention zones in Scotland and Wales have been scrapped, although they remain in England until 15 May, and in Northern Ireland measures have been extended until 31 May.

National Farmers' Union warns of farm income volatility

The agriculture industry needs mechanisms to help deal with increasing volatility. This is the message being delivered by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Poultry firm fined £2k on chicken carcases

Newark-based poultry producer Germany Farms faces a £2,000 fine for the irresponsible disposal of around 10,000 chicken carcases on woodland near Knapthorpe in Nottinghamshire.

Farming union inspires younger generation

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging young people to take up agriculture as a career path. 

Scotch red meat targets international audience

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI are heading to Toronto and Hong Kong, where they will have a presence at trade shows SIAL Canada and Hofex respectively. 

Fergus Ewing to ‘fight’ for Scotland’s post-Brexit agri funds

Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity in Scotland, will “fight to ensure money is available” for farmers after the UK exits the European Union.

Great British Beef Week pulls in support from Haldon Ladies’ Tug of War team

Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has this year attracted the attention of one of the nation’s top female Tug of War teams. 

Reduced availability drives farmgate price rise

A drop in availability has led to farmgate prime cattle prices in Scotland rising modestly over the past couple of weeks. 

Border and trade post-Brexit top of IFA priorities

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, to discuss the threats posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture. 

LDC backs Addo Food Group buyout

Equity investment firm LDC has backed the secondary buyout of pork pie and sausage roll producer Addo Food Group for an undisclosed sum. 

Welsh red meat production grows in 2016

The Welsh red meat market has seen growth in 2016, highlighting its importance to the domestic agricultural sector. 

Grass management workshop aims to grow profitability

Producers of red meat are being taught about the connections between grass management and profitability. 

New AHDB Pork sector chair appointed

The government has appointed two new members to the board of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will be chair of the pork sector. 

AI poultry rules to be softened

The government has announced that mandatory housing for poultry in ‘Higher Risk Areas of England’ will be lifted as of Thursday, 13 April. 

Prices of pigs fly high on tight supply ahead of Easter

Pig prices rose for the fourth consecutive week in the w/e 25 March on limited supplies and rising pre-Easter demand, AHDB Pork has claimed. 

Meat reps ‘concerned’ about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwill’s reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Lamb strong as retailers prepare for Easter

The liveweight lamb market strengthened further in the w/e 29 March, with demand increasing as Easter approaches. 

Retail rivalry softens cattle price drops

Competition between discount retailers and traditional supermarkets is boosting beef sales, softening typical seasonal falls in deadweight cattle prices, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

RSPCA awarded grant to grow China animal welfare standards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has received a bursary from the US foundation, the Open Philanthropy Project, to support its long-term work in China to improve animal welfare standards. 

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a “significant dependence” on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UK’s farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit. 

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board. 

NFU sets out post-EU plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of ‘Vision for the Future of Farming’ papers. The publication outlines key issues set to impact British farming, which must be addressed now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

UK butcher to make history at Dutch prime cattle showcase

A North Yorkshire butcher will become the first in the UK to take part in Holland’s premier Easter prime showcase, Paasvee 2017, next week.

Roundworm resistance initiative to help sheep breeders

Lleyn sheep producers will be able to select animals for their resistance to roundworm, based on an estimated breeding value (EBV). 

Prime Minister Theresa May invokes Article 50

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially triggered Article 50, signalling the United Kingdom’s intent to exit the European Union. 

UK livestock sector vows to support trade post-EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the papers triggering Article 50 this morning, the livestock industry has vowed to protect trade and welfare standards as the UK leaves the European Union. 

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

Scottish pig prices reach nine-week high

Farmgate pig prices in Scotland have strengthened after a period of downward seasonal pressure during the early parts of 2017.

Industry bodies join forces on UK trade priorities post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have joined forces to outline priorities for UK trade post-Brexit. 

Prime Minister’s commitments to British farming welcomed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitments to supporting British farming post-Brexit.

Levy board appointment to improve livestock cost management

Boosting cost management across whole farm businesses will be one of the main priorities for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) newly appointed farm benchmarking manager. 

Calls made for Scottish government to continue greylag goose support

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has called for the Scottish government to continue funding of greylag goose management schemes. 

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