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Farmers’ union blasts National Trust over ‘damaged countryside’ portrayal

The National Trust has come under fire from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) after it called for reforms of farming subsidies post-Brexit to reverse the damage of the natural environment. 

Interest in West Country PGI beef and lamb grows

West Country Beef and West Country Lamb labels have seen a boost in attention from global consumers. 

Bright future for Scottish pig industry

The future for pig farming in Scotland is looking positive, according to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scotland’s New Generation Committee and Scottish Pig Producers. 

French chefs treated to an insight into British beef and lamb

A group of 25 French chefs were given an insight into beef and lamb production in England during a recent visit organised by AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

AHDB highlights relationship between cattle prices and meat yield

A new report has shown that the prices paid for prime cattle don’t consistently reflect the yield of trimmed primal cuts from the carcase.

Messer’s Parkinson picks up Dawn Meats producer award

Messer’s Parkinson has been awarded the inaugural Marks & Spencer/Dawn Meats Swaledale Producer of the Year award 2016. 

Scottish hill-sheep scheme launches with lower payments

The new Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSS) has launched, with payments being made at €78 per hogg head, according the Scottish branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Love Lamb Week campaign returns for second year

The Love Lamb Week campaign is set to return for a second year, with additional support from key players in the sheep-meat industry. 

Farming minister cuts ‘red tape’ on livestock movement

Simpler rules on livestock movement for farmers have been unveiled by George Eustice, minister of state at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

Liveweight lamb prices fall

Following price rises in the past two weeks, which have been attributed to the fall in the strength of the pound, the price of liveweight lambs has begun to follow a more normal pattern in the last week, and fallen. 

Prime cattle prices experience increase

Prime cattle prices in GB for the week ended 16 July increased to 331p/kg, up more than 2p/kg on the previous week. 

Sheep industry offered hands-on experience

Members of the sheep industry are being offered the chance to take part in a series of four workshops based around the theme of adding value at the National Sheep Association (NSA) Sheep Event. 

Nominations for Scotch Beef Farm of the Year open

The organisers of the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award are urging farmers and others involved in the industry to nominate farms they feel are worthy of receiving the 2016 award. 

Prime cattle prices see seasonal growth

Prime cattle prices have enjoyed some seasonal strength over the past month, but are still down on last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Scholarship winners to take fact-finding tour of US

The recipients of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC’s) 2016 scholarship have been announced at a reception at the Royal Welsh Show. 

NPA calls on Brexit minister to support UK pork trade

National Pig Association (NPA) chairman Richard Lister has written to Brexit minister David Davis stressing the importance of the pig industry to Britain’s balance of trade. 

Northern Ireland eyes US lamb export agreement

The Northern Irish sheep industry is hopeful that exports of sheepmeat from the EU to the US could be put in place as early as 2017. 

‘Unacceptable’ specification changes hurting beef farmers

Retailers, foodservice companies and processors must be held accountable for short notice changes to beef specifications, which often leave farmers out of pocket. 

New workshop targets beef and lamb production advisors

AHDB Beef & Lamb will hold a workshop in Warwick to outline its completed and ongoing research in the red meat industry. 

Kelly Turkeys ready to take on US Thanksgiving market

Poultry producer Kelly Turkeys is confident of cracking the United States Thanksgiving market following a recent sales mission by managing director Paul Kelly. 

Government investment results in new markets for Welsh red meat industry

Three years-worth of government investment of £1.2 million to fund export activities has resulted in over £38m of new safeguarded business for PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef. 

Deadline for beef funding scheme extended

The cut-off date for the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) has been extended from its original date of Friday, 15 July to Sunday, 31 July to allow more time for farmers and crofters to complete their calving data on the ScotEID website.

Bluetongue vaccines now available in Britain

Vaccines for bluetongue are now available for sheep and cattle across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.

Shorthorn Cattle Society to supply beef to Morrisons

After six years in the works, the Shorthorn Cattle Society will be supplying beef exclusively to Morrisons for an undisclosed sum. 

Man arrested and charged following £11,000 theft of livestock

Farmers and crofters are being encouraged to report livestock thefts, following the arrest of a 22-year-old man who stole £11,000 worth of animals in the Highlands. 

Welsh meat industry encouraged to tackle Brexit head-on

The farming and meat industry has been urged to “roll up its sleeves” as Great Britain faces leaving the European Union. 

NFU complains to Trading Standards over Tesco fake farms

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has formally complained to the National Trading Standards Institute over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on food products. 

Farmers urge Leadsom engagement

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Angela Leadsom to work with the body to overcome “market uncertainties”. 

Morrisons crowned top retailer at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016

Morrisons has picked up the title of Meat & Fish Retailer of the Year at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016.

NFU introduces first new branch in 80 years

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland is to launch a new branch to meet demand, for the first time since the 1930s. 

Food industry campaigns to new Prime Minister

New Prime Minister Theresa May has been called on to support British produce by the food and drink industry. 

Fresh red meat purchasing habits influenced by consumer preferences

Changing consumer habits play a significant role in the purchasing habits for fresh red meat, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Poultry testing

Meat production projects win Agri-Tech Catalyst support

A whole supply chain approach to campylobacter is among four meat- and fish-related projects that have been awarded funding as part of the government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst scheme. 

Pig prices back to 2015 levels

The EU-spec SPP climbed for the 13th consecutive week in week ending 2 July, by over 1.5p to 123.77/kg. 

NSA Sheep 2016 looks for the best of British lamb

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be going head to head in an attempt to win the title of best British lamb dish at the NSA Sheep 2016. 

New protected food names scheme to be developed

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she is keen to develop a British version of the protected food names scheme for when the UK leaves the EU. 

Lamb prices rebound to normal trend

Liveweight lamb prices have returned to the normal trend seen at this time of year and fallen in the past week, as higher numbers have come to the market. 

Small family farms declining

The number of small family farms in the UK has dropped since the beginning of the century due to poor farm succession and retirement planning. 

Film highlights religious sheep slaughtering practices

The industry levy board has produced a film to address the lack of understanding around religious sheep slaughter. 

Ramadan gives lift to lamb market

Prime lamb prices rose 6-10p/kg in the week running up to the end of Ramadan across the UK, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Cattle market in producers' favour

For another week, there was upwards movement in the cattle trade demonstrating that the market remains comfortably settled in producers’ favour. 

Payments to Scottish sheep farmers delayed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has expressed disappointment over delayed payments under Scotland’s new Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSS).

Collaborative pig project a success

More than 50 representatives from the pig industry attended the first Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Pork Focus meeting on 20 June.

Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies. 

‘Business as usual’ for UK farmers

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has responded with enthusiasm to the idea that the industry will continue to have full access to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support schemes and to the EU internal market – for the time being. 

Difficult year for beef and lamb in 2015, according to industry yearbook

The beef and lamb sectors were faced with challenging times in 2015, according to the latest edition of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb Cattle and Sheep Yearbook. 

Animal feed committee seeks new member

The Advisory Committee on Animal Feedstuffs (ACAF) is seeking a new committee member.

British prime cattle market falls

The value of the prime cattle market in Britain fell by £15m in the year to February 2016, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Beef & Lamb division. 

Calls to tweak Scotland’s Beef Efficiency Scheme

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has suggested eight simple recommendations on how the Scottish government can make its Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) more effective for the country’s cattle producers.

Lincolnshire pig unit welcomes Chinese delegates

Chinese producers and veterinarians were treated to a tour around Grayingham Grange’s pig unit in Gainsborough last month, hosted by World Animal Protection (WAP).

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