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Sheep flock insured against threat of lynx attacks

The Lynx UK Trust has secured a deal with Lloyds of London that will insure all sheep, pets and humans in the country against lynx attacks. 

New CIEL chief executive unveiled

The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) has appointed a new chief executive.

Extension on organic derogations sought for pig and poultry sector

The industry has warned that an extension on two derogations for organic pig and poultry is vital to the sectors. 

Police appeal over 200 stolen pigs

Cheshire Constabulary is appealing for information after nearly 200 pigs were stolen from a commercial farm near Frodsham. 

Young people show increased interest in agriculture sector

Research showed that more young people are following a career in the agricultural sector.

Prime Minister supports Back British Farming Day

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s support of its Back British Farming Day and her recognition of farming’s importance to the nation. 

Processors show ‘lack of commitment’ to NI cattle producers

Meat processors have been accused of taking advantage of Northern Irish beef producers, by not providing them with fair prices.

Welsh farmer develops new beef cattle

A farmer from Powys in mid-Wales has produced a new unique herd of beef cattle in memory of his late wife. 

Agriculture fund encourages collaborative thinking

A funding programme worth £1.7 million has been opened to encourage farmers and organisations to work together on large-scale environmental projects.

Majority of sheep producers could improve ram conditions

A new survey has revealed that 56% of sheep producers could improve the way they maintain the conditions of their rams during the breeding period. 

European food chain consultation welcomed by UFU

The European Commission’s food chain consultation could help farmers be treated fairly, said the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). 

Demand prompts recruitment drive for NI Aberdeen Angus farmers

A rise in demand for Northern Irish Aberdeen Angus beef has triggered a recruitment drive for the sector. 

Seven businesses sign up to Pig Industry Scholarship scheme

Seven sponsoring companies have signed up to this year’s Pig Industry Scholarships. 

Red Tractor Week celebrates trusted food

Consumers are being encouraged to support quality farming and reliable practices by getting behind Red Tractor Week 2017. 

Farmers urge action on Brexit opportunity

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the government to take advantage of the opportunity Brexit presents to create a “regulatory environment for farming that is streamlined, grounded in science and respects realistic farm practices”. 

Love Lamb Week to reach larger-scale audience

With the run-up to Love Lamb Week (1-7 September) reaching its climax, the supply chain is being called on to get behind the campaign. 

NFU urges against hard Brexit

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has debunked claims that Britain will see a £135 billion benefit from a ‘hard Brexit’. 

Pig producers reminded of eMB data deadline

Pig producers have been cautioned against waiting until the last minute before adding antibiotic usage into their eMB data. 

Beef and pork exports drop in first half of 2017

A “slow start” has hit UK beef and pork exports, resulting in a year-on-year decline for the first half of 2017.

Grant assists UK’s farming and rural life

A total of £540,000 worth of funding has been allocated to 18 projects in rural communities throughout the UK.

Lack of supply results in strong farmgate beef prices

Strong farmgate prices for Scottish beef are expected to continue, due to a low number of cattle available on the market.

Beef and lamb specialists to improve industry competitiveness

New livestock specialists have been trained across the country to help the industry meet market requirements.

Sheep farmers champion Love Lamb Week

The next generation of sheep farmers is calling on the next generation of shoppers to put lamb back on plates across Britain through Love Lamb Week. 

UK pig production decline greater than expected

Year-on-year UK pork production fell by more than expected for the second quarter of the year.

Cattle disease surveillance dashboard launched

A new interactive map highlighting cattle disease across Great Britain has been launched by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). 

Lynx to benefit sheep industry, argues trust

The Lynx UK Trust has claimed that reintroducing the wild cat into the countryside will have “phenomenal potential” for the sheep sector. 

Brexit prompts AHDB Beef & Lamb call for carcase classification views

Representatives of the beef and lamb industry are being urged to share their thoughts on the future of carcase classification as part of a call for views by levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Farmers’ union aims to boost sheep scheme’s efficiency

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has demanded that changes be made to a financial support scheme for sheep farmers. 

Agriculture sector positioned to drive changes

The UK’s farming industry is in a unique position to implement change and “build a world-class agriculture industry”, according to the English red meat levy board.

Farmers’ Union takes on rural crime in new report

Combating rural crime has become an area of focus for the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Cymru branch. 

Gove: UK has historic opportunity to review animal welfare

The UK has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to review animal welfare policy, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

Fears of lynx introduction reaffirmed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has repeated its concerns over lynx being reintroduced into the British countryside.

European markets targeted as New Zealand imports fall short

Abattoirs have been told to target European markets for sheep exports, as competition from New Zealand fell short last year. 

Welsh lamb welfare showcased for Danish campaign

Danish consumers of Welsh lamb are being granted the privilege of accessing a 24-hour live stream, allowing them to see the high quality standards in which the animals are being raised.

Livestock yearbook highlights challenges, opportunities for red meat

The beef sector saw a return of £370 million last year, with beef and veal exports up 10% year-on-year at over 110,000 tonnes. 

NFU issues food industry worker access warning

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned the government there may be a “significant shortage of people to work on Britain’s farms” if it does not address growing concerns over access to workers. 

Farmers among the healthiest professionals in the UK

Physical activity and wide open spaces have contributed towards the agriculture sector being named one of the healthiest in the UK. 

Mixed fortunes for new-season British lamb

The Welsh lambing sector has received a boost from an improved number of new-season lambs, coupled with an increase in prices. 

Japan inspects UK beef production controls

A government delegation from Japan inspected beef production controls across the UK last week – which could reopen the market on UK exports. 

Proposed lynx reintroduction sparks fears

The farming community has expressed concerns surrounding proposals to reintroduce lynx into the British countryside. 

Sainsbury’s pledges to buy British lamb

Sainsbury’s has announced today (29 June) that as of 1 July its fresh lamb will be 100% British and 100% new season. 

Meat industry voices post-Brexit labour fears

The British meat and farming industries have again raised concerns about access to EU workers following Brexit as the government outlined its legislative plan in the recent Queen’s address to Parliament. 

Scottish meat industry wins millions in grant funding

Scottish meat processors and butchers have secured funds totalling £3.7 million through Scotland’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) Grant Scheme. 

Rally call for Scotland’s supply chain post-EU

To overcome challenges that are expected to be created from Brexit, the Scottish red meat supply chain has been called upon to work together. 

National Farmers' Union Scotland urge more farming engagement ahead of Brexit

The head of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland has called for more clarity and engagement with the farming industry as negotiations for Great Britain to leave the EU begin.

Queen recognises food industry in birthday honours

Several members across the meat, animal welfare, and agriculture sectors have been awarded for their services to the food industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend. 

International beef forum returns home

The 2017 World Angus Forum returned to its roots on Friday 16 June, for the first time in 40-years. 

Meat Scholarship Association celebrates landmark year

Members of the Welsh red meat sector are being called upon to apply for a potentially life- and career-changing experience. 

Research pinpoints viruses to protect pigs versus germs

Friendly bacteria that could replace antibiotics to treat pigs have been identified by a University of Leicester team funded by farmers through AHDB Pork.

Cow timeline designed to help farmers boost efficiency

A new poster has been published to help farmers maintain the nutritional requirements of suckler herds throughout the year.