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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. 

Drop in Colistin usage in pigs welcomed by industry

The pig sector has praised figures suggesting there has been a significant drop in the use of Colistin in the pig sector. 

Livestock producers advised on farm break-ins

Farmers have been warned of break-ins, following an increase in the industry being targeted by animal rights protestors. 

Royal Smithfield Club to work with regional shows

The Royal Smithfield Club (RSC) is looking to work with major regional prime stock shows across the UK, following the demise of the Smithfield Festival at the East of England Show through lack of national support. 

Commercial beef unit sought to take part in feed project

The Beef Feed Efficiency Programme is looking for a commercial beef unit to take part in its the industry-leading project.

Project to develop genetic improvement for sheep sector

Red meat producers are being invited to attend an open day designed to boost the sheep sector by developing genetic improvements. 

Lower carcase weights drives Scottish beef prices

Farmgate prices of Scottish beef are an estimated 13% higher than this time last year, according to analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Farmers praised for rising to organic challenge

Farmers rearing organic animals have been commended by the Soil Association for meeting demands for organic meat.

Farmer confidence hit by political uncertainty

A National Farmers’ Union (NFU) survey has revealed an 18-point drop in mid-term confidence in the last two years. It says the political environment is a key driver for this fall. 

Pain recognition system designed to help sheep welfare

A new artificial intelligence system has been developed to detect whether or not a sheep is in pain judging by facial expressions. 

Number of organically farmed animals rises

Figures have indicated that the number of animals farmed organically in the UK increased on the year in 2016.

Keepers warned of importing European animals amid Bluetongue fears

Herd keepers in Northern Ireland have been told to consider the risks of importing animals from Continental Europe as Bluetongue closes in on Britain. 

Farmers warned as Bluetongue nears Great Britain

Farmers are being warned to be vigilant of the Bluetongue virus (BTV), as the disease edges its way closer to British shores. 

Scotland welcomes BSE progress

The granting of negligible risk status for BSE has been praised by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

Scottish pig prices reach three-year high

Pig prices in Scotland have reached their highest level since mid-2014, and are 38% higher than this time last year. 

Tips to help pig producers boost productivity and cut costs

Pig farmers could boost productivity and save almost US$6,000 (£4,600) per farm by implementing measures including labour and feed efficiencies, according to researchers at Rabobank. 

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.