It was a year of quality over quantity for Welsh Lamb. Despite a growth in flock numbers in 2016, fewer lambs were marketed and carcase weights decreased slightly. This has been attributed to unfavourable weather and growing conditions in early 2016.
As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter that will trigger Article 50, notifying Brussels that Britain wants to exit the European Union – we discuss with the industry what it wants from the talks.
Food and drink exports broke the £20bn barrier last year, but experts are concerned a battered pound that made trade growth possible could fall further, raising the cost of imported goods.
It is hard to look at the safety and security of the meat supply chain without referencing the major impact that the horsemeat scandal had in 2013. It highlighted major flaws in the supply chain and has been the catalyst for increased scrutiny on the meat served to consumers.
The Prime Minister has said a “bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union” will be a priority in Brexit negotiations, although this has received a less-than-popular reaction from the meat industry.
The UK is moving closer to a beef deal with China and the next big step is scheduled for 2017.
A positive 12 months for Irish exports may be hindered by the UK’s decision to leave the EU but growth shouldn’t be ruled out just yet.
The fresh beef market is valued at £2.1bn. This is slightly less than poultry and, unlike white meat which is in marginal growth, fresh beef is in decline.
The strength of sterling has impacted Welsh meat and will continue to do so but what can be done to overcome this to grow the market? Aidan Fortune reports.
With a new mandate from its farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is now considering its market strategy going forward. Fred A’Court takes a look at the state of play for the country’s red meat exports.
A drop in feed prices, the threat of bird flu and increased retail competition are all hitting the UK’s poultry sector, yet long-term growth is still on the cards.
With the debate on stun or non-stun slaughter still raging, Oli Haenlein examines the different arguments on how meat should be labelled, given slaughter and other welfare factors.
Training in the meat industry has not always delivered the specific skills companies need, but a new apprenticeship scheme is about to shake up the sector, as Helen Gregory reports
Despite the efforts of the ‘eat less meat’ brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.
Speaking to MTJ after the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 12 February, national poultry advisor Christopher Dickinson said it was vital not to get into a state of poultry overproduction.
Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.
Employers could be forgiven for lacking sympathy with an employee who returns from a holiday complaining they were sick while on annual leave, so they could not properly enjoy it particularly if they are sporting a suspiciously healthy-looking tan.
The demonisation of meat occurred simultaneously with the public health dietary advice to "base our meals on starchy foods" and obesity has increased tenfold since. Here are seven facts in the defence of meat to help the industry fight the "nutritional ignorance" that currently abounds.
This time last year, the biggest problem for the pork sector was the divergence between volume and value, with supermarket promotions blamed for poor returns to producers. Twelve months on and the same tension between retailers and producers exists, but Kantar Worldpanel data reveals that the amount of pork sold on promotion has fallen by 6% year-on-year. This has brought a reversal of the recent trend for volume to outstrip value, with volume declining by 0.4% while value rose 6.1% in the 52 weeks to 10 June 2012, bringing the total market value to £935m.
With improved market returns and sheep numbers finally recovering after months of decline, the Welsh meat industry could be described as relatively buoyant. But there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the sector, with high input costs, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and a financially troubled eurozone putting pressure on farmers and processors.
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