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BUSINESS

How demand for ‘regen beef’ is expanding in niche markets

Significant premiums are being paid by some butchers, restaurant chains and retailers for regeneratively farmed beef. The sector remains in its infancy, and what exactly is involved in regenerative practices…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Farm business outlook 2022: Pig sector must focus on consumer

A radical rethink about the way the British pig sector operates is urgently needed to help reverse the crippling losses that producers now face. For too long, the industry has…

BUSINESS

Review insurance cover in light of high stock values

The increase in livestock values over the past year means many farm businesses run the risk of being underinsured if they suffer theft or other insured loss. Mike Clementson, a…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Rule reminder: Best practice when trading livestock remotely

Farmers who purchase livestock in private trades should find out all they can about the animals before agreeing to a sale to maximise their chance of a refund if they…

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Mules up on the year to average £178 at Thame Sheep Fair

A stronger trade for breeding ewes defied the weaker lamb market at the recent Thame Sheep Fair, with both average prices and numbers up on the year. More than 18,000…

TAKING STOCK

Thame Mules stand on at £171 despite drought

Breeding ewe prices at Thame Sheep Fair were only marginally down on last year’s record values, despite drought-like conditions in the south-east of England. The annual event, held last week…

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Halal lamb: 'A market farmers can no longer ignore'

The consumption of halal meat may have its detractors, but Awal Fuseini, senior sector manager at the AHDB, says it is a market that farmers and processors can no longer…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2024: Pig producers see uplift in fortunes

The past 12 months have seen a change in fortunes with most pork producers reporting positive margins, says Andersons consultant Harry Batt. While the outlook for 2024 suggests this more…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2024: Poultry price pressure set to remain in 2024

The UK poultry sector has suffered many challenges over the past 12 months and beyond. It looks set to continue on a rollercoaster ride through 2024, according to Andersons consultant…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2024: Modest profitability for falling national flock

The national flock had been rebuilding since 2018 when the “Beast from the East” resulted in significant ewe and lamb losses. However, annual growth rates have slowed more recently and…

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Lambs hold above £6/kg as tight supply helps steady falls

The highs of up to £200/lamb witnessed earlier this year may appear a distant memory, however, after a period of decline, lamb prices have started to stabilise again. New-season lambs…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Welsh farmers losing money with 'out of spec' carcasses

Hundreds of sheep farmers are failing to maximise potential returns for their lambs, with some losing as much as 65p/kg deadweight in price penalties and lost premiums. Welsh red meat…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Finished pigs turn a profit with prices stable at 210p/kg

Pig producers have returned to a more profitable position in the past 12 months after a challenging few years for the sector. The EU-spec standard pig price recently went back…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Weight pays as lambs plummet £20-£30 a head

A seasonal fall in lamb prices has left heavy sorts in demand and sparked debate about breeding ewe trade after taking 30-60p/kg off many entries in the past week. Trade…

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OTHER POULTRY

Video: Strong demand but high costs for turkey sector this year

On-farm growers have faced a multitude of challenges this year, of which rising feed costs and access to labour have been the biggest. At the time they were placing orders…

BUSINESS

Video: Wagyu beef market - tradition and change in Japan

The story of Japan’s famed Wagyu beef is a complex and evolving one. We travelled to Japan to find out more about how this premium product is faring in a…

LIVESTOCK

Video: Tough times for sheep farmers at Welshpool market

Last year was tough for sheep farmers and with the potential loss of EU markets and pressure from climate change lobbyists, this year looks set to be no easier. We…

BUSINESS

Video: How the industry is fighting red meat myths

From being accused of being unhealthy to harming the environment, the red meat industry has bad publicity thrown at it from all corners of the media. But there is a…

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