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What are the prospects for the UK meat industry post-Brexit?

Brexit offers opportunities to exploit the potential of British red meat production. But overcoming trade barriers, investing in processing capacity and meeting market requirements will take time and a change…

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TAKING STOCK

Prime lamb market starts year on positive note

A cautious prime lamb market has seen prices track upwards into 2019 to start the year on a positive note. Stronger trade is being helped by tightening supply, according to…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2019: Pigs – cost control needed to improve profits

Price volatility is a huge challenge for the pig sector, with the market having seen swings of more than 55p/kg in less than 18 months. Given tight margins and considerable…

BUSINESS

Outlook 2019: Sheep sector shake-up looks inevitable

Big changes to agricultural support combined with the UK’s exit from the EU are likely to result in a smaller, more productive, sheep industry and tough choices for many producers…

BUSINESS

Outlook 2019: Beef - time to plan for life after subsidies

The expected loss of direct support payments after Britain leaves the EU will be a major blow to the beef sector, so never has there been a better time for…

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AHDB to spend £2.5m on TV pork promotion

AHDB is spending £2.5m on a campaign to promote pork as an attractive midweek meal. The adverts will promote healthy pork during prime-time TV shows such as Coronation Street, starting…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

ASF spreads to large Chinese farm, sparking UK export hopes

An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has been reported at a large pig farm in China, despite the modern industrial farms supposedly having the best levels of disease prevention.…

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Festive demand lifts steers and lambs 10p/kg

Cattle and prime lamb prices continued to firm last week, with the SQQ up to 183p/kg and prime steers at 208p/kg, both about 10p/kg dearer than at the end of…

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Tight supplies of prime lamb expected in new year

UK prime lamb supplies are beginning to run short, with AHDB forecasting that 10% fewer lambs will be available for slaughter during the first quarter of 2019, than over the…

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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…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Video: Cow and sheep help get prices crisis message to Londoners

A cow and two sheep have been walked through central London to show consumers where their food comes from, and to highlight low prices facing farmers. Scott Ruck, manager of…

Video: Farmers ramp up milk and lamb protests

Farmers in Devon and Cornwall have become the latest to take part in the "milk trolley challenge", which involves clearing milk from the shelves of supermarkets in order to raise…

Welsh lamb ad campaign kicks off early after price collapse

The Welsh red meat levy board will kick off its annual lamb promotion campaign early after this season’s farmgate price collapse. Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has pulled…

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