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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…

BUSINESS

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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Insights

BUSINESS

Why local abattoirs are at risk and how farms are affected

More than half of the 62 local abattoir owners could quit in the next five years unless there is a change in government policy, research shows. The research, carried out…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Latest commodity outlook: Weather and Covid-19 uncertainty

While tight supply makes the outlook relatively firm for some farm outputs, global factors and the path of the UK’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic mean things are far…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

How beef scheme aims to serve producer and consumer

A bid to improve the eating quality, production and environmental credentials of British beef has been launched by a group of West Country farmers. The Good Beef Index (GBI) aims…

BROILERS

Can slower-grown breeds work in the UK poultry market?

For decades the poultry industry has striven to improve efficiencies, driven by consumer demand for lower prices. Fast-growing chickens with high feed intakes have been required – but that is…

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News

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Heavy lambs in demand as prices hold firm

Finished lamb prices have seen a resurgence in recent weeks. The GB deadweight SQQ for the week ending 16 October averaged 528.3p/kg – up 5.7p on the previous week. This…

TAKING STOCK

Scottish beef no longer top dog on price

Aggressive sourcing from processors has led to swings of 10-12p/kg in deadweight beef prices, leaving North of England finishers ahead of the Scots on price.  Some large northern finishers have…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pork levy holiday proposed as hefty price drop adds pressure

AHDB Pork is proposing a one-month pork levy holiday, subject to ratification by government ministers. If agreed, the move would be worth approximately £800,000 to the industry, which has suffered…

FARM POLICY

US to lift ban on British lamb imports, PM announces

The US has agreed to lift a decades-old ban on imports of British lamb, Boris Johnson has announced. A ban on the import of UK beef and lamb to the…

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Video

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…

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…

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