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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

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Small abattoirs: How farmers are fighting for their future

Small abattoirs can reduce food miles, cut animal transport times and bolster local economies, yet many are battling to survive. Dogged by red tape and rock-bottom supermarket prices, in a…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2020: Welfare and price issues split poultry sector

It has been a turbulent time for the poultry sector, with supply and demand out of balance, the looming possibility of tariffs post Brexit, and mounting pressure to reduce emissions.…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2020: UK pork could gain from world supply problems

African Swine Fever (ASF) has taken centre stage in an interesting couple of years for the pig sector, and could drive new opportunities for UK producers in coming months, according…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2020: Sheep producers should focus on reducing costs

Sheep farmers are generally well supplied with winter fodder after an excellent season for grass growth, and ewes look to be in good condition for tupping, which all bodes well…

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TAKING STOCK

Finisher margins pressured as store cattle prices firm

Finishers are paying more for store cattle this year following a minor improvement in processor demand and pricing. Store cattle prices hit a historic low in the autumn of 2019…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Pigs lead recovery in livestock income as arable slips

Rising pork prices have boosted pig sector incomes by 95% to £58,000 in 2019, according to Defra’s latest figures. The pig sector figure is part of Defra’s farm business incomes…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Prime beef prices edge up as supplies tighten

Prime beef prices have risen amid tightening UK supplies and a good export trade, according to AHDB figures. All prime average prices rose by 1.4p to settle at 333.3p/kg in…

TAKING STOCK

Store lambs up £20 amid flying prime trade

Farms offloading continental store lambs have achieved £85 a head or more, against a backdrop of rising prime prices and processors offering more than 500p/kg deadweight. Auctioneers say there has…

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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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