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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…

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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PIGS

Opportunities remain in pig industry despite challenges

Rising feed costs and volatile prices are just some of the difficulties plaguing pig producers over recent months. Below, Rob Mutimer, chairman of the National Pig Association (NPA), shares his…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: How livestock auctions fit in today's meat markets

There is a certain nostalgia associated with trading livestock at a live mart – it is, after all, a system that has operated well for more than 200 years. But…

POULTRY

Outlook 2022: Risks and rewards ahead for poultry sector

Better branding of poultry products is needed to make them more attractive and easily understood by consumers, according to the annual Andersons Outlook report. Vertical integration of the poultry supply…

TAKING STOCK

Beef and lamb markets: Will record-breaking prices continue?

Farming has become much more expensive in the past 12 months, but will record-breaking prices continue to cover across-the-board inflation? Rising input costs resulted from a hike in fuel prices,…

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News

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Price rises and more support bring boost to pig sector

There is cautious optimism for the pig sector this week with finished pig prices inching upwards coupled with announcements of price pledge initiatives for independent producers and Waitrose suppliers. In…

TAKING STOCK

Beef price hike needed to safeguard summer supply

Fears over a summer beef shortage are growing as unprecedented forward cereal prices and rising costs make more farms question the viability of cattle-finishing. Unless prices start moving quickly towards…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Deadweight prices firm for hoggs and spring lambs

Demand has strengthened for old season lamb in the past week as throughputs drop back. The GB old season lamb (OSL) SQQ for the week ending 14 May averaged 605.1p/kg,…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Liveweight lamb prices drop back as throughputs rise

The GB liveweight SQQ for old season lambs averaged 261.61p/kg on Monday 16 May, down by 11p/kg on the previous week. New season lamb prices fell by nearly 6p/kg on…

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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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