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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

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…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2021: Pig sector three-point plan for secure future

British pig farmers should exploit the unique selling points of the home-grown product to set a more certain course amid trade disruptions and uncertainty, says Andersons’ Harry Batt. The past…

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News

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Defra rejects pig sector plea for Covid support

Defra has rejected a plea for a £3.2m Covid-19 compensation package for England’s pig sector. The request was made by the National Pig Association (NPA) in February this year as…

BOVINE TB

Live markets now available for Approved Finishing Unit cattle

Farmers in England and Wales are set to benefit from easier access to TB-dedicated sales platforms for cattle from Approved Finishing Units (AFUs). Defra and the Animal and Plant Health…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

NPA renews compensation push to prevent pig sector crisis

The National Pig Association (NPA) has renewed its call for compensation for businesses most affected by labour shortfalls and trade issues as backlogs of pigs again build up on farms.…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Call for Scots livestock farmers to use market spec tool

Almost 40% of sheep and 30% of beef cattle in Scotland are failing to meet market specification, with many animals being sent to slaughter overfat and overweight, according to Quality…

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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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