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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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Map: Dairy and lamb price protest hotspots in the UK

A fresh wave of farmer protests has hit the UK over concerns about falling milk and lamb prices. The peaceful demonstrations have taken place at supermarkets, milk distribution centres and…

10 steps to build a profitable Welsh beef industry

The Welsh beef sector needs to become more customer-focused and all parts of the supply chain have to work together, a review has found. A report by SAC Consulting for…

French shoppers have a taste for British beef and lamb

The fortunes of British livestock farmers depend, at least partly, on the French. Our cross-Channel neighbour is the first destination for British lamb exports and French consumers are getting more…

How PGI status could benefit English beef and lamb producers

Achieving PGI status for their meat has opened new markets for Scotland, Wales and the West Country. Charlie Taverner looks at how England’s beef and lamb producers might benefit, too.…

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BUSINESS

Growing beef market threat from Argentina

Increased beef production in Argentina, thanks to a changed political environment, means it could be set to take a larger slice of a new trade deal between the EU and…

BUSINESS

Brexit uncertainty dominates livestock outlook

Beef, sheep and pig exports are predicted to rise this year and there will be a small growth in domestic demand for beef and pork. However, AHDB warned that its…

TAKING STOCK

Livestock sector: Prices and trade predictions for 2018

Analysts are tentatively predicting solid prime beef prices and looking for exchange rates to keep demand high for UK lamb in what could be a bumper year for production. A…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Outlook 2018: Poultry sector is well placed for growth

The broiler sector has benefited from the continued move by consumers towards leaner meat, which saw the monthly volume of poultry meat rise more than 12% in the year to…

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News

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Finished cattle numbers rise as hot weather forces sales

The weather is putting finishers under pressure and more cattle are coming forward. Demand for beef is good, but auction markets in the week to Tuesday (10 July) saw finished…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

NI livestock farmers unhappy about growing beef price gap

Beef farmers in Northern Ireland (NI) say it is “unacceptable” prices are falling and the gap between prices in Britain and NI is getting bigger, when consumer demand for beef…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Lamb prices fall as grass shortage hampers finishing

More imports and a lack of heavy lambs coming to market have caused prices to slip for the fifth week in a row as dwindling grass takes its toll on…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig prices steady despite import competition

Pig prices are holding steady in the hot weather despite the carbon dioxide shortage and falling demand. In the week ending 23 June, the EU-spec Standard Pig Price (SPP) fell…

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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…

Video reveals 'shocking truth' about imported pork

MPs were last night shown footage which questions the systems used to produce cheap pork imports. In a eye-opening video constructed by animal welfare campaigner Tracy Worcester, MPs, farm leaders…

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