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New Document To Encourage Ownership Of Dunbia.

Northern Ireland’s biggest meat processing firm, Dunbia, which specifies in beef, lamb and pork, turns over an average of £800m on a year-to-year basis and has created over 4,000 jobs over the course of the years to build this trusted firm. In recent light however, It has been rumoured that a a teaser document which offers ownership of Dunbia is set to be released.

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Could Reintroducing Swill To Pig Farmers Cut Costs And Save Land?

Recently, a new study was conducted to encourage a lift on the pigswill ban put in place by the European Union after the foot-and-mouth disease in 2001. It is believed that by incorporating harnessed technology developed by East Asian countries we could turn wasted human food into safe pig consumption through “heat-treating”. This suggests a 50% cut on animal feed for farmers and potentially saving around 1.8 million hectares of land and over a quarter hectares of Brazilian forest and savannah from pig feed production and grain.

A UK farmer was thought to have caused the outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease; after feeding uncooked food waste to pigs, illegally. In 2002 the EU officially declared all pigswill as illegal. However, the UK has built a high-profile campaign against this, The Pig Idea, with the help of celebrity chefs such as Ben Fogle, Janet Street-Porter and Giorgio Locatelli.

According to research conducted from the University of Cambridge, it not longer makes sense why the EU are reluctant to revert the ban when there is demonstrable proof that East Asian countries have developed technology that recycles food waste into safe food consumption for pigs. Not only that, figures show that the EU can cut the increasing feed costs for pig farmers and save  21.5% of land required for pork industry’s.

A statement was published in the Journal Food Policy from the leader of the study in University of Cambridge Zoology department, Erasmus zu Ermgassen:

“Following the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, different countries looked at the same situation, the same evidence, and came to opposite conclusions for policy,”

“In many countries in East Asia we have a working model for the safe use of food waste as pig feed. It is a highly regulated and closely monitored system that recycles food waste and produces low-cost pig feed with a low environmental impact.”

Swill is used all over different parts of the world – Reintroducing swill has been described as a possible saviour in global resources and provide an environmentally friendly recycling solution which could save an estimated 102.5 million tonne of food waste in the EU each year! In Japan over 35% of food waste is now recycled into animal feed.

In regards of the EU, researchers must examine further data and produce real models on how much land and money can be saved on reintroducing swill before consideration. Swill is a cheaper solution to grain and soybean-based meals. According to researchers the costs for farmers on animal feed could be reduced dramatically by 50%. The soybean meal alone takes up around 1.2 million hectares across South America and an estimate 75% of agricultural land, worldwide, accounts for livestock and this is primarily produce for animals.

Understandably, the EU’s concerns are about safety and the concept of feeding human food to animals as “unhealthy” however Erasmus zu Ermgassen expresses why these concerns are incorrect and purely based on assumptions:

“Pigs are omnivorous animals; in the wild they would eat anything they could forage for, from vegetable matter to other animal carcasses, and they have been fed food waste since they were domesticated by humans 10,000 years ago. Swill actually provides a more traditional diet for pigs than the grain-based feed currently used in modern EU systems,”

“A recent survey found that 25% of smallholder farmers in the UK admit to illegally feeding uncooked food waste to their pigs, so the fact is that the current ban is not particularly safe from a disease-outbreak perspective. Feeding uncooked food waste is dangerous because pigs can catch diseases from raw meat, but a system supporting the regulated use of heat-treated swill does not have the same risks,”
By 2050, the demand on meat and dairy products is forecasted to increase by 60% – The EU are already looking into proposals of reverting the food waste laws and dramatically reducing the ecological footprint by using Processed Animal Protein (PAP). This would mean bringing back insects as poultry and pig food and poultry products would be used for fish food.

Erasmus zu Ermgassen says how the environmental and economical concern has driven the re-assessment of the animal feed ban;

“The reintroduction of swill feeding in the EU would require backing from pig producers, the public, and policy makers, but it has substantial potential to improve the environmental and economic sustainability of EU pork production. It is time to reassess whether the EU’s blanket ban on the use of food waste as feed is the right thing for the pig industry,”

Halal VS Kosher meat – What are the differences?

Here at Meatex, we are experts in the meat industry and are more than just an online portal in B2B meat trading. Sell and buy, through us, some of the finest meats and cuts across the UK. We are traders ourselves and like to bring you the best quality.

Today we have been looking at Halal VS Kosher meat; The cultures, similarities and differences. We often find people asking questions, showing pure curiosity and confusion towards the subject. “What is Halal meat and what is Kosher meat?” Well, let us break things down for you.

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The Future Of Farming Tools – The “Drone”


Recently Meatex have been reading a lot of articles which indicate a new wave of technology for the farming world. This “new” farming tool is actually not as “new” as it may seem – In fact, it was revolutionary during the 1920’s and farmers brought in over £15 thousand in revenue. Now, it has creeped back in and is again changing the way farming is done.

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Could Meat Suppliers And Retailers Lose Businesses Due To New Meat Labelling Laws?

Late December of last year, there was a press release on how food retailers and meat suppliers could be in danger of being fined for their meat labelling and how truthful it is. – It is certainly true that everybody wants to know what they are eating and where is has come from and with the new law which has been put in place for businesses to-do so, people may become more comfortable buying cheaper produce.

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Online Tools For The Farming Industry – The Meatex Round-up.

Here at Meatex, we’ve worked in the meat industry for over 40 years and throughout that time have always been passionate about the benefits that technology can bring to the industry both in terms of cost reduction and improved efficiency.  Meatex is the website for connecting people in the meat industry, and below is a great selection of other farming industry tools that also help people in the meat and farming industries to perform their work better, and run more profitable businesses.

We have chosen the best online tools for the farming industry which could work the best for your farming business. Lets start with our top result, as its a little better known than the others-


McDonalds Free Online Tool

McDonalds have recently designed a new digital business tool to help farmers save money and think about their strategies and their whole marketing plan a little deeper. The tool which has been designed is called “What if?” One thing which makes this tool slightly different from others tools is, it compares up to 10% of your surrounding farms and what they are doing. So you can possibly see if there is something they are doing that you aren’t or vice versa. The tool has been designed not only to try and save you and build your profit but also help you find ways to decrease C02 emission. When McDonalds put a Dorset farmer on a trial of this app, it was recorded he saved profits of nearly £10,000, £9,917 to be precise. It goes to show those small ‘what if’ changes can sometimes make such a huge potential difference.

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 Herd Management Calendar

Our next one from the selection of online tools for the farming industry has been designed by AHDB. They have a range of different tools available for your farming business. The first one we are going to talk about it their Herd Management Calendar. This effective tool is a way to calculate and keep track of your herd – You can add an unlimited amount of herds from your spring to autumn collection. You can also keep track of any vet appointments, their feeds, any cost reduction ways, and much more. It is a yearly calendar giving you weekly reminders on everything to-do with your cattle.

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 Flock Management Calendar

Very much like the Herd Management Calendar, there is a Flock Management Calendar performing many of the same functions as the herd calendar, but it is designed specifically for your sheep, and makes sure you are looking after and improving any farming business techniques.

Estimated Breeding Value Tool

AHDB have also designed online training tools to help you as farmers to improve knowledge on EBV (Estimated breeding values) so when it comes to buying animals, you have modern technology to back up your own knowledge and ensure you’re buying and selling at the right rates. The website offers training tools as well as up to date information on latest market prices.


 Sheep Carbon Footprint

Finally, Alltech have have designed a tool for improving carbon footprint within a farm. It is called Sheep Carbon Footprint and it basically manages and assess certain aspects of your business which could be improved and positively changed. By adjusting certain values and seeing their outcome you can  assess what you can do to be more eco-friendly. As well as environmental benefits,  this can lead to cost saving and

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If you notice it is sponsored by the same company as McDonalds app, which was mentioned earlier. “AllTech ECO2” As well as supporting other huge farming industries with their online farming tools, they have also got their own tools which base themselves more around the McDonalds “What if” Tool including:

what if So there we have our round-up of different online tools for you to use to help improve your farming business. Let us know on Twitter ( @meatex1) which is your favourite and and if any others were helpful for you.