Scottish beef farmers up in arms at low prices

Posted on June,19,2019 | 0 Comments

Scottish beef producers were up in arms as deadweight prices saw a substantial drop on the back of Brexit fueled uncertainty and oversupply. Farmers have been struggling to book cattle into abattoirs, with liveweight markets also feeling the pressure. Another factor has come into play with Irish farmers potentially benefitting from a €100 million EU […]


Done deal: British beef gains access to Chinese market

Posted on June,17,2019 | 0 Comments

An agreement has been reached between China and the UK to allow British beef access to the Chinese market, it has emerged. Potentially worth up to an estimated £230 million for British producers in the first five years, the deal comes more than 20 years after the Chinese Government imposed a ban on UK imports of […]


China’s unprecedented pig crisis to impact entire world, expert warns

Posted on April,28,2019 | 0 Comments

Commodities economist predicts African swine fever will trigger an escalation in meat prices across the globe In almost 40 years of analysing commodity markets, Arlan Suderman says he has never witnessed an industry-jolting event as dramatic as the contagion spreading across China’s pig farms. The commodities economist has been warning clients about the impact of African swine fever, which […]


Fears meat processors could move live cattle to UK plants under no-deal Brexit

Posted on April,02,2019 | 0 Comments

There are fears that Irish meat processors, which own plants in Ireland and the UK, could move live cattle for processing in UK plants in the event of a hard Brexit. Speaking in the Dail today, Sinn Fein agriculture spokesman Martin Kenny said a number of Irish meat processors have plants in both Ireland and […]


No-deal Brexit a ‘grisly’ prospect for farming, warn industry leaders

Posted on September,25,2018 | 0 Comments

Food and farming industry representatives have issued a stark warning about the negative impact of a “no-deal” Brexit, following publication of the latest “technical notes” by Defra. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) chief executive Ian Wright described such an outcome as “grisly”, saying it would bring chaos to the ports, serious disruption to food supplies, […]


British R3 heifer prices highest in Europe

Posted on September,25,2018 | 0 Comments

During the week ending September 9, the average R3 heifer price in the EU was 384.5c/kg – an increase of 2.4c/kg from 382.1c/kg in the week ending August 12. According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), Britain moved into first place on the league table during the week ending September 9, with an equivalent […]


ABP signs first Irish deal to sell beef in China

Posted on February,22,2018 | 0 Comments

Larry Goodman’s ABP has secured the first contract to supply Irish beef to China, ahead of the widely-anticipated opening up of the huge Asian market. The ABP Food Group has signed a €50m deal to supply Chinese restaurant chain Wowprime in what is a significant first for the sector here. ABP has been assessing opportunities […]


China pig prices plunge

Posted on February,07,2018 | 0 Comments

Pig prices in China are falling ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday that is the nation’s peak pork eating period, underlining concerns about plentiful supplies in the world’s top producer. The average price paid by large slaughterhouses for pigs has dropped by about 10 percent in the last month according to industry website […]


Fears of beef industry sell-out grow as EU pushes for South America trade deal

Posted on February,03,2018 | 0 Comments

Irish agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has been urged to force a rethink on the “sell-out” of beef farmers amid moves to close a trade deal with the South American Mercosur countries. Concerns have been raised after sources close to the high-level talks say the EU raised the potential for access of beef to the bloc […]


Pork exports to China commence

Posted on November,26,2017 | 0 Comments

The final administration processes have been completed and Northern Ireland’s pork producers have now begun to export their produce to China. Opening of the trade, which could potentially be worth more than £10million in revenue to the local pork sector, was welcomed by Chief Veterinary Officer Robert Huey. The deal, which includes the export of […]