New Zealand targets agricultural emissions in climate change bill

Posted on May,09,2019 | 0 Comments

New Zealand’s government will introduce legislation to tackle climate change on Wednesday which includes a target for cutting methane emissions from livestock by at least 10 percent by 2030. The agriculture sector slammed the bill as a threat to one of the largest contributors to New Zealand’s economy, though environmentalists say it is also a […]

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China’s swine fever outbreak sets off scrap over pork

Posted on April,28,2019 | 0 Comments

Meat prices climb worldwide as importers scramble and consumers switch products  The outbreak of African swine fever that is ravaging China’s pig farmers is sending shock waves through Asia’s market for imported meat. Importers in the region face a battle with Chinese buyers, while exporters reap a windfall. The virus that causes ASF has no […]

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Pig processors accused of withholding price increases from farmers

Posted on April,28,2019 | 0 Comments

Processors have been accused of ignoring the plight of struggling pig farmers by failing to pass on the full benefit of market improvements in recent price increases. Although pig prices have lifted by 4c/kg over the last week, the IFA claimed that price hikes of at least 10c/kg were justified following confirmation of significantly tighter […]

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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 […]

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‘Forward pricing should be an option for all factory cattle’

Posted on April,17,2019 | 0 Comments

A farm lobby group has questioned how processors can put a mechanism in place that allows a form of forward pricing for dairy beef whilst “beef finishers face huge losses this year due to the collapse in beef price”. The Beef Plan Movement has highlighted the question saying: “If a form of forward pricing can […]

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BSE confirmed at Aberdeenshire farm

Posted on October,18,2018 | 0 Comments

A case of BSE – so-called mad cow disease – has been confirmed at a farm in Aberdeenshire. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said a movement ban was now in place on the unnamed farm. Investigations are under way to identify the origin of the disease – the first of its kind in Scotland in […]

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Spring lamb quotes under pressure for another week

Posted on September,25,2018 | 0 Comments

As has been the case over the previous few weeks, spring lamb base quotes continue to remain under pressure in plants across the country. As it stands, the majority of major lamb buyers are offering 450-460c/kg (excluding Quality Assurance (QA) bonuses) for suitably-fleshed lambs.   full story – Agriland Sean Cummins

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Another attempt to save IOM abattoir

Posted on February,03,2018 | 0 Comments

’A more commercially focused plant providing better returns for farmers.’ This is the aim of Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture He said this as the new operator, the Isle of Man Meat Company Ltd, met with producers, butchers, retailers and the Manx National Farmers’ Union. The meeting was led by Andrew […]

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Scotland’s niche meat producers work in an ‘abattoir desert’

Posted on January,26,2018 | 0 Comments

TANGIBLE political support is now needed to help create small local abattoirs that can underpin niche meat markets across Scotland’s more remote regions. Reacting to this week’s withheld permission on Skye’s micro-abattoir and the abrupt closure of Orkney’s abattoir two weeks ago, the Scottish Crofting Federation’s chairman Russell Smith declared that local abattoir provision had […]

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Australians push for expanded lamb definition

Posted on October,04,2017 | 0 Comments

THE definition of “lamb” in Australia is likely to change, after the producer and processor peak bodies agreed to look at a new model. Sheepmeat Council of Australia chief executive officer Kat Giles said the council was considering lamb definition as part of a broader review of sheepmeat language. “In some instances, seasonal conditions and production […]

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