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BSE confirmed at Aberdeenshire farm

Posted on October,18,2018 |

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 |

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 |

’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 |

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 |

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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Insights into anti-animal farming strategies

Posted on September,25,2017 |

Animal rights report offers insights into anti-animal farming strategies   A report from a recent Animal Rights National Conference provides several insights into methods vegans and vegetarians are adopting in their ongoing efforts to try to turn the public against animal farming, and how they rate their success to date. Read the full story By Beef […]

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Ireland: ‘Imported NI lambs used by factories to cut prices’

Posted on September,13,2017 |

Ireland: Factories are offering from €4.70/kg to €4.90/kg for lambs this week, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) National Sheep Committee Chairman, John Lynskey. Lynskey said that in some parts of the country supplies are tight and factories are anxious for lambs. The chairman said farmers are getting very annoyed and angry at the way they […]

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Lamb exports soar as imports drop

Posted on September,11,2017 |

The latest import and export statistics contain excellent news for the sheep sector. According to HMRC, imports of lamb into the UK market – primarily from New Zealand – fell by 15 per cent in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period last year. At the same time the value of lamb […]

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Hangover for Irish lamb prices, as demand eases

Posted on September,06,2017 |

The Irish lamb trade is experiencing what can only be described as a hangover following the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha. In the weeks leading up to the festival, throughputs at Department of Agriculture approved sheepmeat export plants swelled and prices, for the most part, held relatively stable. Last week, in the final days leading up […]

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Animal rights activists face trial over abattoir video

Posted on September,05,2017 |

Two animal rights activists were to face trial on Monday for concealing cameras in a slaughterhouse and broadcasting video of pigs being slaughtered in a way they consider to be cruel. The two face charges of trespassing in an individual’s home and invasion of privacy after being caught trying to retrieve their cameras from a slaughterhouse near […]

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