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01 Dec 2023

View from the Market

Get the lowdown straight from the market about what’s good, what’s not, and what everyone’s talking about, from our very own 'Mystic' Greg Houlton.

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JBS Mulls More Investments In Saudi Arabia

JBS Mulls More Investments In Saudi Arabia

J&F, parent company of food processor JBS SA, said the meat giant is mulling new investments in Saudi Arabia as a Brazilian government delegation that includes president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva meets local officials to boost business ties. “Every day we become m...
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Italy could face EU fines over ban on lab-grown meat

Italy could face EU fines over ban on lab-grown meat

Italy could face EU fines over a ban on lab-grown meat aimed at protecting the country’s culinary heritage and farmers’ livelihoods. The law prohibits the production, sale and consumption of laboratory-produced food “from cell cultures or tissue derived from vertebrate...
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Australian sheep flock hits record high

Australian sheep flock hits record high

Australia is reporting a record sheep flock, 78 million head, which means the price of mutton has collapsed, as low as 80 US cents per kilo, and many farmers are culling or not mating their ewes to cut costs and implement a workable sustainable food/flock relation ahead of the...
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Vegan diet to be ‘imposed’ on Warwick University students

Vegan diet to be ‘imposed’ on Warwick University students

Tens of thousands of students from one of Britain’s top Russell Group universities will now be served vegan food after activists won a vote to ban all meat and dairy products. Students at the University of Warwick supported a motion to ensure union-run catering outlets g...
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Welsh secure new lamb deal with Japan

Welsh secure new lamb deal with Japan

Sushi, Tempora, Gyoza, Welsh Lamb…that could be a gourmet menu in Japan as early as next week after the announcement of a new export deal by Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair today. “I can tell you today that Welsh Lamb is on its way ...
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Irish Angus beef pushes for PGI status

Irish beef farmers are a step closer to achieving protected geographical indication (PGI) status in the EU for certified Irish Angus Beef. If successful, this could allow beef producers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to receive a premium for Aberdeen Angus cat...
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AHDB: Beef market update for October

AHDB: Beef market update for October

GB deadweight cattle prices varied throughout October. The all-prime average price started the month at 479.2p/kg and stabilised before a slight drop of around 2.5p for the last two weeks. Overall cow prices fell with some large drops through the month, down by 30p throughout...
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AHDB: Lamb market update for October

AHDB: Lamb market update for October

The liveweight SQQ averaged 255p/kg in October, up by just under 4p since September. Liveweight SQQ prices ended the month as they started, averaging 252p/kg for the week ending 4 November, having peaked at 258p/kg in the second week. The deadweight  SQQ  averaged 564p/k...
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Ireland: Work permit quotas for meat processors ‘exhausted’

Ireland: Work permit quotas for meat processors ‘exhausted’

The provision of work permits for meat processors have been supplied to the extent that their quotas have now been described as “exhausted” by a government minister. This was said by Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE), Neale Ric...
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Californian market opens up to UK pork in January

Californian market opens up to UK pork in January

NSF, the only Red Tractor Certification Body for pork, can now certify British pork for the lucrative Californian market. NSF has become one of the first UK certification bodies to offer California’s Proposition 12 (Prop 12) certification for UK pork. This certification is c...
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JBS resumes operations, expands beef plant in Brazil

JBS resumes operations, expands beef plant in Brazil

JBS has resumed operations at its Friboi facility in Diamantino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, following a fire in June this year. The factory, which has a processing capacity of 3,600 heads of cattle per day, will stand as the largest beef facility in Latin America, employing 3,000 w...
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Jersey abattoir closure a ‘massive blow’ for farmers

Jersey abattoir closure a ‘massive blow’ for farmers

The only abattoir in Jersey will remain closed until mid-December, the island’s infrastructure minister has said. The abattoir in St Helier was forced to close after sustaining extensive damage during Storm Ciarán. The government said there was “a large amountR...
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Farmer’s Alliance calls for lab grown meat to be banned in Ireland

Farmer’s Alliance calls for lab grown meat to be banned in Ireland

The Farmer’s Alliance political party have called for lab grown meat to be banned in Ireland to protect “traditional” meat products. The announcement was made by the new political party on the social media platform X, as the group called for a ban on “the production, s...
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Italy bans lab-grown meat due to social and economic risks

Italy has become the first nation to ban lab-grown meat, in what the Italian Minister for Agriculture, Francesco Lollobrigida described as a bid to prevent social and economic risks. The law was passed by Italy’s lower house of parliament, having already been approved by the...
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NZ’s Pure South Beef crowned ‘best grass-fed steak in world’

NZ’s Pure South Beef crowned ‘best grass-fed steak in world’

Alliance Group’s Pure South Handpicked 55 Day Aged Beef scooped the ‘best grass-fed steak in the world’ at the World Steak Challenge Awards ceremony in London. It also received a host of other accolades including the world’s best ribeye steak, the standard ­­­­­go...
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NI beef farmers to benefit from all-Ireland protected status

NI beef farmers to benefit from all-Ireland protected status

Irish grass-fed beef is to be granted special recognition by the European Commission for its characteristics and geographical origin. The commission is in the final stage of granting Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, which has been passed with no objections. The ...
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5,600 pigs killed in Hong Kong after ASF outbreak

The Hong Kong authorities ordered the culling of around 5,600 pigs after African swine fever (ASF) was discovered at a local pig farm, Reuters reports. The pig farm at Lau Fau Shan, rural Yuen Long area, near the mainland China border, tested positive for the ASF virus after s...
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Serbian poultry farmers want access to the European market

Serbian poultry farmers want access to the European market

Access to the European poultry market could effectively double Serbian poultry production, a local poultry association estimated. Poultry production in Serbia is thriving, especially by the gauge of the local livestock industry, Ivan Stanojlović, chairman of the Serbian assoc...
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Barclay named Defra Secretary as Coffey resigns

Barclay named Defra Secretary as Coffey resigns

Former Secretary of State for Health Steve Barclay has been named as the new head of Defra. The appointment follows the resignation of Therese Coffey who announced she would be ‘stepping back from Government’ amid the Prime Minister’s emergency reshuffle. Ms Coff...
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Brazil projected to claim top spot for poultry exports in 2024

Brazil projected to claim top spot for poultry exports in 2024

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicts that global exports of chicken meat will increase by 2.91% to at least 14 million tons next year. Brazil is expected to dominate this market with a projected 36% of worldwide exports, while the United States, the worl...
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Tyson Foods to shut two more US sites

Tyson Foods to shut two more US sites

US meat processing company Tyson Foods is closing two of its case-ready meat production facilities. The sites affected will be in Jacksonville, Florida and in Columbia, South Carolina, the company confirmed to Just Food. Commenting in a statement, Tyson described the news as...
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ABP ‘cleared’ to acquire Scotbeef businesses

ABP ‘cleared’ to acquire Scotbeef businesses

A competition regulator has ‘cleared’ Anglo Beef Processor’s (ABP) acquisition of Scotbeef after concerns the deal could have ‘undermined competition in the red meat sector’. The Competition and Markets Authority confirmed it had approved the Irish proces...
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Irish Cattle & Sheep Trade & Prices w/e October 29th 2023

Irish Cattle & Sheep Trade & Prices w/e October 29th 2023

Cattle & Beef Throughput: Up until the week ending October 29th 2023, cattle throughput in DAFM approved plants totalled 1,462,398 head, a 3% decrease from the corresponding period last year. Prime cattle have been presented for slaughter a few weeks later that normal th...
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Reviving UK Pork Exports to China

Reviving UK Pork Exports to China

Defra Secretary Thérèse Coffey has discussed the suspension of pork exports to China from key UK pork plants during a visit to the country this week. China suspended the export licences from three key UK pork plants during the Covid epidemic – Pilgrim’s Ashton plant, w...
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Russian government issues poultry export ban

Russian government issues poultry export ban

The Russian Agricultural Ministry has published a draft decree under which poultry and egg exports from the country will be banned for the next 6 months in order to bring price relief to the domestic market. The measure was rolled out shortly following a government meeting whe...
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Bird flu confirmed on South Lincolnshire turkey farm

Bird flu has been confirmed on a turkey farm in south Lincolnshire, just days after the government lowered the risk level of the disease. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in commercial turkeys on 9 November at an indoor turkey farm near Donington. A 3km p...
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Irish beef exports to China suspended after BSE case

Irish beef exports to China suspended after BSE case

Beef exports from the Republic of Ireland to China have been suspended after a case of atypical BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease, was detected in a cow. Irish broadcaster RTÉ reports that the case was confirmed on Friday after tests were carried out by Irish Department ...
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Government’s live export ban ‘bad news’ for the home market

Government’s live export ban ‘bad news’ for the home market

The government’s intention to ban live exports is ‘bad news’ for the home market, the industry has warned amid fears that farmers may see lower prices. The industry has responded with concern to the announcement of a live export ban which was included in th...
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GB pig prices for w/e November 5th 2023

GB pig prices for w/e November 5th 2023

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP fell by a further 1.1p during the week ended November 4 to stand at 217.78p/kg, meaning the price index has now fallen by nearly 8p since mid-August. The decline followed the previous week’s dip of 0.7...
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China’s economy back in decline as pork prices continue to plummet.

BEIJING, Nov 9 (Reuters) – China’s consumer prices swung lower in October, as key gauges of domestic demand pointed to weakness not seen since the pandemic, while factory-gate deflation deepened, casting doubts over the chances of a broad-based economic recovery. T...
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Australia: Meat inspectors and vets strike over pay

Australia: Meat inspectors and vets strike over pay

The meat industry says it will take days to recover after hundreds of workers walk off the job around Australia today. Plant veterinarians and food safety meat assessors — from the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fis...
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King’s Speech: Government commits to end live animal exports

King’s Speech: Government commits to end live animal exports

The government has committed to end the live exports of animals from Great Britain for slaughter or fattening, despite warnings from the industry. The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill will deliver on a government promise – made in December 2020 – to end th...
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Portsmouth becomes latest council to defy vegan trend

Portsmouth becomes latest council to defy vegan trend

Portsmouth is set to become the fourth council in recent weeks to defy the vegan trend in a show of support for farmers of all sectors. A campaign to push local councils into publicly expressing support for farmers while rejecting compulsory plant-based menus has now reached P...
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Japan opens doors to British cooked poultry meat

Japan opens doors to British cooked poultry meat

British cooked poultry meat products will soon reach Japanese tables thanks to a new market access deal that will benefit UK farmers, meat processers and exporters. The industry estimates that this market could be worth over £10 million in the next five  years. UK poultry me...
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NZ: Plenty to bleat about as lamb price tumbles

NZ: Plenty to bleat about as lamb price tumbles

New season lamb schedule prices are falling earlier and further than many predicted, reaching levels last seen in 2017. AgriHQ senior analyst Mel Croad says the lamb schedule fell by 10-30c/kg this week, further and a week or two earlier than expected, with some companies now...
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Red Tractor suspends its Greener Farms Commitment

Red Tractor suspends its Greener Farms Commitment

Farm assurance body Red Tractor has put its controversial plans for a new Greener Farms Commitment (GFC) on hold, pending an NFU-commissioned review of the organisation’s governance. The voluntary GFC module is supposed to come into effect next April, providing a framework f...
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‘Significant disruption’ to pork production in Northern Ireland, as Government vets strike

‘Significant disruption’ to pork production in Northern Ireland, as Government vets strike

There is set to be significant disruption to pork production in Northern Ireland this week, as Government vets carry out a five-day strike over an unsatisfactory pay deal. Union members of the Veterinary Service Animal Health Group (VSAHG) and the NIPSA union, which represents...
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Irish beef farmers need ‘significant’ price increase ‘without delay’

Irish beef farmers need ‘significant’ price increase ‘without delay’

Factories must increase their prices to close the gap between prime Irish beef prices and the prime export benchmark price, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has urged. IFA president Tim Cullinan said that the Irish price is now over 40c/kg behind the Bord Bia prime e...
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Pig welfare outweighs climate concerns for consumers

Pig welfare outweighs climate concerns for consumers

Consumers would rather pay more for higher-welfare pork than for pork with a reduced climate footprint, according to a thought-provoking study by the University of Copenhagen.  Researchers from the University looked at whether consumers from Denmark, Germany, the UK and Shang...
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China stops buying Dutch lamb & beef over bluetongue concerns

China stops buying Dutch lamb & beef over bluetongue concerns

China has banned the import of beef and lamb from the Netherlands due to the spread of the bluetongue disease. The official prohibition applies to all ruminant animals and products derived from them. The Asian country has also banned the import of beef and lamb products from B...
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Strikes end at Browns of Kelloholm as pay deal agreed

Strikes end at Browns of Kelloholm as pay deal agreed

A series of strikes at a meat processing firm in southern Scotland is over after workers secured a 13.2% pay rise. Unite union members at Browns in Kelloholm carried out several rounds of industrial action in August and September. It said workers had now secured an “exce...
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Jobs at risk as Avara factory closure announced

Jobs at risk as Avara factory closure announced

More than 300 jobs are at risk as poultry firm Avara has proposed closing down its Newent factory. Avara said the decision comes after facing significant inflationary pressure over the past two years. It hopes the closure will result in fewer, better-invested facilities and mo...
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Smithfield market traders’ anger over works delays

THE chairman of the Smithfield Market Tenants’ Association used a formal breakfast this week to complain about delays to the opening of the Museum of London on the Smithfield site. Speaking on Wednesday in the presence of Lord Mayor Nicholas Lyons at Butcher’s Hall in Bart...
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GB pig prices for w/e October 14th, 2023 – another big drop, EU prices plummet

GB pig prices for w/e October 14th, 2023 – another big drop, EU prices plummet

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP was down by a further 1.62p during the week ended October 14 to stand at 220.12p/kg, after stabilising the previous week. This was the second biggest fall of the year, meaning the SPP has now lost 5.5p s...
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Shropshire trio face court date over meat fraud

Shropshire trio face court date over meat fraud

THREE men convicted of conning foreign meat firms out of more than £600,000 will discover how much they will be expected to pay back next month. Dale Seymore, Darren Williams and Fahd Bux all pleaded guilty in April this year to being concerned in an arrangement which facilit...
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Irish Sheepmeat Prices – w/e October 15th 2023

Irish Sheepmeat Prices – w/e October 15th 2023

Quotes: Base quotes for lambs from the major processors have held steady this week with 600-610c/kg (plus QA bonus) available. Market demand for lamb continues to be subdued in key export markets with inflation, higher levels of imports from non-EU markets and competition fro...
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Irish Beef Prices – w/e October 15th 2023

Irish Beef Prices – w/e October 15th 2023

Throughput: Up until the week ending October 15th  2023, cattle throughput in DAFM approved plants totalled 1,381,842 head, a 3% decrease from the corresponding period last year. Prime cattle have been presented for slaughter a few weeks later that normal this autumn due to ...
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EU pork production down, prices down

EU pork production down, prices down

Pork production in the EU was 8% down, at 11.9Mt, over the first seven months of this year, the second successive year of significant decline.  The production figure for January to July was also 10% down on the five-year average. The EU Commission’s latest forecast is for p...
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GB pig prices for week ending October 7, 2023 – SPP stabilises after biggest loss of the year

GB pig prices for week ending October 7, 2023 – SPP stabilises after biggest loss of the year

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP stabilised, gaining 0.01p to stand at 221.73p/kg during the week ended October 7,  after recording its biggest drop of the year, 1.75p, the previous week. The tiny increase ended a run of six consecutiv...
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Butchers excluded from Shortage Occupation List

Butchers excluded from Shortage Occupation List

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has expressed disappointment that the Government’s advisory body on labour has rejected calls to add butchers and poultry dressers to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). The Migration Advisory Committee have just published...
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ASF Italy: Almost 35,000 pigs culled

The number of culled pigs due to African Swine Fever (ASF) in the northern Italian region of Lombardy has grown to almost 35,000 on 22 farms. This number of pigs had to be culled to stop further spread of the virus. It was confirmed by the Italian veterinary authorities. Fra...
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China permits Russian pork supplies

China permits Russian pork supplies

MOSCOW. Sept 28 (Interfax) – China has granted Russia permission to supply pork to the Chinese market following ten years of Russia seeking entry to the country’s large pork market, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor...
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Dawn Meats’ Kildare acquisition is cleared

The competition watchdog has cleared the proposed acquisition of Kildare Chilling by Dawn Meats after a full investigation of the deal. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) had determined in June that a full probe was needed to establish whether the propos...
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£4m small abattoir fund to open by end of 2023

£4m small abattoir fund to open by end of 2023

A Small Abattoir fund will open by the end of this year, providing £4m of funding in England to help improve productivity, enhance animal health and welfare and encourage investment in new technologies in vital local plants. Small abattoirs have come under increased pressure ...
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Webinar will offer tips on exporting red meat to Canada

Webinar will offer tips on exporting red meat to Canada

Red meat businesses will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight on exporting to Canada through a webinar scheduled for October 19th. The event will offer a comprehensive overview of key considerations, including tips for navigating route to market, compliance, and custo...
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New Zealand: Meat exports crash as China stalls

New Zealand: Meat exports crash as China stalls

New Zealand’s largest red meat export market has hit the wall, with China taking much less of our sheepmeat and beef. Latest figures from the Meat Industry Association (MIA) show that China is still our largest red meat export market. However, during the month of July, t...
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Sweden faces pork export bans after ASF discovery

Sweden faces pork export bans after ASF discovery

A number of countries have banned imports of Swedish pork after African swine fever was discovered in wild boar for the first time in the country. Armenia, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Ukraine have halted pork shipments from the country even though ...
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New Zealand: Meat exporters face tough times

New Zealand: Meat exporters face tough times

Meat processor and exporter Alliance Group concedes it is facing tough global market conditions with both weaker demand and pricing. In its latest newsletter to supplier/shareholders, chief executive Willie Wiese says, like all red meat exporters, Alliance’s livestock pr...
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Minerva set to become Brazil’s second-largest beef processor

Minerva Foods has made a major move to strengthen its position in the beef market with the acquisition of cattle slaughtering and deboning plants from Marfrig for BRL 7.5 billion (approx. $1.53 billion). This significant deal includes 11 plants and a distribution center in Bra...
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NZ: Staff cuts on the cards at meat processor Alliance

NZ: Staff cuts on the cards at meat processor Alliance

Alliance Group is currently conducting a review of its operational framework, which may lead to a few staff members being made redundant. The review aims to ensure that the company is adequately meeting the demands of its farmers, customers, and global market conditions. Conse...
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Irish Cattle & Sheep Trade & Prices w/e September 3rd 2023

Irish Cattle & Sheep Trade & Prices w/e September 3rd 2023

Cattle & Beef Throughput: Up until the week ending September 3rd 2023, the overall cattle throughput in DAFM approved plants has totalled approximately 1,165,586 head, a 3% decrease from the corresponding period last year. Cattle are coming forward later that  normal  d...
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GB pig prices for w/e September 2nd 2023 – SPP drops back again

GB pig prices for w/e September 2nd 2023 – SPP drops back again

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP fell by 0.58p to 224.76p/kg during the week ended September 2, its biggest backward step since the first week of the year. This latest drop, following the previous week’s 0.32p reduction, means the SP...
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Farmers still cautious as pig numbers drop

Pig numbers in England have fallen to their lowest levels in over a decade as the impact of last year’s reduction in breeding sows filtered through the supply chain. Latest Defra livestock population figures revealed England’s pig herd fell by almost half a million...
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Lab-grown meat can be kosher and halal, experts say

Lab-grown meat can be kosher and halal, experts say

(Reuters) – Lab-grown meat can be labeled kosher and halal as long as its cells are derived in methods compliant with religious standards, according to two panels of experts commissioned by the nascent industry. The opinions are a win for cell-cultivated meat companies, ...
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U.S. clears Smithfield’s acquisition by China’s Shuanghui

(Reuters) – The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has cleared the way for Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd’s proposed $4.7 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc. The deal, which would be the biggest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, still needs...
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Swine fever detected in Sweden for the first time

STOCKHOLM, Sept 6 (Reuters) – A dead wild boar in Sweden has tested positive for African swine fever, Sweden’s Veterinary Institute said on Wednesday, the first such case in the country. African swine fever is harmless to humans but is highly contagious and deadly ...
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Irish Cattle Trade & Prices

Irish Cattle Trade & Prices

Cattle & Beef Throughput: Up until the week ending August 27th 2023, the overall cattle throughput in DAFM approved plants has totalled approximately 1,100,616 head, a 3% decrease from the corresponding period last year. Cattle supplies are expected to see some seasonal i...
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France makes fresh bid to ban meat names for plant-based food

France makes fresh bid to ban meat names for plant-based food

France has revealed revised proposals to ban the use of meat-related names, such as “steak” and “spare ribs,” for plant-based food produced in the country. The intention is to avoid “misleading claims” that some meat alternatives can make. A...
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Kepak appoints new CEO

Kepak appoints new CEO

Irish meat-processing group Kepak has announced the appointment of food business professional Brian Farrell as the new CEO of its foods division. Prior to joining Kepak, which is based in Co Meath, Mr Farrell held several senior executive positions with Glanbia and IBI Corpora...
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Uruguay to resume meat exports to Mexico

Uruguay to resume meat exports to Mexico

Uruguay announced the resumption of meat exports to Mexico after three years, with 22 slaughterhouses authorized to sell beef and sheep meat to that country for the next two years, it was reported in Montevideo. Mexico’s National Service of Agrifood Health, Safety, and Q...
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Shares take a tumble as investors beef about Minerva’s acquisition

Shares take a tumble as investors beef about Minerva’s acquisition

SAO PAULO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Shares in South America’s largest beef exporter fell sharply on Tuesday as investors digested Minerva’s BEEF3.SA move to acquire 16 slaughterhouses from rival meatpacker Marfrig MRFG3.SA for 7.5 billion reais ($1.53 billion...
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Australia: Shoppers paying high meat prices as farmers say sheep not worth sending to market

Australia: Shoppers paying high meat prices as farmers say sheep not worth sending to market

Farmers in Australia are shooting sheep rather than taking them to market because the price they are being paid for lamb is not enough to cover their costs.  Retail prices for meat remain high and food relief charities say they are supporting record numbers of families strug...
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Marfrig and Minerva agree to major moves in the global meat markets

Marfrig and Minerva agree to major moves in the global meat markets

Marfrig and Minerva the two protein production and processing giants, from Brazil, and which dominate a significant share to the global market have agreed to concentrate in different spheres of the market, in a deal that has shaken the whole industry. Meatpacker Marfrig has ag...
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Brazil’s Marfrig sells abattoirs to Minerva in $1.5 bn deal

SAO PAULO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Brazilian meatpacker Marfrig has agreed to sell 16 slaughtering plants to rival Minerva for 7.5 billion reais ($1.54 billion) in a deal that will significantly change its profile in South America, according to a securities filing. With the ...
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Sheep Meat Trade between the UK and Australia: Current State and Future Outlook

The UK and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on June 15, 2021, that allows for the free trade of various goods, including sheep meat. The FTA permits sheep meat to be traded without tariffs between the two countries, making it easier for UK consumers to enjoy Austr...
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US sheep farmers call for tariffs on NZ sheep meat imports

US sheep farmers call for tariffs on NZ sheep meat imports

Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor has expressed concern over a bid by United States sheep farmers to impose tariffs on New Zealand sheep meat exports. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson echoed O’Connor’s concerns and said the ministry app...
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Reform poultry industry to halt bird flu, welfare charity demands

Reform poultry industry to halt bird flu, welfare charity demands

The poultry industry needs to be reformed in order to stop the spread of avian influenza, a new report released by Compassion in World Farming has warned. The report – called Bird flu: Only major farm reforms can end it – claims that, contrary to popular belief, wild bird...
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Ireland: Downward pressure on beef prices ‘unacceptable and must stop’

Ireland: Downward pressure on beef prices ‘unacceptable and must stop’

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has hit out at what it has called “downward pressure” being applied to beef prices by meat processors, saying it is “unacceptable and must stop”. Speaking this morning (Wednesday, August 23), Brendan Golden, the IFA’s Livestock ...
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Defra lifts bird flu ban

Defra has lifted its ban on gatherings of certain poultry and birds, including chickens, turkeys and pheasants, following the UK’s largest ever outbreak of bird flu. From Wednesday (23 August), gatherings of birds, which also include partridge, quail and guinea fowl, are...
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Young’s confirms closure of Grimsby site with loss of 200 jobs

Young’s confirms closure of Grimsby site with loss of 200 jobs

Young’s Seafood will close its Marsden Road site in Grimsby, with the anticipated loss of more than 200 jobs. The company has been unable to find a way to keep operations going, with the loss of a retail contract understood to have led to the move. The Ross House team has wo...
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FSS launches food crime protection tool for businesses

FSS launches food crime protection tool for businesses

Food Standards Scotland has unveiled its new online tool that it claims may prevent them becoming a victim of food crime. Unveiling its new online tool, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged food and drink businesses to sign up to use it as it believes it “may prevent them...
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JBS posts $53 million net loss in second quarter

JBS posts $53 million net loss in second quarter

JBS released its Q2 2023 financial results this week, revealing a net loss of $53 million in Q2 2023, down sharply from a net profit of $803 million in Q2 2022. The decline was the result of an oversupply of poultry and tighter beef margins in the U.S., as well as an overall c...
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Researchers make plant-based meat “more palatable”

Researchers make plant-based meat “more palatable”

University of Leeds researchers have developed a colloidal technique that “could give a juicy sensation without adding fat” to plant-based meat. Hoping to encourage even more consumers to opt for plant-based meat, a team of researchers at the University of Leeds have devel...
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Frustrations grow at lack of progress over food import controls

Frustrations grow at lack of progress over food import controls

Fears are growing that the UK government plans to delay food import controls post-Brexit for a fifth time, which poultry leaders argue will lead to a flood of cheap imports. The British Poultry Council says proportionate controls are key to a profitable, sustainable food sys...
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Opposition builds towards Cranswick’s proposed ‘mega farm’

Cranswick is facing significant opposition from locals at the proposed construction of a large pig and poultry farm in rural Norfolk. Hundreds of people in the villages of Methwold and Feltwell have objected to the company’s plans to build a site to rear millions of pigs and...
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Dawn Meats co-founder Peter Queally dies, aged 83

Dawn Meats co-founder Peter Queally dies, aged 83

Peter Queally, the Irish entrepreneur who co-founded one of Europe’s largest meat processors, has died aged 83. The Waterford businessman was a well-known figure in the Irish food industry, having founded Dawn Meats – along with his brother John and business partner Dan Br...
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Australia: Lamb price to remain soft

Australia: Lamb price to remain soft

Lamb consumption in China hasn’t taken off post-Covid, resulting in high inventories in coldstores. North Island prices last month dipped to $7.20/kg. In the same week a year ago they were $9.10/kg. The South Island lamb price was forecast at $7.30/kg compared to $9.20/kg th...
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UK ends strict controls for beef and poultry from Brazil

UK ends strict controls for beef and poultry from Brazil

The UK has lifted reinforced inspections on meat products from Brazil after analyzing the country’s control system. The decision covers consignments of beef, poultry, and meat products and preparations exported from Brazil to England, Scotland, and Wales. It comes after an a...
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UK pork imports rise as domestic supplies dwindle

UK pork imports rise as domestic supplies dwindle

UK pork imports rose in May as supplies of domestic pork remained suppressed due to the contraction of the national breeding herd.  Total pork imports for the month, at 68,600 tonnes, were nearly 9,300 tonnes (16%) up from April’s levels and 2% (1,600 tonnes) higher than Ma...
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Pressure on GB beef market as prices continue to fall

Pressure on GB beef market as prices continue to fall

NFU Livestock Board chair Richard Findlay shares his concerns for the UK’s beef market following a sharp downturn in the price of British and Irish beef. There is growing concern that we’re seeing sustained falls in the GB beef price. In the last 8 weeks we’ve seen o...
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Takeover rumours mount for Irish meat processor

A major Cavan Town meat processor has refused to comment on speculation of an impending takeover, in the same week as an investigation into paperwork irregularities were revealed. The Anglo-Celt understands that McCarren & Co could potentially be taken over by Irish meat p...
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Abattoirs report lamb numbers up but carcase weights lighter

Abattoirs report lamb numbers up but carcase weights lighter

Reduced carcase weights are limiting production volumes despite sheep and cattle numbers climbing during the first half of 2023, according to the latest UK abattoir data. Prime lamb slaughterings have been strong so far this year with March recording the highest monthly throug...
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Hide and skin values remain under pressure

Hide and skin values remain under pressure

Prices for cattle hides and sheepskins are struggling amid lower demand and finished leather sales remaining uncertain. After a notable period of stability, UK heavy cattle hide values have taken a dip in recent weeks. The supply chain continues to be squeezed by increased cos...
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The Meatex Masterclass – A Tour de Force Through the Various Meat Cuts!

The Meatex Masterclass – A Tour de Force Through the Various Meat Cuts!

Welcome, meat enthusiasts and budget-conscious gourmands alike, to the most tantalizing and educational experience you’ll ever embark upon: The Meatex guide to the different cuts of beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. Get ready to explore the succulent universe of meat cuts, ...
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UK pig throughputs hit 10-year low

UK pig throughputs hit 10-year low

UK pigmeat production over the first half of this year was 13% down on 2022 and the lowest figure recorded since 2017, as pig supplies fell to a 10-year low.  In June the UK produced 74,700 tonnes of pig meat, according to Defra data, 7% down from May volumes and down 11% J...
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City Corporation’s vision for a Food School takes shape with introduction at Billingsgate Market

City Corporation’s vision for a Food School takes shape with introduction at Billingsgate Market

A new pilot food school located at the historic Billingsgate Fish Market opened its doors to schools from Barking and Dagenham, as an introduction to the City of London Corporation’s vision for a permanent food school in the east London borough. The City Corporation is devel...
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Defra ditches compulsory animal welfare labelling plans

Defra ditches compulsory animal welfare labelling plans

Defra has ditched plans to consult on proposals to roll out compulsory animal welfare labelling on food products following industry criticism. Under the plans, new regulations would have required products, initially pork, poultry and eggs, to be categorised in different tiers ...
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UK beef sector faces ‘catastrophic decline’, body warns government

UK beef sector faces ‘catastrophic decline’, body warns government

The National Beef Association (NBA) has called for ‘urgent changes’ to current UK farming policies or else the beef sector will be pushed into a ‘catastrophic decline’. The organisation has sent a message to the Prime Minister, warning that ‘misgu...
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New chair of Isle of Man Meats company appointed

New chair of Isle of Man Meats company appointed

A new chair of the Isle of Man’s meat plant has been appointed after a period of uncertainty. Nigel Davis takes over from Clare Barber MHK who has held the position on an interim basis since November. She stepped in following a damning audit last year, which found that t...
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British gov’t lifts restrictions on Brazilian meat

British gov’t lifts restrictions on Brazilian meat

British authorities have decided to lift the reinforced controls on Brazilian meat, Brasilia’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture announced Monday, according to Agencia Brasil. The measure was adopted nine months after a technical team visited the South Americ...
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Canadian meat industry urges MPs to reject U.K. membership in trade deal

Canadian meat industry urges MPs to reject U.K. membership in trade deal

Canadian beef and pork farmers, who have long been frustrated with an ongoing dispute with Britain over meat exports, are urgently appealing to members of Parliament to reject the UK’s inclusion in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership...
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NPA sets out case for ‘essential’ support of small abattoirs

NPA sets out case for ‘essential’ support of small abattoirs

The NPA has set out the case for how small and medium-sized abattoirs should be supported under Defra’s new funding scheme.  Farming Minister Mark Spencer announced in February that Defra would be developing a Smaller Abattoir Fund. Small abattoirs have been in decline for...
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Brazilian beef industry adopting to lower prices for Chinese demand

Brazilian beef industry adopting to lower prices for Chinese demand

Beef consumption in China is lower than what Brazilian exporters had anticipated for the post-pandemic period, according to a report by Datagro. Data compiled by the consultancy from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reveals that beef prices have fallen below...
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EU-NZ trade deal to make ‘an already bad situation worse’ for Irish sheep farmers

EU-NZ trade deal to make ‘an already bad situation worse’ for Irish sheep farmers

The EU and New Zealand free trade agreement will “make an already bad situation worse” for Irish sheep farmers. The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association sheep chairman Sean McNamara has said that the decision to allow an additional 38,000 tonnes of sheepmeat ...
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Pigs

ASF Russia: thousands of pigs to be culled

An African swine fever (ASF) outbreak occurred at pig farms Leninsky-1 and Leninsky-2 operated by agricultural holding RusAgro in the Russian far east. ASF hit Leninsky-2 first. Andrey Bronts, the governor of Primorsk Krai, admitted that to contain the spread of the virus, the...
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Pilgrim’s Ashton pork processing site closes after 70 years

Pilgrim’s Ashton pork processing site closes after 70 years

Pilgrim’s UK Ashton-under-Lyne pork processing site will process pigs for the last time today, as the sector called the firm’s decision ‘disappointing’. Pilgrim’s Ashton site will kill pigs for the last time on Friday (7 July), with existing operation...
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Shock following closure of Cumbrian abattoir

Shock following closure of Cumbrian abattoir

THE news that Black Brow abattoir near Wigton is closing has shocked producers and butchers. The abattoir, which was taken over in 2004, is used by north Cumbrian farmers who rely on it for slaughtering their livestock. Many farmers in the area market their meat from their ani...
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Sainsbury’s changes meat packaging again after previous switch

Sainsbury’s changes meat packaging again after previous switch

Sainsbury’s has made another change to its meat packaging, months after a move branded “disgusting” by customers. The supermarket giant has announced it is removing plastic trays from its steak range, replacing them with a cardboard alternative. The change, which will af...
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Outlook grim for Ukraine poultry industry

Outlook grim for Ukraine poultry industry

Ukraine will see a 6-7% decline in poultry production in 2023, Sergey Karpenko, executive director of the Ukrainian poultry farmers association, told local press. Despite a drop in domestic output in 2023, the Ukrainian poultry market still has a production surplus owing to im...
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Ireland: Spring lamb quotes slip by up to 65c/kg

Ireland: Spring lamb quotes slip by up to 65c/kg

The sheep trade has seen prices fall across the board this week, with spring lamb dropping by up to 65c/kg, and some factories not providing quotes for lambs. It will come as a further disappointment to farmers who had been anticipating the arrival of the Muslim festival Eid a...
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Croatia confirms its first case of African swine fever

Croatia confirms its first case of African swine fever

On Monday the Croatian Veterinary Institute confirmed African swine fever in blood samples from sick pigs and in organ samples from dead pigs taken from two facilities in the area of ​​Posavski Podgajac in Vukovar-Srijem County. All 48 domestic pigs were kept outdoors on ...
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QMS launches new five-year strategy to drive global Scottish meat sales

QMS launches new five-year strategy to drive global Scottish meat sales

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new five-year strategy to ‘make Scotland the choice for premium red meat across the world’. The strategy was launched at QMS’s annual industry breakfast briefing at the Royal Highland Show on Friday. Its aim is to lead the deve...
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GB pig prices for week ending June 24, 2023

GB pig prices for week ending June 24, 2023

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP inched up by a further 0.19p to reach another new high of 222.84p/kg during the week ended June 24. The latest rise, the smallest since early February, follows the previous week’s increase of 0.57p an...
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China both a target and a risk for NZ exporters

WELLINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – As New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins prepares to lead a trade delegation to China seeking greater access for both the country’s primary exports and emerging sectors such as gaming, producers are diversifying away from their bi...
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Investigation finds issues with meat sourced from Poland

Investigation finds issues with meat sourced from Poland

Three UK retailers are buying meat from chickens in Poland that were given a group of antibiotics used to treat human Salmonella infections. An investigation by broadcaster ITV, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and newspaper The Guardian found Asda, Iceland, and Lidl ...
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UK Meat and Fish Exports to EU Plunge by Nearly Half Since Brexit, Trade Analysis Reveals

UK Meat and Fish Exports to EU Plunge by Nearly Half Since Brexit, Trade Analysis Reveals

A new analysis of trade figures has highlighted a significant decline in UK meat and fish exports to the European Union (EU) since Brexit. The data shows a sharp decrease in food trade, raising concerns about the impact of Brexit on the economy. The Labour Party is calling for...
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GB pig prices for week ending June 17, 2023

GB pig prices for week ending June 17, 2023

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP increased by a further 0.57p to reach another new high of 222.65p/kg during the week ended June 17. The latest rise follows the previous week’s increase of 0.74p and means the SPP has now risen for 22...
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Pigs

‘More positivity’ across the pig sector

There is ‘more positivity’ across the pig sector following two years of crippling losses, the National Pig Association (NPA) has said, although longer-term concerns remain. Farmers summed up the sector’s mood during recent NPA meetings, as sustained higher pi...
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Second council votes to resist anti-meat and dairy trend

Second council votes to resist anti-meat and dairy trend

Councillors in Northamptonshire have voted in favour of a ‘fight back’ motion as part of an ongoing effort to block anti-livestock farming sentiment seen at several other councils elsewhere. The motion will ensure the authority’s commitment to local farmers by proactivel...
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EU trade problems must be resolved, British Poultry Council says

EU trade problems must be resolved, British Poultry Council says

Ongoing asymmetry in UK-EU trade threatens to push up food prices in the UK, BPC chief executive, Richard Griffiths, told attendees at new conference Trade Unlocked. Trade Unlocked – supported by UK Trade and Business Commission and Best for Britain – brought together parl...
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BLOG: Borough Market: An Adventure into London’s Food Haven

BLOG: Borough Market: An Adventure into London’s Food Haven

Southwark’s Borough Market is a testament to the culinary heritage of London. As the city’s oldest fruit and vegetable market it has a longstanding history going back over 1,000 years. It thrived as a wholesale market until the declining trade of the late 20th century open...
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Russian poultry groups increasingly rely on halal to boost exports

Russian poultry groups increasingly rely on halal to boost exports

Russia sees a steady growth in halal food exports and hopes it will spur poultry sales to foreign customers in the coming years. Russia’s largest meat producer, Cherkizovo Group, expects the country to get the green light this year to export poultry and livestock products t...
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Pet Retailer Backs Cultivated Meat Dog Food Firm

Pet Retailer Backs Cultivated Meat Dog Food Firm

Pets at Home has contributed to a £3.6m seed round by Good Dog Food (GDF), a pet food business which uses cultivated meat for its products. Other investors in the latest funding round include Agronomics, a listed company focused on the field of cellular agriculture which coun...
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US Regulator Allows First Sales Of Lab-Grown Meat

US Regulator Allows First Sales Of Lab-Grown Meat

Two companies, Upside Foods and Good Meat have received final U.S. Department of Agriculture approval to sell lab-grown meat, paving the way for the nation’s first-ever sales of the product. With the approvals, the United States will become the second country after Si...
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Pigs

EU Pork On A Lean Streak As Higher Standards Drive Up Costs

Record pig prices could have spurred farmers like Carole Joliff to expand their herd, but costly livestock regulations, flagging demand and spreading swine disease point instead to a long-term decline in the European Union, the world’s top pork exporter. “We’...
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Pig industry in Poland heads deeper into crisis

The coming months will be particularly challenging for the pig industry in Poland. Polish pig farmers are struggling to make ends meet, says Wiesław Różański, president of the Polish Union of meat industry producers and Employers. Currently, the industry is not in the best...
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UK-NZ FTA brings ‘exciting opportunities’ for NZ beef

UK-NZ FTA brings ‘exciting opportunities’ for NZ beef

New Zealand’s only 100% farmer owned red meat co-operative The Alliance Group, which has over 5,000 farmer shareholders, has spoken out on the UK-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which came into force Wednesday 31st May 2023. Under the FTA, the UK, which is New Zealand...
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GB pig prices for week ending June 3, 2023 – SPP up again

GB pig prices for week ending June 3, 2023 – SPP up again

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP increased by a further 0.74p to reach yet another new high of 222.09p/kg during the week ended June 10. The latest rise follows the previous week’s increase of 0.58p and means the SPP has now risen fo...
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Poultry

CAS deemed unsuitable for Halal poultry

The Australian Fatwa Council has concluded that the practice of CAS stunning, in its current form, is not fit for Halal consumption under the Islamic laws and principles of Halal slaughter. Stunning, in general, is discouraged under Halal slaughter. An Islamic verdict was prev...
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Growing demand for animal fats biofuels

Growing demand for animal fats biofuels

Using rendered animal fats from poultry, pigs and cattle as transport fuels is causing alarm to climate scientists. Rendered animal fats from poultry, pigs and cattle have been used for many years in pet food and in the oleochemical sector for soaps and cosmetics. But, their u...
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Angus

Saudis lift 22-year ban on meat imports from Uganda

Saudi Arabia has decided to lift a ban imposed 2001 on meat imports from Uganda. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority said the decision to end the ban came after reaching a pact on health and technical terms and approving health certificates between the kingdom and Uganda on impo...
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Dawn Meats sells French beef stake back to joint venture partner

Dawn Meats sells French beef stake back to joint venture partner

Dawn Meats is selling its 49pc stake in French beef producer Elivia to the business’s farmer-owned majority shareholder Terrena. The Irish company said it is eyeing alternative opportunities in France after determining it and Terrena’s ambitions for Elivia were “not alig...
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Taiwan lifts ban on Canadian beef over 30 months old

Taiwan lifts ban on Canadian beef over 30 months old

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The Cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to lift the ban on importing Canadian beef from cattle older than 30 months. Taiwan previously only imported Canadian beef from cattle under 30 months old. It lifted similar restrictions on imports of U.S. beef ...
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Waitrose pledges to sell British beef from 20 native breeds

Waitrose pledges to sell British beef from 20 native breeds

Waitrose has pledged to sell British beef from 20 native breeds as part of a move to provide farmers with greater flexibility. The new breeds will come via the retailer’s beef provider Dovecote Park, based in Yorkshire, and will include Red Ruby, Belted Galloway, Welsh B...
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ABP acquires two Scotbeef Sites

ABP acquires two Scotbeef Sites

ABP Foods is to purchase two major beef processing facilities from competitor Scotbeef. Scotbeef today announced the sale of their abattoir at Bridge of Allan and meat packing facility at Queenslie, Glasgow, to ABP Foods. The sale is expected to complete at the end of July 202...
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285 jobs at risk as Young’s Grimsby factory no longer ‘financially sustainable’

285 jobs at risk as Young’s Grimsby factory no longer ‘financially sustainable’

285 jobs are at risk after the announcement that a Young’s Seafood factory in Grimsby may close later this year. The site, on Marsden Road, is predominantly used to produce the company’s whitefish products with plans to move what’s left of the factory to Hu...
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Ireland: Lamb prices up 20c/kg as market recovers

Ireland: Lamb prices up 20c/kg as market recovers

Demand for lambs at the factories has increased as the processors begin to gear up for the Eid al-Adha celebrations at the end of the month. The quotes for lambs have been increased by up to 20c/kg this week, which is a welcome recovery in the returns for producers as they reg...
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Estimated GB slaughterings 12% down in May, as tight supplies drive pig prices

Estimated GB slaughterings 12% down in May, as tight supplies drive pig prices

Estimated GB slaughterings were down 12% year-on-year during May, representing more than 100,000 head, AHDB data shows, as tight supplies continue to drive pig prices higher. Estimated GB slaughter for the five weeks ending June 3 totalled 761,700 head, a weekly average of 15...
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Mandatory CCTV is improving welfare in abattoirs, review concludes

Mandatory CCTV is improving welfare in abattoirs, review concludes

The introduction of mandatory CCTV in all abattoirs in England in 2018 has been effective in improving animal welfare standards, a five-year post-Implementation review has concluded.  Taking into account views from industry, animal welfare groups and retailers, the report,�...
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Former M&S food boss joins Farmison as chief executive

Former M&S food boss joins Farmison as chief executive

Just 50 days after coming under new ownership, online meat retailer Farmison & Co has appointed a chief executive and established a partnership with delivery service Gopuff. The retailer was acquired back in April by a consortium led by former Asda chief executive Andy Cla...
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Abattoirs face £30k fines over animal welfare breaches

Abattoirs face £30k fines over animal welfare breaches

Several workers and two abattoirs have been hauled before the courts following three Food Standards Agency (FSA) investigations into animal cruelty claims. Six members of staff at G & GB Hewitt Ltd pleaded guilty to a total of 25 animal welfare offences while the slaughter...
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Ireland Sheep trade: Lamb price lifts as Eid al-Adha drives demand

Ireland Sheep trade: Lamb price lifts as Eid al-Adha drives demand

Sheep prices have started to show signs of the expected increase this month ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, with spring lamb showing increases of up to 15c/kg since last week. The prices come this week with the announcement that the residency period from the export criteria...
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Meatless Farm: Vegan mince firm on brink of collapse

Meatless Farm: Vegan mince firm on brink of collapse

A vegan food company has stopped trading and let its staff go after it was unable to survive in the tough meat-free market. Meatless Farm made plant-based alternatives to meat and was stocked in major UK supermarkets, but made its 50-strong workforce redundant on Friday. In 20...
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Hong Kong

Brazilian beef stranded in Chinese ports triggers a Lula phone call to Xi

Since some 70,000 tons of Brazilian beef are stranded at Chinese ports awaiting an official clearance resolution from Beijing since the identification of an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), known as “mad cow disease” in Brazil, President Lula da Sil...
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Kepak

Kepak Merthyr to boost employment at Welsh plant

Kepak Merthyr has underlined its commitment to its 850-strong workforce in Wales with a £16 million investment programme for 2023, according to the meat processing company. Kepak has highlighted that its plant in Merthyr Tydfil contributes over £200 million each year to t...
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Irish beef imports up by 58%

Central Statistics Office trade data show that 14,119 tonnes of beef were imported in the first quarter – an increase of 5,154 tonnes (58%) on the same period in 2022. The United Kingdom (12,920 tonnes), Spain (511 tonnes), Netherlands (150 tonnes), Denmark (147 tonnes) ...
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JBS begins work on Spain’s first cultivated meat plant

JBS begins work on Spain’s first cultivated meat plant

Brazilian meatpacker JBS said on Tuesday that its subsidiary BioTech Foods started construction in Spain on its first commercial-scale plant to produce lab-grown meat, which is set to be completed by mid-2024. The factory, which JBS says will be the world’s largest lab-grown...
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NFU Scotland calls for UK Government to extend supply chain investigations to poultry meat

NFU Scotland calls for UK Government to extend supply chain investigations to poultry meat

The UK Government should extend its examination of food supply chains to poultry meat as the threat of empty shelves increases. That was the message from NFU Scotland’s Poultry Working Group as it highlighted the ‘severe lack of profitability’ in producing chicke...
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Hungary enforces mandatory discounts on poultry

Hungary enforces mandatory discounts on poultry

From 1 June, Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, has imposed mandatory price cuts on 20 basic food items, including poultry, by large groceries in a move called to tackle food inflation in the country in addition to food price caps. Under the plan, big food retailers are o...
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lamb

Spring lamb prices off to a strong start

Average prices for new season lambs (NSL) are in a strong position as supply switches away from old season, with throughputs falling short compared to a year ago. The deadweight GB NSL Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ) averaged 709p/kg in the week ending 3 June, up 24p compared...
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online

Farmison & Co: Farmers out of pocket after collapse

Farmers and unsecured creditors owed a total of more than £7m following the collapse of an online butcher have been told they will not get money back despite a rescue deal. An administrator report revealed trade suppliers and about a dozen rare breed meat farmers were left ou...
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Vietnam ASF vaccine close to approval

Vietnam ASF vaccine close to approval

Global and US veterinary officials have reported that African Swine Fever (ASF) vaccines being tested in Vietnam are close to approval. ASF has disrupted the global pork market for years and a vaccination would be a major breakthrough in tackling the deadly disease. After deca...
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food fraud

‘Game-changing’ method to ensure food authenticity

A ‘game-changing’ method to ensure the authenticity of food has achieved 100% accuracy in a study, with potential for application across the food supply chain. The study found that fusing the data from two different scientific testing methods and coupling that with...
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pigs

EU pork production contracts further

EU pork production has contracted further during the first quarter of 2023, while prices continued to rise.  “Pig producers in the EU continue to face multiple challenges impacting on the market. High input costs continue to prevail, impacting on production, while the threa...
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‘Rural fightback’ as another council set to join Cornwall in resisting meat and dairy ban

‘Rural fightback’ as another council set to join Cornwall in resisting meat and dairy ban

Cornwall Council is leading the way in the fight to keep meat on the menu and ensure farmers get backing from local authorities. Campaigners have heralded the decision by the West Country body to proactively source local, seasonal produce – explicitly including meat an...
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Inquiry launches into post-Brexit international trade deals

Inquiry launches into post-Brexit international trade deals

A cross-party parliamentary inquiry begins today on the impact the government’s post-Brexit trade policy has had, and will have, on food producers, consumers and businesses in the UK.   Since leaving the EU, the government has signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Austr...
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Plant-based meat firm calls in administrators

Plant-based meat firm calls in administrators

A food manufacturer that produces 55,000 tonnes of plant-based meat alternatives a year from a huge facility in Lincolnshire called in administrators late last month. Plant and Bean, which also has a production site in Bubwith, North Yorkshire, created around 500 jobs when it ...
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Lidl next to vac pack mince despite Sainsbury’s ‘mush’ complaints

Lidl next to vac pack mince despite Sainsbury’s ‘mush’ complaints

Lidl is the latest supermarket to announce it will start vac-packing mince to use less plastic and double its shelf life. Sainsbury’s hit the headlines when it made the same switch, and some shoppers complained it turned the meat to mush. An anti-plastic group criticise...
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Uruguay meat exports down

Uruguay meat exports down

Uruguay’s revenue from meat exports dropped 25% year-on-year, some US$ 350 million less, according to data released this week by the National Meat Institute (INAC). In the first five months of 2023, US$ 1.055 billion worth of bovine meat was exported, clearly below the US$ 1...
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Defra urged to move quickly on small abattoir support

Defra urged to move quickly on small abattoir support

Industry bodies have welcomed an announcement from Government of a new fund for smaller abattoirs to improve productivity and enhance animal welfare. But Government must now move quickly if it wants to keep small abattoirs open. John Mettrick, National Craft Butchers legislati...
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Cargill to sell China poultry unit to private equity firm

Cargill to sell China poultry unit to private equity firm

BEIJING, May 31 (Reuters) – U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill said it is selling its poultry business in China to private equity firm DCP Capital, exiting a Chinese meat market that has become increasingly challenging, especially for foreign players. The sale of the unit k...
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AHDB launches UK red meat exports push

AHDB launches UK red meat exports push

AHDB will unveil plans to encourage more UK agri-food businesses to export at its annual Export Conference at  Butchers’ Hall on June 22. Included in the strategy are plans to utilise support from enhanced AHDB services for businesses to develop export potential, such as be...
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Momentum builds to restart Caithness abattoir

Momentum builds to restart Caithness abattoir

A group of farmers and butchers have set up a group with plans to reopen the Caithness abattoir in Keiss, north of Wick, to build a ‘meat hub’. The North Coast Abattoir Group is planning to refurbish the former premises of Caithness Beef and Lamb, with an estimated cost of...
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Vion to close beef plant in Germany

Vion to close beef plant in Germany

Netherlands-based Vion Food Group is planning to close its beef plant in Bad Bramstedt, Germany, in July.   Approximately 250 employees who work at its northernmost German beef slaughterhouse are at risk of losing their jobs, although Vion said it will look at the possible tr...
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Defra’s pledge to end live exports effectively scrapped as bill dropped

Defra’s pledge to end live exports effectively scrapped as bill dropped

The government’s pledge to end live exports – which was a key part of its Action Plan for Animal Welfare – has been effectively scrapped. Farming minister Mark Spencer has announced in the House of Commons that the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals Bill) will be dropped. ...
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UK free-trade deal with Australia and New Zealand looms

UK free-trade deal with Australia and New Zealand looms

UK free-trade deals with Australia and New Zealand are due to come into force next week, on 31 May. Sections of the UK beef industry have been hugely nervous about the prospect of more Australian beef further pressuring a suckler cow herd that has shrunk 16.5% since 2005 to 1....
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Beef prices stay at record highs

Beef prices stay at record highs

Finished beef prices at abattoirs and auction marts remain exceptionally high, with tight supply and good retail demand. Further support for sales of steaks and burgers at retail for barbecues is projected with a period of warmer weather forecast. GB deadweight steers were up ...
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Butcher crowned first haggis world champion

Butcher crowned first haggis world champion

A butcher from North Lanarkshire has won what organisers say is the first Haggis World Championship. Laura Black perfected a 40-year-old family recipe to take top prize at the event in Perth on Sunday. The owner of Coopers of Bellshill described the win as a career highlight. ...
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Abattoir

Abattoir sector vulnerable to collapse

Soil Association said abattoirs are an essential cornerstone of local supply chains but they are struggling due to a lack of government funding. Closures of abattoirs in the UK are creating a ‘fragile system that is vulnerable to collapse’, according to a report from t...
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New season lamb prices make strong start

New season lamb prices make strong start

New season lamb prices have made a firm start to the season as lambs have been slow to reach markets and abattoirs, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). At Scottish marts, prices for new season lambs have been making around 350p/kg lwt in mid-May, up about 10% on the year...
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Redundancies announced at Morrisons Woodhead abattoir

Staff at a Morrisons owned site in Colne have been told they are at risk of losing their jobs. Morrisons Woodhead Bros made the announcement on Tuesday (May 23) morning, according to staff. Morrisons confirmed there would only a ‘small number of redundancies’ but did not s...
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Birmingham abattoir fined for causing distress to animals

Birmingham abattoir fined for causing distress to animals

An abattoir has been fined £10,000 for causing avoidable suffering to animals in the lead up to their slaughter. Leansale Limited, in Stratford Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to offences committed between November 2021 and January 2022. The company, which also operates as R...
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‘Disappointing’: British Wool announces prices

‘Disappointing’: British Wool announces prices

British Wool has confirmed the prices being paid to farmers for last year’s wool clip, with the co-op saying they will be ‘disappointing’ to its members. Core grades will achieve 30p per kg, the Blackface wool 20p/kg, Welsh Mountain wool 10p/kg and 8p/kg for Swal...
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outdoor poultry

High-path bird flu confirmed on poultry farm in North Lincs

Highly pathogenic bird flu has been confirmed on a poultry farm in North Lincolnshire, just days after two workers tested positive for the virus. Avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed on Wednesday evening (24 May) at a farm near Scunthorpe, Defra said. A 3km protection zone and a...
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Food inflation continues to grow in double digits

Food inflation continues to grow in double digits

Like-for-like grocery price inflation was 17.2% for the four weeks to 14 May 2023, according to the latest data from Kantar.  Take-home grocery sales rose by 10.8% over the month in comparison with the same period last year. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insigh...
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Avara Foods proposes closure of its Abergavenny site

Avara Foods proposes closure of its Abergavenny site

Avara Foods has announcing it is planning to shut its Abergavenny factory in autumn 2023, which would result in the loss of all jobs at the site. The Abergavenny facility was part of the acquisition of turkey processor Cranberry Foods by Faccenda, in 2012.  It is a ‘cut and...
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Beyond Meat investors are beyond mad

Beyond Meat investors are beyond mad

Beyond Meat — a brand that was once the face of plant-based protein — appears to be losing its stature. On top of two lawsuits in 2022, the company is now facing a class action lawsuit from its own investors. They are claiming that they were misled by the company’s m...
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Role of bird flu vaccination explored

The International Egg Commission (IEC) has released a new report that considers the essential components required for a vaccination against bird flu to be successful. The report explains the advantages of vaccination against the disease, as well as ways to overcome potential b...
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UK farming sector impacted by abattoir closures

UK farming sector impacted by abattoir closures

A survey, conducted by the Sustainable Food Trust, of more than 1,300 farming and food businesses in the UK has revealed that local abattoirs are an essential service and two-thirds of respondents feel the lack of availability of abattoirs are impacting future business plan...
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Pilgrim’s proposes closure of Ashton abattoir

Pilgrim’s proposes closure of Ashton abattoir

Pilgrim’s UK has announced proposals to close its abattoir and butchery facility in Ashton, Greater Manchester, with more than 500 members of staff potentially facing redundancy. The proposals form part of the company’s ongoing footprint review and as the business, which ...
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Council to vote on motion to support local farmers in face of meat bans

Council to vote on motion to support local farmers in face of meat bans

Rural campaigners are backing a motion which will see Cornwall Council support local farmers in the face of meat bans elsewhere in the UK. The motion, if passed, would see the authority commit to ensuring that all food provided at council meetings, including meat, dairy and ve...
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Hong Kong China

Bord Bia Embarks On Trade Mission To China

Bord Bia will host 14 Irish exporters on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s trade mission to China this week. It is the first trade mission since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, following three years of restricted borders. The focus of the trade mission...
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JBS swings to loss, citing grain costs and meat oversupply

JBS swings to loss, citing grain costs and meat oversupply

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – JBS SA, the world’s largest meat company, on Thursday reported a net loss of 1.45 billion reais ($290.2 million) for the first quarter, blaming high grain prices and an over-supplied meat market for the worse-than-expected results. Analysts had expect...
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Teys, Cargill Reportedly on Track to Offload Australian Abattoir Business

Sources are reporting that advisers for the Teys family and Cargill are putting the finishing touches on a deal to sell their Australian abattoir business to Brazil’s Minerva S.A. (BOVESPA:BEEF3). It is one of the largest abattoir operations in the country and the asking...
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Pigs

Animal rights group urged to hand over Pinchbeck abattoir footage to FSA

An industry body is calling on an animal rights group to hand over secret footage recorded at a Pinchbeck abattoir to the Food Standards Agency. The British Meat Processors Agency (BMPA) says the Animal Justice Project footage which was taken at Woodhead Brothers to be hande...
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Breed profile of the GB cattle herd

Breed profile of the GB cattle herd

The choice of breeds involved in beef production vary for many reasons. Supply chain requirements, meat quality traits, on-farm performance and livestock husbandry all play a part. Consequentially, cattle breed populations change regularly, with trends visible over time. Data ...
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GB pig prices for week ending May 5, 2023 – SPP continues to rise

GB pig prices for week ending May 5, 2023 – SPP continues to rise

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP increased by a further 0.46p to reach 219.53p/kg during the week ended May 5, as tight supplies and strong EU prices continue to drive the pig price up. The latest increase follows slightly bigger incre...
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Lab-grown meat a potential climate killer, U.S. researchers warn

Meat produced from cells grown in a lab could be 25 times worse for the climate than the process used to produce regular beef, unless scientists find a way to alter energy-intensive production steps, according to an analysis by U.S. researchers. Laboratory production of meat h...
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NZ: Concern over dive in sheep meat exports to the UK

NZ: Concern over dive in sheep meat exports to the UK

NZ Meat exports to the UK have taken a dive, with the amount of sheep meat being sent to the UK in February the lowest for that month in more than 35 years. New figures from the Meat Industry Association show overall exports dropped almost a fifth compared to last year. Sheep-...
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NZ: Red meat exports fall, China numbers recovering

NZ: Red meat exports fall, China numbers recovering

The latest red meat export figures paint a grim picture for New Zealand farm-gate profits. Exports in March dropped four percent to $1.1 billion, from this time last year. Values of sheep meat and beef have come down 8 percent off last year’s high levels with the industr...
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South Africa: ‘Broken’ animal disease controls reach crisis levels

A government-appointed task team has warned in a damning report that the country’s veterinary and animal disease controls are “broken” and in a state of “crisis” that threatens the viability of SA’s livestock industry. The shocking final rep...
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Aston University labelled “leading light” in cultured meat research

Aston University labelled “leading light” in cultured meat research

Aston University has been named one of the UK’s “leading lights” in cultured meat research. With cultured meat being a hot topic in the food industry of late, Aston University has been labelled a “leading light” in lab-grown meat research. According to the University...
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USA: Supreme Court rejects challenge to California pork industry restriction

USA: Supreme Court rejects challenge to California pork industry restriction

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a California animal welfare law that would ban the sale of pork derived from breeding pigs housed in confined spaces. In a 5-4 ruling in which the court was divided along non-ideological lines, the majority...
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Innovation key to meat sector – AIMS conference

Innovation key to meat sector – AIMS conference

Marketing and innovation in the meat sector will be more important than ever as competition and sustainability demands weigh heavy. How to stay ahead of the curve was a key theme among speakers at the Association of Independent Meat Wholesalers (AIMS) annual conference, held i...
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Pilgrim’s announces new appointments after second high-profile exit

Pilgrim’s announces new appointments after second high-profile exit

Leading pork processor and producer Pilgrim’s UK has announced a new structure for its agricultural operations, following a second high-profile departure in recent weeks. Mark Haighton, pig supply chain director, is set to follow former UK agricultural director Barney Kay ou...
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China’s ban on Canadian beef still in place 17 months later

China’s ban on Canadian beef still in place 17 months later

CALGARY – A Chinese ban on Canadian beef that industry officials expected would be short-lived remains in place 17 months later, and industry representatives say they remain in the dark about the reasons. China has been blocking beef shipments from Canadian processing pl...
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Defra urged to restore pre-pandemic UK pork exports to China

Defra urged to restore pre-pandemic UK pork exports to China

A cross-party group of MPs has urged Defra to set out actions to help UK pork exporters regain access to the important Chinese market. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has highlighted that some of the UK’s largest abattoirs are still unable to exp...
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Livestock auction data being given away too freely

Livestock auction data being given away too freely

Auction marts have been giving away the data they accumulate too freely and the situation has to change. That was the message from Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers of Scotland (IAAS) chief executive Neil Wilson, speaking ahead of Lawrie and Symington’s last sale at Fo...
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Farmison & Co recommences phased re-opening

Farmison & Co recommences phased re-opening

Online butcher Farmison & Co has begun a phased re-opening of operations following its acquisition by a consortium led by ex-Asda chief executive Andy Clarke. The company has announced that a selection of heritage breeds has gone on sale on its website with more ranges due...
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UK’s new Brexit plan: ‘Not for EU’ stickers

UK’s new Brexit plan: ‘Not for EU’ stickers

The European Commission and the UK government has agreed on requirements for the labelling on agri-food retail goods. The label will be placed at different levels starting from individual, box, shelf signs and posters Milk, butter, meat, fish and vegetables will start carrying...
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PGI Welsh Lamb and Beef Head to Tuttofood Expo

PGI Welsh Lamb and Beef Head to Tuttofood Expo

PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef’s 2023 export drive moves onto key marketplace Italy this week for the prestigious Tuttofood exhibition in Milan. The trade show is a strategic target for Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales (HCC)’s export experts because Italy continues t...
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Kenya eyes meat exports on high global demand

Kenya eyes meat exports on high global demand

With the rapid growth of the human population across the globe, the demand for meat and value-added products is expected to increase. The tremendous growth, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives, offers Kenya a platform to explore mor...
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Latest Pig Prices

Latest Pig Prices

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Australian red meat exports keep up the pace

Australian red meat exports keep up the pace

Key points: Red meat exports totalled 126,445 tonnes in April, 17% above year-ago levels. Beef exports were 17% higher than April last year at 72,064 tonnes. Lamb exports rose 2% to 22,222 tonnes, while mutton exports rose 48% to 15,772 tonnes. Australia’s red meat exports m...
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Sausage maker scraps vegan bangers

Sausage maker scraps vegan bangers

A British sausage maker has axed almost its entire range of vegan products after admitting that the market was over-hyped.  Heck, which is based in Yorkshire, said it had cut the size of its vegan range from around 15 products down to just two as shoppers swerved meat-free ...
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UK broadens Brazilian chicken import quota

UK broadens Brazilian chicken import quota

The United Kingdom increased the import quota of poultry meat from Brazil by 20.7%, from 79,900 to 96.500 tonnes per year, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA). The entity calculates an increase in revenue to Brazilian exporters by at least US$60 mil...
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AUS/NZ-UK free trade agreement comes into force 31st May

AUS/NZ-UK free trade agreement comes into force 31st May

British businesses and consumers will soon be able to reap the benefits of the UK’s first trade deals negotiated from scratch since leaving the European Union with the agreements set to come into force this month. Expected to increase bilateral trade with Australia by 53% an...
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Export prospects on the horizon for UK lamb

Export prospects on the horizon for UK lamb

British lamb and dairy produce could be in pole position for exportation to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) following strong population growth and limited domestic production. Latest analysis by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in its Prospects...
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Wild Boar

Defra rolls out Romania-specific ASF campaign

The government has followed advice from the pig sector to introduce an African swine fever (ASF) campaign targeting the UK’s Romanian community. Defra is working with a specialist marketing agency on communications with the Romanian community, such as Romanian language p...
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UN study throws out vegan health claims

UN study throws out vegan health claims

Meat, eggs and dairy provide crucial sources of much-needed nutrients that should be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet, according to a report from United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The study, which has been described as the ‘most comprehensi...
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Eat venison to help curb growing deer population, ministers urge

Eat venison to help curb growing deer population, ministers urge

Government ministers have urged the public to eat venison to help curb the growing deer population as they launched a new quality assurance scheme. The programme will aim to protect British woodlands by boosting consumer confidence in the meat through the introduction of a...
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Hong Kong China

EFRA chair seeks answers from Coffey over China pork access

Sir Robert Goodwill, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee, has written to Defra Secretary Thérèse Coffey to seek answers on what steps she is taking to help UK pork exporters regain access to the Chinese market. UK pork exports licences to China ...
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Australia reports strong outlook for beef exports

Australia reports strong outlook for beef exports

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has highlighted a ‘strong outlook’ for Australian beef exports, as its main competitors face major challenges. Exports have started to rise as the country rebuilds its herd, with Australian exports so far in 2023 at 25 per cent above leve...
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UK pig price continues to new record as supplies remain tight

UK pig price continues to new record as supplies remain tight

The UK pig price has continued to rise to a new record high as supplies remain tight, but prices in Europe have started to stall. The EU-spec SPP increased by a further 0.88p to reach new high of 218.22p/kg during the week ended 22 April, follows the previous week’s 0.6p ris...
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China ramps up pig production with more large farms

China ramps up pig production with more large farms

For more than 30 years, China has been the largest meat producer in the world and its output continues to grow, with total meat production in 2022 totalling 92.3m tonnes. Of this, pig meat made up 55.4m tonnes – with Chinese citizens consuming about 40kg of pork each annuall...
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RaboBank: weak economic growth affecting global pork consumption

RaboBank: weak economic growth affecting global pork consumption

The latest Rabobank quarterly pork report raises concerns for the global pork industry. Despite indications that inflation is slowing, the impact is likely to be felt throughout the industry in 2023. Pork demand is holding its position, as demand is less sensitive to economic ...
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Kepak

Kepak discontinues slow-cooked product, cuts jobs

Ireland-based meat processor Kepak has enacted the discontinuation of one of its products, leading to job losses at its plant in Cork. Kepak said in a statement it decided earlier this year to discontinue its supply of “slow-cooked product into the UK” as part of a “comp...
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EU short-term poultry outlook driven by Ukraine/Russia conflict

EU short-term poultry outlook driven by Ukraine/Russia conflict

EU poultry meat imports and exports continue to be affected by the Ukraine/Russia war, but there are signs that production could recover later this year. The suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian exports to the EU has helped alleviate the war-induced economic pre...
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Last live export ship sails from New Zealand

Last live export ship sails from New Zealand

The last ship containing live animals for export by sea has sailed from New Zealand. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor confirmed the last ship departed from New Plymouth on April 20 as New Zealand meets its target to end live exports by the end of April 2023, after a two-...
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Atlantic salmon

Salmon leads Irish seafood revival

According to the latest GDP figure from the Republic’s seafood support body Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the seafood sector’s contribution totalled €1.3bn (just over £1.15 bn) in 2022. BIM said increased consumption higher prices and the reopening of the foodservice secto...
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Meat crucial for human health, scientists warn

Meat crucial for human health, scientists warn

Meat is crucial for human health, scientists have warned, as they called for an end to the “zealotry” pushing vegetarian and vegan diets. Dozens of experts were asked to look into the science behind claims that meat eating causes disease and is harmful for the planet in ...
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AHDB campaign encourages consumers to ‘Love BBQ’

AHDB campaign encourages consumers to ‘Love BBQ’

From 1 May to 4 June, the campaign will encourage consumers to fire up their grills and try delicious and easy barbecue pork, beef, and lamb recipes. With the King’s Coronation celebration and the Bank Holiday weekends taking place next month, friends and families are expect...
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British lamb

Lamb prices supported into Easter

Liveweight In-line with seasonal trends, the average GB liveweight old season lamb (OSL) price saw month-on-month (MOM) increases, averaging 257.5p/kg, with prices in March up 9.9% (23.2p/kg) on those for February. However, this was 6.0p/kg (-2.3%) lower than the same month ...
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Brazil examining ways to better trace cattle origins

Brazil examining ways to better trace cattle origins

April 27 (Reuters) – The Brazilian government is looking at ways to perform more effectively the challenging task of tracing the origins of cattle raised for slaughtering, Carlos Favaro, agriculture minister of the world’s biggest beef exporter, said on Thursday. I...
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Exports of Irish beef to China resume after 2020 ban lifted

Exports of Irish beef to China resume after 2020 ban lifted

Exports of Irish beef have resumed to China, with the first shipment from Ireland to Shanghai arriving yesterday. The trade has resumed after a ban on Irish beef was lifted in January. The ban had been imposed following the discovery of a single case of atypical BSE in this c...
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EU trade agenda causing ‘extreme pressure’ on beef and sheep

EU trade agenda causing ‘extreme pressure’ on beef and sheep

The beef and sheep sectors in the EU are “under extreme pressure” due to the market access being given to other countries, according to an EU farm organisation. The fragility of the beef and sheep sectors and their importance for the vibrancy of EU’s rural areas should n...
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Great British Beef Week 23rd to 30th April

Great British Beef Week 23rd to 30th April

A weeklong initiative celebrating British beef has returned today on St George’s Day, with the ‘naturally delicious’ meat reinvented with infusions from around the world. Great British Beef Week (GBBW), taking place from 23 to 30 April, returns for a twelfth ...
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New breeding values for abattoir traits revealed

New breeding values for abattoir traits revealed

The AHDB is to make new breeding values for abattoir traits an integral part of the National Terminal Sire Evaluation through its Signet Breeding Services, following analysis of abattoir data. The National Terminal Sire Evaluation is a multi-breed genetic analysis, used by ram...
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Brazil meat exports to make significant gains – USDA

Brazil meat exports to make significant gains – USDA

The outlook for global meat trade in 2023 is mixed, according to the most recent global outlook report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Only chicken meat is forecast to make gains while beef is virtually unchanged and pork falls lower for the second ye...
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NPA shocked at Government revelations on ASF import control deficiencies

NPA shocked at Government revelations on ASF import control deficiencies

The NPA has expressed shock and concern, after the Government admitted that insufficient import controls have resulted in meat being on sale in UK retailers that poses a ‘serious and immediate’ African swine fever (ASF) disease threat to the UK pig herd.  The revelation ...
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Ongoing tight supplies set to support pig price for ‘foreseeable future’

Ongoing tight supplies set to support pig price for ‘foreseeable future’

The ongoing tight supplies of UK pigs is likely to support the pig price for the foreseeable future, according to AHDB. Defra’s latest monthly production figures show that the UK produced 83,000 tonnes of pig meat in March, a decline of 18% (-18,600 tonnes) on the record hi...
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Sarval processing plant extension could be rejected

Sarval processing plant extension could be rejected

A plan to extend a Nottinghamshire meat processing plant is set to be rejected over greenbelt and flooding fears.  Sarval, which operates an animal processing plant on Stoke Lane, Stoke Bardolph, had proposed to add a new storage building to its site which makes pet food ing...
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Ex-Asda boss stages Farmison & Co rescue deal

Ex-Asda boss stages Farmison & Co rescue deal

A former chief executive of Asda has sealed a rescue deal for an online butcher which counts Fortnum & Mason and Harrods among its customers. Sky News understands that Andy Clarke, who left the supermarket giant in 2016, has agreed a transaction to buy Farmison & Co, w...
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Danish Crown closes abattoir, lays off 800 employees

Danish Crown closes abattoir, lays off 800 employees

Danish Crown has announced the proposed closure of an abattoir in the northern Jutland region of Denmark, risking 800 jobs.  The company said that the proposed closure is due to a 10% decline in the number of pigs being supplied for slaughter in Denmark over the past year. D...
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EU bans food products linked with deforestation

EU bans food products linked with deforestation

The EU has banned products linked to deforestation in a move that could impact meat producers and cocoa and palm-oil suppliers. However, it has faced some pushback from palm-oil producing countries. Malaysia said it was disappointed with the move, describing it as “woefully-...
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Cows in a farm cowshed

Hogg and cull cow prices soar

A range of factors including rising beef demand, tumbling milk prices and religious festivals have seen hogget and cull cow prices soar. The convergence of Easter and Ramadan has provided a boost for the hogget trade, with auctioneers reporting prices were ‘as dear’ as the...
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Defra figures confirm big decline in March UK pig slaughterings

Defra figures confirm big decline in March UK pig slaughterings

UK clean pig slaughterings during March were 15% lower than a year ago, confirming the severe tightening of supplies across the country. The latest Defra monthly livestock slaughtering statistics show a March clean pig kill of 899,000, compared with March 2022 figure of 1,059,...
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dalehead

GB pig prices for week ending April 15, 2023

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The SPP has risen to another new high, although by a smaller margin than in recent weeks. The EU-spec SPP increased by a further 0.6p to reach 217.35p/kg during the week ended April 15, as tight supplies and strong EU ...
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GB prime cattle prices continued to exceed historic levels in March

GB prime cattle prices continued to exceed historic levels in March

GB prime cattle prices continued to exceed historic levels in March, with the all-prime deadweight average measure moving up to an average of 485.5p/kg. This was up 16% versus the same period last year, according to AHDB analysis, with the week ending 1 April seeing prices rea...
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Prize Ryeland show sheep stolen in suspected meat heist

Prize Ryeland show sheep stolen in suspected meat heist

A dozen prize pedigree show sheep have been stolen, probably to be sold as meat, a breeder says. One animal was also left tied up in the field during the “callous” theft from a field in the Droitwich area. The flock’s owner, Jack Deakins, 23, discovered his r...
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FSA crime hotline going unanswered after meat scandal

FSA crime hotline going unanswered after meat scandal

A key hotline for staff at food processing firms to report food crime went unanswered during working hours just weeks after claims of widespread rule breaches at a large meat processor. The Food Crime Confidential line, run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), is for whistleblo...
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Administrators of Loscoe Chilled Foods vow to work with authorities

Administrators of Loscoe Chilled Foods vow to work with authorities

Administrators overseeing the closure of a Derbyshire firm suspected to be at the centre of a national food fraud investigation have said they will cooperate with authorities.  Loscoe Chilled Foods Limited, based in Heanor, went into administration in late March and laid off...
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‘Intense’ talks to save Farmison & Co after buyout collapses

‘Intense’ talks to save Farmison & Co after buyout collapses

Intense negotiations are taking place over the bank holiday weekend to save one of Ripon’s largest employers . Farmison, an online butcher based in Ripon, closed on Thursday with most of the 75-strong workforce being made redundant. It is just a year since Scottish investor ...
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beef

Scotbeef announce potential redundancies at Wolverhampton site

54 jobs at the Wolverhampton meat processor are understood to be at risk of layoffs, more than half of the 98 strong workforce currently employed at the site. A worker employed at the factory told the food company that in a letter received last week, he was told his job was at...
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New executive manager for SAMW

New executive manager for SAMW

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Walker as its new Executive Manager. Mr Walker, who was previously the chief executive of NFU Scotland, takes on the role formerly held by Martin Morgan who sadly passed away in...
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Spain eyes Philippines pork market

Spain eyes Philippines pork market

Spain is looking to penetrate the Philippines‘ retail market for its pork exports as demand is seen to grow further on the back of higher consumption and an improving economy. Interporc, the Spanish association of the pork sector, is looking to tap the retail market as it ma...
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Pigs

New pig sector reform will provide ‘fairness and certainty’, Defra says

Defra has today announced a new commitment to take action to repair what is widely seen as a broken pork supply chain, amid a warning that pig producer confidence remains at an all time low. New regulation for written contracts will provide ‘fairness and certainty’...
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border

New plan seeks to boost UK borders from animal disease threat

A new plan seeks to better protect UK animal health and agricultural productivity by strengthening borders against biosecurity threats and illegal imports. The draft Border Target Operating Model, launched by the government, sets out a plan to realise the ambition of creating ...
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pigs

Defra to introduce new regulation to govern pig contracts

Defra has confirmed that it will introduce new regulation to govern pig contracts, as it releases a summary of the responses to the consultation on contractual practice in the UK pig sector and sets out its next steps. The Department has also stated that it will share its find...
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GB pig prices for week ending April 1, 2023

GB pig prices for week ending April 1, 2023

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec SPP increased by a further 1.54p to reach 215.49p/kg in the week ended April 1, as tight supplies and strong EU prices continue to drive the pig price to new highs. The latest increase follows the previous ...
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Edinburgh University students vote down plant-based motion

Edinburgh University students vote down plant-based motion

Students at Edinburgh University have voted overwhelmingly against a motion which, if successful, could have meant an end to meat and dairy products being served at any of the university’s catering outlets.  It is the second time in recent years that such a vote has been he...
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Forfar livestock mart to close

Forfar livestock mart to close

The last sale will be on May 4 with the premises up for sale. Forfar looks destined to become yet another market town without a livestock market at it is heart. On Wednesday evening the owners of the Forfar Mart, Lanark- based Lawrie and Symington announced that the company in...
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Pig prices continue to hit new highs

Pig prices continue to hit new highs

Increasingly tighter supplies are driving pig prices to new record highs, but European price progression has slowed. The EU-spec standard pig price (SPP) rose by 1.41p/kg to reach 213.94p/kg in the week ended March 25, with tight supplies and strong EU prices pushing prices hi...
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Is the Food Standards Agency and its National Food Crime Unit fit for purpose?

Is the Food Standards Agency and its National Food Crime Unit fit for purpose?

As the future of the FSA is openly questioned due to its handling of the shocking meat fraud case, CEO Emily Miles has defended the actions it’s taken An “industrial-scale” meat fraud scandal has rocked the industry, with fresh claims surrounding food safety breaches so ...
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Irish processors urged to increase pig price above EU average

Irish processors urged to increase pig price above EU average

Irish processors are being urged to increase the price paid to pig farmers for next week’s pigs. Irish Farmers’ Association national pig committee chairman Roy Gallie said that the current EU average pig price is rising and the Irish price must move further to retu...
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border

UK Government publishes draft proposals for new border controls

The UK Government, in collaboration with the Scottish and Welsh Governments, has published its plan to strengthen our borders against biosecurity threats and illegal imports. Draft Border Target Operating Model sets out proposals for a new world-class border system to provide ...
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FSA launches consultation on developing a modernised food hygiene delivery model

FSA launches consultation on developing a modernised food hygiene delivery model

The FSA has today (03 April) launched a 12-week consultation seeking views from local authorities and district councils, food business operators, third-party assurance organisations for food safety, professional awarding bodies for environmental health and trading standards, t...
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Cheale Meats’ Essex slaughtering operation moves to C&K in Suffolk

Cheale Meats’ Essex slaughtering operation moves to C&K in Suffolk

Cheale Meats’ cull sow and pig operation has transferred from its abattoir in Brentwood, Essex, to C&K Meats’ plant in Eye, Suffolk. The last kill date at Brentwood was Friday, March 31. Cheales has, for many years, been the primary outlet for cull sows in the UK, with...
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The Parson’s Nose and other unfashionable cuts of meat

The Parson’s Nose and other unfashionable cuts of meat

With the costs of living and running a business still going up, let us introduce you to some of the more unfashionable cuts of meat that can be bought cheaply and, when handled right, will still create a delicious dish.
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Argentina restarts poultry exports

Argentina restarts poultry exports

BUENOS AIRES, March 31 (Reuters) – Argentina has resumed poultry shipments weeks after imposing an export ban after bird flu was detected in the local industry, state safety regulator Senasa said on Friday, providing access to key export markets for the major agricultura...
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AIMS calls for Government to place FSA into special measures

AIMS calls for Government to place FSA into special measures

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has called for the Food Standards Agency to be placed into ’special measures’ after reports of food fraud at a processor supplying major supermarkets. During questions to the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural...
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Wholesale meat: should I buy online or offline?

Wholesale meat: should I buy online or offline?

What do you prioritise when finding a wholesale meat supplier? The main things to consider when deciding whether to buy wholesale meat online or not are: convenience, cost, quality & freshness, variety and customer service.
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Italy wages war on lab-grown food in drive to protect tradition

Italy wages war on lab-grown food in drive to protect tradition

ROME, March 28 (Reuters) – Italy’s government on Tuesday approved a bill banning the use of laboratory-produced food and animal feed as it aims to safeguard the country’s agri-food heritage, its agriculture minister told a news conference after a Cabinet meet...
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Man buying fresh meat

Defra’s new welfare labelling plans could add costs and confuse consumer – NPA PIG says

Producer and allied industry members of the NPA’s Pig Industry Group (PIG) have pointed out the flaws in Defra’s plans to introduce mandatory animal welfare labelling in the UK. The Department is expected to issue a formal consultation on the proposals at some point in the...
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Oxford City council faces furious backlash after meat ban

Oxford City council faces furious backlash after meat ban

A city council has faced a furious backlash for banning meat from its meeting and events and going fully vegan. Butchers have accused Oxford City Council of a ‘kneejerk reaction’ after it voted unanimously to completely ban meat from all its internal events –...
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Whole Lambs

Sheep Meat Imports Jumped 17 Percent in 2022

The total volume of fresh and frozen sheep meat imported into the United Kingdom in the past twelve months saw a substantial rise of 17 per cent to 63,800 tonnes, the latest Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Market Bulletin reports. Volumes received from the larges...
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Firm at centre of meat fraud investigation edges towards administration

A food company at the centre of a meat fraud investigation has edged towards appointing administrators. Three people were arrested at Loscoe Chilled Foods last week after police and Trading Standards officials turned up at the firm, which is being investigated over allegedly s...
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China’s pork industry faces another ASF outbreak

A surge in African swine fever infections in China is set to reduce hog output later this year, farm managers and analysts said this week, pushing up prices in the world’s top pork consumer as demand recovers. The hard to combat disease has plagued China for years, with an i...
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City Council bans meat at catered events

City Council bans meat at catered events

In what has been called ‘a kick in the teeth for local farmers’, Oxford City Council has joined Cambridge, Exeter and Norwich councils in providing only plant-based food at its catered events. At a full Oxford City Council meeting on March 20, the council unanimously vote...
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Big reduction in UK pig slaughtering/production in February

Big reduction in UK pig slaughtering/production in February

UK clean pig slaughterings and pigmeat production were significantly down in February, as the long-anticipated pig shortages finally became fully apparent. Clean pig slaughtering was down 17% on February 2022 at 762,000 head, following the surprisingly small 1% year-on-year di...
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Three arrested in fake British beef investigation

Three arrested in fake British beef investigation

Three people have been arrested as part of an investigation into a food factory allegedly supplying beef wrongly labelled as British to a supermarket. The arrests were made at Loscoe Chilled Foods, near Heanor, on Wednesday, the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) said. An investi...
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Plant-based ‘chicken nuggets’ blocked from entering Australia

Impossible Foods has been blocked from selling its plant-based “chicken nuggets” in Australia after they were found to contain a banned substance. A random inspection by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry staff in January detected calcium pantothenate in the...
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Danish Crown acquires Denmark factory from ‘bankrupt’ Skare meat packers

Danish Crown has bought a factory site from Skare meat packers in an “unexpected opportunity” to expand its domestic footprint. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, includes a 120,000sq metre site in Vejen in southern Denmark, with 14,000sq meters of buildings. The ownership...
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Tonnies to cut 140 jobs

Tonnies to cut 140 jobs

Tönnies has announced the closure of one of its export packaging departments for Asia, which is set to affect around 140 employees. The department is at a Tönnies plant in Weißenfels, Saxony-Anhalt has been part of Tönnies group since 1990. The site is Tönnies’ second-l...
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George Adams closing shop to focus on manufacturing

The owners of a well-established butchers has announced it will be closing its shop later this month. George Adams of Spalding will now be focussing solely on the manufacturing of artistan pies and pastry products after seeing a boost in that side of the business. Owners Steve...
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China’s pig farms battle new surge in ASF

BEIJING, March 15 (Reuters) – A surge in African swine fever infections in China is set to reduce hog output later this year, farm managers and analysts said this week, pushing up prices in the world’s top pork consumer as demand recovers. The incurable disease has...
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FSA to stop discounted meat enforcement charges

FSA to stop discounted meat enforcement charges

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is going ahead with plans to stop discounted enforcement prices in the meat industry despite strong opposition during a comment period. The consultation covered the proposal to remove discounts on charges for enforcement activity so non-complian...
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Brockleby’s steak, ale and stilton pie crowned 2023 winner at British Pie Awards

Brockleby’s steak, ale and stilton pie crowned 2023 winner at British Pie Awards

When a vegan and gluten-free pie triumphed at the British Pie Awards in 2022, traditionalist eyebrows were raised. But for many, order has now been restored after a steak, ale and stilton pie was crowned the 2023 winner. Ian Jalland, owner and managing director of Brockleby’...
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Tebay apprentice butcher named best in Great Britain

Emily Jackson, an apprentice butcher at Tebay Services, has been named Best Apprentice Butcher in Great Britain at the Institute of Meat at the Worshipful Company of Butchers annual prize-giving, held at the Butchers’ Hall in London. Emily competed for the title against appr...
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Booths is retailer embroiled in fake British beef case

Booths is retailer embroiled in fake British beef case

It has emerged that the supermarket Booths is the retailer which has been caught up in a case of potential food fraud involving beef falsely labelled as British by a supplier. The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) is investigating how the chain was supplied with products labelle...
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EU warms to unlocking stalled Mercosur trade deal

STOCKHOLM, March 10 (Reuters) – The European Union is warming to the idea of concluding a major free trade deal with Brazil and its Mercosur neighbours, with “decisive progress” possible by July, a senior EU official and Sweden’s trade minister said on ...
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Dunbia acquires H R Jasper and Son

Dunbia, part of the Dawn Meats Group, has expanded its West Country presence with the acquisition of a lamb processing site in Cornwall. The H R Jasper and Son lamb abattoir in Launceston will further enhance Dunbia’s position as Britain’s leading lamb and beef processor. ...
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Food fraud probe into beef falsely labelled as British

Food fraud probe into beef falsely labelled as British

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) is investigating potential food fraud involving pre-packed sliced beef which was labelled as British but came from South America and Europe. A supermarket in the UK has been forced to remove products from its shelves. The unit has declined t...
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2 Sisters to close its Anglesey factory this month

2 Sisters to close its Anglesey factory this month

The 2 Sisters Food Group will close its poultry processing plant in Llangefni on Friday, March 31. As of April 1, it is estimated that only some 20-25 of the current 730 strong workforce will be employed on-site. A joint statement from the 2 Sisters Food Group and Unite said:...
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Prime cattle prices set new record high levels at Scottish abattoirs

Prime cattle prices continued to set new record high levels at Scottish abattoirs last month, according to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Latest figures from the industry body reveal R4L steers reached 489.2p/kg dwt in the week ending 25 Februar...
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Mexico opens market to Brazilian beef for first time

Mexico opens market to Brazilian beef for first time

Mexico will open its doors to beef imports from Brazil for the first time as it looks to “diversify” its food chain in the face of rising inflation. Santa Catarina, a south Brazilian state, will be able to export fresh, chilled or frozen bone-in meat to Mexico. A further 1...
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Ireland: Processors ‘losing grip on beef prices’ – IFA

Meat processors are “losing their grip on beef prices” as tight supplies and strong market demand are driving the trade at the moment, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). According to Brendan Golden, the association’s livestock chairperson, some processo...
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Singapore: Lab grown meat sales slow to catch on

SINGAPORE: Huber’s Butchery in Singapore’s lush Dempsey Hill is the only restaurant in the world selling lab-grown meat, but the supply is so limited there are just six servings — cultivated chicken in a salad or on kebab sticks, but only on Thursdays. Two ye...
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Planned Vet merger could mean costlier and lower quality inspections

Planned Vet merger could mean costlier and lower quality inspections

CMA’s investigation into Eville & Jones’ acquisition of Vorenta has raised competition concerns in the provision of various veterinary public health inspections. Eville & Jones and Vorenta are leading providers of specialised veterinary services that support the UK...
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Philippines suspends beef imports from Spain

Philippines suspends beef imports from Spain

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily banned the entry of imported beef from Spain following the outbreak of mad cow disease in the European country. In a memorandum order, the DA said the ban covers the importation of live animals, meat, a...
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Increase in UK pork exports to Japan

Increase in UK pork exports to Japan

With shipments now worth almost £5.1m, pork exports to Japan are up 54% on last year. HMRC report between January and November 2022, 1,423 tonnes of pig produce was shipped to Japan, an increase on 1,333 tonnes in 2021. AHDB are in Japan with six exporters at Asia’s largest...
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BFU hope to resolve Exeter Council’s proposed meat ban

BFU hope to resolve Exeter Council’s proposed meat ban

IN a recent resolution, to highlight awareness of environmental impact and climate change, Exeter City Council voted to transition to plant-based catering at internal meetings, much to the dismay of local farmers, including many from the Exeter area. The British Farming Union ...
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Polish meat products seized by Jersey Customs

Polish meat products seized by Jersey Customs

Officers of the Jersey Customs and Immigrations Service seized over 50kgs of pork products, including sausages, cooked hams and minced meat, which had been brought over from Poland. Jersey Evening Post report that the products, packaged in unmarked tins and plastic wrapping, ...
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Big uplift in EU pig prices adds further support to UK market

Big uplift in EU pig prices adds further support to UK market

The EU reference price for pigs has gained a massive 18p in the space of just four weeks, providing strong support for UK pig prices.  The EU reference price, which covers the major pig producing countries, stood at 195.44p/kg for the week ending February 19, following these...
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GB pig prices for week ending February 25, 2023 – SPP inches up

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The UK pig price continues to rise, although the rate of increase is slowing. Following last week’s 0.73p increase, the EU-spec SPP moved up by a further 0.58p during the week ended February 25 to reach 207.71p/kg, y...
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ASF confirmed in domestic pigs in Germany again

ASF confirmed in domestic pigs in Germany again

African swine fever (ASF) has been detected on a small farm in eastern Germany, dealing a further blow to the country’s struggling pig sector.  The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) confirmed the virus on a holding with just 11 animals in the city of Cottbus, in Brandenbur...
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Joint operation sees one tonne of illegally imported pork seized in Suffolk

Joint operation sees one tonne of illegally imported pork seized in Suffolk

A tonne of pork has been seized in a joint operation between Border Force and the Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority (SCPHA), following vehicle searches of traffic entering the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe from the EU. The officers searched for pork that doesn’t meet D...
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Where next for GB cattle prices?

GB deadweight cattle prices have shown remarkable strength so far in 2023, with prime cattle and cull cows posting weekly gains since the start of the year. In the week ending 25 February, the GB overall average steer price reached 480p/kg, up 71p from the same week a year ag...
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Irish beef outlook 2023

Ireland is the largest supplier of beef to the UK, with Irish product continuing to be a mainstay in the UK market. According to Bord Bia’s 2023 Irish beef sector outlook, c.90% of the value of Irish beef exports go to the EU and UK marketplace. With the UK making up 43% of...
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Mad cow case in Brazil dubbed ‘atypical’ after export bans

SAO PAULO, March 2 (Reuters) – A confirmed case of mad cow disease in Brazil discovered last month is “atypical,” the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, adding it will work to lift beef export suspensions swiftly enacted by several countries in Asia. The ...
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Iran: Meat prices reach new highs

Iran: Meat prices reach new highs

Amid reports about a sharp increase in food prices in Iran, officials say that over the past year demand for red meat has decreased by 50 percent. Head of the Meat and Protein Industry Association of Iran, Masoud Rasouli told ILNA news website Sunday that “Compared to th...
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Argentina halts poultry exports after case of avian flu confirmed

Argentina halts poultry exports after case of avian flu confirmed

Argentine authorities Tuesday suspended poultry exports after the first case of avian flu was confirmed in the province of Río Negro. The South American country’s poultry exports last year amounted to US$ 383 million, with China buying 75% of them. With 2.5 million tons...
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Cheale Meats expansion approved

Cheale Meats expansion approved

A Brentwood slaughterhouse is to be built on green belt land after the local council approved the proposal. West Horndon-based Cheale Meats which currently supplies around 400 tonnes of meat per week to mainland Europe and other worldwide destinations, and 300 tonnes per wee...
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Brazilian meat processor BRF posts fourth-quarter loss

SAO PAULO, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Brazil’s BRF reported a 601 million real ($114.7 mln) net loss in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, significantly above a loss of 130.62 million reais forecast by analysts, as management scrambles to improve the company’s operating...
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Northern Ireland ‘Windsor Framework’ unveiled

Northern Ireland ‘Windsor Framework’ unveiled

The Windsor Framework, agreed by the Prime Minister and European Commission President, replaces the old Northern Ireland Protocol, providing a new legal and UK constitutional framework. Fundamentally rewriting the Treaty with new ‘Stormont Brake’ means UK can veto new EU g...
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Brazil to halt beef exports to China after mad cow disease case

SAO PAULO, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Brazil’s beef exports to China will be halted starting Thursday after a case of mad cow disease was confirmed in the northern state of Para, the country’s agriculture and livestock ministry has said. The suspension is part of an ...
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2 Sisters ‘moving ahead’ with closure of Anglesey factory

2 Sisters ‘moving ahead’ with closure of Anglesey factory

Food giant 2 Sisters is ‘moving ahead’ with its closure plan for an Anglesey chicken abattoir. The firm announced the Llangefni site was at risk last month – with over 700 jobs under threat. The 2 Sisters Food Group said the site was old and would require s...
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Exporters join AHDB at Gulfood

Exporters join AHDB at Gulfood

Beef, lamb and dairy from the UK will be under the spotlight this month at one of the world’s largest food and drink trade shows in Dubai. Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the exhibition runs from February 20 to 24, attracting thousands of buyers from the food and bever...
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Americans are quitting plant-based meat

Americans are quitting plant-based meat

Plant-based meat looked poised to change the world — but then Americans stopped buying it. In 2020, retail sales of plant-based meat grew 45%, surpassing the $1 billion mark for the first time. Increasing awareness of companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, in ad...
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Interest in Veganuary wanes

Sales of meat-free products declined this ‘Veganuary’ compared to the year before, according to analysis by the AHDB. More than a million fewer households bought meat-free products this January compared to 2022, with only 13.7% of households buying one. This compar...
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Lab-grown meat created with algae

Lab-grown meat created with algae

PARIS, Feb 7 — It’s an area that is currently witnessing a lot of innovations: cellular meat. We have seen recipes based on barley and even tobacco. But, in the Czech Republic, a start-up is working to make the economic model of this meatless meat a viable reality, turning...
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Vietnam: ASF vaccine to be circulated nationwide this month

The vaccine against African swine fever (ASF) AVAC ASF LIVE developed and produced by AVAC Vietnam Co., Ltd. is expected to be distributed nationwide this month, according to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien. Speaking at a meeting on the ...
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NCB updates hygiene advice for butchers

National Craft Butchers (NCB) has reviewed existing assured advice and launched a food safety management system for butchers. Since partnering with Horsham District Council in 2013, NCB members have been able to register for a Primary Authority (PA) system and the legally back...
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Positive signs as pig prices rise in the UK and Europe

Positive signs as pig prices rise in the UK and Europe

There are more positive signs for pig producers, as prices continue to increase on the back of tightening supplies and rising EU prices, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  In its latest market report, TVC said it held a well-attended producer meeting in York earlier last we...
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EU pork production forecast to decline

EU pork production is expected to decline by around 3 to 4% this year, according to the latest quarterly pork report from Rabobank. EU pork production fell by 5% between January and October 2022, with most countries suffering declines, albeit to varying degrees. In October 202...
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Farmgate lamb prices under pressure from old-season livestock

Farmgate lamb prices under pressure from old-season livestock

Farmgate lamb prices are under pressure in Wales from reduced demand and high numbers of old-season lambs yet to be sold. A new report by Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has provided little cheer for lamb producers; dry weather in 2022 led to lambs taking longer to finish, it says, and t...
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Hopes rest on fast rule changes for desperate abattoirs

A beleaguered abattoir sector, seeking regulatory reform to ease costs and burdensome paperwork, is optimistic following government crisis talks last week. Independent abattoir owners facing a maelstrom of bureaucracy, exorbitant electricity bills and labour shortages called o...
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Skare Meat Packers ‘files for bankruptcy’

Skare Meat Packers ‘files for bankruptcy’

Skare Meat Packers has reportedly applied for bankruptcy in a court in Denmark after a number of retailers halted orders due to a lack of meat traceability. A representative for the NNF food workers’ union in Denmark told Just Food that employees of Skare Meat Packers were...
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NZ dairy manufacturer Fonterra bans bobby calf slaughter

NZ dairy manufacturer Fonterra bans bobby calf slaughter

The welfare of calves in the dairy industry is back in the spotlight after New Zealand milk giant Fonterra ordered its farmer-suppliers to stop killing very young calves, after the cooperative changed its contracts. From June this year, Kiwi suppliers will be banned from eutha...
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Uruguay cattle breeders fear ‘monopoly conditions’

Uruguay cattle breeders fear ‘monopoly conditions’

Brazil’s protein producer giant Minerva Foods issued a note to the market communicating the purchase of state-of-the-art Breeders and Packers Uruguay (BPU Meat) abattoir and processing plant for USD 40 million. The conclusion of the deal is still pending approval by the ...
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Danish Crown Says Chinese Pork Demand Subdued, Set To Cut 550 Jobs

Chinese consumption of pork remains subdued and normalisation could take up to six months, said Danish Crown’s CEO, who also told Reuters the company would lay off 550 staff in Denmark and Germany and cut capacity at its Essen plant by 40%. Chinese pork demand is weak...
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Bord Bia launches €4.8 million beef and lamb campaign

Bord Bia launches €4.8 million beef and lamb campaign

A new campaign launched by Bord Bia is set to invest €4.8 million in the promotion of Irish beef and lamb in key overseas markets over the next three years. The ‘European Beef and Lamb -Ireland, working with nature’ campaign is co-funded by the European Union and will ta...
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Lamb prices under pressure

Higher carryover stocks of lambs, reduced demand, and imports are all adding pressure to farmgate lamb prices. A report by Welsh levy board Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales – shows how dry weather in 2022 led to lambs taking longer to finish, which has left a la...
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Irish sheep sector in crisis

Irish sheep sector in crisis

Irish sheep farming is in danger of being ‘obliterated completely’ with prices continuing to drop while input costs soar. Irish Cattle and Sheep Association sheep chair Sean McNamara has warned sheep farmers urgently need answers from the Government on what support the sec...
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List of 24 Irish sites approved for export of beef to China

The resumption of Irish beef exports to China was announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, at the beginning of this year. Chinese buyers of Irish beef have placed orders with a number of processors and cattle eligible for export to C...
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Scottish beef numbers fall but sheep on the increase

THERE has been a 4% fall in beef cows, as farmers and crofters appear to have kept more sheep. That’s one of the key stats revealed by NFU Scotland’s 2023 Intentions Survey, which closed on January 10. Crucially, it pointed to a further shrinkage of Scotland’s iconic...
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Is Atlantic salmon the most versatile fish ever?

Is Atlantic salmon the most versatile fish ever?

Once it was considered strictly a luxury, but now salmon is the most popular fish species in the US, Europe and Japan. We think that’s because you can do almost anything with it and easily find an option to suit your budget and your audience.
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730 jobs at risk as Anglesey poultry factory faces closure

730 jobs at risk as Anglesey poultry factory faces closure

A chicken factory is facing closure, putting 730 jobs at risk. Poultry giant 2 Sisters Food Group said the site in Llangefni, Anglesey, was old and would require significant investment to bring it up to the same standard as its other locations. The firm also said Llangefni was...
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Greek authorities report case of ASF

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) have confirmed that a wild boar found in northern Greece had contracted African swine fever.   Measures to prevent and control spreading of the disease have been announced in a statement from the Greek agricultural ministry fol...
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Danish Crown closes German pork plant

Danish Crown closes German pork plant

Global pork giant Danish Crown has announced the closure of a major pork plant in Germany, in response to falling pig production in what has traditionally been one of Europe’s biggest pork producers. The group’s plant in Boizenburg, east of Hamburg, will close, affecting m...
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China official urges farmers to reduce sow herds

Jan 18 (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry urged farmers on Wednesday to take measures to reduce excess pork output and pressure on prices, which an official said have fallen below the cost of breeding due to weak consumption. China is the world’s top ...
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Ireland: Meat processors welcome the resumption of beef exports to China

Decision taken in 2020 to temporarily suspend trade was due to a single case of atypical BSE, which the Department notified to the Chinese authorities. Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Ibec sector organisation representing the country’s main primary beef processing companies...
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Pigs

Red Tractor’s ASF warning to UK pig farms

Pig farmers have been urged to tighten their biosecurity against a disease which threatens to “devastate” the sector if it arrives in the UK. Stewart Houston, pig sector chairman for the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme, has warned about the growing risk of Afric...
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Dawn Meats in deal to buy Kildare Chilling

Meat processor Dawn Meats is set to purchase fellow processor Kildare Chilling, Agriland understands. The deal will have to go through the statutory checks by the Competition and Consumer Protection (CCPC) before being finalised. Although the deal has not yet been formally a...
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Public switched away from turkey at Christmas, figures say

Consumers switched away from turkey during Christmas 2022 and favoured other meats such as lamb, new figures suggest. The data from retail specialists Kantar show that consumers across GB spent £2.7m less on turkey crowns and joints compared with the previous Christmas period...
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The history of butchery

The history of butchery

Did you know that the trade and craft of butchery as we know it today was introduced to the British Isles by the Romans? The Romans brought new skills and a savvy eye for what the growing towns needed, paving the way for commercial meat production.
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S.Korea: U.S. beef imports at record high in 2022 amid high demand

S.Korea: U.S. beef imports at record high in 2022 amid high demand

U.S. beef imports in South Korea reached an all-time high in 2022, with over 250,000 tons shipped during the year. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation on Tuesday, Korea imported 256,910 tons of American beef in 2022, accounting for 54 percent of its total beef imports...
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Cattle prices ended 2022 on a high

Cattle prices ended 2022 on historic highs, with prices peaking at 448.1p/kg, the highest on record, according to new AHDB analysis. In the four weeks to 31 December, average prices for all prime cattle were slightly above the previous period at 442.6p/kg. In the final week of...
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Minister criticised for saying NZ lamb ‘better for environment’

Minister criticised for saying NZ lamb ‘better for environment’

A government minister and a peer have been criticised after stating that New Zealand lamb was ‘better for the environment’ than home-produced lamb. Lord Hannan of Kinsclere and the Minister for International Trade, Lord Johnson of Lainston spoke on international tr...
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Chinese pork production on eight-year high

Chinese pork output rose by 4.6% in 2022 to reach its highest level in eight years, official Government data shows.  China produced 55.41 million tonnes of pork last year, compared with 52.96mt in 2021 and the highest figure since the 56.71mt recorded in 2014, signifying th...
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Sentences handed out in French horse meat trial

Sentences handed out in French horse meat trial

A number of people have been sentenced for their roles in a network that sold horse meat that could have been unfit to eat. A total of 15 people from France, Belgium, and the Netherlands were sentenced at a Marseille court this past week in a case that began in June 2022, acc...
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NZ: Meat industry still has staffing issue

NZ: Meat industry still has staffing issue

Meat processing companies remain short of more than 2000 workers in a tight domestic labour market. Further pressure on staffing is coming from staff absenteeism as workers isolate at home because of Covid. Easing some of this pressure was the Government announcing in August a...
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Ireland: 60,000-70,000 lambs to carry over into 2023

There is expected to be 60,000-70,000 lambs/hoggets carried over into 2023, as a difficult 2022 shows it colours. This is what Joe Burke, beef and livestock sector manager with Bord Bia, said during his presentation of the ‘Review of the lamb sector during 2022 and market ...
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Kepak offers 200 funded training courses

Leading British food manufacturer Kepak has become the first food business in the UK to offer free training places in partnership with The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink, encouraging individuals to consider a career the sector. The Food Passports initiative gives...
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LibDem MP blasts minister over UK lamb ‘insult’

Liberal Democrat MP Helen Morgan has accused a Government minister of ‘insulting’ British farmers, after he championed the benefits of buying New Zealand lamb. Conservative Minister of State for International Trade, Lord Johnson, praised Kiwi lamb saying it was better for ...
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Australian beef exports slumped to 19-year low in 2022

Australian beef exports slumped to 19-year low in 2022

Australian beef and veal exports slumped to a 19-year low in 2022 as farmers rebuilt livestock numbers after years of wild weather, inflationary pressures and labour shortages. Total beef exports reached just 854,592 tonnes in 2022; the lowest they have been since 2003, when m...
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How to choose the right cut of chicken

How to choose the right cut of chicken

Chicken is an incredibly versatile meat and this is partly down to the variety of different cuts it offers. Whatever you or your customers are looking for, you can almost certainly find a cut of chicken that will give you what you need.
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TVC Pig Marketing Report w/c 8th Jan

TVC Pig Marketing Report w/c 8th Jan

Slaughter Pig Marketing Summary – TVC Stark contrast following the festive season since our report same week last year, herd reductions are now starting to play a part in there being fewer pigs around. Farm businesses have been able to be better prepared this year for th...
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Scotland: Red meat industry campaign launched

Quality Meat Scotland, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Meat Promotion Wales / Hybu Cig Cymru, and the Livestock and Meat Commission have joined forces to positively manage the reputation of red meat. Their 2023 package comprises several assets and materials, i...
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Farmers’ fury as Exeter City Council axes meat products

Farmers’ fury as Exeter City Council axes meat products

Farmers in Devon have expressed their outrage following Exeter City Council’s motion to transition to plant-based catering, neglecting the county’s wealth of local livestock producers. The motion, which received “overwhelming” backing from councillors before Christmas,...
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China to stop COVID testing chilled & frozen foods from January 8th

HONG KONG, Dec 30 (Reuters) – China’s meat trade on Friday cheered the imminent end of testing and disinfecting chilled and frozen foods for COVID-19, more than two years after Beijing started the controversial practice, adding substantial costs to the trade. The S...
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NPA seeks clarity on regionalisation in event of ASF outbreak

NPA seeks clarity on regionalisation in event of ASF outbreak

The NPA is seeking clarity on whether the regionalisation approach in the EU would apply to pork exports in the event of an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in the UK. Under the EU’s ASF regulations, where an outbreak occurs, the sale of pork products from the affected reg...
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Economic downturn dims positive outlook for poultry, Rabobank says

Economic downturn and operational challenges have dimmed the positive outlook for poultry markets, according to Rabobank research. Demand remains strong and supply limited, but the context is changing, the firm said in its latest analysis, published on Monday (19 December). An...
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Ireland: No festive cheer for lamb producers

There has been no reason for festive cheer among lamb producers with factory-ready supplies for the pre-Christmas trade. Producers had been hoping for a recovery in the trade pre-Christmas to regain the slippage in their returns over the past month, but it has not turned out t...
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Welsh lamb is big in Japan

Exports of Welsh lamb to Japan are picking up again after the Covid-19 pandemic stalled sales. Trade secured in Japan by Welsh red meat levy body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) was strengthening in 2019, before it was interrupted by restrictions linked to the pandemic. But that market i...
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Jersey: investigation into 112 cattle deaths ongoing

A Major investigation is continuing to seek the cause of the illness that killed 112 cattle on a dairy farm in St Helier. The incident has sent shockwaves through the Island’s farming community, with more than three-quarters of the 137-strong Jersey herd at Woodlands Farm, w...
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Chickens

Poultry set to take nearly half of the global meat market by 2031

Poultry will continue to be the fastest growing meat over the next decade and by 2031 will take 47% of the market, according to the latest OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook. The long-term shift towards poultry will continue to strengthen, in part due to a preference for white meat...
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Danish Crown aims for competitive edge with patented automation

Danish Crown suggests automation can create growth and new jobs. “Danish Crown is really making its mark as a significant developer of automation. By developing the solutions ourselves and patenting them, we in Danish Crown will turn the automation agenda from challenge to c...
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Tesco considers closing fresh food counters as part of new cost-cutting drive

Tesco is poised to call time on the supermarket butcher and fishmonger as shopper interest in them wanes. Britain’s biggest supermarket is the only member of the current “Big Four” – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Aldi – to still offer fresh food counters, which sell...
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Irish meat industry condemns cull plans to take out 200,000 cows

Irish meat industry condemns cull plans to take out 200,000 cows

The body representing the beef sector in the Irish Republic, has condemned a proposed cow cull scheme to bring the country into line with EU expectations on ‘greening’. Meat Industry Ireland (MII) said it would cost the Irish rural economy €1.5bn in beef output a...
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turkey

Leading turkey farmer calls for fast tracked bird flu vaccine

One of the UK’s leading turkey producers has called for a bird flu vaccine to be fast tracked to help combat the growing threat of the disease. The call is part of a five-point strategy set out by Paul Kelly, managing director of Kelly Turkey Farms in Essex, in order to ...
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November GB cattle prices

November GB cattle prices

GB deadweight cattle prices maintained their strength through the month of November. In the five weeks to 3 December, GB steers averaged 444p/kg overall, up 8% (32p) compared to the same period a year ago. This was also a notable 21% (77p) above the equivalent five-year ave...
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GB pig prices for week ending December 3, 2022

GB pig prices for week ending December 3, 2022

Weekly pig prices and slaughter data for Great Britain.  The EU-spec GB SPP dropped below the £2/kg mark for the first time since mid-September, as it fell back by a hefty 0.62p to 199.74p/kg in the week ending December 3, 2022. Ever since the average price index breached t...
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Container trucks and shipping

China pork exports 60% down

Chinese imports of pig meat have more than halved this year, according to trade data, but shipments to the world’s biggest pork consumer are forecast to grow next year.  Over the first nine months of the year, China imported 1.2 million tonnes of pig meat, a massive 1.8 mil...
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Pigs

Little festive cheer from pork processors

There was little festive cheer from the processing sector for the last full week before the short Christmas weeks, according to Thames Valley Cambac. “Meanwhile, pig supply gets ever tighter, but most processors still seem deaf to this fact,” TVC said in its latest market ...
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Sheep

Cost of living crisis sparks rise in livestock theft

A growing number of farmers have seen sheep thefts across the country, with Lycetts insurance brokers warning the financial impact could be ‘crippling’. West Midlands sheep farmer Louie Rose had more than sixty sheep taken. “If I hadn’t been insured, I would have been ...
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British lamb

Lamb prices increase but remain under pressure

Deadweight lamb prices increased for four consecutive weeks during November and early December. GB prices rose to average 561.1p/kg deadweight in the week ending 3 December, up by almost 50p/kg on month-earlier levels. Despite this growth, prices are 57.5p/kg below the same we...
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FSA accused of hindering progress on small abattoirs

FSA accused of hindering progress on small abattoirs

Accusations that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is dragging its feet on support for small abattoirs gathered pace this week, after it rejected proposals for a dual system of meat controls for export and domestic consumption. Introducing separate regulatory regimes would exemp...
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Pilgrim’s UK to produce 4 million pork products as demand surges

Pilgrim’s UK to produce 4 million pork products as demand surges

Pilgrim’s UK has announced it will produce over four million pork products in the run up to Christmas to keep up with a surge in consumer demand. With the cost-of-living crisis leaving many families cash-strapped, the festive period could bring a boost to red meat, particula...
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Hong Kong China

China predicted to up import volumes as pig herd is hit by heavy losses

China is expected to increase its pork imports in the coming months, as its pig herd is hit by the knock-on effect of industry losses suffered last year. The reduction in pig output in China appears to be larger than official data suggests, industry experts claim. Surging pork...
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Cranswick flies in 400 butchers from Philippines to replace lost EU workers

Cranswick flies in 400 butchers from Philippines to replace lost EU workers

One of the UK’s biggest pork producers has spent £4 million hiring butchers from the Philippines, after a staffing crisis threatened to hamper production.  Cranswick Plc, which supplies supermarkets with pork and poultry, is paying for 400 butchers to travel from the Asian...
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Preparing a Steak

German meat industry warns of empty supermarket shelves, another 40% jump in meat prices

The German meat industry has warned of impending supply bottlenecks, especially concerning pork, and a board member is putting at least some of the blame on Germany’s current left-wing government, which is well-known for its attacks on meat and efforts to transition to a pla...
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British Pig & Poultry Fair to move to NEC in 2024

British Pig & Poultry Fair to move to NEC in 2024

Press Release The Royal Agricultural Society of England is delighted to announce that its flagship event, the British Pig & Poultry Fair, will be moving to a new venue at the NEC for 2024 and beyond. The next Fair will take place on 15-16 May 2024. “We know the Fair is h...
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getir

Moy Park secures new supply deal with Getir

Moy Park has secured a supply deal with Getir, a delivery service, which means eight of its chicken products will be available to purchase from the grocery app. Getir will offer delivery of Moy Park branded lines – including its Flame Grilled Chunky Chicken Pieces and South...
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danish crown bacon

Danish Crown reveal plans for £100m bacon factory in Greater Manchester

A new £100m bacon factory planned to open in Greater Manchester next year is set to create 300 jobs. Global food company Danish Crown has revealed plans to open a pork processing plant in Rochdale in 2023. The facility will produce over 900 tonnes of bacon and gammon a week a...
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Iceland Seafood to exit its UK operation

Iceland Seafood to exit its UK operation

Iceland Seafood International is set to exit its loss-making UK operation, with the board saying it “no longer feels it’s justifiable to continue”. Iceland Seafood UK previously invested in operating facilities in Grimsby and merged its operations from Bradfo...
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smithfield market

Smithfield and Billingsgate markets to relocate from central London to Dagenham

Billingsgate and Smithfield markets will relocate to a purpose-built site at Dagenham Dock in east London as part of a £1bn regeneration project. THE historic meat market is almost certain to leave its 1,000-year-old Smithfield site and move to Barking after traders agreed to...
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food standards agency

Surprise as FSA puts vet in-sourcing plan on hold

The Industry has been left surprised by a Food Standards Agency (FSA) decision to put its plans to directly employ abattoir vets on hold. The move was broadly supported by the meat sector as it was expected that job security and civil service career pathways would help with re...
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competitions agency

Veterinary group acquisition deal probed by competitions agency

The Competition Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation following the acquisition of veterinary and livestock services company Vorenta Group by official veterinarian specialists Eville & Jones. The CMA issued an Initial Enforcement Order earlier this month st...
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Eustice urges Government to learn lessons from Australia trade deal

Eustice urges Government to learn lessons from Australia trade deal

Former Defra Secretary George Eustice has launched a blistering attack on former Prime Minister and International  Trade Secretary Liz Truss over her handling of the Australian trade deal. The deal included giving Australia or New Zealand full access to the UK market to the b...
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sheep

More than three times the number of sheep as people in Wales

There were more than three times the number of sheep as people in Wales last year, contributing an estimated £744 million to Welsh red meat production and accounted for 43 per cent of the total value of Welsh agricultural output during 2021. Those are just three of the fascin...
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fake meat lab grown meat

Lab-Grown Meat Gets FDA Approval

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time cleared a meat product grown from animal cells for human consumption, the agency announced on Wednesday. UPSIDE Foods, a company that makes cell-cultured chicken by harvesting c...
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farm cowa

Requirement for ‘regular vet visits’ for EU exports or NI movements pushed back another year

Just confirmed today, the requirement for veterinary visits attestations  for export certs pushed back another year to 13/12/23 Certification of ‘regular vet visits’ for EU exports or NI movements Date issued: 16 November 2022 Purpose To inform Official Veterinarians (OVs...
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Consultation launched on mandatory Abattoir CCTV in Wales

Consultation launched on mandatory Abattoir CCTV in Wales

The  Welsh Government have opened a consultation on requirements for slaughterhouse operators: To have CCTV in areas where there are live animals To allow enforcement agencies to access footage To store footage for a specified period The consultation includes questions on our...
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CHICKEN FACTORY

Moy Park decides against Ashbourne closure

Moy Park has said it will keep its Ashbourne poultry processing facility open but will downsize operations and reposition the site as a business-to-business supplier. It comes after the company reported a sharp drop in profits, which it blamed on rising costs. The GMB union, w...
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Avian Influenza – Update

There have been 111 confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in England since 1 October 2022. There have been 245 cases of (HPAI) H5N1 in England since the H5N1 outbreak started in October 2021. Check if you are in a bird flu disease zone on the map....
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IOM Farmers Union issues statement in response to audit report

IOM Farmers Union issues statement in response to audit report

Manx National Farmers Union issues statement in response to audit report Manx farmers have “consistently raised concerns” about the Island’s Meat Plant over the past few years. That’s according to the Manx National Farmers Union, which has released a st...
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Pork Sides

Guernsey restricts pork imports over ASF

New restrictions on the import of pork meat and pork products have been introduced in Guernsey to limit the spread of African swine fever. It has been made illegal to bring certain pork or pork products into the Bailiwick from Europe, excluding the UK. The disease is found in ...
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NZ Lamb processing delays expected due to staff shortage

NZ Lamb processing delays expected due to staff shortage

Farmers are being told to expect delays for this years peak lamb kill, with the season expected to be longer due to labour shortages. Processors have been struggling with staff shortages for the past two years due to the border closure and staff being off sick with Covid-19. ...
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dalehead

Pilgrim’s UK announces closure of Dalehead Foods site

A Bury St Edmunds meat plant is to close, it has been confirmed, placing hundreds of jobs at risk of redundancy. Pilgrim’s UK has decided to close its Dalehead Foods site in a phased process. Another of the company’s sites, at Coalville, in Leicestershire, will als...
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hanging beef

Isle of Man meat plant failings highlighted in damning report

Serious failings in the running of the Isle of Man’s loss-making meat plant have been revealed in a damning report. Its authors found poor management and an “extremely slow pace” meant the government-owned facility in Tromode was not operating efficiently. En...
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British lamb

Tight supplies in lamb markets

Lamb supplies remain tight as inflation will play a major role in the supply of lamb onto the market, as well as impacting consumer demand. Sheep prices were declining following seasonal trends in October. According to AHDB, the average GB liveweight SQQ for the week ending Oc...
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Meat fears keep Brazil trade talks on ice

Meat fears keep Brazil trade talks on ice

A UK Government decision to maintain import barriers for Brazilian meat products is holding up progress on a trade deal, according to the team of Brazil’s new president-elect, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Ministers set out plans for an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) with Bra...
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grocery inflation

Grocery price inflation hits new record

Take-home grocery sales rose by 5.2% in the 12 weeks to 30 October 2022 according to the latest figures from Kantar, the fastest rate of market growth since April 2021.  Four-week grocery price inflation has also hit another record high since Kantar began tracking prices in t...
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Relief for meat sector as FSA strike averted

Relief for meat sector as FSA strike averted

Food Standards Agency (FSA) staff will not be striking over pay in the run up to Christmas, following a ballot of UNISON members, in what will come as a huge relief to the meat industry. UNISON, the UK’s largest union, had warned that the dispute involving several hundred in...
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Pilgrim’s UK launches Butchery and Abattoir Academy

Pilgrim’s UK launches Butchery and Abattoir Academy

Global pork producer Pilgrim’s UK is launching a Butchery and Abattoir Academy, to help fill the sector skills gap by developing UK-based industry talent.  The aim of the Academy is to recruit and support the training and skills development of UK-based workers, as well ...
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trade show

China seafood show cancelled due to COVID restrictions

The China Fisheries and Seafood Expo scheduled for Nov. 9 -12 has been cancelled because of ongoing concerns that mass events will fuel the spread of COVID 19 in China. The show was originally scheduled for October, but was postponed to November in hopes the COVID restrictions...
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lamb

Significant dip in UK sheep meat production, figures show

UK sheep meat production saw a significant dip in September on the back of a low slaughter, according to the latest Defra figures. Production last month fell by 11% – or 21,400 tonnes – compared to a year earlier, while carcase weights saw little change on average....
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turkey

Bird flu measures stepped up as all poultry ordered to be kept indoors

A national housing order will be introduced across England on Monday 7 November making it a legal requirement to house flocks. Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds are to be introduced to all areas of England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November, following a...
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Defra policy to ease Christmas poultry rules

Defra policy to ease Christmas poultry rules

British poultry producers will be able to slaughter Christmas turkeys early, freeze, defrost them and still sell the meat as fresh, Defra has announced. Retailers and suppliers had been calling on the government to make such a move as they look to kill turkeys early to avoid t...
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Bird flu outbreak prompts UK to ease Christmas turkey rules

Bird flu outbreak prompts UK to ease Christmas turkey rules

British poultry producers will be able to slaughter Christmas turkeys early, freeze and then defrost them but still sell the meat as fresh as the country deals with its worst ever bird flu outbreak, the country’s farm ministry announced on Friday. Retailers and suppliers...
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Bird flu support package does not go far enough, say farmers

Bird flu support package does not go far enough, say farmers

Norfolk poultry farmers said a new government bird flu support package does not do enough to help virus-stricken businesses. Defra has announced a series of new measures to assist farmers hit by the UK’s worst-ever outbreak of avian influenza. Norfolk has become the epic...
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Preparing Meat

UK attractions serving more British meat

Family attractions in the UK are serving more British meat and local ingredients despite battling rising costs and staff shortages, according to a Soil Association investigation. The food and farming charity has ranked 16 of the UK’s leading attractions in a new league table...
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New government bird flu support for the poultry industry

New government bird flu support for the poultry industry

New government support for the poultry industry has been announced today (Friday 28th October) to assist farmers and producers with the impacts of bird flu. The United Kingdom is dealing with its worst ever bird flu outbreak with over 200 cases confirmed across the country in ...
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UK Meat industry warns new red tape could hammer exports to EU

UK Meat industry warns new red tape could hammer exports to EU

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – New UK government regulations set to come into force in December could prevent thousands of British meat producers from exporting to the European Union, the industry warned on Tuesday. The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said a requi...
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FSA vets and meat inspectors balloting on pre-Christmas strike action

FSA vets and meat inspectors balloting on pre-Christmas strike action

Staff at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are being balloted for strike action that could affect meat supplies during the festive season, says UNISON. The dispute involving several hundred inspectors, vets, and office-based staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland could br...
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Large volumes of illegally imported meat discovered at Dover Port

Large volumes of illegally imported meat discovered at Dover Port

A 24-hour operation at Dover port has uncovered large amounts of raw animal products, including from countries with African swine fever (ASF) in their pig herds. The checks were carried out by the Dover Port Health Authority, following the move by the Government to clamp down ...
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Pilgrim’s invests £800,000 in Bromborough site

Pilgrim’s invests £800,000 in Bromborough site

Pilgrim’s UK has announced an £800,000 investment in its Bromborough site as part of its ongoing strategy to maximise operational efficiency across its UK operations. Two new inline processes have been installed at the site, a benchmark for operational excellence within the...
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Minerva Foods buys the Australian Lamb Company

Minerva Foods buys the Australian Lamb Company

The Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, and Minerva Foods announce the acquisition of 100% of issued shares in the Australian Lamb Company (ALC), for AUD 400 million (approx. SAR 970 million). Th...
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NZ New Zealand

NZ trade deal: MPs call for analysis of risk to UK food security

The International Trade Committee today calls for an analysis of potential risks to the UK’s food security arising from the New Zealand trade deal. In a new report on the UK’s trade agreement with New Zealand, the cross-party Committee of MPs raises concerns over the elimi...
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Abattoir

Australia’s Kimberley Meat Co. plans $35 million expansion

Northern WA’s only major abattoir will undergo a $35 million expansion in a bid to boost its processing capacity by 60 per cent.  It comes just six months after Kimberley Meat Company (KMC) reopened the facility — about 100 kilometres east of Broome — after it was ...
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Angus

Angus beef proves popular in UK supermarkets

New research has shown that British Aberdeen-Angus beef is a one of the most popular premium meat brands for UK supermarkets to stock. The mystery shopper data analysis was carried out by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society and revealed that the native breed is a popular choice ...
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Butcher Simon Howie accuses energy firms of ‘bullying’ as costs soar 10 times higher

Butcher Simon Howie accuses energy firms of ‘bullying’ as costs soar 10 times higher

Perthshire butcher Simon Howie has revealed his energy costs have increased 10-fold since the start of the crisis. The entrepreneur has said it’s bringing a “significant” challenge to his butchery business. He has been left with no choice but to pass on increased costs t...
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Poultry firm calls for bird flu vaccinations

Poultry firm calls for bird flu vaccinations

A poultry producer who has lost 100,000 birds to avian flu said vaccination was “the only solution” to the outbreak. Great Britain has been declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) following measures in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex last month. Mark Gorton, ...
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Hong Kong China

China releases 20,000 tons of central pork reserves

Chinese authorities on Friday stepped up efforts to stabilize pork prices with the release of 20,000 tons of pork from central reserves while reiterating their resolution to combat the fluctuation of pork prices. A batch of 20,000 tons of pork from central reserves was release...
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botswana beef

Botswana Welcomes Lifting of EU Beef Export Ban

Cattle farmers in Botswana, one of Africa’s top beef exporters to the European Union, have welcomed renewed beef exports to Europe. The move follows a two-month ban that followed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and the culling of thousands of cows. Botswana officials o...
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Burger

Hoxton Farms raises $22 million for cultivated animal fat

Oct 20 (Reuters) – London-based Hoxton Farms said on Thursday it had raised $22 million from investors to build a pilot plant to produce animal fat from stem cells, aiming to tap into the growing market for less carbon-intensive foods. Many people in developed countries ...
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lamb

Welsh lamb exports to new markets up 227%

Exports of Welsh lamb to new markets have rocketed by 227 per cent, demonstrating ’real appetite’ for renowned red meat brands, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) chair Catherine Smith has said. The countries now taking the meat include Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Add...
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outdoor poultry

Avian influenza: Prevention Zone declared across Great Britain

Avian influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across Great Britain making it a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. Following an increase in the number of detections of avian influenza (bird flu) in wild birds and on commercial prem...
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meat inspector

FSA struggling with skills gap post-Brexit says report

Authorities such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are struggling with a skills gap after the United Kingdom left the European Union, according to a report. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee said there is a problem for agencies in recruiting and keeping the skill...
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Pork

New pork ad campaigns to ‘feed the family for less’

A new pork advertising campaign by the AHDB has been rolled out with an aim to ‘feed the family for less’ as the cost-of-living crisis continues. As consumer demand for affordable meals grows, the levy organisation’s autumn pork marketing campaign launches wi...
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bord bia

Bord Bia announces €1m beef promotions across UK and EU

Bord Bia has today announced a €1m investment in beef marketing across key UK and EU markets this autumn to support this sector faced with increasingly difficult trading conditions. Bord Bia’s autumn promotional activities this year will specifically spotlight Irish qualit...
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Hong Kong China

China’s Inflation Rate Hits Two-year High

The National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS) released official data on Friday indicating that China’s consumer inflation touched a two-year high in September. This was driven by rising pork prices and inclement weather’s impact on China’s farmers. The nat...
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china pork

China dips into pork reserves again

China released more pork reserves Friday, state media said, after prices of the staple meat soared by almost a third, triggering inflation concerns. Beijing’s top economic planner has already dipped into the state reserves three times this month and has ordered suppliers...
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Two black and white pigs with spots in a field

ASF on large farm in in Romania

Romania confirmed an outbreak of African swine fever on a large pig farm in the western county of Timis, on Wednesday October 13.   It was also confirmed that 39,000 animals will be culled and that local authorities and the food safety agency were meeting up to agree on next...
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Pork Sides

GB pig prices for week ending October 8 – SPP inches up again

Weekly pig prices, slaughter data for Great Britain The EU-spec GB SPP continued moving in the right direction in the week ended October 8, inching up by 0.18p to reach 200.55p/kg. This is the second successive weekly increase, following the reverse in the week ended September...
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fake meat lab grown meat

Scottish researchers advance tech for growing meat in a laboratory

Technology to grow meat in a laboratory has entered the next stage of testing in more than 10 sites around the world after successfully completing proof of concept in Scotland. The new approach to generating pig cell lines for cultivated meat has been developed by Roslin Techn...
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goose

Half of all geese destined for Christmas table culled as bird flu worsens

More than half of all geese destined for Christmas dinner tables have been culled after another outbreak of bird flu. Government vets confirmed the outbreak at a farm in Breckland, Norfolk, as bird flu spreads across the east of England. The Department for Environment, Food an...
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NZ farmers to face livestock emissions tax under new plan

NZ farmers to face livestock emissions tax under new plan

(CNN) – A burp or fart at the dinner table might land you in trouble – but if you’re a cow or sheep in New Zealand, it might land your owner a hefty tax bill. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday that her government will push ahea...
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Pork Sides

Lacklustre demand for British pork continues

Processors blamed lacklustre retail demand for British pork for poor uptake of pigs last week, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  TVC described the 19% year-on-year increase in pork import volumes, as highlighted in the last issue of Pig World, as ‘disappointing’, but n...
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Vaccinations, not culling, Australia’s best response to FMD, experts say

Vaccinations, not culling, Australia’s best response to FMD, experts say

VACCINATION rather than mass culling of livestock should be Australia’s response to foot and mouth disease (FMD), according to livestock biosecurity experts. Addressing an MLA biosecurity breakfast in Brisbane on Tuesday, the three speakers endorsed vaccination over the ‘t...
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pork

Danish Crown pares job cuts at two abattoirs

Meat group Danish Crown has pared its plans for potential job job cuts at two local slaughterhouses. Last month, Danish Crown flagged 350 redundancies at abattoirs in Sæby and Ringsted because of fewer pigs coming in for slaughter as farmers grapple with “record-high” f...
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Whole Lambs

British lamb exported to US for first time in over 20 years

British lamb has now been exported to the United States for the first time in over 20 years, in a deal estimated to be worth £37m in the first five years of trade. The first consignment since the deal was struck last year was flown to the US this week, containing lamb produce...
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Salmonella 

Salmonella rising in British raw meat pet food

The occurrence of Salmonella in raw pet food seems to be rising in Great Britain. Raw meat pet food had the highest number of Salmonella contaminated samples of all the feeds tested by the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency scientists. The agency report “Salmonella�...
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Chickens

48m birds culled in UK and EU due to record avian influenza crisis

The 2021-2022 avian influenza outbreak has been the largest ever observed in the UK and Europe, according to a new report. Around 48 million birds have been culled across Europe, including the UK, as a result of the crisis, the latest data from EU disease and health bodies s...
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Pork Sides

GB pig prices for week ending October 1, 2022

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data for Great Britain The EU-spec GB SPP increased by 0.36p to reach 200.37p/kg for the week ended October 1, following the previous week’s 0.21 backward step, the first since February. The previous week’s reverse was from a r...
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Small abattoirs should benefit from earned recognition, says Farming Minister

Small abattoirs should benefit from earned recognition, says Farming Minister

Farming Minister Mark Spencer has said he will push for small abattoirs to be able to benefit from earned recognition in order to reduce veterinary presence. His comments came shortly after John Mettrick, owner of the multi-award winning Glossop-based butchers J W Mettrick, c...
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New Zealand votes to end livestock exports by sea

New Zealand votes to end livestock exports by sea

Exports of livestock by sea will cease from April next year, following a 2019 review of the trade in response to concerns around the ongoing risk to New Zealand’s reputation. The Bill, which passed in Parliament today, does not cover the export of live animals by air, fo...
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Maersk launches Spain-UK rail service

Maersk launches Spain-UK rail service

Madrid: Sealand – A Maersk Company – is launching a new rail product from Spain to the UK, designed for temperature-sensitive cargo such as fruit and vegetables. The new transport option will initially have three weekly departures from the Valencia terminal to the Barking ...
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Worst bird flu outbreak in UK history puts Christmas turkeys at risk

Worst bird flu outbreak in UK history puts Christmas turkeys at risk

Christmas turkey supplies could be at risk if the worst avian flu outbreak in UK history continues to spread, the National Farmers’ Union has warned. More than three million birds have had to be culled so far, with Avian Influenza Prevention Zones introduced in Norfolk, ...
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UAE beef importers in Trade Mission to Spain

UAE beef importers in Trade Mission to Spain

Abu Dhabi: Provacuno, a Spanish beef interprofessional association, organised a delegation of top UAE beef importers to visit several Spanish plants and farms as part of its Wonderful Beef 2.0 campaign as a trade mission. Participants learned about the safety and quality of EU...
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Banham Poultry fined £300,000

Banham Poultry fined £300,000

A poultry company has been fined £300,000 after neighbours complained about the smell of “rotting bodies and flesh” coming from an abattoir. People living near Banham Poultry in Attleborough in Norfolk reported the smell to the Environment Agency nearly 350 times between...
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US beef breeder – British beef needs to change direction

US beef breeder – British beef needs to change direction

The UK beef sector needs to chase better eating quality rather than yield, because consumer satisfaction is everything. According to influential US Stabiliser breeder Lee Leachman: “You should be worried you are not producing lovely steaks. As a beef consumer I would say tha...
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NZ meat bound for Chinese vending machines

NZ meat bound for Chinese vending machines

Consumers will soon be able to buy ready-to-eat meals, made with New Zealand beef and lamb, from vending machines in Shanghai. Major red meat exporters Beef + Lamb NZ, Alliance and Silver Fern Farms are piloting beef and lamb vending machines with meals ready for time-poor con...
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Argentine beef exports grow but not in China

Argentine beef exports grow but not in China

Argentine beef exports have grown interannually but demand from China is 20% lower than in July and decreasing, with a marked downward trend in prices, according to a report from the Argentine Beef Exporters (ABC) Consortium in Buenos Aires. In the first 8 months of 2022, ship...
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NSA appeal for government support for abattoirs

NSA appeal for government support for abattoirs

Growing concerns over the survival of small abattoirs and farm supply companies have prompted the National Sheep Association (NSA) to appeal to government for “meaningful” support. The NSA points to the increasing dominance of large companies in agricultural markets which ...
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BEEF COW

Botswana resumes beef exports from areas free of FMD outbreak

GABORONE, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Botswana has resumed exports of live cattle and beef from areas declared free of foot and mouth disease (FMD) but sales to Europe, which has tougher import restrictions, remain suspended, a senior government official told Reuters on Wednesda...
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Beyond Meat has lost a second senior executive.

Beyond Meat has lost a second senior executive.

Beleaguered plant-based food producer Beyond Meat has lost a second senior executive days after it suspended its chief operating officer. Bernie Adcock will step down as chief supply chain officer at the end of the month “to pursue another opportunity”, the US company an...
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pork

German meat processor Tönnies cuts jobs

Meat processor Tönnies has cut hundreds of jobs since June at two pig plants in its home market of Germany as slaughter numbers continue to “slump”. Between 500 and 600 slaughtering and cutting positions have been eliminated across the sites in Sögel, Lower Saxony, and W...
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pig herd

Pig prices pass landmark £2/kg

The EU-spec SPP has passed the £2 per kg mark, but the rate of increase is slowing and prices are still well below costs of production. The SPP averaged 200.22p/kg in the week ending 16 September, up 0.3p from the previous week – the smallest increase since early March....
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fake meat lab grown meat

Fake meat sales slide on price and being ‘too woke’

Just a few years ago, with a blockbuster initial public offering from Beyond Meat Inc and the unveiling of an Impossible Whopper at Burger King locations in the US, plant-based meats were ascendant. Now, after once enjoying double-digit growth, sales in the plant-based meat ca...
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Chicken

Bird flu restrictions imposed across eastern England

All of Norfolk and Suffolk, and parts of Essex, have been made subject to avian flu restrictions. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) had been established to mitigate the risk of further outbreaks, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said. It ...
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Rungis

Fire at the Paris Rungis wholesale market

PARIS (AP) — A billowing column of dark smoke towered over Paris on Sunday from a warehouse blaze at a massive produce market that supplies the French capital and surrounding region with much of its fresh food and bills itself as the largest of its kind in the world. Firefig...
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Gourmet beef burger

Inflation kills off plant-based meat boom hopes

A sector once favoured by investors is coming under pressure amid rising prices for consumers. The increasing pressure on consumers has extinguished any hopes of a rebound in sales of plant-based meat this year, dealing a blow to a sector that was an investors’ favourite whe...
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Container port and shipping meat export

Container shipping rates crash

Spot rates on transpacific routes have halved since the end of April. The huge increase in freight costs that began during the early stages of the pandemic is beginning to unwind, with rates for shipping containers from China to the US Pacific coast halving over the past two m...
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Europe’s biggest pork producer cuts jobs as supplies decline

Europe’s biggest pork producer cuts jobs as supplies decline

COPENHAGEN, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest pork producer, Danish Crown, said on Thursday it would cut 350 jobs at two factories in Denmark as a result of declining supplies from farmers hit by rising energy and feed prices. The war in Ukraine has resulted in ...
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Aldi overtakes Morrisons as fourth biggest supermarket

Aldi has increased its market share as shoppers tighten their purse strings in response to the rising cost of living. Aldi has overtaken Morrisons to become the fourth biggest UK supermarket, with Lidl the fastest growing grocer for the fourth month in a row. The discounters a...
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AHDB considers Stoneleigh Park move

Agricultural levy board AHDB is considering quitting its Stoneleigh Park base in favour of smaller premises, it has been revealed. The organisation, which has been based in a £5m, 5,000 sq ft building on the farming and agricultural centre just outside Coventry in Warwickshir...
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Maelor Foods plans to double production

Maelor Foods plans to double production

Maelor Foods has submitted an application to increase operations at its Wrexham processing plant that would double production to two million birds a week. The company currently employs 250 staff, with 86% of the staff coming from the North Wales area. The increase in productio...
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AIMS announces conference line up

AIMS announces conference line up

After three years away during which time the meat and poultry processing sector has experienced many challenges, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has announced its annual conference will take place in person this year on 1 October. It will be held at the Ed...
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China releases additional pork reserve to maintain price stability

China will release additional pork into the market from central reserves this week to ensure pork supplies and maintain stability in prices, the country’s top economic planner has said. This will be the second batch of pork released from the country’s central reser...
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Public told to buy British to ‘save’ pig sector

Public told to buy British to ‘save’ pig sector

Consumers and retailers must back British as the long-running pig sector crisis continues to take its toll on farms across the country, the National Pig Association (NPA) has said. The body today (13 September) warned that there could be a reduced choice of favourite British p...
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Call to deem food production as ‘vulnerable’ amid surging energy costs

Call to deem food production as ‘vulnerable’ amid surging energy costs

Hard-pressed farming businesses are to be included in new measures to address soaring energy costs, but calls have been made for the government to go further and deem food production as ‘vulnerable’. Businesses will get help with surging energy bills, with prices c...
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Weak demand continues to blight pork market – TVC

Weak demand continues to blight pork market – TVC

Weak demand on the domestic market continues to apply a brake to the UK pork market, although rising EU prices are providing a glimmer of hope.  “Trade seems to be reflective between last week and this coming week with signs of little change regarding demand being still les...
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EU farming organisations warn of threat to food supply as costs spiral

EU farming organisations warn of threat to food supply as costs spiral

Many operators in the EU’s agri-food sector are struggling to maintain business in the face of rapidly rising input costs and extreme weather events, according to agri-food chain associations Copa-Cogeca, the Primary Food Processors (PFP) and FoodDrinkEurope. In a statement,...
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British pigs in blankets scarce this Christmas as UK pork industry shrinks 20pc in a year

British pigs in blankets scarce this Christmas as UK pork industry shrinks 20pc in a year

Shoppers looking for British pigs in blankets and locally reared gammon to serve this Christmas may be forced to buy EU meat instead, the industry has warned. Supermarkets will be stocking less British meat this winter, after higher feed prices forced farmers to rear fewer ani...
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Hong Kong China

China battles ‘porkflation’ as price of popular meat soars

SHANGHAI — China’s pork prices surged again in August, as the government dips into national reserves to stabilize costs and ensure supply in the world’s biggest consuming nation of the meat. The country’s headline consumer price index (CPI) slowed in A...
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Two men face Chester court over abattoir charges

TWO Whitchurch men will enter pleas after being charged with illegally using a cattle prod against animals at a Chester abattoir when they return to court in November. Matthew Arden, 32 and of Fields View, Burleydam and 48-year-old Paul May, of Belton Road, in Whitchurch, appe...
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Pilgrim’s to close two sites – potential loss of nearly 700 jobs

Pilgrim’s to close two sites – potential loss of nearly 700 jobs

Leading pork processor Pilgrim’s UK is planning to close two sites, at Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, and Coalville, in Leicestershire, and reduce production at its Ashton site, resulting in the potential loss of nearly 700 jobs.  The existing operations at the two plants wi...
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pig herd

Shocking Defra figures show huge contraction in English pig herd

The English pig breeding herd has contracted by 18% in the space of a year, as the devastating impact of the pig industry crisis takes its toll, Defra’s June Agricultural survey reveals. The figures, which are reinforced by the latest UK-wide data released by AgroVision, sho...
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Container port and shipping meat export

Asian markets boost for UK meat exports

The Far East has remained an important destination for UK red meat exports during the first half of the year, adding significant value to the UK red meat sector. According to the latest data from HMRC, despite an easing of shipments due to a number of challenges on the market,...
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Butchers worry food fraud is on the rise

There are concerns that an increase in animal theft could be linked to the cost-of-living crisis, as criminals look to cash in on rising meat prices. Around £2.4 million of cattle and sheep were stolen last year, according to an annual rural crime survey. Overall, livestock t...
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Moy Park to close Ashbourne processing plant

Moy Park to close Ashbourne processing plant

Moy Park has announced a consultation with staff at its Ashbourne facility, hatchery and logistics operation in Derbyshire as it proposes changes to its processing model following a strategic review. The business said it wanted to move its fresh primary operations from a four-...
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Rain could save impending store lamb glut

Rain could save impending store lamb glut

September may have brought essential rain to build grass covers and get winter root crops growing to service demand for an anticipated bumper store lamb season. National figures from Defra and AHDB suggest many lambs remain on farms after creep prices and dry weather slammed t...
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Lab grown Lamb on the way

Lab grown Lamb on the way

Future Meat Technologies of Rehovot, Israel, has produced its first cultivated lamb. The lab-made product is said to look, cook and taste like conventional ground lamb meat ready to make into burgers, kebabs, and more. Future Meat’s development of cultivated lamb started in...
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Australia Tightens Meat Import Rules for FMD

Australia Tightens Meat Import Rules for FMD

Australia has announced harsh new bans on some meat imports from 70 countries, as a disease with the ability to wipe out an entire industry spreads. Pate, pork crackling and other processed meat products have been slapped with a wide-reaching import ban in an effort to keep fo...
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Namibian Meat Board wants sheep marketing scheme abolished

Namibian Meat Board wants sheep marketing scheme abolished

The Meat Board of Namibia is seeking the agriculture ministry to abolish the sheep marketing scheme as it failed to meet its primary objective. The small stock marketing scheme was introduced on 1 July 2004 to stimulate value addition to sheep and sheep products locally and ...
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Chickens

Saudi Arabia plans $5bn investment to become self-sufficient in poultry meat

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans SR17 billion ($5 billion) investment to boost poultry production as the Kingdom aims to achieve a poultry meat self-sufficiency rate of 80 percent by 2025, Saudi Press Agency reported. By targeting 1.3 million tons of broiler chickens per year, th...
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China Has No Basis to Ban Australian Beef, PM Albanese Says

China has no basis for using foot-and-mouth disease as a reason to suspend beef imports from Australia, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Tuesday in response to reports that Beijing has restricted trade. Australia remains free of the disease and biosecurity officials were a...
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290 jobs at risk as Pilgrim’s UK proposes Suffolk site closure

290 jobs at risk as Pilgrim’s UK proposes Suffolk site closure

Around 290 jobs are at risk as Pilgrim’s UK announce a proposal for the closure of their Bury St Edmunds site. The company has announced the proposed closure of the meat processing plant as part of its business recovery plan. Under the proposal, the site’s lamb an...
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Food supplies under threat amid second CO2 shortage

Food supplies under threat amid second CO2 shortage

Fresh fears of a carbon dioxide shortage means UK food security is “under threat”, the boss of the UK’s biggest chicken processor has warned. Ranjit Singh Boparan – who runs 2 Sisters Food Group and has been dubbed the Chicken King – said a key food industry CO2 supp...
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Charlotte Evans appointed as head of engagement for pork

Charlotte Evans appointed as head of engagement for pork

AHDB has appointed Charlotte Evans as its first ever head of engagement for pork, a brand new role, which she will start in mid-November. The new position incorporates responsibilities from the head of knowledge exchange role held by Jen Waters, who leaves AHDB on September 2...
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Hong Kong China

China’s pork market begins a new cycle

According to a report from Rabobank, China’s pork industry has begun a new cycle which will offer considerable growth potential and opportunities for local and global players.  The new ‘upward’ cycle began in June 2022, say Rabobank, and is expected to run for less ti...
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Pigs

Pig producers lost £52/pig in Q2

Average pig production losses have topped £50 per head for the second successive quarter, as soaring costs continue to cripple an industry that has now lost more than £600 million since the autumn of 2020, according to AHDB estimates. The latest AHDB quarterly cost of produc...
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France bans imports of poultry from animals on antibiotics

In a decree that will affect the poultry market, primarily, France announces the ban of animal meat imports treated with growth antibiotics as of 22 April. Reuters reports that France is anticipating an EU-wide measure that had been due to enter into force late January but wa...
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Meat industry devastated by electricity bills

Meat industry devastated by electricity bills

In response to pleading reports from its members around unrelenting energy prices, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has outlined several recommendations for the new UK Prime Minister to address. “AIMS have been alarmed to hear from our members of the im...
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Pork

Lacklustre demand continues to hold back pork market

Weak demand continues to put a brake on the pork market, despite tightening supplies, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  “While the calendar noted a change in season and historically better trade for pig meat, demand remained lacklustre at best. It is hoped improvements wi...
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China remains largest importer of UK pork, as Asian market boosts UK red meat exports

China remains largest importer of UK pork, as Asian market boosts UK red meat exports

The Asian market has had a significant impact on the value of UK red meat exports in the first half of 2022.  The latest data from HMRC shows that China remains the largest importer of UK pig meat, as export values reached nearly £88 million in the year to date. Furthermor...
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GB prime cattle prices make marginal gains

For the week ending 27 August, the average GB all-prime deadweight cattle price made a small gain for the second week, up 0.1p to 433.5p/kg. Despite being back on the higher prices of June, the latest average price was almost 24p above that seen last year. The different cattle...
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Pig carcase weights and SPP prices steady

The GB EU-spec SPP stood at 198.4p/kg for the week ending 27 August, an increase of 0.34p/kg on the previous week. This means prices are currently running at more than 41p above the 5-year average and 40p above the price seen at this point last year. An estimated 167,900 clean...
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Co2 supply situation deteriorates

Co2 supply situation deteriorates

This week the security of UK Co2 supplies to critical industries like health, nuclear and food took a a major blow. We had the twin announcements of the imminent cessation of production at CF Industries’ last remaining UK fertiliser plant alongside the planned September shut...
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Premium price for Irish beef flown weekly to Singapore

ABP Food Group has begun flying beef from Ireland to a high-end retailer in Singapore, where certified Angus striploin steaks are retailing at around €72/kg. Ryan’s Grocery, will also stock lamb from Irish Country Meats (ICM), ABP’s specialist sheepmeat company, at their...
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Beef Sides

Farmers fears as closure of independent abattoir spells start of business problems

The closure of an independent abattoir that has been in business for more than a hundred years over five generations will spark anxiety amongst farmers who rely on such operations for their own livelihoods. Mettrick’s abattoir in Glossop on the South Yorkshire border close...
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Higher retail prices impact meat sales

Higher retail prices impact meat sales

With the cost of living crisis hitting households across the UK, Cedric Porter takes a look at the impact on consumer spending. Consumers are cutting back on meat consumption as they change purchasing habits to cope with the cost of living. Food price inflation has been rising...
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UK’s native sheep breeds in spotlight following US taste test

UK’s native sheep breeds in spotlight following US taste test

The UK’s many native sheep breeds have been put in the spotlight after US meat processors arrived in the country and took part in a mutton taste test. The British Heritage Sheep scheme and the AHDB championed the unique flavour brought to the table by native sheep breeds...
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Spain to put video cameras in abattoirs

Spanish slaughterhouses will have to install video surveillance to ensure animals are not mistreated before being killed, the government has announced, claiming a first in the EU. “This rule puts Spain at the forefront of Europe in this area and, as well as ensuring the welf...
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Walmart acquires stake in sustainable beef startup

Walmart is acquiring a minority stake in a rancher-owned, premium beef company to expand its sourcing of sustainable meat, the retail giant has announced. Terms of Walmart’s deal with North Platte, Nebraska-based Sustainable Beef LLC were not disclosed. But Walmart said the ...
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Dry pastures force Texas ranchers to slaughter ever more cows

Dry pastures force Texas ranchers to slaughter ever more cows

CROCKETT, Texas, Aug 24 (Reuters) – With almost all of Texas in drought, ranchers are sending ever more cattle off to slaughter, a trend likely to increase beef prices over the long term due to dwindling supply from the largest cattle region in the United States. Since m...
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Brazilian food processor BRF CEO resigns

Brazilian food processor BRF CEO resigns

SAO PAULO, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Brazilian food processor BRF SA said on Tuesday that chief executive Lorival Luz has resigned and will be replaced by Miguel Gularte, a top executive at beef-packer Marfrig Global Foods SA. Shares in the poultry and pork processor were aroun...
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Vietnam suspends African swine fever vaccine after pig deaths

Vietnam has temporarily suspended the use of its African swine fever (ASF) vaccine after dozens of pigs inoculated with the shots died this month, the country’s state media has reported, according to a report by Reuters. The pigs were among around 600 pigs at several farms i...
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Pigs

Strict new controls on pork imports introduced to curb ASF

Strict new controls restricting the movement of pork and pork products into Great Britain to help safeguard Britain’s pigs from the threat of African swine fever (ASF) have been announced today (Wednesday 31 August 2022). African swine fever poses no risk to human health, bu...
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Tyson Foods fires international group head

Tyson Foods Inc. has terminated its international division group president, according to a Monday filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Springdale-based meat giant terminated Chris Langholz, group president international, on Aug. 26 according to...
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Argentine beef exports hit new records

Argentina’s Rosario Stock Exchange Friday reported the first semester of 2022 showed record beef exports 39.4% above figures from the same period last year, worth US$1.75 billion. Beef shipments grew US$ 457 million from US$ 1.293 billion. “Analysing the evolution of 2...
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NFU seeks ‘urgent clarity’ as UK ammonia plant stops production

The NFU has requested an urgent meeting with CF Fertilisers on the impact of its decision to suspend ammonia production at its Co Durham plant. In a statement, CF Fertilisers attributed its decision to halt ammonia production, a key ingredient to produce fertiliser, to market ...
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Support urged for Love Lamb Week

Consumer support for Love Lamb Week is more important than ever with the sheep sector continuing to be hit hard by soaring input costs, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). Working together on the promotion of the annual event, UFU will focus on the production of la...
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Meat Counter

Medical journal asked to ditch ‘cancer-link’ study

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has requested that ‘misleading content’ linking red meat to cancer and other fatal diseases be immediately removed from respected medical journal The Lancet, after leading scientists questioned the validity of its claim...
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Carrefour CEO says inflation crisis seeing consumers snub organic food

Cost-conscious French consumers are ditching fish, buying cheaper meat and snubbing organic food to save money on their shopping, the head of Europe’s largest food retailer said on Tuesday. Carrefour Chief Executive Alexandre Bompard said economists’ debates about ...
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China Halts Some Meat Imports From US Processor Tyson Foods

(Bloomberg) — China has suspended some meat imports from US processing giant Tyson Foods Inc., the country’s customs office said on Monday. The halt affects products from a plant owned by Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., the beef and pork subsidiary, for shipments from Aug. 29,...
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Glossop abattoir closes after 100 years

Glossop abattoir closes after 100 years

Mettrick’s abattoir in Glossop, Derbyshire will close after over 100 years, with campaigners calling the news ‘extremely worrying’ for local farmers. The abattoir is run by brothers John and Steven Mettrick, the fifth generation since the business was founded...
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Pork Sides

Pork supplies remain tight, as Europe gives UK pig market impetus

Rising European pig prices continue to support the UK pig price at a time when domestic supplies are tightening. The late summer Bank holiday caused some disruption with factory closures, but supplies remained on the tight side with slaughter weights well under control, Thames...
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BMPA calls for Government intervention over planned CO2 plant closures

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has called for Government intervention amid concerns over future CO2 supplies, after CF Fertilisers UK  announced its intention to temporarily halt ammonia production at its Billingham Complex.  The  plant is a major supplie...
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AHDB to showcase red meat and dairy in Singapore

AHDB to showcase red meat and dairy in Singapore

AHDB will be in Singapore next week at a major international food and drink showcasing red meat and dairy to buyers from around the world. The export team will be attending Food and Hotel Asia (FHA), which runs from Monday to Thursday, and attracts more than 40,000 trade deleg...
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China develops new beef cattle breed ‘Huaxi’

China has successfully bred a new beef cattle variant “Huaxi” and owns the independent intellectual property, which will likely strengthen competitiveness of China’s beef industry and the nation’s food security, Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday....
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Botswana suspends beef exports over suspected FMD outbreak

GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana has suspended beef exports after a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the Department of Veterinary Services said on Wednesday, a move that could hurt the country’s earnings from the lucrative EU market. Along with South Africa a...
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Beef Meat

Namibia suspends livestock imports from Botswana after FMD scare

WINDHOEK, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Namibia on Monday announced the suspension of livestock imports and other related meat products from Botswana after its eastern neighbour announced last week that it is investigating a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Suspected c...
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Tyson pork plant in U.S suspended from exporting to China -USDA

CHICAGO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc’s pork processing plant in Logansport, Indiana, has been suspended from exporting products to China, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The suspension is effective Aug. 29, the agency said. Neither USDA no...
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EU-NZ deal more favourable than UK’s

Two Scottish Ministers have hit out at the UK Government’s trade deal with New Zealand, noting the EU has secured more favourable terms for its farmers. Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon and Trade Minister Ivan McKee pointed to a ‘stark contrast’ between the two agre...
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GB cattle prices stabilise

The average GB prime cattle deadweight price saw its first increase for seven weeks, appreciating 0.9p to average 433.4p/kg in the week ending 20 August. This increase means average prices are now 65p above the 5-year average, and 25p above prices this time last year. Within t...
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GB pig prices for week ending August 20

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain The GB EU-spec SPP edged closer to the 200p/kg mark in the week ending  August 20, averaging 198.06p/kg. This was up 0.66p from the previous week. The measure stood 39p above the equivalent wee...
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BMPA calls for Government intervention as planned plant closure threatens CO2 supplies

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has called for Government intervention amid concerns over future CO2 supplies, after CF Fertilisers UK  announced its intention to temporarily halt ammonia production at its Billingham Complex.  The  plant is a major supplie...
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Butcher fears closure amid rising energy costs

Butcher fears closure amid rising energy costs

A butcher said he could be forced to close his business due to rising energy costs. Martin Mottershead has been paying £12,000 a year at his Stafford shop, but this will rise to £35,000 when his fixed price contract ends in 18 months. Other small business owners in the town ...
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CO2 and fertiliser worries as last factory shuts

Britain’s only domestic fertiliser factory producing carbon dioxide is being shuttered due to high energy prices, raising alarm for the many organisations that depend on the gas for surgical operations, meat processing and production of beer and fizzy drinks. With ferti...
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Labour crisis sweeps Australia’s food supply chain

Australia’s key food industry bodies have calculated the food supply chain is currently short at least 172,000 workers from paddock to plate. This massive labour shortage will have significant long-term impacts on price and the availability of food for the consumer unless so...
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Australia, NZ deny ‘rumours’ of meat ban to China

Australia, NZ deny ‘rumours’ of meat ban to China

Response comes after Chinese media reports imports could be suspended over foot-and-mouth disease concerns. Australia and New Zealand have said shipments of meat to China are clearing as normal despite Chinese media reports of a ban on imports from both countries. The Australi...
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Farmers fed up of being ‘easy target’ for emissions cuts

Farming groups have warned the industry has had enough of being seen as an ‘easy target’ for Governments seeking to cut emissions levels. The comments come after the Irish Government introduced a sectoral emissions ceiling for agriculture of 25 per cent by 2030. Thomas Bin...
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Pigs

Pig abattoir numbers in England continue to decline

The latest figures show that just 87 slaughterhouses killed pigs in 2021, 6 fewer than in 2020 and 38 fewer than a decade ago. The number of specialists plants* has also reduced, now standing at 11, down 1 from 2020 and 5 fewer than a decade ago. These specialist plants accoun...
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GB pig prices for week ending August 6, 2022

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain The EU spec SPP stood at 196.46/kg for the week ending August 6, a marginal increase of 0.60/kg on the previous week. Although the SPP is still creeping up week-on-week, AHDB said it is still fall...
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Pilgrim’s UK Lamb launches, with ambitions to reinvent British lamb

Pilgrim’s UK has now officially launched its lamb business, which will ‘connect a country wide lamb supply chain, bringing farmers and customers closer together’.  This latest step for Pilgrim’s UK follows the company’s 2021 acquisition of Randall Parker Food’s ...
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Turkish President announces meat sales discount

Turkish President announces meat sales discount

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the government will initiate a new discount in sales of meat to curb the high prices in the market. “We will start selling cattle with a 30-35 percent discount. This will also align those who upset the balance of the ma...
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Burger

Beyond Meat reports revenue loss

Beyond Meat has reported that net revenues were down 1.6% year-on-year as the company prepares to cut 4% of its global workforce, according to its latest trading statement. Founded in 2009, Beyond Meat is a plant-based meat company with products available at approximately 183,...
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RSPCA calls for a ban on exporting non-stunned meat

UK meat which has been slaughtered without being stunned beforehand should be banned from export. According to animal welfare charity RSPCA, in recent years the number of animals slaughtered without stunning has been falling – but the proportion of those being exported to ot...
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Pork Processor throughputs stall but market prices see positive boost – TVC

Thames Valley Cambac’s (TVC) pig marketing summary, for the week concluding August 7, shows that GB and European pig prices saw a positive boost regardless of slowing throughputs and sales. GB SPP was up 1.58p from a week ago, for a figure of 195.86p; Tribune Spot Bacon ...
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Cows

Farmers fed up of being ‘easy target’ for emissions cuts

Farming groups have warned the industry has had enough of being seen as an ‘easy target’ for Governments seeking to cut emissions levels. The comments come after the Irish Government introduced a sectoral emissions ceiling for agriculture of 25 per cent by 2030. Thomas Bin...
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Lambs

Love lamb week returns with ‘naturally delicious’ theme

The annual week-long celebration of UK lamb will be returning next month for an eighth year, with sheep producers set to shine a light on the sustainability of their sector. Love Lamb Week, running from 1-7 September, aims to remind consumers of the taste and quality that UK l...
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Dutch government plans to drastically cut livestock numbers

Dutch farmers are continuing to protest over the government’s plans to cut emissions, which will see more than half of livestock farmers having to give up or drastically slim down their businesses.   Recently, farmers in the Netherlands have blockaded food distribution...
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GB pig prices for week ending July 30

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain The GB deadweight EU-Spec SPP rose by 1.58p in the week ending July 30, to reach 195.86p/kg. The estimated number of clean pigs saw a slight increase on last week to 177,600 head, a 1% increase i...
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The UK-USA pork export trade is proving prosperous in 2022

The latest HMRC figures show that the UK’s pork exports to the USA, between January and April of this year, nearly doubled on 2021 figures; making the US the third largest export market for UK pork.   In the first four months of 2022, UK pork exports to the USA were worth�...
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FSA considers rule change for meat during Muslim holiday

A Food Standards Agency (FSA) consultation is looking at changing the rules around the sale of meat during a religious festival. Qurbani is a religious practice that takes place during Eid al-Adha. Some Muslims prefer to collect meat and offal shortly after slaughter as this s...
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Seasonal pressure on lamb prices continues

In the week ending 3rd August, the GB NSL liveweight SQQ dropped slightly to average 243.88p/kg, down 4.36p from last week. Reports indicate that well covered animals were still commanding plenty of interest and the best prices, but lighter, less-finished animals weighed on a...
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French sheep farmers warn against EU/NZ trade deal

A PROPOSED trade deal between New Zealand and the EU would see 38,000 tonnes lamb arrive at half the price of its competitors, French farming leaders have warned. The president of the French National Sheep Federation, Michèle Boudoin, warned: “This agreement foresees se...
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EU sheep prices remain firm

Despite recording some seasonal pressure recently, GB finished lamb prices remain at historically high levels. Throughput for the year-to-date is slightly up on last year, indicating that there is no shortage in supply, with production forecast to remain higher for the rest o...
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Saudi Arabia bans Polish poultry products

RIYADH — The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has imposed a temporary ban on the import of poultry meat, table eggs, and their products and equipment from the Wielkopolskie region of Poland. The authority’s move came after receiving an immediate notification report i...
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Burger

Beyond Meat sales under threat as plant-based boom withers

Aug 3 (Reuters) – Beyond Meat Inc is headed for an unappetizing second quarter as the plant-based food craze withers in the face of several weak product tests at restaurants and mediocre reviews. Analysts have slashed forecasts for Beyond Meat’s sales on supply-ch...
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Container trucks and shipping

First UK pork exports heading to Chile this month

British pork will be heading to Chile this month, to complete the first commercial export order since market access was granted in March 2022.  The new agreement granted access for 27 UK pork processing sites to export to Chile, with AHDB estimating that the market access ...
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Extinction Rebellion blocks Avara Foods site

Extinction Rebellion blocks Avara Foods site

Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked the entrance to a poultry firm in Hereford. The environmental group gathered with banners from about 06:00 BST in front of an Avara Foods site in Allensmore where chickens are reared. Avara Foods supplies poultry to UK supermarkets ...
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Whole Lambs

AHDB to host US lamb importers visit to the UK

Five of America’s most respected red meat importers will join AHDB on a five-day mission next week to explore opportunities for UK lamb, ahead of the first commercial exports. On Sunday, a delegation of importers and processors from the eastern region of the US, will be arri...
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German court rejects case against meat industry restrictions

German court rejects case against meat industry restrictions

BERLIN — Germany’s highest court said Wednesday it has thrown out complaints against a ban on the use of subcontractors in slaughterhouses that was prompted by coronavirus outbreaks early in the pandemic. The Federal Constitutional Court said it rejected complaints by a sa...
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Beef Meat

Australia raises guard against FMD after Indonesia cases

SYDNEY, July 20 (Reuters) – Australia on Wednesday said it has stepped up protection against foot and mouth disease at its international airports following an outbreak of the disease in Indonesia. Travellers arriving in Australia from Indonesia will now be asked to walk ...
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Lamb Standing in Grass

Down Under: Electronic ear tags for millions of sheep backed by NSW to prepare for FMD

The NSW government has thrown its support behind the urgent development of mandatory electronic ID tags for millions of sheep and goats to ensure any outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) can be traced.  Australian cattle are already individually tagged but millions of she...
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Sheep

UK ministers accused of failing to fight for farmers with NZ trade deal

Welsh farmers’ leaders have criticised the UK Government’s new trade deal with New Zealand and says ministers have failed “to fight for the interests of our farmers”. The government is also accused of blocking scrutiny of the deal which is currently awaiting MP’s app...
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Seasonal worker visa scheme for poultry confirmed until 2024

The seasonal worker visa scheme for poultry has been confirmed until 2024, following efforts by the NFU to engage with Defra and the Home Office. On 5 July, Defra and the Home Office hosted an online meeting, which was attended by poultry businesses and NFU chief poultry advis...
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GB liveweight lamb prices jump up

For the week ending 6 July, the GB liveweight NSL SQQ stood at 317.54/kg, over 15p/kg above the previous week. The SQQ for OSL stood at 231.99/kg, just over 14p/kg above the previous week. An estimated 132,500 lambs (NSL & OSL) were sold at auction markets during the week,...
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Pig prices up again, lighter weights

The GB EU-Spec deadweight SPP rose by 2.49p in the week ending 2 July, bringing it to 188.88p/kg. Estimated slaughter in the week ending 2 July was 172,500 head, nearly 4,000 more than last week, and 13,000 more than the same week last year. This brings annual clean pig slaugh...
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GB cattle prices still strong, numbers up.

In the week ending 2 July, GB deadweight cattle prices gained further ground despite more cattle coming forward. The average price for prime cattle procured deadweight in GB gained a further 1.8p on the week before to average 443.9p/kg, 45p above where it was this time a year ...
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UK ASF risk increased to ‘High’ from human mediated routes

The Government has increased the UK’s African swine fever (ASF) risk status in response in response to worrying new outbreaks in Germany, sparked by human spread.  The virus has recently been confirmed in domestic pigs in a new region of Germany, in Emsland, Lower Saxony, r...
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Cost of living crisis driving down meat sales

The cost of living crisis is forcing consumers to cut back on their meat intake, according to AHDB analysis. Inflation is now neck and neck with health as the top driver of meat reduction, the levy board says. Consumers who believe that beef and red meat currently have good pr...
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Poor demand continues to frustrate pork market

Poor demand for pork and low prices in Europe are continuing to hold back the UK pork market, according to Thames Valley Cambac. Today, the Tribune bacon price edged towards £2/kg, hitting 196.5p/kg, while the SPP was up another 2.49p to 188.9p/kg last week – a new record, ...
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USA – 4 largest beef processors of price fixing

OMAHA, Neb. — The nation’s largest food distributor has joined the other businesses accusing the four largest meat processors of working together to inflate beef prices. Sysco recently filed a federal lawsuit in Texas accusing Tyson Foods, JBS, Cargill and National Beef of...
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AHDB to review all pork services

AHDB is reviewing all its services for pork levy payers, as it faces up to a future with a reduced levy and undergoes a restructure following the recent Shape the Future vote. The pork levy, which totalled around £9m in 2021/22, is under pressure two fronts. HMRC informed AHD...
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Brazilian beef exports booming

Brazilian exports of beef during the second half of the year should keep their bullish pace anticipates a report from Netherlands Rabobank, given the strong demand from China, United States, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, reflected in an estimated 10% tonnage increase ove...
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FMD casts shadow over Eid festival in Indonesia

JAKARTA, July 6 (Reuters) – An outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Indonesia threatens to disrupt a ritual of slaughtering animals to mark the festival of Eid al-Adha this year, with livestock traders in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation bemoaning low sa...
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Meat supply chain buckles down for a bumpy ride

2022 and beyond will go down as being among the most challenging periods for Scotland’s red meat sector since the industry faced the foot-and-mouth outbreaks of 2001 and 2007 and the emergence of BSE in the 1980s. “Rising costs, continuing labour shortages and the challeng...
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NZ farmers disappointed in EU trade deal

WELLINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – New Zealand dairy, sheep and beef farmers are largely disappointed by the newly signed New Zealand-European Union free trade agreement, lamenting it provides little new access to the profitable market for meat and dairy. The agreement, whic...
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Red Tractor loses beef and lamb members

The industry source who shared the figures, but wished to remain anonymous, added the data did not include those members who had left the scheme since it published its updated standards in November 2021. RT admitted there had been a decline in the number of beef and lamb produ...
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Sheep kill: Over 50,000 less lambs processed compared to this time last year

Last week’s sheep kill (week ending June 25) witnessed a decrease on the week before, with all categories of sheep seeing a decline in throughput. Spring lamb throughput once again broke 40,000 head last week, but was still back on the previous week, while hogget supplie...
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France to ban ‘meat’ names for items made with plants

France plans to ban the use of ‘meat’ names like “steak” and “sausage” on plant-based protein food, according to a new decree, in a bid to avoid confusion over the meat alternatives. France is the first country in the European Union to make ...
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EU opens up market to more NZ beef, lamb and dairy

The European Union and New Zealand completed negotiations on Thursday for a free trade agreement that could boost goods and services business between the two partners by 30pc. However, the EU will open up to more dairy products and beef from New Zealand, a sensitive area for s...
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Brazilian beef exports continue to flourish

In the first quarter of 2022 Brazil slaughtered a total of 6.96 million head of cattle, a 6% increase (+362,000 head) compared to 2021. The year-on-year increase in slaughter has driven beef production to increase 6% (+105,000 tonnes) to 1.84 million tonnes. Brazil is the worl...
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UK market opportunities for Australia

The Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UK FTA) was signed on 17 December 2021 and will open up new opportunities for Australian red meat exports after it enters into force, anticipated in the second half of 2022. In Q1 2022, MLA conducted three new research studi...
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Mexico meat processor’s mission to UK

One of Mexico’s largest meat processors recently journeyed to the UK to meet with pork industry leaders, to find out more about the UK pork sector following the £50 million UK-Mexico market access deal in 2021.  Senior leaders from SuKarne took part in a two-day mission t...
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Butcher gets the chop for stealing a ton of meat

An employee at a Bedfordshire meat company who stole meat worth thousands of pounds escaped going to prison on Monday, June 27, 2022. Instead, Piotr Selonke from Poland, was given a suspended sentence and told he must pay £2,400 to his former employers, York House Meat Compan...
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Pork market improves slightly

The market improved slightly last week through better prices in places. However, other than the fresh meat market, driven by what seems to be a minor improvement in summer BBQ trade, generally demand was lacklustre with reduced kills, and some processors reporting very poor sa...
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Man jailed for involvement in illegal meat operation

A Ceredigion man living in Ireland has been extradited and sentenced after his involvement in illicit farming and trading of meat that was unfit for human consumption. Robert Thomas, 45, originally from Ferwig near Cardigan, was found to be part of an organised crime group (OC...
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Pork exports to the Philippines up on record year

Exports of pork from the UK to the Philippines reached almost £17 million in the first four months of 2022 – up 14% on the same period last year. According to the latest figures from HMRC, between January and April, the amount of pig meat shipped to the country in Southeast...
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Pork demand lukewarm, despite barbecue weather

Despite the obvious excellent barbecue opportunities encouraged by the current warm spell, demand was surprisingly subdued from many of the majors last, according to Thames Valley Cambac.   Processor price contributions stood on, but other market fundamentals, such as SPP �...
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German pork production in decline

Data from the European Commission shows that Germany’s overall pork production has suffered as a result of the sector’s poor profitability and ASF pressures. Germany’s finished pig slaughter volumes fell 9% (790,000 head) year-on-year, in the first two months of 2022, ...
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Baths have higher carbon footprint than beef

Running a bath can have a higher carbon footprint than eating 4oz of British beef, the author of a new book has said. Jayne Buxton, whose work The Great Plant-Based Con advocates a common sense approach to diet, blamed the growth of the ‘epidemiology industry’ for an ‘...
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Emissions levy planned for New Zealand farms

New Zealand’s Government is considering proposals from its agricultural groups for a farm-level levy system on emissions from 2025. Farming organisations, including Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and Dairy New Zealand, felt they had to make proposals or face the Governmen...
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Maelor Foods poultry plant jobs boost

Poultry processor Maelor Foods is looking to increase operations at its Pickhill Lane facility in Cross Lanes near Wrexham. There is the prospect of 125 additional jobs and a boost of £13 million to the Wrexham economy. The company – part of the wider Salisbury Poultry ...
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ASF discovered in domestic pigs in Italy

African swine fever (ASF) has been found in domestic pigs in Italy for the first time, delivering a major blow to the country’s pork sector. Two cases were detected on a farm in Rome’s Lazio region last week. The infected pigs were culled immediately, along with seven othe...
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Malaysia bans poultry exports

At a time when the price of poultry feed is historically high, and unpredictable hot weather has resulted in the death of day-old chicks due to heat stroke, Malaysia has banned the export of poultry products. Rising food prices since the second half of 2021 have led the Malays...
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Cull sow prices tumble on the back of over-supplied EU market

Cull sow prices are falling rapidly due to an over-supplied EU market, as rising finished pig prices are still no match for record costs. The news that the SPP had breached 180p for the first time in its history should, in normal times, be lauded by the industry, according to ...
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Councillors fight back in vegan meal row

Councillors fight back in vegan meal row

Members are launching a local food fight back, after Oxfordshire County Council’s decision to switch to plant-based only menus has been called into question. Councillor Eddie Reeves will ask members at a full meeting of the council in July to reinstate meat and dairy on to t...
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Mild strength in cattle prices

As killing returned to normal in the week following the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, cattle prices stood their ground. In the week ending 11 June, the GB all-prime average gained 0.7p to 440.7p/kg. Overall, steer prices rose by 1.4p to 441.6p/kg, while those meeting the R4L s...
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GB pig prices for week ending June 11, 2022 – SPP picks up

The EU spec SPP rose in the week ending 11 June to 183.10p/kg, an increase of 2.53p on the week before.  Estimated slaughter was up at 177,600 head, an increase of 15% on the week previous due to bank holidays. Carcase weights averaged 90.20kg/head, in line with weight record...
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France tests avian influenza vaccine

France has started a trial to vaccinate ducks against highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Ministry of Agriculture reports that 2 vaccines are being tested that can protect the birds against infection and prevent the virus from spreading. Minister Julien Denormandie had prev...
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Export demand fuels Irish cattle market

Robust demand from the UK and the EU has supported Irish cattle prices, despite more Irish cattle on the market during the first quarter of 2022. Irish cattle slaughter has been running ahead of 2021 levels during the first four months of 2022, according to data from Central S...
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Indonesia launches nationwide foot and mouth vaccinations

JAKARTA, June 13 (Reuters) – Indonesia will this week launch a nationwide livestock vaccination programme, its agriculture ministry said on Monday, as the number of cattle infected with foot and mouth disease surged to more than 151,000. Some of vaccines arrived on Sunda...
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Stark drop in pig numbers

Pig industry figures have called on Government to provide some ‘proper support’ to halt the decline in production as the industry contracts. New anonymised data from AgroVision, shared with the National Pig Association (NPA), has shown supplies will quickly switch from sur...
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Cattle hide prices remain subdued

The market for ox hides has changed little in recent weeks, according to The Sauer Report, although price reductions might be expected if Chinese buying remains weak. Italian tanners are reported to be well stocked, but with reduced sales orders of their own. However, UK suppl...
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Scotbeef director elected to lead Scottish meat wholesalers

Scotland’s meat wholesalers have elected Ian Bentley, a non-executive director of Scotbeef, as their new president. Mr Bentley acknowledged the challenges the industry faces which he said were common to both farmers and processers. However he said he was optimistic about the...
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Strong livestock prices offer respite as costs rise

Strong livestock prices at market continue to offer some respite for farmers in a period when the cost of agricultural inputs is rising sharply due to the price of energy and the war in Ukraine. Latest monthly analysis of trends in the lamb, beef and pork sectors by Hybu Cig C...
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New Zealand red meat sector concerned at reports of ‘weak’ EU offer

The NZ red meat sector is concerned at reports of a poor quality draft agricultural access offer from the European Union (EU) to New Zealand. A looming end of June deadline to conclude an Agreement in Principle was also a worry. European Trade Ministers were due to meet this w...
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Malaysia bans chicken exports

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Diners in Singapore are bracing for prices of their national chicken-and-rice dish to soar as neighbouring Malaysia prepares to block exports starting June 1st to increase supplies in its own markets and hold down surging prices. Prime Minister ...
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British beef breeds ‘unique selling point’ for US trade

The UK’s various cattle breeds are a ‘unique selling point’ and could be capitalised upon in future US trade, representatives from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) have said. Speaking exclusively to Farmers Guardian as part of the FALUK 2022 trip, Ethan...
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Swine fever warning after case confirmed near French border

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been detected on a German pig unit close to the French border – a 500km (311 miles) jump from previous known cases. The outbreak was in a small herd of outdoor pigs near Baden-Wuerttemberg, in western Germany. Scientists at the Friedrich-Löffle...
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Tesco gives £6.6m to pig producers following plea

UK pig farmers have welcomed a decision by Tesco, their biggest customer, to pay an extra £6.6m to pork producers. It follows a National Pig Association (NPA) letter to Tesco urging it to “do the right thing” and pay more or risk losing its British pork supply bas...
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British meat to boost Jubilee BBQs

A new drive to encourage people to buy British meat has been launched to tie-in with the Platinum Jubilee. AHDB’s ‘Royal up your BBQ’ campaign features a number of recipes designed to inspire consumers to use British beef, lamb and pork as part of their bank holiday cele...
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New Zealand sheep meat trade update

New Zealand has slaughtered 12.8million sheep and lambs in the first half of the 2021/22 season (which began in October), totalling 256,000 tonnes of sheep meat, down 14% on the same time last year. Exports of sheep meat for first half of the 2021/22 season totalled 200,858 to...
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China bans meat purchases from three Brazil exporters for a week

BRASILIA, April 15 (Reuters) – China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) has suspended imports from three Brazilian beef exporters – JBS SA, Marfrig and Naturafrig – for one week, the newspaper Valor Economico reported, citing a statement sent to...
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Co-op lifeline for UK pig farmers

Convenience retailer Co-op has called on other leading supermarkets to back UK pig farmers by selling more British produced pork. Pig farmers have been struggling since before the pandemic and around 60 per cent of the pork consumed in the UK is imported. Now more retailers ha...
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UK beef exports up nearly 50% year-on-year

UK exports of beef are up nearly 50 percent compared to the same period a year ago, new figures from HMRC show. The UK exported 12,600 tonnes of fresh and frozen beef in March, up 14% from February and up 46% compared to the same month a year ago. While significantly higher ye...
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Liveweight lamb prices ease

In the week ending 4 May, liveweight sheep prices lost some ground gained in previous weeks, with nearly all grades losing value apart from heavier spring lambs. The OSL SQQ averaged 271.1p/kg, down nearly 8p from the previous week, while the NSL SQQ lost nearly 6p to average ...
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Waitrose announces £16 million package to support pig prices

Waitrose has announced a further support package for its British pork farmers worth up to £16m to ensure prices paid for pigs to cover producers’ soaring costs of production.  The retailer said the move means it will cover the full cost of rearing and producing pigs – in...
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Expansion plans for Bowland Foods

A family-run meat supplier in Preston is looking to expand its premises due to the “underlaying pressure upon the meat processing industry”. Bowland Food’s Ltd is a meat-cutting plant where chilled animal carcasses are readied for further cutting and processi...
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China meat imports drop 36% on year in April

BEIJING: China imported 592,000 tonnes of meat in April, down 35.7 per cent from the same month a year earlier, customs data showed on Monday (May 9), as a surge in domestic pork output curbed appetite for shipments from abroad. Imports have also been impacted by strained logi...
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Brazil meat exporters face hurdles shipping product via Shanghai

SAO PAULO, April 20 (Reuters) – Brazil’s ABPA, a lobby group representing large pork and chicken processors said on Wednesday its member companies are facing difficulties shipping products through the Port of Shanghai. The statement, sent in response to a question ...
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Shanghai lockdown sends chill down meat trade

BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – The protracted lockdown in Shanghai, China’s financial hub, is slowing the nation’s normally booming meat trade, with stringent COVID-19 measures causing logistics logjams across the food industry in a sign of the broadening disrupt...
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Russian army targets food production in Ukraine

An Eastern European agricultural organisation has issued a plea to farmers and agricultural companies across Europe to help get aid to Ukraine, where Russian troops have stepped up attacks on the farming sector. Maksym Kryvonis, executive director of the Eastern European Agric...
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EU beef price surpasses UK – Irish price lags behind

The European (EU) average beef price has now surpassed that of the UK’s, while Irish price remains well behind, according to data from Bord Bia. The Irish food board’s cattle price dashboard’s most recent data from April 2, shows that Irish beef price is running 40c/kg b...
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Irish pig producers to receive new aid package

Irish pig producers will receive a further aid package worth around €13m (£10.9m) as farmers there continue to see losses due to surging costs. The new package will provide farmers up to €70,000 (£58.9k), but access to it is conditional on them cutting production by 10%,...
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Pig prices must continue to rise – TVC

As new figures highlight the staggering losses pig producers are currently enduring, the need for pig price increases becomes even more stark, according to Thames Valley Cambac. AHDB estimates the current reported cost of production at 203-216p/kg on the back of soaring feed...
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Seasonal boost for lamb

Easter and the Islamic festivals have provided a boost to both prime lamb and cull sheep prices across the UK. Prime lamb prices have reached the highest levels since the festive period. In Scotland, the market cleared 268p/kg in the week to April 6, according to Quality Meat ...
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Producers losing up to £61/pig, as costs soar beyond £2/kg

Pig producers are currently losing, on average, between £46 and £61 per slaughter pig, with costs of production typically above the £2/kg mark, according to AHDB. These staggering losses and costs of up to 216p/kg highlight yet again the urgent need for pig prices to rise ...
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ASF detected in Malaysia

The Negri Sembilan Veterinary Services Department (JPVNS) has confirmed that the African Swine Fever (ASF) was detected at a farm in Kampung Baru Tanah Merah Site A, in the town of Port Dickson, Malaysia. According to a report from Malay Mail, Datuk Bakri Sawir, the State...
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Cull cows break 350p/kg deadweight

The overall average deadweight cow price in GB reached 351.6p/kg in the week ending 9 April, up another 12p on the week before. The measure was up 78p from the same week in 2021. The number of cows slaughtered during the week at British abattoirs was estimated to be 9,200...
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Hauliers want priority for perishable goods at Dover

UK hauliers carrying perishable goods say products are losing quality and value as they are forced to sit in long queues to cross into Europe at Dover. Bad weather, Easter holidays and P&O Ferries routes being suspended have all led to congestion around the port. The queue...
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UK beef exports to US frozen

UK beef exports to the US are frozen for the remainder of 2022, with the blockage set to hit UK exporters. The UK transported 2,574 tonnes of beef worth £11 million in 2021 and £1.3 million in January 2022, but the US quota for this year has already been filled. Dr Phil Hadl...
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UK red meat exports up on pre-pandemic levels

Exports of red meat from the UK were worth more than £1.45 billion in 2021 – up £33 million on pre-pandemic levels despite a challenging year for exporters. Many markets increased imports of UK red meat, in particular in Asia, figures by AHDB show, despite a number of fact...
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Cull cow prices up, up and away

In recent weeks, cull cow prices have been climbing, with the GB overall cow price reaching a record breaking high last week. In the most recent week, ended 12 March, the price climbed a further 7p, to 316.7p/kg. Meanwhile, the GB all prime average increased 2.1p, to 410.8p/kg...
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Sheep prices dip

Finished lamb prices fell in the latest week. The GB liveweight OSL SQQ was 259.10p/kg in the week ending 16 March, down half a penny on a week earlier. Good supplies were available; auction market throughputs were 7% higher than a week ago, at 114,400 head. Deadweight prices ...
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Warning of 15% inflation as feed prices soar

Food security is set to crumble in light of potential hyper-inflation caused by the ongoing war in Ukraine, according to the boss of the UK’s largest poultry manufacturing company. Ronald Kers, 2 Sisters Food Group CEO, said he believed hyper-inflation could be the highest...
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GB deadweight pig prices

The UK-spec SPP rose to 136.24p/kg for the week ending 12 March, an increase of 0.41p/kg from the week before. Although reports suggest some processors have substantially increased their weekly contributions, as these sometimes only form part of the contract price, it will tak...
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Ukraine conflict prompts feed shortage

ROME, March 18 (Reuters) – Carlo Vittorio Ferrari, who runs a farm holding 2,000 pigs with his brother near the town of Cremona in northern Italy, fears his fourth generation family business could be lost due to conflict in Ukraine. The country is a major global supplier...
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KFC and McDonald’s halt operations in Russia

Yum! Brands, the parent company of fried chicken chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), as well as McDonald’s, have announced the suspension of operations in Russia. “This action builds on our decision to suspend all investment and restaurant development in Russia and redirec...
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Pig producers welcome big Morrisons price increase

Pig producers have hailed Morrisons and urged other retailers to follow suit after it significantly increased the price it pays to its farmers. Morrisons will increase the weekly contribution paid by its processor Woodheads by a massive 30p to 180p per kg. Other processors wer...
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AHDB predicts weakening of EU pig prices

The Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) has predicted a weakening of EU pig prices in the months ahead as farmers are thought to have held back pigs from slaughter in anticipation of higher prices. The speculation rests on the idea that EU producers have ...
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Russia destroys Ukraine’s poultry industry

Ukraine poultry companies report major losses caused by the Russian invasion and direct attacks on poultry production assets and warehouses. Ukraine’s largest egg producer, Avangard, said that the Russian aggression caused significant losses in production capacity, with seve...
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Ukraine war: Meat sector braces for renewed market volatility

     Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to renewed market turbulence across the red meat supply chain, new analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) shows. After two years of market volatility caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, some may have hoped for a quieter ...
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UK secures pork market access to Chile

UK pork is to be exported to Chile for the first time. The new deal is estimated to be worth £20million over the first five years. Authorities have today (March 17) given the green light to 27 pork processing sites from across the UK to start commercial exports. The UK has an...
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UK pork trade continues to struggle against global pressures

The UK pork trade continues to struggle on the main stage as issues including waning Chinese demand and oversupply within the EU persist into 2022, according to a report from AHDB. UK pig meat exports were down by 11% in January on the previous month as the country struggles...
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Banham Poultry takeover may have broken competition rules

The takeover of Banham Poultry by Boparan Private Office (BPO) hangs in the balance as the deal may have broken market competition rules.  The Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) is investigating  whether the takeover of the Attleborough poultry firm would result in the...
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New MD for Soanes Poultry

Yorkshire-based Soanes Poultry has recruited its next managing director from within the business. Ben Lee, the current director of sales and marketing will succeed Nigel Upson when he retires after 10 years in his post. Lee joined the family business in 2008 after completing h...
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Russia to ban more meat imports

Russia has extended the number of companies from which it no longer will obtain poultry meat or pork. In total around 70 companies have their name on a black list. Meanwhile the import ban on poultry meat and pork is costing more than €100 million, EU administrators said. Co...
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Ripon online butcher acquired

INVERLEITH, the Edinburgh-based investment company, has expanded its portfolio by acquiring a majority stake in a Yorkshire online butchery specialist. Ripon-based Farmison declared it now has the “backing to take the business to the next stage” further to the deal, whic...
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Butchers JC Rook & Sons goes into administration

One of Kent’s oldest and biggest butchery firms with 11 shops across the county has gone into administration, putting more than 130 jobs at risk. JC Rook & Sons has been established for more than 55 years after opening its first butchers in Dover in 1965. But today a...
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Lamb prices fall well below last year’s levels

Deadweight lamb prices are under pressure, dropping for a second consecutive week to put them 43p/kg below the same week last year. The GB SQQ for the week ending 26 February averaged 570.9p/kg, a decrease of 15.1p/kg on the previous week, according to the AHDB. Throughput for...
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Plans for new Scotbeef abattoir remain on hold

Plans to build a new abattoir in the north-east of Scotland will remain on hold, Scotbeef Inverurie has confirmed in its latest accounts. The company – which is jointly owned by Scotland’s largest red meat processor JW Galloway and north-east farmers’ co-operative ANM...
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UK-NZ trade deal criticised by farmers

Farmers are expressing their deep concerns following the signing of a free trade deal between the UK and New Zealand on Monday (February 28). Hailed by the government as a deal that will slash red tape for companies exporting their goods, British farmers have pointed out the U...
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Education Secretary: ‘Families decide if meat is part of child’s diet, not schools’

The Education Secretary has expressed concern with schools that have banned meat from their lunch menus, declaring the issue is ‘for families to decide’. The news comes as parents at Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire were told earlier this month that meat was ban...
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‘Scotch premium’ for beef takes hit in processing sector

Increased supply and bottlenecks in the processing sector have contributed to the recent loss of the “Scotch premium” for beef, which traditionally saw prices for cattle born and bred in Scotland stand higher than those in the rest of the UK, it has been claimed. With pric...
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Saudi Arabia lifts Irish beef export restrictions

Saudi Arabia has lifted restrictions on age limits associated with Irish beef exports to the desert kingdom. Following meetings with Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority agreed in principle to lift the current restriction which mea...
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Pig sector urges retailers to copy Waitrose’s price pledge

The pig sector has urged UK retailers to follow Waitrose after it made a fresh pledge to pay farmers a fair price during the backlog crisis. Waitrose said it would be extending its commitment to pay a ‘fair and sustainable’ minimum price for pork to all of its pig ...
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AHDB challenges council’s plans to ditch meat and dairy

AHDB has challenged Oxfordshire County Council’s plans to ban meat and dairy from council events, as the move ‘fails to reflect’ the true impact of UK farming. Oxfordshire County Council is seeking to move toward providing only plant-based food at future coun...
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Waitrose pledges renewed support for troubled pig sector

Waitrose has announced it will strengthen its emergency support package to help pig farmer suppliers as the backlog crisis worsens. The move comes amid growing concerns over the pig sector, which is facing the biggest crisis it has seen in a generation. The current estimate is...
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Mixed week for deadweight cattle prices

There was a small drop in the GB all-prime average deadweight cattle price for week ending 5 February, down 0.6p to 405.1p/kg. Despite this drop, the all-prime price is still 28.3p above the same week a year ago and 52.4p above the 5-year average. Although steers and heifers�...
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Summit held to address ‘desperate’ crisis facing pig industry

Pig farmers are in a “desperate” position – with culls of thousands of healthy animals and producers quitting the industry, they warned as a summit was held on the crisis. Farmers demonstrated outside a meeting in York on Thursday as industry representatives met with t...
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Lamb price firmness remains

In the week ending 9 February, the GB old season lamb liveweight SQQ averaged 267.3p/kg, 2.2p lower than the week before. The measure stood at just over 4p below the price recorded for the same week a year ago. Despite this, it was still over 50p/kg dearer than the five-year a...
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Parliament urged to reject Australia deal

National Beef Association chief executive Neil Shand has called on Parliament to reject the Australia trade deal in a bid to force the Government back into negotiations. Speaking to Farmers Guardian after appearing before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) commit...
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China suspends Lithuanian beef as Taiwan row grows

BEIJING/VILNIUS (Reuters) -China suspended imports of beef, dairy and beer from Lithuania this week, Lithuania’s veterinary control agency said on Thursday, amid a growing trade dispute over the Baltic nation’s relations with Taiwan. China’s General Administration of Cus...
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Randall Parker Foods: 20 new jobs at Powys abattoir

A meat processing company is looking for people to fill 20 new job vacancies at its abattoir near Llanidloes. Randall Parker Foods is seeking new recruits to train for a variety of posts, ranging from the slaughterline and butchers to quality assurance supervisor. The Dolwen m...
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Abattoir plans £15m expansion in Bamber Bridge

Dunbia has applied for planning permission for a new beef chilling unit and other modernisation works on its site at Walton Summit to add to the £20m it has already spent there in the past two years. The plans will go before South Ribble’ s planning committee on Thursd...
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Brechin abattoir takeover boosts pig sector confidence.

The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the future of Scottish pig processing has been lifted following the purchase of Brechin abattoir by Browns Food Group. The specialist pig slaughterhouse, which employs around 100 staff, has been owned by Quality Pork Ltd (QPL), in a close ...
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Defra agrees to urgent summit with pig sector as crisis deepens

The government has agreed to convene an emergency summit of the entire pig supply chain as the sector’s crisis deepens. Defra farming minister Victoria Prentis today agreed to the joint National Pig Association (NPA) and NFU request for a roundtable event amid a worsenin...
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NZ Red Meat Sector Achieves Record Exports During 2021

New Zealand’s red meat sector exports reached $10 billion in 2021 despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, according to an analysis by the Meat Industry Association (MIA). The exports represented a nine per cent increase on 2020. The value of red meat and co-products expor...
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Pigs

Eustice puts pig crisis onus on processors

Defra Secretary George Eustice has told a committee of MPs that the Government is ‘limited’ in what it can do to support pig producers during their time of crisis. Instead, Mr Eustice put the onus very much on pork processors to do more to increase their throughput and red...
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Butcher shortage leaves pigs stuck on farms

A shortage of butchers means thousands of pigs otherwise ready for slaughter are stuck on farms across Britain. Meat specialist Cranswick is talking to the government about special waivers to get more butchers and slaughterhouse workers into Britain to deal with the pro...
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Whole Lambs

Lamb exports to the EU will return to pre-Brexit levels, says Eustice

Defra Secretary George Eustice has claimed lamb exports to the EU will return to pre-Brexit levels in future. British sheepmeat exports to the bloc have fallen by 25 per cent since the UK left the EU, with industry leaders blaming the sharp drop on non-tariff barriers such as ...
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Reduced abattoir throughputs may impact future trading patterns

Reduced throughputs at UK abattoirs will have a knock-on impact on future trading patterns, industry chiefs have warned.  It comes as tight supplies of cattle and sheep have supported the continuing trend of above-average market prices into the first month of 2022. But last y...
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Pork Sides

Irish pork exports to China hit record high in 2021

Ireland exported a record high of 215 million euros (US$239 million) worth of pork to China in 2021, a year-on-year rise of 8 percent. That represented 40 percent of its pork exports. Conor O’Sullivan, China manager of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, said 2021 was of gre...
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Lamb makes resurgence among consumers as sales soar

Lamb makes resurgence among consumers as sales soar

Lamb is making a resurgence among consumers, with sales of roasting joints soaring during the last two festive periods. Most proteins saw roasting joints or whole cut volumes decline on the heights of 2020 but lamb was the exception, up 0.9 per cent and 3.3 per cent on Christm...
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Several countries ban pig meat imported from Italy following ASF cases

China, Japan, Taiwan, and Kuwait have all announced bans on pig meat imported from Italy after several cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) were reported in wild boar in the Piemonte region in Northern Italy. The countries have reportedly blocked purchases of pork from Ital...
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Pigs

Farmers – culling of healthy pigs criminal

Farmers in East Yorkshire are warning they could be forced out of business if the government doesn’t do more to boost staff numbers in the supply chain. It comes as a lack of abattoir workers meant 10,000 pigs were culled in the region in the run-up to Christmas. With...
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Small abattoirs likely to benefit from public funding – Defra official

Speaking at an Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) event on January 7, the department’s head of agricultural sectors, John Powell, said he was hopeful they would find a way to ensure small abattoirs can access cash through the Farming Investment Fund, which provides grants...
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Brexit fails to deliver for small abattoirs

The EU imposition of veterinary inspection fees, for example, has been widely touted as having a damaging effect on the sector. John Mettrick, who owns a small abattoir in Derbyshire and holds key positions in the Abattoir Sector Group and National Craft Butchers, told Farmer...
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Lamb puts Australia back on the map

Meat & Livestock Australia’s highly anticipated Australian lamb summer campaign is back in a new TV commercial that celebrates Australia reuniting with the rest of the world after years of isolation. An Australian tradition, the annual lamb campaigns have built a str...
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China suspends Canadian beef imports after mad cow discovery

CALGARY – A cattle industry group says it is hopeful a newly imposed import ban on Canadian beef by China and two other Asian countries will be temporary. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association confirmed Tuesday that China – which imports approximately $170 mil...
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African swine fever found in wild boar in Italy

Jan 7 (Reuters) – African swine fever, a deadly hog disease, has been found in a wild boar in Italy’s Piedmont region, the regional government said in a statement on Friday. Tests confirmed the disease in a dead boar in Ovada, located about 120 km southwest of Mila...
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Whole Lamb

Kenilworth abattoir set for ‘major expansion’

A Kenilworth abattoir is hoping to begin a “major expansion” just to stay in business following the impact of Brexit. Farmers Fresh on Rouncil Lane has applied to build a new refrigeration unit needed to make sure the business can cope with new regulations on storage times...
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JBS buys Aussie pork processor Rivalea

Brazilian meat company JBS has finalised a deal to buy leading Australian pork processing company Rivalea. The deal was opposed by farmers concerned about a loss of competition, but it was approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Foreign In...
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U.S Meat industry knocks Biden plan for federal spending

President Biden’s proposal to lower consumer beef prices misses the mark on why costs have increased, the country’s largest meat industry trade group said Monday. Sarah Little, a spokeswoman for the North American Meat Institute, said labour shortages and shutdowns of meat...
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Ad watchdog rejects vegans’ complaint over meat advert

The UK’s advertisement watchdog has rejected complaints by vegan groups that AHDB’s recent meat and dairy adverts were misleading the public. The complaint, made by the Vegan Society and numerous others, surrounded AHDB’s recent £1.5 million advertisement ca...
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Northern Ireland lamb returns to US market after rule change

Northern Ireland lamb is back on the menu in the United States of America from Monday. Restrictions on UK imports, in place for more than 20 years, were lifted last month. That came after the US Department of Agriculture amended its Small Ruminant Rule (SRR) to allow trade to ...
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1,500 Irish butcher shops close in 30 years

The number of independent butcher shops in Ireland fell by 65% over an almost 30-year period, according to the coordinators of a butchery apprenticeship programme. There were around 2,300 independent butcher shops in Ireland in 1990, but by 2019 that figure had fallen to about...
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GB lamb prices bounce back

After faltering for the past two weeks, liveweight lamb prices have again moved upwards this week. In the week ended 22 December the GB liveweight NSL SQQ increased by almost 9p, to 280.43p/kg. Throughputs were slightly lower than in other recent weeks at 115,000 head, refle...
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Pig prices stable in the latest week

Finished pig prices remained broadly unchanged in the week ending 11 December. The EU-spec SPP rose 0.01p to 141.82p/kg. At this level the SPP is nearly 7p lower than the same week last year. At 194,100 head, estimated throughput was 6% higher than the week before but 1% below...
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Argentina extends export suspension of some beef cuts

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Argentina on Monday extended its suspension of exports of some beef cuts with little international demand until the end of 2023, a measure previously agreed with the sector. “The measures contribute to generating a balance between th...
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German Farmers Give Up Pig Keeping

The number of pigs on German farms has fallen to the lowest in 25 years and more farmers are giving up keeping them because of weak demand and low pork prices, Germany’s national statistics office has said. Germany’s pork market has suffered this year from disruption to...
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Welsh red meat sector releases ‘Little Book of Meat Facts’

A pocket-sized booklet full of facts, figures and trends for the Welsh lamb, beef and pork industries has been released. The latest statistical guide to Wales’ red meat industry has been launched by industry levy body Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). The ‘Lit...
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Tyson Foods to spend $1.3 billion on automation

CHICAGO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc plans to spend more than $1.3 billion to increase automation in meat plants over the next three years, Chief Executive Donnie King said on Thursday, as a U.S. labor shortage has limited production while demand is booming. Meat p...
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Government face farming fall-out over trade deals

FARMING bodies and opposition politicians in Wales have joined forces to condemn recent policy decisions and trade deals by the UK Government. And after the shock by-election defeat for the Conservatives in Shropshire, the Liberal Democrats are forecasting a revival in fortune...
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Australian beef producers welcome UK FTA

The Australian beef industry welcomes the Australia-UK free trade agreement (FTA), which will come into force in 2022, as it allows tariff-free entry to increasing Australian meat volumes into the UK over the next decade. The deal will diversify Australia’s export market...
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European supermarkets stop selling Brazil beef over deforestation links

SAO PAULO/AMSTERDAM, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Six European supermarket chains, including two owned by Dutch firm Ahold Delhaize and a Carrefour  subsidiary, said on Wednesday they would stop selling some or all beef products from Brazil due to links with destruction of the ...
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Red meat ‘unfairly targeted’ in climate change debate

Red meat is being treated as a ‘scapegoat’ for health and climate change concerns, according to an internationally renowned dietician. Diana Rodgers RD, a ‘real food’ nutritionist and sustainability advocate, made the comments at Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Pro...
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Pork industry crisis intensifies as on farm culls rise

At least 30,000 pigs have now been culled on farm and will not enter the food chain as pig producers have run out of options. The National Pig Association (NPA) says that in reality, the number of animals culled is higher, since the 30,000 cases are only those reported to the ...
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AHDB to stop funding ‘financially established and self-sustaining’ Red Tractor

AHDB to stop funding ‘financially established and self-sustaining’ Red Tractor

AHDB has said it will no longer provide its annual funding into Red Tractor as it was now a ‘financially established and self-sustaining’ body’. The levy body said it agreed to put levy funding into Red Tractor following an industry consultation in 2008, which backed the...
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UK Australia trade deal agreed

UK Australia trade deal agreed

The trade deal between UK and Australia has been signed – but farmers have called it a “one-sided deal”. The deal was signed in a virtual ceremony by International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan last night (December 16) and will now be scrutinised by Pa...
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Russia resumes pork and beef imports from Brazil

Russia resumed the import of beef and pork from 12 Brazilian units in late November 2021, Brazil’s health security regulator reported. Most of the restrictions on Brazilian beef and pork had been in place since 2017. The reason was related to allegations of ractopamine usage...
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Hilton Food launches equity placing to fund Dutch Seafood acquisition

(Sharecast News) – Food packaging business Hilton Food Group said on Friday that it has agreed to acquire smoked salmon producer Dutch Seafood Company as part of an effort to expand its presence in a growing protein category and enter the US, a new geography for the firm...
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Argentina to loosen restrictions on beef exports

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Argentina will loosen export restrictions on beef that were put in place in a bid to curtail inflation and had been panned by meatpackers, the government said on Thursday after a meeting with industry groups. Argentina’s inflation ho...
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Tyson Foods plans to spend $1.3 billion to automate meat plants

CHICAGO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc plans to spend more than $1.3 billion to increase automation in meat plants over the next three years, Chief Executive Donnie King said on Thursday, as a U.S. labour shortage has limited production while demand is booming. Meat ...
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Brazil’s BRF aims at operating own China food factory

SAO PAULO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Brazilian food processor BRF SA plans to start producing meat in China as part of an aggressive growth plan that could more than double annual net sales by 2030, executives said during a company presentation on Wednesday. BRF mainly serves th...
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GB pig prices – SPP continues to fall

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain. In the week ended 4 December, the EU-spec SPP fell again, by 0.72p, to 142.84p/kg. This puts the measure 8.2p below where it was at the same time last year, meanwhile feed prices have strength...
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Larry Goodman puts eldest son in key succession position

Businessman Larry Goodman has set up a supervisory board over his beef-to-property empire, putting his eldest son in a key succession position. The move puts order over the long-term direction of the Goodman family’s interests. Mr Goodman (84) has become chairman of the su...
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Pork Sides

Calls to halt EU pork imports as ASF sweeps across Europe

Pork imports from EU countries with confirmed cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) must be halted or the domestic pig sector could face economic devastation. That was the message from NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy as he warned the Westminster Government that ASF was ‘m...
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Beef frozen out of global markets

Skyrocketing shipping price hikes have hit the ‘big five’ global meat exporters as Covid-19 continues to play havoc in global markets. Brazil, Australia, India, USA and Argentina were facing unprecedented increases according to the Platts Container Index as key global trad...
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RBST calls on Scottish Government to address ‘local abattoir crisis’

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has accused the Scottish Government of overlooking the “local abattoir crisis” facing livestock producers in many parts of Scotland. RBST chief executive, Christopher Price, has written a letter to Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeo...
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US market to open doors to British lamb from 2022

Exports of British lamb to the US market can resume from next year after more than two decades of restrictions. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed it has amended the rule which currently prevents imports of lamb from the UK into the USA. The ame...
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108 companies have 25% of China’s sows

Just 108 companies now control a fourth of China’s swine production capacity, according to a list prepared for a recent swine industry forum. Unpredictable gyrations in China’s hog market continue with the influx of big pig farmers, contrary to the expectations of...
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Ads claiming plant-based diet made people stronger withdrawn

The Meatless Farm Company has been ordered to take down adverts which claimed a plant-based diet made people mentally and physically stronger. The adverts, which ran across social media in October, have been withdrawn following a complaint made to the Advertising Standards Aut...
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16,000 pigs culled on farms amid ‘worsening’ backlog

Around 16,000 pigs have been culled on UK farms as producers continue to take desperate measures in response to critical worker shortages in processing plants. The National Pig Association (NPA) said the situation facing the sector remained ‘bleak’ despite the gove...
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Lamb prices even higher

Liveweight lamb prices have continued to strengthen in the most recent week. Having fallen last week, this week prices gained back what was lost, and more. In the week ended 24 November the GB liveweight NSL SQQ rose by 4.4p to stand at 269.57p/kg. Throughputs slipped 3% week-...
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New protein gap opening in China?

Just over three years ago China had its first outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). At the start of 2019, there was a large surge in Chinese import demand for protein as the market looked to fill the gap left by the decline in pork production. International beef and pork mark...
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‘Chicken king’ warns of serious food crisis

Great Britain may be facing its worst food crisis in 75 years. Shortages of chicken and turkey are already noticeable and worse is yet to come. The chicken and wider food industry have been hit by a perfect storm. That warning comes from Ranjit Singh Boparan, often nicknamed B...
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No downsides to New Zealand deal, says Trade Secretary

Anne-Marie Trevelyan said there will be ‘protections’ for farmers written into the agreement. The Trade Secretary said there “isn’t a downside” to the UK-New Zealand trade deal as she was challenged by MPs about the impact the agreement will have on British farmers. ...
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Russia reopens market to Brazil for beef and pork, zero-tariff

Russia announced to Brazil that it was reopening its market for a quota of up to 300,000 tons of meat, at zero tariffs, including 200,000 tons of beef and 100,000 tons of pork. Likewise, Russia lifted restrictions on beef exports from a Minerva processing plant and certified a...
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Wild Boar

Germany sees new ASF outbreak

German authorities have confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in domestic pigs, dealing a serious blow to the country’s sector as the virus makes it way westward. The virus has been found in a fattening pig unit for the first time in the state of Mecklenburg-We...
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Lamb prices jump up

Throughout the past week lamb prices have increased sharply, with the weekly liveweight SQQ up almost 20p. During the week ending 10 November the GB NSL liveweight SQQ increased to 269.05p/kg. Such sharp movement is uncommon and usually follows, or is followed by a correction,...
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NPA calls for Eustice support to prevent the SPP from crashing

The NPA has called on George Eustice to support its calls for processors to accept ‘distressed kills’ of pigs on a liveweight basis to avert a catastrophic collapse of the Standard Pig Price (SPP).   In a letter to the Defra Secretary, NPA chairman Rob Mutimer calls on ...
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Lambs

Pilgrim’s UK buys Randall Parker Foods

Pilgrim’s UK, the world’s largest producer of higher welfare pork, has acquired quality lamb and beef supplier, Randall Parker Foods (RPF). RPF’s two manufacturing facilities – an abattoir in Powys processing up to 20,000 lambs a week and a retail packing plant in And...
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Beyond Meat signals more pain ahead – shares tumble 19%

Nov 10 (Reuters) – Beyond Meat Inc forecast fourth-quarter revenue below estimates on Wednesday, as the once red-hot plant-based meat maker reported slowing demand in both grocery stores and restaurants, driving its shares down 19% in extended trading. The company, whic...
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Pig throughput situation unlikely to improve before Christmas – TVC

The situation regarding pig numbers going through pork plants is unlikely to improve before Christmas, according to Thames Valley Cambac. While processors made public announcements regarding improved numbers, the reality was very different, TVC said in its latest weekly market...
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GB pig prices – SPP up again yoyo continues

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain The downward yo-yo pattern in GB finished pig prices continued during the week ended November 6, with the EU-spec SPP partially recovering from the larger decline last week. At 146.47p/kg, the ave...
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Calls for £6.12/kg dead as markets see lamb prices rocket

A 20-30p/kg jump in liveweight lamb values has prompted calls for processors to offer more than £6/kg for lambs to secure volume. Store lamb buyers will take heart from the early November rise after spending £85-£90 a head on long-term store lambs. Many say the strong trade...
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China reports African swine fever outbreak

PARIS, Nov 9 (Reuters) – China has reported an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) at a pig farm on the island province of Hainan in the southern part of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. The outbreak on a farm of ...
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Investment in existing rather than new abattoirs the way forward

The case for a network of local abattoirs has been well made, including in a recent report by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, but it may not be a realistic proposition, according to a retail butcher. Stuart Minick, speaking at a panel session at the Scottish Smallholders’ F...
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Global food prices rising- but not for meat

The FAO’s latest Food Price Index for October indicates an increase in its international price index, up 3% on the previous month. After rising for three consecutive months, the index now stands at its highest level since July 2011. The latest increase was primarily led by...
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EU pig meat exports move lower

In July, EU pig meat exports moved clearly below the level a year earlier for the first time since December 2018, totalling 421,000 tonnes (including offal). Nonetheless, shipments for the first seven months of the year overall were still 10% higher year on year, at 3.5 millio...
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China’s meat imports drop to 20-month low in October

BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – China’s meat imports in October fell from a year ago to their lowest in 20 months, customs data showed on Sunday, as cheap domestic pork cut demand for overseas supplies. China brought in 664,000 tonnes of meat in October, down 12.8% from...
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Staff shortages see UK meat carcasses sent to EU for butchering

UK meat producers have started sending carcasses to the EU for butchering before re-importing them as they continue to combat a labour shortage. The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) say producers are sending beef to the Republic of Ireland amid local shortages of but...
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Hilton Food Group buys Fairfax Meadow for £23.8m

Hilton Food Group buys Fairfax Meadow for £23.8m

Hilton Food Group, which supplies Tesco with fresh food, has bought UK meat supplier Fairfax Meadows for some £23.8m. “This transaction is all about growth,” CEO Philip Heffer explained. “Fairfax Meadow represents a great opportunity for Hilton to expand into an adjacen...
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Brazilian beef shipments sent to China after embargo were blocked on arrival – sources

Oct 27 (Reuters) – Shipments of Brazilian beef have been stopped from entering China due to an embargo in place since two cases of mad cow disease were reported in the South American nation in early September, frustrating exporters who had hoped shipments certified befor...
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Pigs

Supermarkets commit to backing British pork amid crisis

The vast majority of the UK’s major retailers have committed to backing British pork in response to an open letter calling for more support as the sector experiences the worst crisis in recent times. All the big retailers have now responded to the letter, sent by the Nationa...
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Cows

‘Immediate action’ taken after imported beef mislabelled as Welsh

Trading Standards and the red meat sector say they have taken ‘immediate action’ after imported Australian beef was mislabelled as Welsh in origin. The case of meat mislabelling, widely reported on social media in recent days, was found in Llechwedd Meats, located ...
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Pork Sides

Pork industry ‘relieved’ as extra visas granted to foreign butchers

The government announced extra visas following warnings that up to 150,000 pigs could be killed as ‘waste’ There is “relief all round” in the pork industry after the Government announced an extra 800 visas for foreign butchers. The sector has called for more ac...
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Overseas butchers and abattoir workers to be granted six-month worker visas

Butchers and abattoir workers from overseas will be granted seasonal worker visas to deal with the backlog of pigs that need to be slaughtered, the government has announced. Agriculture Secretary George Eustice said about 800 pig butchers from overseas are needed to avoid a ma...
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Sales of red meat and dairy continue to rise

Sales of red meat and dairy continue to rise amid heightened public support for local and sustainable produce, figures show. Sales of red meat were up 7% in the 12 weeks ending 3 July 2021 compared to the same period pre-Covid in 2019. This increase was largely driven by sales...
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Asda fulfils promise to source 100% British beef

The National Beef Association (NBA) has congratulated Asda on fulfilling its commitment to supply 100 per cent British beef on its fresh meat counters. In an open letter to the joint owner of Asda, Mr Mohsin Issa, NBA chief executive Neil Shand referred to a letter sent to Asd...
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Government announces new agreement to ensure CO2 supplies

The Government has reached an agreement with the CO2 industry to ensure continuing supplies to UK businesses, including those in the food processing sector. CO2 suppliers have agreed to pay CF Fertilisers a price for the CO2 it produces that will enable it to continue operatin...
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Covid continues to limit EU beef production

Trade friction between the EU and UK is a key theme of the latest EU short-term outlook. Beef production within the EU is forecast to contract marginally, reflecting a reduction in both the suckler and dairy herds. Food service demand for beef has reduced. Ireland is the main...
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GB pig prices – partial recovery for SPP

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain. The EU-spec SPP moved back up in the week ended October 9, reaching 151.01p/kg. This was over 2p higher than the previous week, although prices remained a little below the 5-year average for the ...
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Chickens

‘Food is too cheap’ – 2 Sisters president

Ranjit Singh Boparan said the days of feeding a family of four with a £3 chicken were coming to an end. Consumers are facing a ‘great food reset’ with less choice and higher prices. That was the message from 2 Sisters founder and President Ranjit Singh Boparan as he quest...
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Meat processor flying in Irish staff to keep kill lines going

A major meat processor has resorted to flying in Irish staff on a weekly basis to keep killing lines operational, amid serious labour shortages. Others have been forced to sacrifice lamb lines in a bid to keep beef ones open, or have had to send carcases to Ireland for process...
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Scots company to ease food industry reliance on CO2 from fertiliser production

A new source of food grade carbon dioxide (CO2) is due to come on stream as soon as this weekend, thanks to the initiative shown by brothers Richard and Ed Nimmons. Their Dry Ice Scotland company has attracted £4.5m of investment to allow it to refine gas already produced as ...
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Pig culling starts on ‘handful’ of farms across country

Culling has started on a ‘handful’ of pig farms across the country with fears this could become more widespread unless solutions to the crisis are found. About 600 pigs have been killed on farms already, according to the National Pig Association (NPA) which fears m...
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China bans UK beef after single case of BSE

China has announced a ban on imports of British beef from cattle under 30 months of age after a single case of BSE was recently confirmed in cattle in Somerset. The General Administration of Customs said in a statement posted on Chinese social media that the ban took effect fr...
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Proposals for new Scotbeef abattoir in balance due to planning conditions

Proposals for a new abattoir at the north-east’s largest mart hang in the balance due to planning conditions, a developer has claimed. Scotbeef Inverurie plans to relocate its £17million meat processing facility from the town’s North Street to a new site at Thainstone. Th...
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EU supplies UK with pork as British farmers cull their pigs

High volumes of cheap EU pork imports are flooding the UK market and undercutting British farmers just as the industry faces an unprecedented labour crisis, a leading supplier has said. A chronic shortage of butchers has caused a massive backlog of pigs on farms. And now low ...
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Red meat sector to see ‘challenging’ autumn and winter

Seasonal supply of livestock is expected to rise in the final quarter due to increased demand over the winter, but the current labour shortages in the red meat processing and transport sectors continue to remain a concern. This is according to the latest market commentary from...
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1,700 tonnes of frozen beef seized in Hong Kong smuggling raid

Hong Kong authorities have seized a record 1,700 tonnes of frozen meat worth HK$500 million that was destined for mainland China, police said on Tuesday. The haul, including mainly frozen beef and some offal, was found in 68 40ft shipping containers. The meat weighed the equiv...
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Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme to close

Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme to close

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) is an assurance scheme currently funded by AHDB which guarantees consistent eating quality for beef and lamb carrying the Quality Standard Mark. AHDB has announced it is closing the QSM on 31 March 2022 and will no longer be signing up new membe...
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‘Out of touch’ Johnson accused of ignoring the plight of pig farmers

Boris Johnson has been accused of failing to take seriously the plight of pig farmers who face the prospect of having to cull tens of thousands of healthy animals due to an acute shortage of butchery and abattoir workers. Farmers have warned that up to 120,000 growing animals ...
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Christmas party meats ‘could be hit by shortage of butchers’

The Government is “continuing to work closely” with the pig industry amid a reported shortage of butchers which could impact food supplies over Christmas. Ministers are considering plans to ease visa restrictions for up to 1,000 foreign butchers, according to national news...
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Johnson announces end to lamb export ban ‘soon’

WELSH farming industry bodies have welcomed the prospect of Welsh Lamb exports to the US being lifted soon. The Prime Minister claimed the ban would end after meeting with President Biden in Washington last week. The potential market for PGI Welsh Lamb in the USA has been esti...
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Argentina To Resume Beef Exports To China

Argentina said it would once again allow cattle farmers to freely export beef to China, lifting a cap imposed earlier this year that had stoked tensions with the agricultural sector. The government had capped beef exports at 50% of the normal volumes to tamp down fast-rising p...
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Prime Minister accused of misleading sheep farmers over US lamb exports

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of misleading sheep farmers following his announcement the US had lifted a decades-long ban on UK lamb exports. It comes after leaked emails from Defra suggest Mr Johnson’s claims were misleading, and that the ban has not yet bee...
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Beef & Lamb NZ new season outlook positive for farmers

Covid-19 uncertainty reinforces the need for stable and predictable domestic regulation, to avoid putting pressure on the red meat sector whose exports are critical to the economy, Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief economist Andrew Burtt says. B+LNZ’s new season outlook, rel...
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EU pig meat exports drop as demand from China falls

Exports of pig meat have been falling in recent months, pushing the market further into oversupply, and putting further pressure on prices. Demand for the important Chinese market, which had been importing more while its own domestic herd struggled with African Swine Fever (A...
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What’s the latest on global cattle and sheep prices?

Cattle For the most part, cattle prices around the world have continued to rise over the last few weeks, reflecting lower supplies in key producing nations and strong demand from importers, particularly China and Southeast Asia. Australian cattle prices have gone from stren...
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EU pig meat exports in decline

Exports of pig meat have been falling in recent months, pushing the market further into oversupply, and putting further pressure on prices. Demand for the important Chinese market, which had been importing more while its own domestic herd struggled with African Swine Fever (A...
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Sheep prices fall, throughputs lower

Both liveweight and deadweight sheep prices fell in the latest week, although there were lower throughputs in the markets, and a lower estimated slaughter. Similar to other meat sectors there are various challenges currently which may be bring downward pressure to prices. Ongo...
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Quality Pork Ltd: Talks ongoing but Pilgrim’s UK says situation ‘unsustainable’

The future of Scotland’s only pork processing plant is hanging in the balance as crisis talks are held to find a way forward for Brechin’s state-of-the-art abattoir. Pilgrim’s UK is the sole customer for the pigmeat processed at Quality Pork Ltd’s (QPL) Brechin plant, ...
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Saudi Arabia lifts suspension of Brazil meat imports from five plants

SAO PAULO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has lifted a suspension of Brazilian meat imports from five meatpackers imposed this month after two cases of mad cow disease, according to Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry and a document seen by ...
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US to accept British lamb for first time since 1989

The United States will lift its ban on imports of British lamb, Boris Johnson has announced, a move the sheep sector says will help maximise trade opportunities for UK farmers. A ban on both British lamb and beef imports to the US has been in place since 1989 due to concerns a...
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Butchers fined over £40k for selling poor quality chicken – owner legs it

A local butchers in Barking selling Halal meat has been found guilty in court for attempt to sell poor quality chicken to customers.  Following an inspection by Barking and Dagenham Council enforcement officers on 23 August 2018 of Barking Halal Meat & Fish, officers disc...
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Flock of Sheep

Lamb price dips despite lower numbers

New-season liveweight lamb prices fell in the week to Tuesday, with markets seeing an SQQ average of 225.29p/kg. This was a 9.6p/kg drop on a 6% lower throughput than the previous week. The fall came mostly in the first two days of the week, when the average was 6p/kg lower th...
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Biden administration plans tougher action to rein in meat prices

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to take a tougher stance toward meatpacking companies it says are causing sticker shock at grocery stores. Four companies control much of the U.S. meat processing market, and top aides to President Joe Biden b...
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Network of 100 farmers help promote meat and dairy

A network of 100 farmers will highlight the benefits of meat and dairy as part of an industry campaign, as new research shows producers are getting better at telling the story of farming. The ‘We Eat Balanced’ consumer marketing campaign, spearheaded by the AHDB, h...
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Saudi Arabia bans Brazilian beef imports

SAO PAULO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has suspended beef imports from some Brazilian meatpackers after the South American country detected two atypical cases of mad cow disease earlier this month, Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry sa...
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Lamb production down again

During August, UK sheep meat production once again declined sharply on the year, according to the latest Defra data. Production for the month totalled 22,800 tonnes, down 16% (4,500 tonnes). Lamb kill recorded a 18% (228,600 head) decline, to 1,010,700 head. This is exceptiona...
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Pork Sides

Plummeting pig price adds to industry woes

The falling pig price is adding to an already near impossible situation on pig farms, as pigs continue to back up due to processor staff shortages and feed prices remain eye-wateringly high.  Last week saw the SPP record its biggest fall since 2016, as it fell by 2.31p to r...
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Pig producers ‘quitting the industry’ as losses mount

     Pig producers are quitting the industry or cutting down on numbers because they can not sustain losses any longer, the National Pig Association (NPA) has warned. The government has been repeatedly called on to take immediate action to address the labour crisis crippli...
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UK exporters gear up for major Chinese exhibition

UK beef and pork exporters gear up for major Chinese exhibition Exporters will be flying the flag for British pork and beef at a major Chinese exhibition this week as the UK continues to seek new markets post-Brexit. On Wednesday, the 19th China International Meat Industry Exh...
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Chinese firm serves up lab-grown pork

SHANGHAI, Sept 3 (Reuters) Chinese firm serves up lab-grown pork in world’s top meat market. Chinese startup CellX unveiled a selection of lab-grown pork dishes on Friday and said it was aiming to produce the more environmentally friendly meat at competitive prices for t...
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Talks with China on ending its German pork ban remain difficult -minister

HAMBURG, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Talks with China on lifting its ban on German pork imports after the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) was found in Germany remain difficult, German junior agriculture minister Uwe Feiler said on Friday. China and a series of other pork b...
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Shrewsbury abattoir closes after coronavirus outbreak

ABP Shrewsbury, in the Battlefield area of the town, has had to close due to the number of workers self-isolating. It has been closed since Monday afternoon. No indication has been given when it will be up and running again. ABP’s Battlefield site is understood to have a...
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Chemical leak at 2 Sisters abattoir

Five workers were taken to hospital after a chemical leak at an Anglesey abattoir. The 2 Sisters chicken processing plant in Llangefni was evacuated following the incident. Food group 2 Sisters confirmed that there was an ammonia leak at the Llangefni factory this morning. The...
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China meat imports drop 9%

China meat imports drop 9% in August on low domestic prices BEIJING, Sept 7 (Reuters) – China imported 758,000 tonnes of meat in August, down 8.9% from the corresponding month a year ago, customs data showed on Tuesday, as weak domestic pork prices weighed on demand for ...
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Sausage wars: Post-Brexit trade grace period extended again

Post-Brexit checks on British goods entering Northern Ireland are to be delayed once again after London and Brussels struck a fresh agreement to avoid another impending “sausage war”.  The grace period affecting red tape on products, such as chilled meats, moving from G...
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Brazil Halts China Exports After ‘Atypical’ Disease Discovery

Brazil, the world’s largest beef exporter, has suspended beef exports to its leading customer, China, after confirming two cases of ‘atypical’ mad cow disease in two separate domestic meat plants, the agriculture ministry said at the weekend. The suspension, ...
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GB finished pig prices move lower

In the week ending 28 August, the EU-spec SPP slipped a further 0.55p to average 158.70p/kg. This puts the measure 3.68p below the price for the same week a year ago, but 5.69p above the five-year average. Estimated slaughter of finished pigs at GB abattoirs totalled 158,300 h...
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Mexican market opens doors for UK pork imports

Mexican market opens doors for UK pork imports

The Mexican market is now open for British pork for the first time, which means a potential boost of £50m over the first five years of trade. British farmers and food producers are set to benefit from access to a valuable new market, as Mexico has now officially opened its do...
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Argentina extends beef export cap, stoking farm tensions

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Argentina extended beef export restrictions until the end of October on Tuesday, stoking tensions with the powerful farm sector as the government seeks to bolster domestic meat supply to help contain rising food prices. The move comes mon...
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Lamb prices finish August on a high

Liveweight lamb prices firmed slightly during the latest week, although recorded only a little movement. During the week ending 25 August the GB liveweight NSL SQQ gained 0.56p to stand at 238.67p/kg. Throughputs for the week increased 3%, to 114,000 head. The GB deadweight NS...
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AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain GB finished pig prices slipped again in the week ending August 21, with the EU-spec SPP down 0.97p to stand at 159.25p/kg. This puts the measure 3.47p below the same week last year. Weaker EU pric...
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Thousands of pigs destroyed unless Government acts – NPA

Thousands of perfectly healthy pigs will end up being destroyed and wasted unless the Government takes urgent action to alleviate crippling staff shortages, NPA chief executive Zoe Davies has warned. Chief executive Zoe Davies said that with an estimated 70,000 pigs backing u...
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AIMS Association calls for Skilled Worker visas

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) is calling on the Home Office and UK Visas & Immigration to make meat processors eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. Tony Goodger, a spokesperson for AIMS, said that at present the jobs of butcher, slaughterman and butc...
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Demand for NZ beef remains strong amid global disruption

Prices for New Zealand beef remain strong in exports markets despite the turbulence in the global beef trade, with producers in a good position ahead of spring, a new report says. Restrictions on beef exports from Argentina and ongoing disruption from Covid-19 were creating tu...
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Family row wiped US$2 million from largest pork processor

A bitter family row between the chairman of WH Group Ltd. and his son over succession and management issues has wiped out more than US$2 billion of market value in the world’s largest pork processor.  Shares of WH Group in Hong Kong have plunged 17 percent in two days to t...
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JBS explanation for $11m ransomware payment “not good enough” – former NCSC chief

The explanation given by meat processor JBS for paying an $11m ransomware demand was “not good enough” and “unconvincing”, the former CEO of the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) has said. The world’s largest beef supplier was targeted in May with system-lo...
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Welsh Gower Salt Marsh Lamb receives protected status

Gower Salt Marsh Lamb has today (Wednesday 11 August 2021) officially joined the club of UK’s most iconic products, becoming the first new food to receive protected status after the end of the Transition Period with the EU. The new, independent Geographical Indication (GI)...
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GB prime cattle prices continue upwards

Prime cattle prices rose across the board in the latest reporting week, despite an increase in throughputs compared with last week. In the week ending 31 July, the GB all-prime average deadweight cattle price rose by 1.0p to average 405.1p/kg. This is up 38.6 pence on the pric...
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Meat Giant JBS to Enter Fish Market With $314 Million Huon Deal

(Bloomberg) — JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat producer, is expanding into the fish business by acquiring Australian salmon producer Huon Aquaculture Group for A$425 million ($314 million).  The deal already has the backing of the majority shareholders and is set to b...
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NZ meat sector launches campaign to address worker shortage

New Zealand’s meat processing and exporting sector has launched a campaign to help address the industry’s chronic shortage of employees. The “Meat your career” website aims to highlight the wide range of opportunities available in the sector and shift t...
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Toennies not for sale, say family owners

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s largest meat processor Toennies is not for sale and its ownership structure will remain unchanged, its family owners said on Wednesday. The company’s stakeholders – Robert, Clemens and Maximilian Toennies – said in a joint sta...
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Eleven people taken to hospital after Banham Poultry chemical spill

Eleven people have been taken to hospital with “breathing difficulties” after a chemical spill at Banham Poultry. Ambulance crews were called to the poultry factory on Station Road in Attleborough at around 9.30am on Wednesday, August 4, following reports that a number of...
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Love Lamb Week to return with sustainability focus

Sheep producers will help shine a light on the sector’s sustainability credentials as part of this year’s Love Lamb Week running from 1 September. The annual initiative is celebrating its seventh year with a focus on the sustainability of UK lamb production and the...
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NZ red meat sector exports worth close to $1 billion in June

The New Zealand red meat sector continues to perform strongly with overall exports reaching $937 million in June, up 16 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association (MIA). Sheepmeat exports increased by 15 per cent to $345m compare...
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GB pig prices for week ending July 24, 2021 – SPP increases again

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain Finished pig prices continued to climb in the latest week – the EU-spec SPP lifted 0.78p to average 160.66p/kg in the week ending June 17. Despite recent gains, prices remain 4.95p below the sam...
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Pilgrim’s UK announces 100 new jobs at Westerleigh

A MAJOR employer IN South Gloucestershire has announced 100 new jobs. Pilgrim’s UK, one of Britain’s leading food and farming businesses, is looking for 100 skilled and unskilled workers to join its team at the Tulip site in Westerleigh from this month. The company purchas...
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UK ‘closing in’ on NZ free trade deal

July 31 (Reuters) – Britain is nearing an agreement in principle on a free trade deal with New Zealand, its trade ministry said on Saturday, as London looks to bolster its post-Brexit trade ties with non-EU partners. The European Union is Britain’s single largest t...
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Grazing Cattle

Russia becomes top-supplier of beef to China

Russia has overtaken Australia, Argentina and Brazil in beef exports to the Chinese market, the Centre for Industry Expertise (CIE) of Russia’s Rosselkhozbank says. China bought some 3.7 thousand tons of Russian beef in the first quarter of 2021, 20 times more than during th...
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Over half of small abattoirs expect to close within 5 years

Over half of small abattoirs expect to close within 5 years

Over half of small and local abattoirs expect to close within the next five years if action is not taken to safeguard their future, new research shows. The National Craft Butchers (NCB) surveyed small and local abattoirs throughout England, Scotland, and Wales from March to Ma...
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UK lamb exports plummet by a quarter in May

Lamb exports from the UK continue to be under pressure as new figures show exports declined by nearly a quarter last month. UK sheep meat exports declined 23 percent year-on-year in May to stand at 4,850 tonnes, data by HMRC shows. The vast majority – 95 percent – ...
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Many farmers are still missing carcase spec, says QMS

A “SIGNIFICANT proportion” of Scottish livestock are still failing to meet market specification, according to Quality Meat Scotland. The red meat promotion body said that close to 40% of sheep and 30% of beef cattle in Scotland were being presented off-spec, resulting in ...
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2 Sisters posts annual loss of £25.9m

2 Sisters Food Group has recorded an annual loss of £25.9m in its latest financial results covering the year to 1 August 2020. This is an improved result on the year before, when losses reached £69.3m. 2 Sisters Food Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boparan Holdings. D...
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Treasury to become majority shareholder of Isle of Man Meat Plant

Government equity in the Isle of Man Meat Plant is to be transferred to the Treasury after Tynwald backed the move. Currently the plant’s majority shareholder is the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. Meat Plant chairman Tim Baker argued the organisation wa...
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Job losses as AHDB cuts costs by £7.8 million in major restructure

Staff cuts including some in its senior leadership team will see AHDB reduce its operational costs by £7.8 million. As part of a major restructuring programme announced earlier this year, the number of senior managers will be cut from 20 to 14. But the majority of the savings...
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2 Sisters warns of worst food shortages in 75 years

The founder of 2 Sisters has warned supermarket shelves will be bare and panic buying will intensify unless the ‘critical issues’ threatening UK food supply are solved.   Ranjit Singh Boparan, founder and President at 2 Sisters Food Group, said the current challenges ...
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Staffing shortages cause major plant disruption

Last week was marred by continued disruption at many plants caused by staffing shortages, with  the upshot of curtailed demand from most of the majors, according to Thames Valley Cambac. “The staffing issues seem to be twofold – isolation due to Covid or close contact, a...
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GB pig prices for week ending July 17 – SPP up again

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain Finished pig prices continued to climb in the week ending June 17, as the EU-spec SPP lifted 0.78p to average 160.66p/kg. Despite recent gains, prices remain 4.95p below the same week last year, b...
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3 pig farms struck by African swine fever outbreaks in Germany

German authorities have confirmed an outbreak of the deadly African swine fever (ASF) among domesticated pigs with three farms affected so far. The country’s wild boar population has been plagued by the disease for months already. The third outbreak of ASF was detected on a ...
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Shortage of workers in meat industry ‘reaching a critically high level’

In response to rising concerns over the shortage of labour in the meat industry, Nick Allen, CEO of The British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA), has said that the the insufficient number of workers for permanent positions is reaching a critically high level. “We’ve...
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Eustice wrong to say small abattoir network is sufficient

Campaigners demanding support for small, local abattoirs amid changes to livestock journey times have criticised Defra secretary George Eustice’s claims this is not needed. Mr Eustice suggested at the recent Groundswell event that the UK has a broad distribution of abattoirs...
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Liveweight lamb prices hold their ground, deadweight prices tumble

Daily liveweight lamb prices reversed their trend of last week, rising early in the week, but falling later. In the week ended 7 July, the GB liveweight NSL SQQ gained 1.64p, to stand at 250.26p/kg. This is just over 28p above the same week last year. Auction market throughput...
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Chilled meats extension: Cold Chain Federation response

The Cold Chain Federation, which represents the businesses in the UK which store and move chilled and frozen food, has responded to the extension of the grace period for chilled meats into Northern Ireland. Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive Shane Brennan says:“Three more...
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Smithfield Foods to pay $83 million to settle pork price-fixing claims

(Reuters) – Smithfield Foods Inc said on Wednesday it will pay $83 million to settle litigation that accused several companies of conspiring to limit supply in the $20 billion-a-year U.S. pork market to inflate prices and their own profits. The settlement with Smithfield...
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Meatpacker JBS paid out $11m ransom following cyberattack

Meatpacker JBS USA paid a ransom equivalent to $11 million (£7.79 million) following a cyberattack that disrupted its North American and Australian operations, the company’s CEO said in a statement on Wednesday. The subsidiary of Brazilian firm JBS SA halted cattle slau...
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Uruguayan meat processing plant resumes shipments to China

The Uruguayan BPU meat processing plant has been cleared to resume exports to China as of July 1 after it was banned April 9 due to a mislabelled shipment, it was announced Thursday. The lifting of the sanctions brought relief to BPU, who allocates 70% of its output to that ma...
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Aussie FTA leaves NZ meat sector envious

New Zealand’s meat sector will be hoping to benefit from a yet-to-be-signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that its Australian counterparts are about to enter into with the UK. Last week, an agreement on a UK/Australia FTA was announced. It will eventually see Australian mea...
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Sharp drop in British lamb prices

The liveweight lamb market has dropped noticeably this week, with the falls following smaller declines already seen over the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, numbers coming to market have increased. In the week ended 23 June, the NSL GB SQQ fell by nearly 43p on the previous w...
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Global meat processor moves into Paraguay: plans an abattoir that handles 1,200 cattle per day

Brazil’s global meat processor, Marfrig has purchased land to build a major abattoir in Paraguay. Landlocked Paraguay is a full member of Mercosur, who together with partners Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, has become the world’s leading meat export region. The proj...
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Prices tumble £15-£20 as lambs flood forward

A deadweight advantage of £10-£15 a lamb could be eroded this week as lamb supply ramps up and processors make big price cuts. Exporters have paid £5.80/kg deadweight for lambs this week, while some retail contracts have dropped prices below £5.50/kg. This equates to a dro...
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Argentina expected to lift 30-day ban on beef exports, with restrictions

Argentina expected to lift 30-day ban on beef exports, with restrictions

Argentina is expected to allow beef exports to resume, with restrictions, after enforcing a snap 30-day ban last month. Key points: Argentinian beef exports to resume next week, according to local news President Alberto Fernandez put snap 30-day ban on beef exports last mont...
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Whole Lambs

Concerns raised over availability and capacity of UK abattoirs

Sheep producers have raised concerns over the availability and capacity of UK abattoirs after the government announced a ban on live exports. The UK is set to become the first European country to end live exports after new powers were unveiled seeking to boost animal welfare...
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Kerry Group to sell meats and meals business for €819m

Kerry Group is to sell its consumer foods’ meats and meals business in the UK and Ireland to US food company Pilgrim’s Pride for €819m in cash. The meats business includes branded and private label meats, meat snacks, food-to-go and meat-free products in the UK and I...
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FSA drops action against meat supplier because of legal error

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has dropped criminal action against meat supplier Russell Hume because of a “technical legal error” made during the investigation. The investigation into the meat supplier began in January 2018 because of food hygiene issues. The firm went i...
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Chickens

UK secures £65m export deal to send poultry meat to Japan

UK poultry farmers will soon have their produce served on Japanese plates thanks to a new export deal worth an estimated £65 million over five years. The UK Government says it has secured an agreement to export UK poultry meat to Japan, in a deal worth up to £13m a year for ...
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Australian farmers back UK trade agreement

More Australian beef and lamb will be exported to the UK as import taxes are phased out over a decade under a free trade deal between the two nations. People up to the age of 35 will be eligible for working holiday visas in both countries, while UK backpackers will no longer h...
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Tariq Halal Meats to launch new ‘state of the art’ butchers

A butchers says it has ‘revolutionised’ the UK halal meat industry with its new data driven store. Tariq Halal Meats will open their new branch in Stratford Shopping Centre, East London in August which will include ‘touch technology’ and E-shelf labelling. The...
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Tariffs axed immediately on Australian beef and lamb, triggering fears that farmers will be sent ‘to the wall’

Tariffs will be scrapped immediately on imported beef and lamb from Australia, triggering accusations that the trade deal struck by Boris Johnson will send UK farmers “to the wall”. The small print of the first major post-Brexit agreement – revealed by Canberra, as ...
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Irish beef exports to GB drops back in 2021

During March, Irish cattle slaughter (incl. cows and calves) dropped back by 6.1% on the same month last year, according to according to Central Statistics Office data. Overall, Q1 Irish cattle slaughter fell by 13.6% year on year to total 434,100 head. The reduced slaughter n...
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Will high UK prices encourage New Zealand lamb imports?

Lamb prices in New Zealand have been rising in recent weeks but still remain well below the high GB farmgate prices observed during the last few months. The gap between farmgate prices in New Zealand and the UK is currently in excess of £2/kg deadweight. Seasonal trends fro...
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UK-Norway trade deal stalls over fears British beef and cheese could flood market

Trade talks between the UK and Norway have stalled over fears British beef and cheese could flood the Norwegian market and put farmers out of business. Agriculture in Norway is heavily subsidised, with the Government and farmer representatives sitting down every year to agree ...
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Fourth UK meat processor given green light to export to the USA

A fourth processing site in the UK has won approval to export its beef to the USA – marking a major leap forward for the business and for the red meat sector as a whole. Foyle Food Group in Gloucester is now listed on the official ‘USDA Approved’ list, which means commer...
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JBS cyberattack disrupts Australian meat production

CANBERRA, Australia — A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meat processing company disrupted production around the world just weeks after a similar incident shut down a U.S. oil pipeline. Brazil’s JBS SA, however, said late Tuesday that it had made “s...
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Argentina’s Temporary Ban on Beef Exports has Potential Market Impacts

From trade wars to animal disease outbreaks, and, of course, COVID-19’s upending of supply chains, there have been numerous disruptions in agricultural trade over the last several years. While maybe not at the same level of significance as these other events, an ill-advised ...
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GB prime cattle prices slip again

In the week ending 22 May, the GB all-prime average fell 4.7p from the week before to average 398.0p/kg. This is the third consecutive week the measure has declined. Prices are 53p above the five-year average and just over 60p above the same week last year. Reports suggest the...
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Australia likely to be first new post-Brexit competitor for Ireland on UK market

Farmers across the United Kingdom and Ireland are bracing themselves for an ambitious liberalising trade pact between Australia and the UK, its first major new trade deal since leaving the EU. UK officials have confirmed that the trade deal to be offered to Australia would see...
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Australian beef farmers ‘not looking to compete against British producers’

Australian beef farmers are not looking to compete with British producers, according to a representative from the country’s red meat exports body. Mary Johnson, market access manager at Meat and Livestock Australia – the Australian equivalent of Quality Meat Scotland – m...
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Argentine beef sector wary of export ban repercussions

Buenos Aires, May 24 (EFE).- Argentine beef producers are expressing alarm about the government’s bid to lower domestic prices through a ban on exports, warning of a repeat of the scenario that played out in 2006. The measure, which went into effect on Thursday for a period ...
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UK-Australia trade deal: NFU calls for ‘urgent answers’

The NFU has called on the government to issue ‘urgent answers’ on any UK-Australia trade deal amid fears over lower-standard agri-imports. The union has outlined five key questions regarding the UK’s future trade policy and the ongoing negotiations on a Free ...
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Canada eyes up UK market amid Australian trade deal

Canada is seeking to secure sweeping access to the British market for its farmers in trade talks, after UK concessions to Australia threatened to open the floodgates for food imports. Ottawa believes it can secure an ambitious deal on agriculture in negotiations later this ye...
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Flock of Sheep

Council finds new leaseholder for Carmarthen mart

Livestock sales may soon restart at Carmarthen mart after the local council announced that it had secured a new leaseholder for the site. Nock Deighton, which runs the successful Newcastle Emlyn livestock market, has won the tender to run the mart, located in Nantyci. The comp...
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Cattle hide prices stronger for now, sheep skins still weak

The hide market was hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic, with the Italian tannery sector all but closing temporarily. Hide prices fell the world over. Reports suggest Chinese buyers took the opportunity to upgrade on quality, albeit at the same or lower prices. Data from ...
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Liveweight lamb prices on the rise

Both old season and new season liveweight lamb prices have increased during the past week. In the week ending 5 May, the GB Liveweight OSL SQQ prices increased 6.6p on the week to average 296.41p/kg. Prices are up 89p when compared to the same week in 2020. Liveweight NSL SQQ ...
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ABP takeover ‘further erodes competition’ in meat processing sector

ABP’s full takeover of Slaney Meats and ICM has been described as “a further erosion of competition” in the processing sector, by IFA president Tim Cullinan. It was confirmed today that Larry Goodman-owned ABP has “reached agreement in principle” with Fane Valley Co...
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Deadweight cattle prices up yet again

GB finished cattle prices have continued to climb in the latest week. In the week ending 1 May, the GB all prime average stood at 407.3p/kg, up 1.1p on the week before. This puts the measure 87p above the same week last year when prices had fallen sharply, and 67.6p above fiv...
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Ballymoney: Plans for a new £75m pork processing plant

Plans have been submitted for a new £75m pork processing plant in Ballymoney, County Antrim. The company behind the proposal is Bannside Foods – a new name in the pork industry. The proposed site is the former home of the Lovell and Christmas bacon factory, which burned...
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ABP acquires Slaney Foods and Irish Country Meats

ABP acquires Slaney Foods and Irish Country Meats

ABP announced today that it is to acquire the remaining 50% holding in Fane Valley Co-Op’s red meat business which includes Linden Foods in Northern Ireland and Slaney Foods and Irish Country Meats businesses in the Republic of Ireland. The deal is subject to approval by the...
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Chilled food exporters ‘given up’ on sending product to the EU

Chilled food exporters ‘given up’ on sending product to the EU

Chilled food exporters have given up on trying to send product to the EU because of ‘kafkaesque’ red tape, an industry expert has claimed. Karin Goodburn, director general of the Chilled Food Association, warned businesses were dealing with ‘archaic paperwork’ and ‘B...
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Pork industry joins forces with European food companies in threatening to boycott Brazilian products due to land reforms

A group of around 40 major food companies and representative organisations have joined forces in issuing a warning to the Brazilian Government over controversial land reforms. The letter, signed by the NPA, leading UK pork processors Cranswick and Pilgrim’s UK, various UK re...
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Global pig production slowed by herd health and supply issues – Rabobank

The growth of global pig production is set to be slowed by a range of factors, including the resurgence of Africa swine fever (ASF) in Asia, higher feed costs and the impact of COVID-19 on demand, according to Rabobank. Pig prices are sharply higher in most markets, as process...
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‘Market-top’ debate follows 5-10p/kg beef processor cuts

Processor price cuts of 5-10p/kg have left beef finishers asking whether trade has hit a market top or if processors are “playing games” to draw out more cattle. Many factory base prices remain unchanged at record highs, but some price cuts have caused concern for finisher...
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Bovingdons Catering wins £10m Butchers’ Hall contract

Bovingdons Catering has taken over the catering contract at the Butchers’ Hall in the City of London and will be responsible for the complete commercialisation of the newly refurbished livery venue including marketing, selling and delivering events. The multi-year contra...
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ABP buys lamb processor Janan Meat

ABP Food Group has bought West Midlands meat processor Janan Meat, a significant halal lamb and mutton business. Founded in 1992, Janan had a turnover of £56.9m in the year to 31 March 2020, up from £51.6m the previous year. As well as supplying customers across the UK, Jana...
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Supermarkets snub calls to support British pork

Calls to support Britain’s pig sector have been snubbed as retailers displayed less British pork in March, latest data from AHDB’s PorkWatch survey has revealed. Seventy-nine per cent of fresh pork on display was British, a 2 per cent decrease from the January survey, with...
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AHDB seeking 6 new board members

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is looking to recruit six new board members. It is seeking three current or recent levy payers from Beef & Lamb, Cereals & Oilseeds and Dairy, together with other essential skill sets. They will have to demonstr...
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Container port and shipping meat export

New Brexit checks continued to hamper meat exports in February

The introduction of new Brexit checks at the start of the year continued to hamper UK meat exports to the EU in February, new trade figures show.  The Government figures, published on Tuesday, show that overall UK exports to the EU made something of recovery from the slump in...
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Cattle prices pick up again

The deadweight cattle prices showed another upward movement in the week ended 10 April. Similar to the previous week, the GB all-prime average gained just over 3p to reach 399.3p/kg. This is over 70p/kg more than the equivalent week in 2020, when prices began to fall sharply. ...
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Hong Kong China

China to lift UK pork import curbs ‘when there is evidence pandemic under control in UK’

China will lift its suspension on pork imports from UK plants affected by COVID-19 when there is evidence the disease is under control in the UK, according to a Chinese official quoted in the Financial Times.  The FT has highlighted pig sector’s request to Defra for a COVID...
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Young couple shopping in a supermarket

Waitrose to train 100 more fishmongers and butchers

Waitrose has announced its plans to train 100 more fishmongers and butchers as it celebrates 40 years since the opening of its first service counters. The new employees will be taught traditional butchery and fishmonger skills, as well as expert knowledge to help customers wh...
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Cow Eating Hay

New rules on Argentinian beef spark fears of export limits

Cattle growers are concerned that government could impose limits on international beef sales to curb domestic inflation. Argentina on Tuesday re-established a meat export registration system, stoking fears among cattle producers of possible export limits as the government trie...
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Burger

JBS Expands Plant-Based Food Products With Vivera Acquisition

JBS SA, the world’s largest meat supplier, said it signed a binding proposal to acquire Dutch plant-based food producer Vivera BV, expanding its presence in the fast-growing segment. The company plans to pay 341 million euros ($408 million) for Vivera, which has three facil...
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Record UK beef prices lead to Irish cattle imports

Some processors have turned to live Irish cattle imports to secure beef during the tightest UK supply period since the 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic. Draconian paperwork and tight Irish numbers could limit volumes, but there have been several reports of cattle shipments into th...
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Scott Technology wins Aussie meat processor contract

Automation and robotic systems firm Scott Technology said it had won a $10 million contract to design and build a lamb-boning system for one of Australia’s largest meat processors, Thomas Foods International (TFI). The investment by TFI will deliver improved product qual...
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Welsh lamb moves online to capitalise on growth

UK red meat organisations are redoubling efforts to ensure that online retailers which have seen growth during the pandemic regularly stock Welsh lamb and beef. With more people shopping online, promotional efforts for Wales’s iconic farming exports have been ensuring th...
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UK meat processors fear permanent damage to trade with EU

UK meat processors fear permanent damage to trade with EU

British meat processors fear losing as much as 25pc of their pre-Brexit EU trade as a result of ‘massive increase’ in trade friction since January 1. They also said concessions from the EU could only be achieved when EU exporters have to ‘jump through the sam...
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New Zealand government expected to announce end to live exports

The New Zealand government is expected to end its live animal export trade. It comes amid a months-long investigation by TVNZ’s Sunday programme into the conditions endured by cattle at sea. “It’s a trade whose time has come, it’s a trade we should have got out...
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Beef producers see red over Blue Peter campaign

The BBC has stooped to new depths in attempting to direct children in a way that could be harmful to their health and growth, says the National Beef Association (NBA) in response to the broadcaster’s new ‘one-sided’ Blue Peter initiative. In an open letter to BBC directo...
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Strong demand and tight supplies boost pork market

Strong underlying demand and tight supply continues to support the market, with price rises seen across the board, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  Most of the major processors viewed Easter as a small inconvenience, and planned to work right through, TVC said in its lates...
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Meat sector report warns of long-term EU trade impact

Meat sector report warns of long-term EU trade impact

Brexit will cost the UK meat sector up to £120m/year in extra vet and administration charges alone, a British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) report has warned. The BMPA’s Brexit Impact Report called on the government to appreciate the difficulties being encountered th...
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Brexit will lead to permanent loss of trade in meat, says BMPA’s new Brexit Impact Report

The British Meat Processors Association has published a Brexit Impact Report which draws on the experiences of meat exporters to date and says problems with new rules at the border are not going away and predicts a permanent reduction in trade. Read the Report  The report s...
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Pigs

Germany’s Toennies: next generation to take over, no comment on sales rumours

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s largest meat processor Toennies is growing and expanding as the next generation of the family is taking over, managing partners of it said on Friday, declining to comment on a report that the group was seeking a buyer. “We do not comment ...
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China to crack down on use of leanness enhancers in cattle and sheep

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Friday it will crack down on the use of leanness-enhancing agents in farm animals to guarantee the quality and safety of livestock products. The three-month drive will focus on the use of the banned substance c...
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Farm groups and vets angry at Government decision to delay checks on EU imports

Farm groups and vets have responded angrily to a Government decision to delay checks on EU food imports to Great Britain (GB). Exports from GB to the EU have faced thorough checks since the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1 2021, causing delays and leaving some ...
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Record high lamb prices

Lamb prices have continued to move up across the UK, with firm demand and weak supply leading to some of the highest prices on record. In the week ending March 10, the liveweight old season lamb SQQ rose by 13p/kg on the week to average 293.0p/kg, 88p/kg above the five-year av...
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Pork Sides

Germany’s ‘Sausage King’ Is Said to Explore $5 Billion Sale

(Bloomberg) — Billionaire Clemens Toennies is exploring a sale of Germany’s largest meat processor, almost a year after his namesake company was embroiled in a nationwide scandal due to a huge coronavirus outbreak at one of his packing plants. Toennies Holding ApS &...
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Philippines begins trial Taiwan pork imports

The Philippines last month imported a small amount of Taiwanese pork on a trial basis, and plans to import breeding swine from Taiwan to rebuild its hog industry, the Council of Agriculture said on Friday. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in June last year declar...
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Boost for pork exports as US suspends retaliatory Airbus tariffs

In a welcome boost for UK pork exports, the US has today suspended all retaliatory tariffs on UK exports resulting from the Airbus dispute for four months. The measures, which will come into force on Monday, March 8, backdated to today, have been agreed in an effort to reach ...
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Situation improving in pork plants amid positive market signs

The situation is starting to get better in UK pork plants, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  While not problem free, last week saw a ‘vast improvement’ on previous weeks, with little rolled and we start the new trading week with a ‘straight edge’, TVC said in its la...
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Better week for processors, but COVID still an issue

Most processors had a better week in terms of reliability, but COVID-19 concerns remained for some, curtailing capacity, according to Thames Valley Cambac. “Demand remained steady, although there was the odd shoot of optimism from some retail quarters with one major on promo...
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EU pig prices see slight improvement

Pig prices in the EU have picked up a little over the past couple of weeks, having been largely steady since the start of the year, according to AHDB analyst Bethan Wilkins. The latest average price for week ending 21 February, was €131.07/100kg – an increase of roughly �...
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Seafood reputation being lost “day by day” since Brexit, Scottish expert tells MPs

THE REPUTATION of the UK’s fishing exports is being lost “day by day”, according to a Scottish seafood leader. Donna Fordyce, the Chief Executive of Seafood Scotland, told MPs this afternoon that the length of time it is taking to get produce to market after...
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UK sheep sector was still profitable in 2020 even in the face of a pandemic

The value of UK sheep meat exports increased by almost 10 percent last year despite the difficulties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.   Newly released data for 2020 has revealed a profitable year for the sector against the backdrop of reduced volume of exports and ...
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Study shows data-driven beef breeding can reduce methane emission by up to 40%

Beef produced on farms across the British Isles is widely recognised and being amongst the most sustainable in the world. This is evidenced by the fact that its carbon footprint of approximately half of the global average. Nonetheless, results of a multi-year study involving o...
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Beyond Meat clinches coveted deals with McDonald’s, Yum Brands

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat said on Thursday it has signed multi-year supply deals with McDonald’s Corp and Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands Inc, underscoring consumers’ appetite for vegetable-based alternatives and Beyond Meat’s leading posit...
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Lambs

Depleted lamb stocks drive up prices

Sheep farmers have begun to draw ewe lambs from replacements to capitalise on deadweight prices that have marched through the £6/kg mark. AHDB figures for the week ending 20 February, showed old season lamb (OSL) SQQ deadweight prices rose by 16p/kg in seven days to average 6...
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Brexit: NI supermarkets face new rules for GB meat products

Supermarkets bringing meat products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland face new bureaucracy from Monday. The change is a consequence of Brexit and the Irish Sea border. Retailers must now use Export Health Certificates (EHCs) to import chilled, processed meat – this ...
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Redefine Meat raises $29 million to finance rollout of 3D-printed meat substitute

ZURICH (Reuters) – Israeli start-up Redefine Meat is planning to launch its 3D-printed meat substitutes globally after raising $29 million in a funding round led by venture capital firms Happiness Capital and Hanaco Ventures, it said on Tuesday. Redefine Meat has develop...
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Raw Sirloin Steak

Saudi Arabia expands partnership with Brazilian meat operator

RIYADH: A Saudi agriculture investment firm is to expand into Australia through a partnership deal with a Brazilian livestock company. The Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC), a joint stock company owned by the Public Investment Fund, has entered into an ag...
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Local abattoirs given a voice

A NEW campaign body has been formed to champion small local abattoirs across the UK. The creation of the Abattoir Sector Group comes on the back of recommendations made by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare’s report into ‘The Future for Small Abattoirs in...
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Tesco and Asda told to improve British pork offering

Pig producers have urged Tesco and Asda to up the quantity of British pork on their shelves after a survey found a large proportion was imported. According to a recent shelf-watch survey by NFU Scotland, less than half of the fresh pork on sale in the two retailers was British...
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Pork pie export crackdown: new export health certificate required from 21 April

Pork pie export crackdown: new export health certificate required from 21 April

A new model Export Health Certificate (EHC) will come into force on 21 April 2021, which will impact the export of composite products containing products of animal origin (POAO) as an ingredient, such as pork pies and lasagna. Under the new regulation, EHC requirements will...
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China plant-based ‘meat’ brand HERO Protein closes USD850k pre-seed round

HERO Protein, the first domestic plant-based ‘meat’ company in China to use cutting-edge “high moisture extrusion” technology, has completed a USD850k pre-seed funding round to launch its products into the market.  The funding round saw participation from Crem...
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“A Technological & Sustainable Approach to Meat Inspection”

“A Technological & Sustainable Approach to Meat Inspection”

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) published a report today. The report “A Technological & Sustainable Approach to Meat Inspection”, sets out how many of the challenges facing the small abattoir and poultry processing sectors can be addressed through ...
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Brexit: UK pig exports ‘facing a crisis’

A “perfect storm” of Covid impacts and post-Brexit bureaucracy threaten to plunge British pig farmers into a crisis, an industry body has warned. The National Pig Association (NPA) said there were 100,000 animals in the UK unable to enter the food chain. Farmers in...
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Video: UK red meat sector’s Covid safety measures

A new video which shows how UK meat processing plants and abattoirs are taking steps to minimise the spread of Covid-19 has gone live. The two-minute animation, produced by AHDB, highlights the range of practices being adopted across the UK to ensure the safe production of red...
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Philippines to aggressively ramp up pork imports to tackle price rises

MANILA, Feb 9 (Reuters) – The Philippines plans to increase pork imports this year to roughly 400,000 tonnes, more than double the initial proposal, as it seeks to cover a domestic shortfall that has pushed market prices higher, its farm minister said on Tuesday. A gover...
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British meat processors set up shop in EU as Brexit hammers exports – BMPA

LONDON (Reuters) – British meat processors are registering businesses in the European Union in order to bypass post-Brexit export delays, with flows just 50% of normal levels and costs soaring, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said on Tuesday. The move mean...
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Hong Kong culls 3,000 pigs after African swine fever discovery

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities ordered the culling of all 3,000 pigs in a herd after the African swine fever virus was discovered to be spreading for the first time in one of the city’s farms. The disease, which is harmless to humans, is very rare in Hong ...
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Brexit: Animal-based food checks at ports suspended

Checks on animal and food products at Larne and Belfast ports have been suspended amid concerns for staff safety. The Department of Agriculture said this was pending talks with the PSNI. This comes after Mid and East Antrim Council withdrew staff from Brexit inspection duties ...
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Pork Sides

Union calls for increase in British pork presence

Less than half the pork in Tesco and Asda is British or Scottish.  NFU Scotland has contacted all major supermarkets regarding their support for Scottish and British pig farmers after finding that some retailers have a very high proportion of non-British pork on their shelves...
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Pork Sides

COVID less of a problem in plants but fresh pork market ‘dire’ – TVC

Fewer issues were seen at pork plants last week as the reduced allocation that some processors planned bore fruit, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  COVID-19 was, however, still a major problem for some plants, with boning and cutting staff particularly affected, TVC said ...
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Raw steak with herbs and pepper

Project launches to trace origin of beef with DNA technology

A new project is exploring the use of DNA technology to trace beef back to the animal it came from and the farm of origin. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) says DNA technology has the potential to provide greater protection and value for beef at home a...
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Pig industry ‘perfect storm’ makes international headlines

The international media is taking a growing interest in the ‘perfect storm’ the UK pig sector finds itself in as a result of Brexit disruption and ongoing issues in pork plants.  NPA staff, officeholders and members have discussed the issues over the past days with outlet...
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Philippines sets price ceiling for pork, chicken as food inflation soars

MANILA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday signed an executive order mandating price ceilings for pork and chicken in the capital region, as costlier meat has propelled food inflation to a double-digit level. Pork retail prices in the Philip...
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More rolled pigs as staff issues continue to hit plants

Processing time continued to be lost last week due to staff absenteeism, and physical breakdowns, according to Thames Valley Cambac. “The upshot was more rolled pigs and a much reduced allocation from some as we enter February. Consequently, there was no opportunity to catch...
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Abattoir Sector Group established to support local UK slaughterhouse network

An Abattoir Sector Group (ASG) has been set up to help develop a thriving network of local abattoirs across the UK. The group was formed following a recommendation in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare’s (AGPAW) report, The Future for Small Abattoirs in th...
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MPs launch inquiry into Brexit border delays for meat exports

MPs are launching an urgent inquiry into the disruption of UK meat exports to the EU since the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January. Food export businesses of all sizes have reported losing money and trade due to an increase in bureaucratic border processes. The Br...
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Wild Boar

New strain of African swine fever hits prominent pig producer in China

A new form of African swine fever (ASF) has been identified in several farms owned by New Hope Liuhe, China’s fourth-largest producer, the company’s chief science officer Yan Zhichun told Reuters. Two new strains of ASF have reportedly infected more than 1,000 sows, with...
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Red Tractor high-profile marketing campaign focuses on beef and lamb

CUMBRIAN farmer Alistair Mackintosh is helping to promote a consumer marketing campaign by Red Tractor. As chair of the Red Tractor Beef and Lamb sector, Mr Mackintosh is promoting the campaign which demonstrates the standards British beef and lamb farmers adhere to as well as...
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Pig farms can restart in Belgium’s ASF zone

Belgium has started the repopulation of pig farms located in the southern region that was hit by African Swine Fever (ASF) between 2018 and 2020. Those farms are located in the south of Luxembourg province, adjacent to Luxembourg the country. Permission to repopulate was given...
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Increased trade disruption at UK-EU border could hit farmgate prices, warns NFU

The NFU has warned trade disruption at the UK-EU border could hit farm planning and put downward pressure on farmgate prices if it continues over the coming weeks. The union’s director of trade and business strategy, Nick von Westenholz, pointed out farmers had so far avoide...
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Hong Kong cooks up lab-grown fish as appetite for ‘clean meat’ rises

HONG KONG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When chef Eddy Leung was tasked with cooking what was touted as the world’s first lab-grown fish fillets in his kitchen in southwestern Hong Kong, he pan-fried some and deep-fried others before finally deciding on breaded fish b...
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Beyond Meat surges on PepsiCo plant-based snack deal

(Reuters) – Beyond Meat Inc said on Tuesday it had formed a joint venture with PepsiCo Inc to develop and sell snacks and beverages made from plant-based protein, sending shares of the faux-meat maker to an 18-month high. The deal was the latest in a run of marketing suc...
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GB prime prices hold firm, while cow prices tick up

In the week ending 23 January, the GB all prime average deadweight cattle price stood at 377.3p/kg, lifting just 0.4p on the week before. This measure is now above the price achieved for the same week last year by 45.5p/kg. Estimated throughput for the week totalled 33,300 hea...
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Deadweight lamb prices make further gains

Deadweight lamb prices rose further again this week, up by 5.5p to total 574.3p/kg for the week ending 23 January. Prices are currently up by 110.9p on the same week of the previous year. Total throughputs for the week ending 23 January were estimated at 218,200 head, this was...
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GB pig prices for week ending January 23, 2021 – SPP down again, carcase weights also down

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain It was another difficult week for the finished pig market, with the EU-spec SPP experiencing another fall. The EU-spec price for the week ended January 23 fell by 1.36p to 141.69p/kg – this is n...
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NPA tells Eustice of ‘unprecedented challenges’ facing the sector in the form of Brexit border delays and COVID-19

NPA chairman Richard Lister has written to Defra Secretary George Eustice outlining the ‘unprecedented challenges’ the sector faces as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU ‘impacting on our ability to export goods to the continent and Northern Ireland’. “This has...
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Brazilian meat exports to EU fell across 2020 due to trade diversion and Asian demand

Overall trade between the EU and Brazil fell across 202, with Brazilian exports to the EU falling by 14% on the previous year, and imports to Brazil from the EU down by 13%, according to Apex-Brazil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. The agency said this ...
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Covid-19 outbreak: Brechin abattoir closure threatens Scotland’s pig sector

A COVID-19 outbreak at Scotland’s only pig abattoir has left producers with a backlog of stock, quickly diminishing in value as the plant closes its doors for two weeks. Quality Pork Limited, in Brechin, took the decision to close its doors for a fortnight on Saturday, Janua...
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Morrisons launches South West Shorthorn Beef Scheme

South West farmers finishing Beef Shorthorn-sired cattle will have the first-time opportunity from March 2021 to supply the Morrisons Shorthorn Beef Scheme and receive premiums of up to 30p/kg. Due to the growing volumes of Shorthorn-sired cattle located in the Cornwall, Devon...
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Dutch customs warn British meat traders to have correct animal health reports

Dutch customs warn British meat traders to have correct animal health reports

Dutch customs officials are warning British importers to have all of their veterinary health certificates in order if they want to bring meat products into Europe as a non-European country. The British Meat Processors Association has said that alongside five containers of Brit...
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Brazil’s JBS says China lifted pandemic-related bans on two meat plants

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil-based meatpacker JBS SA said on Wednesday China has lifted bans on two meat plants imposed in 2020 over coronavirus concerns. The company said in a statement the lifting of the bans raised to 25 the total number of JBS plants in Brazil author...
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GB cattle prices increase across the board

The week ending 16 January saw all GB deadweight cattle prices record increases. The all-prime price rose 5.3p on the previous week to average 376.9p/kg. This measure is now 46p above the price achieved for the same week last year, and 33p above the five-year average. Estimate...
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Deadweight lamb prices climb again

In the week ending 16 January, the GB deadweight SQQ lamb price lifted again, jumping an impressive 50.2p to average 568.8p/kg. This is the highest price achieved in the last two years and puts the measure 114.1p above the same week last year.   Estimated throughput for the ...
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UK meat exports left rotting at ports due to ‘hellish’ paperwork

UK meat exports left rotting at ports due to ‘hellish’ paperwork

UK meat shipments have been left rotting at ports this week due to burdensome paperwork brought about by Brexit. Though current trade volumes are just 20 per cent of normal levels as exporters ‘test’ the system, delays saw processors reject UK shipments and cancel future o...
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Whole Lambs

Brexit: Lamb exporter to EU ‘making virtually nothing’

One of Wales’ largest lamb exporters says the extra cost and paperwork of selling meat into the EU means it is making “virtually nothing”. Meat processing plant Randall Parker Foods in Llanidloes, Powys, warned it may lose a third of its 150 workers unless ne...
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Meat Counter

Brits turning away from meat-free diets, retail analysis shows

The proportion of British adults cutting meat from their diet dropped significantly in 2020, according to new research. Data on retail sales from analysts Mintel explained that the pandemic proved to be a ‘temporary setback’ for plant-based products. The number of ...
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Pork Sides

Cheap German product contributes to rise in UK pork imports volumes

UK pork import volumes towards the end of last year, due partly to the availability of cheap German product, while COVID-19 issues hit export volumes.  UK pig meat exports, including offal, fell by 15% (5,700 tonnes) on the previous month in November 2020 and were down 8% (...
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Domestic demand and NZ imports dip supports lamb prices

Lamb prices have reached the ‘unprecedented position’ of being higher than the start of the marketing season last year, as they continue to rise both at auction marts and deadweight. High domestic demand and smaller amounts of New Zealand lamb have boosted prices. And desp...
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COVID, trade issues have big impact on Australia’s beef exports to the EU – Can they bounce back?

AUSTRALIA’S beef exports to the European Union collapsed to their lowest level in 16 years during 2020, due to a range of short and longer-term factors. Often categorised as Australia’s most valuable beef export market on a dollars/tonne basis, the European Union (still in...
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Meat processors join seafood Brexit protest amid ‘serious and sustained loss of trade’

The British Meat Processors Association has said it is receiving a growing number of calls from meat companies highlighting the “plethora of problems” they have been experiencing at the borders. The BMPA said the problems are now causing a “serious and sustained lo...
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Abattoir

ABP appoints new managing director of Irish and Polish operations

Meat processor ABP has announced the appointment of Kevin Cahill as managing director of its Irish and Polish operations. Mr Cahill rejoins the group from OSI where he was managing director Europe for the past five years. Prior to joining OSI he spent 20 years with the Kepak G...
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Brexit delays hit cull sow trade

The National Pig Association (NPA) said its processor members had reported excessive bureaucracy of new paperwork requirements was causing delays at ports. And with pork a perishable product, the delays were making shipments unattractive to buyers in the EU. The NPA highlighte...
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Hong Kong

Post-Brexit customs systems not fit for purpose, say meat exporters

UK meat exporters have claimed post-Brexit customs systems are “not fit for purpose”, with goods delayed for hours, sometimes days, at the border. The British Meat Processor Association said even experienced exporters were struggling with the system. It said meat e...
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Brexit delays hit pork exporters

Brexit border delays have brought the UK pork sector to a standstill, with warnings knock on effects could be felt on farms. UK pork processors were experiencing significant issues in exporting pig meat, bringing part of the industry to a complete standstill. The widely seen f...
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New Scotbeef Inverurie abattoir plan on hold due to Covid

New Scotbeef Inverurie abattoir plan on hold due to Covid

Scotbeef Inverurie’s plans to build a new abattoir in the north-east have been put on hold due to the Covid-19 crisis and economic uncertainty. The latest accounts for the company, which is jointly owned by Scotland’s largest red meat processor JW Galloway and north-east ...
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GB pig prices for week ending January 9, 2021 – biggest drop in SPP since 2016, record weights

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain The EU-spec SPP recorded a significant drop on the previous week in the week ending January 9. The price averaged 144.74p/kg, just shy of 2p below the previous week. This is the largest week-on-we...
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AHDB Meat Education Programme student numbers boosted by pandemic

AHDB’s Meat Education Programme has now awarded over 10,000 certificates after a surge in popularity last year, due to Covid-19 restrictions enabling more learners to commit more time, leading to improved retention and successes across its programmes. With the possibili...
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Namibia suspends poultry imports from 10 European countries due to bird flu

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Namibia halted imports of live poultry from 10 countries on Friday following outbreaks of bird flu in Europe. The suspension affects imports from the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Ukraine, Belgium, Poland, Sweden and France, the Di...
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‘Irish beef sector is facing a second cliff edge due to Brexit’

The threat of Brexit eased somewhat for beef farmers back on December 24 as a late trade deal was agreed. This meant that our beef exports to the UK, which are our largest net importers of Irish beef, will avoid heavy tariffs imposed by the World Tariff Organization (WTO) rule...
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‘Excessive bureaucracy’ brings UK meat sector to standstill

UK meat processors have warned they are experiencing major issues in exporting their products to the EU, bringing parts of the industry to a ‘complete standstill’. Pig processors have reported that excessive bureaucracy associated with new paperwork requirements ar...
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Lamb price rises pick up pace

In the week ending 9 January, the GB deadweight lamb price rose again, adding a further 32p to the overall SQQ measure, which averaged 518.6p/kg. This puts prices an impressive 68p higher than the same week last year. Some industry reports suggest higher prices still have been...
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UK supermarkets seek urgent action on Northern Ireland supplies

* Three-month grace period ends March 31 * Supermarket chiefs say current proposals are unworkable * CEOs says disruption inevitable if solution not found * British PM Johnson says there are “teething problems” Britain’s leading supermarket groups have warne...
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Weaning weight linked to lamb meat leanness

Lambs which are heaviest at weaning produce the leanest meat, according to a new study. Scientists at the Hertfordshire-based Rothamsted Research Institute have found a link between the weight of lambs in their early life and meat quality. The study, carried out at Rothamste...
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Delays at Calais hit pork exports as new Brexit controls start to bite

Delays in checking products at Calais are already causing problems for pork exports, according to the NPA.   The NPA has reported that, while there currently appear to be no significant issues on the Dover side, pork exporters are now experiencing delays at Calais because ...
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COVID and Brexit checks combine to affect pig trade

Staff absenteeism due to COVID-19 continues to be a big problem for processors and hauliers, resulting on ongoing disruption, according to Thames Valley Cambac. “The backlog continued to grow and finished weights soared,” TVC said in its latest market update. “The averag...
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GB finished pig prices decline over the New Year

The EU-spec SPP continued its downwards trajectory into the New Year. In the week ending 2 January, the price dropped back a further 0.61p on the week, to average 146.73p/kg. This puts prices over 15.5p below the same week in the previous year. Meanwhile, prices remain over 1....
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Brazilian Beef Exports At Record Levels

Brazilian beef exporters saw an 8% increase in 2020 to 2.02 million metric tons. That’s according to Brazilian beef industry association Abrafrigo, which also reported revenue from beef exports last year were 11% higher at $8.4 billion. Abrafrigo said it expects a 5% increas...
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Meat company JW Galloway blames Brexit for profits slump

Scotland’s largest meat processor, JW Galloway, has blamed Brexit preparations for a 48% drop in profits last year. Accounts filed with Companies House show the family-owned business, which owns Scotbeef, Vivers Scotland and Scotbeef (Inverurie) Ltd, posted pre-tax profits o...
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Firm invests in meat-from-air idea

One of the world’s largest agricultural commodity traders is pouring money into a startup making meat from elements of the air. Archer Daniels Midland Co., Barclays and Google’s venture capital unit are leading a $32 million series A funding for Air Protein. The Ca...
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Smithfield announces new management shakeup

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Smithfield Foods on Thursday unveiled a management shakeup as the world’s largest pork processor and its new chief executive deal with the ripple effects of a pandemic-led drop in restaurant meat consumption and coronavirus infections among U.S. wor...
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Delays at Calais hit pork exports as new Brexit controls start to bite

Delays in checking products at Calais are already causing problems for pork exports, according to the NPA.   The NPA has reported that, while there currently appear to be no significant issues on the Dover side, pork exporters are now experiencing delays at Calais because ...
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Danish Tican Fresh Meat A/S tests employees weekly to avoid halt in export to China

Danish Tican Fresh Meat A/S, pork producer and exporter of fresh and frozen pork, are weekly testing its employees for Covid-19 in an attempt to secure a regular export to China. The weekly testing was introduced after a small outbreak of Covid-19 amongst employees at the comp...
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Farmers drown out vegan campaign with pro meat messaging

A bevy of pro meat messages have been shared on social media and in the national press in a bid to combat anti-farming messages spread by Veganuary activists this month. Regenuary, an initiative set up by The Ethical Butcher, an online shop selling ethically sourced meats from...
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Halal abattoir applies to take over Tulip meat factory

Council bosses are being urged to make a quick decision to ensure the deal for the former Tulip Foods factory in Tipton can go ahead. Pak Mecca Limited is negotiating with the factory’s owners, Pilgrim’s Pride, to buy the land and existing buildings on George Henry Road to...
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China suspends imports from Brazil pork plant over coronavirus concerns

SAO PAULO/BEIJING, Jan 4 (Reuters) – China has suspended imports from a Brazilian pork plant operated by privately owned Aurora Alimentos over coronavirus concerns, according to a statement from a meat trade group on Monday. The Brazilian agriculture ministry confirmed t...
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Chinese supermarkets, consumers seek domestic meats to cut contamination risks

China’s meat imports have dwindled in recent months as concerns persist over the safety of imported cold-chain products, pushing up demand and prices for domestically-produced meat as Chinese customers seek safer alternatives.  According to data from China’s Gener...
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Sausages

Brexit: UK sausage makers face EU export ban

Raw sausages and other minced meats can no longer be exported to the EU from 1 January, according to new rules. The guidance is part of the post-Brexit trade deal agreed between the UK and the EU last week. Meat industry bodies attended a conference call with ministers on Tues...
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Karro owners announce acquisition of Irish cooked meats producer

The Eight Fifty Food Group, which owns pork processor Karro, has announced the acquisition of Irish food business Carroll’s Cuisine from Carlyle Cardinal Ireland (CCI) for an undisclosed fee. Carroll’s is a leading producer of cooked meats and convenience food in the Repu...
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Hong Kong

China meat association calls for exporters to disinfect shipments to prevent COVID-19

BEIJING (Reuters) -Chinese meat importers and processors have called on exporters in countries with COVID-19 outbreaks to step up checks on shipments before they are sent to the world’s biggest market, China’s top industry group said. “China has been importing a large qu...
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Chickens

Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from Korea and the UK

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in Hong Kong has suspended the imports of poultry meat and products including poultry eggs from certain areas in Korea and the UK. The decision was announced after a notification was released by ...
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Tasty burger

Unilever expands deal with Burger King to launch meat-free Whopper in Latin America, China

Unilever said today it had expanded its partnership with Burger King to supply its plant-based meat patties for Whopper burgers at restaurants in Latin America, the Caribbean and China.  The product, which will be called the Plant-based Whopper on menus, is made using patties...
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Red Tractor is urging farmers to engage

RED Tractor Assurance is urging farmers to engage in a consultation in January on how its farm standards should evolve. A consultation will open on January 5 2021 with proposals put forward on how the standards should look across the scheme’s six sectors; beef and lamb, poul...
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Lamb trade holds up as numbers fall after auctioneers’ warnings

Lower lamb numbers at auction marts helped support prices at UK auction marts, following auctioneers warnings export buyers would not be requiring lambs. It comes as more than 1,500 lorries are stuck in Kent waiting to leave the UK after France closed its borders due to fears ...
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Bestway Wholesale to acquire Costcutter; extends Co-op supply deal

Bestway Wholesale has announced it has agreed a deal to acquire Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) from Bibby Line Group for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition, which will complete on approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), will see Bestway Wholesale’s turn...
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Exporters step back from markets due to border chaos

Auction markets were expecting to feel the impact of border closures at sheep sales this week as demand drops for export weight lambs. On Sunday (December 20), France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours, meaning no lorries or ferries will sail from the port of Dover. Ted ...
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Calls for ‘orientation phase’ to iron out Brexit technicalities

An orientation phase to ‘iron out’ Brexit technicalities has been called for by the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). The phase, as part of final negotiations with the EU, would allow changes to be staggered throughout 2021 in a bid to avoid a ‘damaging shock�...
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Cull sow shipments cancelled due to Dover port closure

Already much-reduced shipments of cull sows have been cancelled due to the closure of Dover port, after France banned UK travellers and freight due to the new strain of COVID-19. France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours on Sunday, meaning no lorries or ferry passengers...
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France closes border to UK traffic – and exports

FRANCE has shut its borders to UK hauliers for 48 hours in response to the spread of the new coronavirus variant in south-east England. The English Channel is usually busy trade route at Christmas time, with fresh produce shipped back and forth in around 10,000 lorries a day t...
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Dog

Cranswick walks away from deal talks with Harringtons owner

Cranswick has withdrawn from talks to acquire pet food brand Inspired Pet Nutrition, the meat processor said in a brief statement on Thursday, without disclosing any reason. ‘Further to its announcement of 16 December 2020, the Board of Cranswick plc today confirms that ...
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Irish meat processors call for no-deal tariff supports

Irish meat processors call for no-deal tariff supports

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has emphasised the importance of the EU and UK, concluding a trade deal before the transition period ends on 31st December. It comes as the Farming Independent revealed on Tuesday that the Government had intensified plans to support the agriculture ...
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A closer look at Singapore’s imports

On the 10 December, the UK signed a free trade agreement with Singapore which maintains UK access to that market after the UK leaves the EU. In the year to October, imports of all product groups into Singapore increased, except dairy, which fell by a marginal 1% on the year. I...
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China releases 16,000 tonnes of pork from state reserves

China released 16,000 tonnes of pork from its central reserves on Thursday to increase supply for the upcoming New Year and Spring Festival holidays, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The ministry said that more frozen pork reserves would be released onto the market in du...
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China Sees New Surge in Pork Prices With Imports Under Scrutiny

(Bloomberg) — Pork prices have rebounded in China as demand strengthens before a major holiday season and supply tightens because of a virus-linked crackdown on imports. Wholesale pork prices jumped almost 6% in the first week of December from a week earlier to 41.98 yua...
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UK’s Cranswick in talks to buy Harringtons owner Inspired Pet Nutrition

(Reuters) – Cranswick Plc on Wednesday confirmed it was in talks to buy pet food brand Inspired Pet Nutrition as the meat processor looks to expand its dog food operations. The company, which houses brands like Simply Sausages, Woodall’s and Yorkshire Baker, said it in...
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Container trucks and shipping

Irish beef exports to China suspended since May

China ban has reduced the value of Irish 2020 beef exports by an estimated €60m. Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue has confirmed that Irish beef shipments to China have been suspended since an isolated case of atypical BSE was confirmed in Co Tipperary in mid-May. The...
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Scottish lamb producers face the Great Brexit unknown

WITH only two weeks to go until the end of the European Union exit transition period, Scotland’s sheepmeat sector is on tenterhooks. According to the latest market commentary by Quality Meat Scotland, the latest meeting between the UK Prime Minister and the European Commissi...
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How a New Zealand Meat Exporter Is Navigating the Pandemic

It’s tough enough maintaining a reliable domestic food supply chain during the coronavirus pandemic. Imagine, then, the challenge of managing one that stretches nearly 8,000 miles. Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s largest processor and marketer of livestock and red meat...
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NZ Lamb numbers up, despite a challenging year for farmers

Despite tough droughts and meat processing restrictions as a result of Covid-19, farmers have achieved a near record number of lambs this season. For every 100 ewes, an average of 130 lambs were born compared with an average of 124 over the prior 10 years, Beef and Lamb New Ze...
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High prices mean no-deal sheep compensation may not be needed, says Eustice

Defra Secretary George Eustice has said the current ‘buoyancy’ of the UK sheep market may mean the sector will not need to be compensated in the event of a no-deal Brexit. His comments came as the Prime Minister agreed with the EU to ‘go the extra mile’ and continue tr...
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China Sees New Surge in Pork Prices With Imports Under Scrutiny

(Bloomberg) — Pork prices have rebounded in China as demand strengthens before a major holiday season and supply tightens because of a virus-linked crackdown on imports. Wholesale pork prices jumped almost 6% in the first week of December from a week earlier to 41.98 yua...
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Flock of Sheep

Brexit: Lamb sector ‘contingency planning’ for UK

A four nations approach to “contingency planning” for the lamb sector is being discussed between the Welsh and UK governments. NFU Cymru has criticised a lack of no-deal planning, saying “implications haven’t been taken seriously”. The UK governme...
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Food Standards Agency extends shelf-life for chilled beef, pork and lamb

CHILLED MEAT has been granted an increased shelf life of 13 days following a UK-wide consultation. The Food Standards Association has revised its 10-day use-by rule for vacuum and modified atmosphere packed fresh beef, lamb and pork, in a move which is hoped will benefit both ...
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BMPA welcomes FSA’s revision to shelf-life guidance for meat products

The British Meat Processors Association has welcomed the decision by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to revise the guidance on fresh meat sell-by dates in line with the new scientific evidence. Following years of scientific research, it has been proven that use-by dates c...
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R J Balson and Son using Whatsapp to connect with customers this Christmas

BRITAIN’S oldest butcher is making use of modern technology to promote its Christmas meats in a secure, contact-free way. R J Balson and Son in Bridport is using the WhatsApp Business app to help sell turkeys and other produce. A QR code will be displayed on the shopfron...
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Germany continues talks with China over pork import bans

HAMBURG, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The German government is continuing intensive talks with China about relaxing import bans on German pork imposed after the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in the country this autumn, Germany’s agriculture ministry said on Thursday. Ch...
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Soaring pork exports buck downward trend for UK food and drink

Pork has bucked an otherwise declining trend within the UK food and drink sector to significantly increase export volumes so far this year.  In terms of export value, pork now lies fifth on the list of UK food and drink products, behind only whisky, chocolate salmon and chees...
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UK red meat sector faces ‘permanent change’ in new year

The UK red meat sector must prepare for ‘inevitable and permanent change’ from 1 January 2021, an industry body has warned. Concerns have been raised over a possible no-deal between the UK and the EU, and the possibility of WTO tariffs hitting key export markets ha...
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Pigs

Flush with cash, Chinese hog producer builds world’s largest pig farm

NANYANG, China (Reuters) – Behind the walls of a hulking industrial compound in rural China, top pig producer Muyuan Foods is trying to raise more hogs on a single site than any company in the world – a risky investment with deadly African swine fever lingering. Th...
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Burger

Nestle launches plant-based meats in China

Nestle SA is jumping into the fake-meat business in China, seeking to revive weakening sales there by grabbing market share in the world’s biggest pork-consuming nation. The Swiss company Wednesday introduced a range of plant-based meat alternatives in China under its Harves...
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How other nations are feasting on China’s beef with Australia

At the China International Import expo in Shanghai last month, the Argentinian Beef Association was ready to pounce on Australia’s misfortune. Argentina has maintained strong diplomatic relations with China since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Beijing sent to...
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Eustice refuses to offer support for local abattoir network

Defra Secretary George Eustice has been accused of ‘missing the point’ on slaughterhouse investment, after he suggested no local abattoir network policy was needed to accommodate Government plans for shorter livestock journeys. Last week, the Government launched an eight-w...
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Further increases for GB lamb

GB lamb prices rose yet again in the latest week. In the week ending 9 December, the GB liveweight NSL SQQ lifted by almost 2p to average 218.13p/kg. This measure is now 26p above the same week last year, and 44p above the five-year average. Total throughput at British auction...
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Plant & Bean ‘meat’ factory set to open in Lincolnshire

A vegan “meat” factory is set to open in Lincolnshire, creating up to 500 jobs. Plant & Bean said the 65-acre site in Boston would help meet an increased demand for plant-based products. The factory is due to open in the new year, and bosses said it would be Eu...
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‘Major change’: AHDB unveils 2021-2026 strategy

AHDB has unveiled its new five-year strategy with a focus on improving accountability, boosting export markets and farm business performance. The 2021-2026 strategy [PDF] lays out AHDB’s plans for the next five years as it embarks on a ‘major change’ to imp...
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Container port and shipping meat export

‘Resourcing crisis’ could hit exports after 1 Jan, industry warns

Farming groups have called for ‘urgent action’ from government as exporters of Products of Animal Origin face a ‘resourcing crisis’ after 1 January 2021. If outstanding issues are not resolved, 2021 export volumes could be reduced by up to half of curre...
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Flock of Sheep

China trade bans spread to big lamb exporters

Chinese trade sanctions have spread to lamb with two of Australia’s biggest exporters effectively banned from the industry’s biggest market. China is refusing to accept sheep meat from Australian Lamb Company and JBS Brooklyn after they were closed for short period...
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Beef imports to EU should be suspended in event of no-deal Brexit – IFA

The Irish Farmers Association has said that all beef imports into the European Union should be “suspended immediately” in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The IFA President, Tim Cullinan, said that the Mercosur Trade Agreement – which would allow for the impor...
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Small English Town Poised to Become Europe’s Fake-Meat Capital

(Bloomberg) — Surrounded by some of England’s most fertile farmland, the small town of Boston will become Europe’s fake-meat capital next month with the opening of a giant factory making plant-based burgers and sausages. Plant & Bean Ltd.’s new factory, the lar...
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China imports 775,000 tonnes of meat in November – customs

BEIJING, Dec 7 (Reuters) – China imported 775,000 tonnes of meat in November, customs data showed on Monday, slightly up from the prior month as buyers stocked up for the winter months, China’s peak demand season. Imports were up 1.8% from October’s 761,000 tonnes bu...
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Lamb revenue boosted by almost £2.5m thanks to nationwide campaign

A six-week campaign to encourage British shoppers to Make It with lamb has generated an additional £2.45million in sales, new data has revealed. A collective effort between Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) England, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Hybu Cig...
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Welsh beef and lamb ‘among lowest greenhouse gas emissions’

WELSH lamb and beef producers have the potential to be some of the most sustainable meat farming systems in the world, according to researchers. A study from Bangor University found Welsh sheep and beef farms using non-intensive methods have among the lowest greenhouse gas emi...
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Abattoir

China suspends importation of more Australian beef as trade battle escalates

China has suspended the importation of more Australian beef, this time from Meramist Pty Ltd, the sixth supplier to face such a move in a country that is one of China’s main meat suppliers. China made the decision yesterday but did not provide a reason. It has already ba...
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Brexit: Lambs to the slaughter

Brexit talks have been passed back to negotiators, with little sign of progress from the UK and EU leadership, and with no deal getting worryingly close for exporters. Sheep meat is one sector facing particularly high tariffs – put there to protect British and other Euro...
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Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from areas in Germany and Japan

Hong Kong Government press release The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (December 7) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Japanese authorities about outbreaks of highl...
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Bird flu outbreak confirmed at second Norfolk turkey farm

A turkey farm near King’s Lynn has become Norfolk’s second confirmed case of bird flu within 24 hours. Animal health officials have confirmed the highly-pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza in rearing turkeys at a premises between Gayton and East Winch. Defr...
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China’s coronavirus testing rules for frozen meats give importers a chill

Companies report already-low margins are being squeezed further as they comply with stricter requirements, despite WHO advice Cases of imports contaminated with the virus continue to pile up and Chinese officials are taking no chances China has pressed ahead with coronavirus t...
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GB lamb prices strengthen

Both liveweight and deadweight GB lamb prices rose in the latest week. In the week ending 2 December, the GB liveweight NSL SQQ rose by 2.4p to average 216.2p/kg. The measure continues to run well above historic prices, being up 22.6p on last year’s price and up 40.6p on ...
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China’s meat imports could plunge next year

China’s vigorous testing of all inbound frozen food shipments for virus risk, as well as the recovery in domestic hog numbers, could cause meat imports to plunge as much as 30% next year. Long and cumbersome testing procedures increase the risks for meat importers, prompting...
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Calls for investment in abattoir network after live export ban consultation launched

Industry bodies have called for heavy investment in a local abattoir network after the Government launched a consultation on banning live exports. Defra Secretary George Eustice said the move would ‘strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader on animal welfare’, but t...
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BVA anticipates tough times ahead for UK vets

The UK veterinary profession is facing a tough future with Covid, Brexit, and exotic disease all taking their toll, according to a new report from the British Veterinary Association (BVA). The report assesses the readiness of the UK and raises serious questions around veteri...
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Another challenging week as pork plant capacity remains under pressure

Last week proved to be another challenging one with kill capacities still below the norm, and little opportunity to process the typical throughputs for this time of year, according to Thames Valley Cambac. “This meant that the slaughter pig backlog increased again, with seri...
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Prime cattle prices lift once more

The prime cattle market continued to climb in the most recent week. In the week ending 28 November, the GB all prime average stood at 374.8p/kg, up on the previous week by 1.5p. This measure is now 48p above the price achieved for the same week last year, and around 27p above ...
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GB pig prices drop back further

In the week ending 28 November, the EU-spec SPP dropped back by 1.87p to average 152.02p/kg. This now puts prices 7.52p below this time last year. Estimated throughput is down on the previous week by 5,100 head to total 173,000 head. This is another very low throughput for the...
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British Pig & Poultry Fair put back until 2022

The next British Pig & Poultry Fair will take place in May 2022, rather than May 2021 as had been provisionally planned.  Following the cancellation of the 2020 event due to COVID-19, provisional dates for were announced for May 2021. But in an update on Friday, Alice Be...
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Live animal exports to be banned in England and Wales

Live animal exports to be banned in England and Wales

Sending live animals abroad for slaughter will be banned in England and Wales under new government plans. Environment Secretary George Eustice said the ban could be in force by the end of 2021 in a post-Brexit break from EU trade rules. The RSPCA welcomed the move, saying it w...
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Groups call for Covid vaccine priority for meat workers

Key workers in the meat industry should have priority access to Covid-19 vaccinations given the importance of the UK food chain, industry groups have said. A letter has been sent to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, urging government to place key workers in ...
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Singapore approves sale of lab-grown meat in world first

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore has given U.S. start-up Eat Just the greenlight to sell its lab-grown chicken meat, in what the firm says is the world’s first regulatory approval for so-called clean meat that does not come from slaughtered animals. The meat, to be sold...
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New Zealand red meat exports drop

The value of New Zealand red meat exports dropped 18% in October compared to the previous year. The market analysis, by the Meat Industry Association, also showed that sheepmeat exports fell by 25%. A 14% fall in the value of beef exports was also reported. Exports and co-prod...
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Australia: Qatar moves to shut down $300m lamb trade after strip search row

Qatar has taken steps to shut down the $300 million-a-year lamb trade with Australia in the latest blow to farmers and meat processors already suffering from China import bans. In what some see as another retaliatory blow linked to culturally insensitive diplomacy, Qatar has a...
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BVA welcome for Scottish abattoir CCTV

The BVA has welcomed new legislation in Scotland that will make CCTVs compulsory in the country’s abattoirs. Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament on 11 November and will come into force on 1 July 2021. Introduction of CCTV coverage in slaughterhouses has been ...
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Red meat sales beef up as more shoppers turn to local butchers

Sales of Scottish red meat through butchers are up by a fifth, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Analysis from the levy body reveals red meat sales through butcher shops are growing faster than the market average. QMS said butchers were experiencing a 21.7% increase in...
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German minister urges meatpackers to work overtime to clear farm backlog

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Germany’s agriculture minister called on Friday for slaughterhouses and meatpackers to work at weekends and on public holidays to deal with a backlog of animals that has built up on farms during the coronavirus crisis. Industry estimates are that 59...
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Saudi Arabia has suspended Turkish meat imports – Turkish union

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia formally suspended imports of meat, eggs and other products from Turkey earlier this month, the Turkish exporters’ union said, after a months-long informal boycott of Turkish goods over political tensions between the two regional rival...
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Steak out: China’s coronavirus testing chokes beef trade

BEIJING (Reuters) – In a supermarket in downtown Beijing, refrigerator shelves normally filled with steak from around the world sit empty as tougher testing for the novel coronavirus creates supply bottlenecks and raises prices for importers. Fresh supplies of beef won�...
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Chinese beef imports rise as consumer tastes evolve

Chinese imports of beef have recorded impressive growth this year. In the year to September, China imported 1.57 million tonnes of fresh and frozen beef, according to Chinese government statistics. This is almost 40% more than the same period in the previous year. This is a...
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78 meat factory workers test positive for Covid-19

Health officials are investigating after 78 workers at a meat processing plant in Aberdeenshire tested positive for Covid-19. NHS Grampian does not believe the cluster of cases at the Kepak McIntosh Donald in Portlethen has spread beyond the plant, but testing of 200 employees...
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Covid-19 outbreak at Kepak meat processing factory, Bodmin

ADDITIONAL testing is to be carried out on staff after an outbreak of Covid 19 at a Cornish meat processing plant. Public Health England (PHE) South West and Cornwall Council say they are aware of a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Kepak meat processing factory, Bodmin...
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Australian Lamb and mutton price gap closes in

Elevated mutton prices off the back of heavy demand coinciding with easing lamb prices has seen the price relationship between the two edge closer. Last week the National Mutton Indicator and the National Lamb Indicator (NTLI) moved closer together with mutton sitting just 17 ...
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China reports 22 new coronavirus cases as Tianjin flags ‘pig head’ link

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China recorded 22 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 23, up from 11 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said, while an official from the city of Tianjin said two confirmed cases this month caught the virus from pig heads from North America. ...
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‘Very stressful’: COVID-19 surge slices U.S. demand for big Thanksgiving turkeys

CHICAGO (Reuters) – All summer, Greg Gunthorp slaughtered and froze 15- to 24-pound turkeys on his northeastern Indiana farm for Thanksgiving sales to retailers, restaurants and families across the Midwest. But as surging COVID-19 cases prompted U.S. cities and states to...
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Taiwan voices confidence in trade deal with new U.S. government

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s foreign minister voiced confidence on Saturday that the incoming government of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would support a long sought-after bilateral trade agreement, following high level economic talks with the outgoing administration. ...
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China to remain pork importer for 4-5 years – Danish Crown CEO

COPENHAGEN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The world’s top pork consumer China is likely to remain an importer of the meat for up to five years as new outbreaks of African swine fever delays attempts to restore pig production, head of Europe’s biggest pork producer said on Thurs...
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China’s irritated trade partners push back on coronavirus food tests

BEIJING/GENEVA (Reuters) – Major food-producing countries are growing increasingly frustrated with China’s scrutiny of imported products and are calling on it to stop aggressive testing for the coronavirus, which some say is tantamount to a trade restriction. China say...
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Vaccine could keep meat supply chain rolling

The British Meat Processing Association makes its case for meat processing workers to be front of the queue for COVID-19 vaccine. The world has been buoyed in recent weeks by the results of late-stage trials of vaccines against COVID-19, which have indicated strong immune resp...
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Brexit: NI farmers support all-Ireland beef status bid

Northern Ireland farmers have insisted their beef should be included in an all-Ireland bid for special EU status. It is to be asked to approve special recognition for beef which is raised on grass. It is what is known as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and is a prize...
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Exploring benefits of pasture-raised beef and lamb

New Zealanders will be invited to take part in a major research programme to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of eating pasture-raised beef and lamb, compared to alternatives. Approximately 100 people will be monitored in two ground-breaking clinical studies, led by re...
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GB finished pig prices have recorded another week of decline in the week ending 14 November. The EU-spec SPP fell by 1.29p on the week to average 154.05p/kg. This puts the measure almost 4.3p below the same week in the previous year. The price for carcases 70.0-104.9kg al...
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Beyond Meat launches plant-based minced pork in China

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Beyond Meat is launching a plant-based version of China’s favorite meat. The California-based company unveiled its latest product on Wednesday: meatless minced “pork.” The new product is intended to mimic the taste of the popular filli...
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Belgian Meat Office: The Philippines Lift Ban on Importing European Pork from Belgium

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On 26 October, the Philippine Government published a memorandum order to lift the temporary ban on the importation of domestic pigs and their products from Belgium. The order took immediate effect. Just over two years after the ASF ...
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Sheep farmers need EU trade deal, says Conservative MP

Getting a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union is “very important to sheep farming”, a Tory MP has said. Former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb said agricultural communities would not be “satisfied” if the transition period ended without an agre...
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Covid cases confirmed at Scotbeef meat plant

Operations were paused at one of the country’s main meat processing plants earlier this week after a number of its staff tested positive for Covid-19. Scotbeef confirmed the cases at its Bridge of Allan plant and said a phased return to getting the facility up and running wa...
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Ag Bill secures fairer share of red meat levy for GB nations

Changes to the distribution of the GB red meat levy will be implemented next year, with Scotland and Wales receiving more than £1m from English abattoirs. The passing of the Agriculture Bill has helped secure a fairer share of the red meat levy for England, Scotland and Wales...
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Pigs

Pig farming in Croatia under threat

ZAGREB, Nov 17 (Hina) – The Croatian association of pig farmers (HUPS) on Tuesday warned that the import of pigs and pork of suspect quality and health safety at dumping prices is continuing, which poses a major threat to pig farming in Croatia. “The pig market in Croatia ...
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Meat from plants: Could animal proteins grown in GM crops be used to make burgers?

Using a genetic engineering technique known as molecular farming, believes it can leverage the scale of production of crop farming to create animal proteins more cost effectively than other forms of cellular agriculture – like cultured meat – can do today. The technique, ...
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New Zealand’s Ardern says no COVID on meat exports; checking Chinese claims

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she was confident no meat products were exported from the country with COVID-19, after Chinese authorities said they had detected coronavirus on its frozen beef products. The Chinese city of ...
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Hong Kong suspends Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Russia, Netherlands and UK

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (November 16) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Khanty-Mansi Autonomou...
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Tyson Foods announces plans to expand poultry processing in Europe

Tyson Foods has announced plans to build new production facilities in China and Thailand, and expand its facility in the Netherlands. The latest expansions, adding over 100,000 metric tons of fully cooked poultry capacity, build on the company’s global growth strategy. “Gl...
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Scottish meat company enjoys online sales boost during lockdown

A massive increase in online sales has helped one of Scotland’s leading meat suppliers weather the coronavirus pandemic. Campbell’s Prime Meat, which is one of Scotland’s biggest suppliers of meat direct to hotels, restaurants and caterers, reported a 350% increase in on...
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China finds coronavirus on frozen beef, tripe from various countries

BEIJING (Reuters) – The eastern Chinese city of Jinan said it has found the new coronavirus on beef and tripe, and on packaging for these products, from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia as China ramps up testing on frozen foods. The importers were a unit of Guotai Interna...
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Heavy lambs lose £5-£10 as lockdown 2 hits

Catering outlet closures hit heavy lamb prices at the start of the week as the sheep sector faced a second national lockdown and market disruption. Monday’s heavy lamb values slipped 9.8p/kg on the week for 45.6-52kg offerings and 52kg-plus lots were back 20-25p/kg to below ...
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Deadweight lamb prices show promise whilst liveweight drop back

Liveweight lamb prices dropped back slightly over the last week. The GB liveweight NSL SQQ price averaged 204.79p/kg for the week ending 11 November. Liveweight lamb prices are down nearly 5p on the previous week, however they are still up 17p on the same week last year. Durin...
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Russian pig meat exports soar on back of strong production growth

Russian exports of pig meat (incl. offal) have continued to perform well this year, reflecting the growth in production.  Russian exports between January and August totalled 143,300 tonnes, 80% more than the same period in the previous year. The nation has gained access ...
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McDonald’s to launch plant-based burger next year

McDonald’s is the latest fast food giant to capitalise on the plant-based market after it announced its first ever vegan burger will be sold from 2021. McDonald’s, which has over 38,000 stores worldwide, is launching the ‘McPlant’ burger to cater to the...
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China finds coronavirus on packaging of Brazilian beef

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese city of Wuhan said on Friday it had detected the novel coronavirus on the packaging of a batch of Brazilian beef, as it ramped up testing of frozen foods this week as part of a nationwide campaign. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission sai...
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Meat Counter

Electric nose sniffs out freshness of meat

A team of scientists led by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore have invented an artificial olfactory system that mimics the mammalian nose and aims to assess the freshness of meat. The ‘electric nose’ (e-nose) comprises a ‘barcode’ that reacts with gases...
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China’s Appetite For Meat Continues To Strengthen

Despite the impact of COVID-19 and African swine fever, China’s appetite for meat is showing no sign of slowing down. The country is the world’s largest consumer of meat by some margin, with citizens expected to eat 40.3 million metric tons of pork in 2020, according t...
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Premium Meat processor reports a €1.29m loss for 2019 and ‘notable reduction’ in some trading activity due to Covid 19

A meat processing group co-owned by ABP recorded a pre-tax loss of €1.29m last year after a drop in revenues. New consolidated accounts for the Slaney Foods and Irish Country Meats businesses show that Wexford Beef & Lamb Unlimited Company (WBL) recorded a pre-tax loss o...
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Beef exports take a €70m hit from Covid restrictions in EU markets

Irish beef shipments to key European markets have been severely impacted by Covid-19, with export volumes to some prime markets back as much as 20pc. Stark figures from Bord Bia for the first eight months of this year show a sharp decline in exports of beef to the UK, France, ...
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UK ban imposed on freight drivers who have been in Denmark over past 14 days

The Government has banned freight drivers who have been in or passed through Denmark in the last 14 days, following the emergence of a new strain of coronavirus in mink in the the country. The announcement follows the release of further information from health authorities i...
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UK beef self-sufficiency and impacts of Brexit

In 2019, the UK was 86% self-sufficient for Beef. This was an increase of 6% on the previous year due to a combination of increased production and reduced consumption. More beef needed to be exported to balance the market. With self-sufficiency at this level, the UK is of cour...
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Nestle uses insect protein in Purina pet food

LONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) – Nestle’s Purina brand is launching a line of pet food using insects, as the world’s biggest food group tests more environmentally sustainable protein sources. The move addresses a trend of people seeking more eco-friendly or allergen-free di...
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McDonald’s to debut ‘McPlant’ in 2021

(Reuters) – Burger chain McDonald’s Corp on Monday decided to debut a line of plant-based meat alternatives called “McPlant” in 2021, including a patty that Beyond Meat subsequently said it helped co-create. “Beyond Meat and McDonald’s co-created t...
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Backlog on farms ‘inevitable’ as COVID problems curtail processing

A backlog of pigs on farms is inevitable as pork processing factories continue to face problems with COVID-19, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  Significant problems were experienced last week at two large plants, while others had kills curtailed sharply, as the supply cha...
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Reduced kills at pork plants becoming a concern in run-up to Christmas

The state of the market is now more about movement of volume rather than price, according to Thames Valley Cambac.  Alongside the partial closure of Cranswick’s Watton site due to COVID-19, there are a growing number of reduced kills at other plants. At a time of year whe...
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Coronavirus outbreak infects staff at south Shropshire abattoir

Euro Quality Lambs, which employs around 100 staff in Craven Arms, confirmed eight of its employees had tested positive for coronavirus over the last two weeks. The Dale Street-based abattoir said a further 18 people were tested as a precaution and returned negative tests. Riz...
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Taiwan bans importation of Japan poultry on reports of bird flu

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Taiwan has removed Japan from its list of countries free of avian influenza and banned the import of poultry products from that country, after an outbreak was confirmed on a farm there, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHI...
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Covid: 256 workers at Cranswick Country Foods test positive

More than 250 workers have tested positive for Covid-19 after an outbreak at a meat processing plant, a director of public health has said. Around 1,000 staff at Cranswick County Foods at Watton in Norfolk have now been tested for the virus. Norfolk County Council director of ...
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Mixed bag for GB lamb prices

In the week ending 4 November, the GB NSL liveweight SQQ price jumped by over 10p to average 209.55p/kg. The measure currently stands at nearly 32p above last year’s price and nearly 42p above the five-year average for the time of year. Total lamb throughput at British auct...
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3,500 jobs to go as Sainsbury’s axes meat, fish and deli counters

The grocer said the closure of the counters is part of efforts to ‘better reflect customer demand’ and will save the business around £60 million. Sainsbury’s has said it will cut around 3,500 jobs as part of plans to permanently close all its meat, fish and deli counter...
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African swine fever confirmed in second German state

African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in a second German state, Saxony, in the district of Görlitz, close to the Polish border. By November 1, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute had confirmed 123 cases, all in wild boar. Domestic pig herds in Germany are still free of AS...
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Foot and mouth disease outbreak spreads in Namibia

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Foot and mouth disease-prone Namibia has been hit by another outbreak of the highly contagious disease a month after it was detected in the north of the country, the ministry of agriculture said on Wednesday. The disease, which does not affect humans...
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Denmark reverses ‘two meat-free days a week’ policy

Denmark has reversed its stance on imposing two meat-free days a week in state canteens, with the government now saying it is up to individual workplaces whether they want to introduce it or not. Officials had planned to introduce two vegetarian days a week in the canteens, al...
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U.S., Vietnam sign $500 million deal to form ‘Pork Consortium’

HANOI (Reuters) – The Vietnam Trade Alliance, a grouping of buyers and producers, signed a pact on Wednesday to buy up to $500 million worth of American pork over three years, the U.S. embassy in Hanoi said on Wednesday. A memorandum of understanding called a “U.S.-Vie...
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Beef and lamb producers share fears over no-deal Brexit trade tariffs

Red meat exporters in Wales say they are ready for Brexit – but are still worried about tariffs. Lamb and beef exporters in Wales are as prepared as they can be for new paperwork and administration at the end of the Brexit transition period. But they are very concerned about...
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Veggie Burgers Can Be Called Burgers, European Parliament Says

The European Parliament came together Friday to vote on a variety of issues, including whether a veggie burger is a burger. Farmer lobbyists argued no. Environmentalists said yes. The Parliament said yes, too, in a decisive vote against a measure that would ban plant-based m...
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Germany takes extra slice of EU pork sales after Asian ban

HAMBURG/LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s meat processors are sending pork chops and bacon previously earmarked for Asia to supermarkets across the European Union after China, South Korea and Japan banned German imports due to an outbreak of African Swine Fever in w...
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China sets 95% self-sufficiency target for pig meat

A document recently released by the Chinese Government highlights their ambitions for food security in livestock sectors. The nation is now aiming to produce 95% of its pig meat demand domestically, achieved through a rapid rebuilding of its pig herd following the ASF epid...
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Chinese pork imports skyrocket, but it may be short lived

Global pork demand rebounded following Covid-19 disruption in most geographies, yet supply remains constrained in many Asian markets, senior analyst of animal protein Rabobank, Christine McCracken has reported. The imbalance continues to support strong export demand from the r...
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High lambing rates boost Scottish lamb crop

Productivity improvements have boosted the Scottish lamb crop in 2020 with the Scottish Government’s June census for 2020 indicating a lamb crop almost 70,000 head higher than last year. “Scotland’s lamb crop now sits at just over 3.32m, an increase of 2.1 per cent,” s...
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NZ meat exports at risk

Nearly half of NZ’s meat exports are at risk unless there is urgent action by government to allow migrant workers to stay in New Zealand. That’s the warning from NZ’s meat processing sector organisation the Meat Industry Association (MIA). It claims meat processing and e...
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China pork production shows signs of recovery

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s third-quarter pork production rose 18% from a year earlier to 8.4 million tonnes, according to Reuters calculations based on official data, pointing to the first signs of recovery in the world’s top producer. It was the first quarter since...
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Making a meal of it – England’s pubs ponder pasties to beat lockdown curbs

LONDON (Reuters) – Pub owners across England’s COVID-19 hotspots were on Tuesday pondering a question that could decide if they survive or sink due to the coronavirus lockdown – when is a pub a pub, and when does it become a restaurant? The question has sparked a...
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Pilgrim’s Pride strikes plea deal over U.S. chicken price-fixing charges

(Reuters) – U.S. poultry company Pilgrim’s Pride Corp said on Wednesday it will pay a $110.5 million fine after striking a plea deal with the Justice Department over price-fixing charges on chicken products. The guilty plea makes Pilgrim’s Pride, mostly owned...
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BBC admits meat documentary breached impartiality guidelines

A controversial BBC programme which blamed livestock production for climate change has been pulled off iPlayer after the broadcaster admitted it breached impartiality guidelines. The NFU issued a complaint to the BBC over inaccuracy and bias in its hour-long documentary ‘M...
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Coronavirus continues to impact Australian lamb market

The Coronavirus continues to impact on Australia’s lamb market as consumer demand remains uncertain, particularly in export markets, according to Rural Bank’s commodity insights update released this week. Tony Williams, Rural Bank’s Regional Manager Agribusin...
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Carbon tax ‘unfair’ hit on Welsh beef cattle

Plans to impose a £100 carbon tax on prime beef cattle finished later than 27 months old could result in the phasing out of important traditional breeds that play an important role in managing Wales’ hills and uplands. The industry body, the National Beef Association (NBA),...
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Norway is faced with a lack of pork ribs so tariffs on imported pork are being cut

From Tuesday, tariffs on pork will be reduced as the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to greater demand. According to Nortura – a Norwegian agricultural cooperative that operates slaughterhouses and other processing plants related to meat – more ribs will be imported t...
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Brazil keen to show EU-Mercosur accord still has support in Europe

Brazilian Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said Portugal favors swift approval of the trade agreement between the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur as she visited Lisbon, according to a statement late on Monday. “We remain committed so that t...
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Scotch Beef misses out on historic day

Scottish beef farmers have missed out on having their produce included in the first export of UK beef to the United States in 20 years. When American chefs, butchers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and members of the press sit down to samples of sirloin and topside mini ...
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CLA issues warning about impact of a no-deal on lamb sector

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has issued a stark warning this week to the Government on the impact that a no-deal would have on Britain’s competitiveness in EU agricultural markets. The CLA, which represents 30,000 rural businesses in England and Wales, say...
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Drought shrinks NZ flock and lamb crop

The New Zealand national flock shrank by 2% in the year to 30 June, according to the latest stock survey by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ). Much of the fall was due to lower numbers of hoggets, which decreased by 8% to 8.4 million head. This was mostly due to many farmers d...
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‘Dangerous’ for UK sheep sector to be so heavily reliant on EU market, warns Truss

Trade Secretary Liz Truss has warned it is ‘dangerous’ for the UK sheep sector to be so heavily reliant on the EU market for lamb exports. The Minister said she thought it was important from a resilience perspective for the UK to open up new markets for British lamb. “Cu...
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After softening in recent weeks, prime cattle prices remained steady in the week ending the 3 October. The GB all prime average deadweight cattle price stood at 367.5p/kg, up 0.5p on the week before. Despite the recent declines, prices remain high compared to last year, up 45p...
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Chinese wholesale pork prices fall despite decision to ban German imports

Despite China now no longer accepting German pork after African Swine Fever has been detected in Germany’s pig herd, the Asian country’s wholesale pork prices have fallen according to the latest numbers from  the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. Estimates indicate that ...
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NI beef processors place hope in US to replace ‘lost’ Canadian market

Meat processors in Northern Ireland are hoping newly-cleared access to the US could replace sales to the Canadian market, should access be lost following the UK’s Brexit completion. Two Northern Ireland processers are among the first from the UK to be approved for access to ...
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The first lab-grown meat for sale could come from this Singapore startup that’s re-creating shrimp

SINGAPORE —  In an industrial corner of Singapore, multiplying steadily in bioreactors heated precisely to 82 degrees, real shrimp meat is being grown from samples of the crustacean’s microscopic cells. Fed a nutrient-rich soup meant to mimic its diet in the wild, a sing...
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