Brexit deal agreed with EU negotiators
Oct17

Brexit deal agreed with EU negotiators

A deal has been agreed on Brexit between EU and UK negotiating teams in time before a meeting of European leaders. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted saying: ‘We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.’ However, the Northern Ireland DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it. In an earlier statement it confirmed that DUP could not back proposals as things stand. Following the PM’s...

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Prime lamb prices remain subdued
Oct11

Prime lamb prices remain subdued

Although very similar to 2017, prime lamb prices continue to trail last year’s levels by 8%, according to the latest market analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). The number of lambs slaughtered in the UK between May and the end of August was up nearly 5%, reflecting the effect of weather on lamb production in 2018 compared to 2019.  Auction market throughputs through September continue to run ahead of last year. This extra volume...

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Scotland’s beef and lamb exports top £82 million
Oct08

Scotland’s beef and lamb exports top £82 million

The value of beef and lamb exports from Scotland has increased to over £82 million in the past year, according to the results of the annual exporters’ survey conducted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Speaking at Anuga food and beverage fair in Cologne, Germany, Kate Rowell, chair of QMS, revealed that Scotland’s exports of red meat increased in value by 9% in the year ending July 2019. During a reception held on the QMS stand, Mrs...

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NPA calls for urgent review of damaging no deal pork tariffs
Sep24

NPA calls for urgent review of damaging no deal pork tariffs

The NPA has called on the Government to ditch its current no deal tariff proposals for pork, which, as they stand, could force UK producers out of business and export more of our pig production abroad. In a letter to Defra Secretary Theresa Villiers, NPA chairman Richard Lister expresses ‘grave concerns’ about the tariffs that would apply on imported pork if we leave the EU without a deal and calls for an ‘urgent review’. Under the...

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NFU wants answers from government with 50 days to Brexit
Sep11

NFU wants answers from government with 50 days to Brexit

With 50 days until Brexit, and the threat of no-deal remaining in place, there are 50 vital questions the NFU says the Government must answer to provide certainty for the future of British food and farming. The questions cover issues surrounding trade and welfare standards, taxes on imports and exports, immigration policy, additional red tape, and what will happen to farm payment rules when the UK is no longer part of the Common...

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Brexit developments so far…industry reaction
Sep09

Brexit developments so far…industry reaction

It has been another week of extraordinary politics in the UK over Brexit. With the prospect of a no deal scenario to be outlawed in law the Prime Minster has now suggested he is open to an all-Ireland food standards zone to replace the backstop. The Prime Minister held his first meeting with the Taoiseach (Irish PM) in Dublin today prior to the suspension of Parliament from tonight until the 14th October, following a vote on holding...

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