FQAS inspections to resume from June, says LMC
May27

FQAS inspections to resume from June, says LMC

The Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (FQAS) Industry Board has agreed to resume inspections from 8th June 2020, conditional on strict adherence to an inspections Covid-19 protocol. Speaking following the announcement, LMC chief executive and FQAS Board chairman Ian Stevenson said, “The production of safe wholesome food is an essential service and FQAS is a critical part of this.  Our beef and lamb supply...

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Meat eating up during lockdown
May26

Meat eating up during lockdown

The number of people eating more meat has doubled since February, according to research from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and carried out by YouGov. The research found that the amount of meat eaten since February increased from 7% to 14%. Figures also show that 71% of consumers trust farmers and agree they are doing a good job ensuring food production continues during the pandemic. However, the industry’s...

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New figures reveal fall in lamb exports as Covid-19 disruption hits meat industry
May26

New figures reveal fall in lamb exports as Covid-19 disruption hits meat industry

Newly-released trade figures from HM Revenue and Customs show that the volume of sheepmeat exported from the UK in the first quarter of 2020 was 15% lower than last year, entirely thanks to a 40% fall in March as coronavirus lockdowns came into effect. Exports fell from 8,748 tonnes in March last year to 5,237 in 2020, cancelling out a positive January and February for the sheep sector. This is due to the closure of foodservice...

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Dawn Meats to recommence patty production at Carrolls Cross
May21

Dawn Meats to recommence patty production at Carrolls Cross

Dawn Meats has announced that processing of beef at its dedicated facility at Carrolls Cross, Waterford, for McDonald’s outlets across Europe is to recommence on 25th May. The company says this is welcome news for the employees concerned, the wider Irish beef sector and for Irish beef farmers. The plant ceased production for McDonald’s on the 18th March, so for more than two months the plant has remained inactive. Dawn was able to...

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Impact of Covid-19 on NZ red meat sector
May19

Impact of Covid-19 on NZ red meat sector

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has provided an update on how COVID-19 is affecting New Zealand’s red meat sector and international trade. Its report is reproduced in full here: “Despite market disruption as a result of Covid-19, the sector’s exports have continued, surpassing NZ$1billion in March – a record for monthly exports. This robust performance has been underpinned by strong trade networks and customer relationships,...

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Irish workers’ union calls for meat industry coronavirus taskforce
May19

Irish workers’ union calls for meat industry coronavirus taskforce

The Irish Servers, Industrial, Professional, and Technical Union (SIPTU) has called for a specific coronavirus taskforce to be setup to investigate the spread of the virus in a number of meat processing plants. SIPTU manufacturing division organiser, Greg Ennis, has called for the immediate creation of a ‘Farm to Fork’ team to deal with the spread of Covid-19, with more than 600 cases of the virus reported in plants across the...

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