Sparks fly as SBA calls for immediate rise in farm gate prices
Aug08

Sparks fly as SBA calls for immediate rise in farm gate prices

Sparks flew at the Scottish Beef Association (SBA) AGM in Stirling last week as beef producers and finishers pointed the finger directly at the lack of competition between processors, and the lack of promotion within the retail sector for the Scotch brand, as the reason for the continued drop in finished beef prices. Commercial cattle are back close to £200 on the year, while scheme cattle such as Aberdeen Angus are back close to...

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Perfect storm of supply and demand for farm gate beef prices
Aug08

Perfect storm of supply and demand for farm gate beef prices

The recent collapse in the farm gate beef price has caused great consternation in the industry and prompted producers to call on the processing industry to take on some of the responsibility. BMPA’s chief executive, Nick Allen talked to Meat Management to give his view on all the factors up and down the supply chain that are creating a perfect storm for beef prices. Falling demand “Any agricultural commodity price issue...

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MPs vote leaves confusion and chaos
Mar14

MPs vote leaves confusion and chaos

MPs inflicted two defeats on Theresa May at Westminster last night, rejecting the idea of Britain leaving the EU without a deal and clearing the way for Brexit to be delayed. The Prime Minister said there was a clear majority against a no-deal Brexit, but that the legal default was still that the UK would leave without a deal on 29th March, if no deal is reached. Parliament will now get a vote on delaying Brexit and that vote will...

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Isolated BSE outbreak confirmed in Scotland
Oct18

Isolated BSE outbreak confirmed in Scotland

A case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and The Animal Health Agency (APHA) has confirmed it is now investigating the source of the outbreak. In line with the normal disease prevention response plan, precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, while further investigations to identify the origin of the disease occur. This is standard procedure...

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China lifts ban on exports of British beef
Jun27

China lifts ban on exports of British beef

China has lifted its longstanding ban on exports of beef from the UK, in a landmark move for British producers estimated to be worth £250 million in the first five years alone. This is more than 20 years after the Chinese government first imposed the ban in the wake of the BSE outbreak. The milestone is said to be the culmination of several years of site inspections and negations between UK and Chinese government officials. China is...

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Russell Hume investigation continues
Jan29

Russell Hume investigation continues

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered meat supplier Russell Hume to stop all production at its plants and detain all products, while JD Wetherspoon and Jamie Oliver restaurants have confirmed the cancellation of their contracts with the business.  Wetherspoon reintroduced sirloin steak, rump steak and gammon steak in its 900 pubs across the UK and the Republic of Ireland on 30th January, after they were taken off the menu on the...

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