Strong start to the year for red meat exports
Aug19

Strong start to the year for red meat exports

Exports of red meat and offal from the UK have enjoyed a strong start to the year with shipments surpassing 300,000 tonnes – up 13% on 2018. According to the latest HMRC figures, more than £711 million worth of beef, lamb and pork products were shipped around the world in the first six months of the year. This is a rise of 8% compared to last year, when red meat exports stood at £658 million. Figures show exports of pork and pig meat...

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‘Meat with Integrity’ radio ads set to reach over 1.8 million consumers

Over 1.8 million Scottish consumers are set to hear the Scottish red meat industry’s positive sustainability and animal welfare credentials in a new radio campaign launched next week by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Two ‘meet the farmer’ adverts as well as a ‘meet the butcher’ advert will run across seven regional Bauer Radio shows to support QMS’s “Meat with Integrity” campaign, which launched at the end of July. Each 40 second farmer...

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Union calls for greater origin labelling on processed beef
Aug14

Union calls for greater origin labelling on processed beef

Improved country of origin labelling (COOL) on processed beef products is needed to allow shoppers to support Scottish farmers and crofters. In a letter to the Defra Minister George Eustice, NFU Scotland has made it clear that shoppers must have the ability to identify where the beef they are buying comes from, whether fresh or processed. Scottish beef farmers and crofters have specifically raised the issue of origin labelling on...

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Range of factors affecting prime cattle prices
Aug12

Range of factors affecting prime cattle prices

Although prime cattle producers have seen prices firm slightly in the week ending August 3rd, prices are still 8.5% below last year, according to the latest market analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). One of the contributing factors behind the current downturn in the cattle market is the general increase in supply of recent years. “Defra figures show that once UK production has been adjusted for international trade flows, the...

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Red meat industry cannot be used as scapegoat in climate change discussion
Aug09

Red meat industry cannot be used as scapegoat in climate change discussion

The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) claims that the solution to climate change is a lot more complex than reducing red meat intake and something that all sectors should claim collective responsibility for. “Recent coverage of this latest UN report depicts animal agriculture as a key problem in the climate change discussion, however, when compared to other sectors in countries such as the UK, its emissions are...

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Industry reaction to IPCC report
Aug09

Industry reaction to IPCC report

In response to the IPCC report on land use across the world and its impact on the climate, NFU president Minette Batters said: “Having gone through the report in detail, it is clear that the IPCC recognises the important role animal products play in a balanced diet, and when produced in sustainably in low greenhouse gas emission systems is actually part of the solution to climate change. “It is therefore incredibly frustrating to see...

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