New British Wagyu assurance scheme launched
Jul02

New British Wagyu assurance scheme launched

A British Wagyu assurance scheme has been established by the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) in order to maintain and ensure traceability, animal welfare and consumer trust throughout the supply chain. The scheme, which was launched on the 1st July, says all rearers, growers, finishers, processors and retailers will benefit from membership of the scheme as consumer demand for premium British Wagyu-assured beef grows. The new WBA...

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Scottish calf registrations increase but firm prices set to stay
Jun30

Scottish calf registrations increase but firm prices set to stay

Scottish calf registration data from the first third of 2020 shows significant growth of 5% over the same period of 2019, according to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). The data also reveals that total calvings in the first third of the year are at their highest level for more than a decade. There has, however, been a slow increase over the decade in the proportion of annual calvings occurring in the first...

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Retail figures show growth in red meat sales
Jun17

Retail figures show growth in red meat sales

Analysis of recently released retail sales data from Kantar Worldpanel has revealed that the last 12 weeks yielded a largely positive picture for red meat sales in Great Britain.  Whilst the market continues to face pressures around Coronavirus, total spend on beef and pork has seen an upsurge in the retail sector, partly offsetting some of the disruption caused by the loss of foodservice markets such as restaurants, hotels and pubs....

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AHDB hosts first in a series of export webinars
May26

AHDB hosts first in a series of export webinars

Meat exporters will have the opportunity to learn about the impact of coronavirus on global trade during the first in a series of export webinars starting next month. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) will host the first webinar on 3rd June, which will primarily focus on the Asian marketplace – a region which is crucial for the UK’s pork exports and will have an increased impact on the beef sector longer term....

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UK Global Tariff announced
May20

UK Global Tariff announced

The Government has announced the UK’s new MFN (Most Favoured Nation) tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). This will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1st January 2021 at the end of the Transition Period. Tariffs are to be maintained on agricultural products including lamb, beef, and poultry. The Government says the new tariff is tailored to the needs of the UK economy. It aims to support the economy by making it easier...

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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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