Covid-19 market disruption is a serious concern for UK sheep sector, says NSA
Mar26

Covid-19 market disruption is a serious concern for UK sheep sector, says NSA

National Sheep Association (NSA) chief executive, Phil Stocker, says the direct and indirect impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is a serious concern to the UK sheep market. Stocker said: “We can only start from a position of absolute respect and commitment to the measures put in place to reduce the spread of the Covid -19 virus. It is the number one priority that the health of society is protected at this time. However, the...

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NSA urges Tim Leunig and the anti-farming lobby to think again
Mar23

NSA urges Tim Leunig and the anti-farming lobby to think again

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is asking Government and policy advisors to do more to connect how all these crises fit together, and to remember the absolutely crucial role of farming and keeping food in front of the nation. NSA chief executive Phil Stocker commented: “There can be no dispute that nations across the globe are in a real crisis that is affecting health and livelihood as well as economies. Its no surprise that many...

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FQAS inspections deferred due to Covid-19
Mar20

FQAS inspections deferred due to Covid-19

Following an emergency meeting of the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (FQAS) Industry Board all face to face farm inspections have been deferred due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Speaking following the announcement, LMC chief executive and FQAS Board chairman Ian Stevenson said: “Given the exceptional circumstances and acting on the advice of government on social distancing measures the FQAS...

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LMC celebrates 30th anniversary of ‘gold standard’ scheme
Mar09

LMC celebrates 30th anniversary of ‘gold standard’ scheme

The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) has acknowledged the 30th anniversary of the inception of the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (NIBL FQAS). The scheme acts as a ‘gold standard’ guarantee to ensure local beef and lamb is produced to the highest possible standard. LMC chief executive officer, Ian Stevenson, said: “Northern Ireland was to the fore in developing a beef and lamb...

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HMRC report reveals surge in Welsh lamb exports
Mar04

HMRC report reveals surge in Welsh lamb exports

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed the publication of full-year export statistics for 2019 by HMRC which showed a considerable increase in sheepmeat exports. Sheepmeat exports jumped 7.1% by value and 12.6% by volume compared to the previous year, despite a lower than usual volume of trade in December, as well as an increase in lamb trade to a wide variety of countries outside of Europe. However, the statistics...

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Lamb consumer trends shift in 2019

New figures from Kantar Worldpanel for GB lamb purchasing trends in 2019 show that the total spend on lamb at retail has been relatively stable during this period. The volume of lamb purchased in GB decreased by 1.7% on year-earlier levels to stand at 61,200 tonnes. The volume sales of lamb varied between each category, with lamb mince seeing the biggest increase – up 4.9% on 2018. This is aligned with a likely increased demand from...

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