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NSA concerned by Government influence on farmer levy body

The National Sheep Association (NSA) was disappointed to hear this week that the industry has lost Stuart Roberts as AHDB Beef and Lamb Board Chairman, but respects his decision to resign from the position. His decision adds weight to issues that NSA is already hugely concerned about, namely the serious risk of a complete review […]

Visions graduates are top of their class

Visions graduates are top of their class

The Visions young sire testing programme, one of the most robust and successful genomic testing programmes in the UK, has been given a boost this week with the graduation of four new bulls. The well established programme, operated by Cogent Breeding Ltd, has produced many breed leading bulls that have made a big impact on […]

Yorkshire Wagyu hosts Wagyu Breeders Association Open Day

Yorkshire Wagyu hosts Wagyu Breeders Association Open Day

New Yorkshire Wolds business, Yorkshire Wagyu welcomed over 50 delegates to Field House Farm in Tibthorpe, near Driffield for the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) conference recently. The Association’s Director and Chairman, Mike Tucker, opened the meeting and spoke about the Association’s achievements since it launched in 2014 and outlined exciting initiatives for 2015, including a […]

Beef Industry gets ‘beefed up’ with 1% growth

Beef Industry gets ‘beefed up’ with 1% growth

According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, in the year to 24th May, the value of the UK beef market grew by over 1% on the year earlier to reach £2.17 billion. Since January this year the price for prime cattle has been falling, however Chris Mallon Chief Executive of the National Beef Association […]

Next steps taken to push progress on carcase splitting rules

Next steps taken to push progress on carcase splitting rules

Following a cross-industry meeting in February, and numerous meetings with Defra and Food Standards Agency (FSA) staff in the months since, the National Farmers Union (NFU) and National Sheep Association (NSA) have reached the point of being able to formally ask the Farming Minister for a change to carcase splitting rules for sheep. Numerous organisations […]

CIS appoints new team member

CIS appoints new team member

The Cattle Information Service (CIS) has recruited a new Assistant Area Manager to support the agriculture team. Shropshire based farmer’s son, Michael Whittaker will be fulfilling the new position, covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, the Wirral Peninsula, Worcestershire, Clwyd, Gwynedd, Powys and Wrexham. As Assistant Area Manager, Michael will be liaising with farmers about the services that […]

Sooty Sweeps the Board at the 2015 NBA Beef Expo

Sooty Sweeps the Board at the 2015 NBA Beef Expo

Held at the York Auction Centre, the 2015 NBA Beef Expo had its view firmly fixed on the future. Its theme was focused on technology and its power to improve day-to-day farming, together with the changing needs of modern consumers and what they want from the marketplace. The event started on Wednesday with over 250 […]

Erosion of new season lamb price gives cause for concern

Erosion of new season lamb price gives cause for concern

NFU President Meurig Raymond has underlined his growing concern for the British lamb market as new season lamb prices have come under pressure in recent weeks. “Late April typically sees the numbers of new season lambs increase, with prices adjusting through the season as increased supplies become available,” he said. “However, the last two weeks […]

£6m funding to improve UK livestock health

£6m funding to improve UK livestock health

Funding for eight projects that aim to improve the health of livestock within the UK has been announced by the Animal Health Research Club (ARC). The club, whose members include Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and other industry organisations, has allocated over £6 million in the second round of funding. In total, £10.8 million […]

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