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Wednesday 25th February 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Working for Resilient Farming Sector and Food Chain

Politicians need to ensure that the food chain works and the farming sector is given unhindered access to futures markets.

In his opening address to the National Farmers Union Conference in Birmingham, NFU President Meurig Raymond said that in an election year in the UK, the politicians needed to do all they can to reduce the effects of volatility on the sector.

Mr Raymond applauded work of the Grocery Code Adjudicator and the fact that she has now been given the power to impose fines.

However he called on the next government to extend the powers of the adjudicator to oversee issues further down the supply chain.

“Our experience in this country is that voluntary measures in the food chain do not necessarily work,” Mr Raymond said.

Also speaking at the conference Agriculture Secretary Liz Truss outlined the government four main priorities for building a more resilient farming sector and for cutting red tape.

She said the four priorities were to:

  • Enable a productive and resilient industry
  • Open new markets at home and abroad
  • Make EU rules work for UK farmers, and
  • Protect the country from plant and animal disease.

“Modern food production needs technical, scientific and management know-how,” she told the conference.

“It is hungry for skilled people.”

Also giving a keynote address to the conference, the new European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan promised to re-examine and simplify the working of the Common Agricultural Policy although he said it was the bedrock of the means to produce sustainable and traceable food in Europe



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Market Reports

USDA International Meat Review - February 2015
EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 20 February 2015
UK Slaughter Statistics - 20 February 2015
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 20 February 2015
Dairy Australia - Market News - 20 February 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 20 February 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 19 February 2015
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 19 February 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 19 February 2015

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
Politicians Need to Ensure Food Chain Works
Dunbia Partners with Young Farmers
New Report Reveals Alarming UK Self-Sufficiency Figures
Call to Government to End Non-stun Slaughter on Day of Parliamentary Debate
Dairy Firms Join Food Manufacturing Skills Partnership
Trials and Tribulations in UK Pig Sector
Importance of Farming Highlighted Ahead of General Election
Cranswick Sets i Sights on China
Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance

   Canada

Lack of Workers Impacts Livestock Sector Profitability
Consumers Can Expect to Pay for Changes in Animal Welfare Practices
Grassroots People Want to Avoid COOL Retaliation
Chinese New Year Celebrated with Launch of New Chinese Sausage

   United States

Egg Company Weighs up New Site in South Dakota
USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension
Solid Start to Year for Sanderson Farms
West Coast Dock Workers Negotiations Continue
February Feedlots Fuller
US Meat Production to Hit Record High as Food Price Inflation Stays Low
Butterball Acquires House of Raeford Turkey Plant
Poultry Company Opens Broiler Houses to Consumers
US Meat Exports Face Difficulties
WTO Hears US Appeal in Country of Origin Labelling Dispute

   Netherlands

Fonterra Sets Up Dutch Plant

   Ireland

Dawn Meats Honoured Recipient of Ruban d'Honneur

   Australia

Mutton Production Gathers Pace
Record Australian Beef Production in 2014
Prime Minister Opens Livingstone Beef Plant
Australian Meat Corporation Honoured
Australian Lamb Slaughter Reaches New Highs in 2014

   Lithuania

Lithuania Reports Two More Wild Boar with ASF

   Russian Federation

Miratorg Gets Strategic Role in Russian Economic Development

   China

Chinese Lifts Ban on Irish Beef

   European Union

European Parliament Members Hear Why British Pork is Special
Call for EU-wide Supply Chain Legislation
EU Pig Prices Continue to Rise

   Norway

Norway BSE Case Resolved
Norwegian Salmon Export Price Continues to Rise

   Brazil

Slow Start to 2015 for Brazilian Beef Exports in 2015
Brazilian Pork Exports Fell in January

   Poland

Polish Farmers March for Land Rights and GM Issues

   Argentina

Argentinean Beef Exports Rise

   Global

Three Supermarket Groups Head Animal Welfare Benchmark Table
2014 Pork Exports Down for US, Canada
Global Sheep Meat Production Rising
What are Your Views on the Critical List of Antibiotics?

   Germany

Westfleisch Takes Over Gausepohl Beef Division

   Japan

Doors Open for EU Meat Exports to Japan

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