Signet Breeding Services has produced a new breeding index to improve the growth rates and the speed of finishing Charollais-sired lambs
The 2014 Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge, a closely-fought contest of skill and speed, has been w
Signet Breeding Services has produced a new breeding index to improve the growth rates and the speed of finishing Charollais-sired lambs
Increased demand for beef during the Christmas period lead to year-on-year sales growth in both value and volume, according to AHDB/EBLEX analysis of the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.
Exciting new beef and lamb product developments will be highlighted by EBLEX at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).
EBLEX has been helping raise the profile of Quality Standard beef and lamb, from food service to family plate in France
English beef and lamb farmers are being encouraged to ‘ask EBLEX’ as part of a new digital offering from the industry’s levy board.
An EBLEX-backed butchery duo sharpened their skills to take the top honour at the prestigious European Butchery competition last weekend.
Demand from the foodservice sector in Singapore could present significant opportunities for UK beef exports to the region, according to EBLEX
National pride will be on the line this year as Team GB brandishes its knives to take on Australia and New Zealand in the Tri-Nations Butchery Competition 2015.
Three-quarters of farmers who attended lameness meetings across EBLEX’s 19 sheep focus farms plan to change their management practices as a result of what they learnt from the event.
Enhancing meat eating quality is key to help maximise returns throughout the supply chain and maintaining consumer confidence, according to EBLEX.
A record breaking number of six sheep breeds were represented on the joint EBLEX and British Livestock Genetics stand at the major Eurotier show.
Demand from smaller European markets has helped drive strong growth for UK beef exports, according to EBLEX.
More and more students are heading back to the kitchen to cook up a lamb dish with a little help from EBLEX.
Beef and sheep breeders are being asked to take part in a national genetic improvement survey, as part of a research and development project commissioned by EBLEX.
A €7.7 million (£6.17m) campaign to encourage more people to cook with lamb across six European countries is to be launched thanks to a co-promotion deal EBLEX has secured with the European Union, Ireland and France.
Independent butchers, farm shops and foodservice operators are being encouraged to showcase their best steak products as part of EBLEX’s Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards.
EBLEX’s efforts to help average-performing producers bridge the gap to become top producers through its £3.1 million investment in research and development and knowledge transfer, could be worth £217 million to the English beef and sheep industry.
Smaller processors could make better use of fifth quarter products to help reduce disposal and rendering costs and potentially improve their bottom line, according to EBLEX.
An updated online library of facts and figures about the meat industry available free to levy payers and industry stakeholders has been published by EBLEX and BPEX.
A new TV advertising campaign to promote Quality Standard and Red Tractor beef and lamb mini roasts to reinvigorate the traditional roast category will hit the small screens this autumn.
UK export volumes of sheep meat in the first six months of 2014 hit their highest half-year level since 1998, according to EBLEX.
The EBLEX Better Returns Programme (BRP) has launched an innovative digital tool to help sheep producers manage their flock electronically.
A group of industry professionals from the Dominican Republic have been given an insight into beef and lamb production and livestock genetics during a visit to the UK hosted by EBLEX.
Efficiency and profitability of producing high quality beef and lamb for domestic and export markets will come under the spotlight at this year’s EBLEX annual conference.
Students are being encouraged to cook with lamb as part of an EBLEX campaign to get it back on their menu at meal times.
Volume and value of UK sheep meat exports performed strongly again last year, according to the AHDB/EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Yearbook 2014.
Members of the high-end Austrian food service sector were given a taste of Quality Standard beef and lamb at a special reception in Vienna.
New Zealand’s butchery team have successfully defended their title at the 2014 Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge in a closely-fought contest of skill and speed.
Farmers have been finding out how West Country Beef and West Country Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner can help maximise returns.
Beef and lamb has been showcased to an elite group of industry professionals from Central Europe during a mission to the UK.
Sheep breeders have declared that Signet and the Better Returns Programme (BRP) have made a ‘big impact’ on their businesses, in response to a survey carried out by EBLEX.
Inbreeding values have now been made available to sheep breeders thanks to a Bio-Sciences KTN funded project supported by EBLEX.
Former England rugby star Phil Vickery has been drafted in to put Team GB through their paces as they prepare to take on Australia and New Zealand – in a butchery test match.
The UK’s approach to exporting beef and lamb will come under the spotlight at a major industry event next week.
Favourable weather conditions through the winter and spring lambing season have contributed to an expected good season for domestically produced lamb, EBLEX has said.
Attracting the next generation of butchers to the profession is a vital part of a forthcoming international butchery competition, according to team captain for Great Britain.
Supermarkets nationwide have started to offer West Country beef and lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.
Video and multimedia content accessible to farmers, processors and journalists via the EBLEX website is being expanded to add to the online technical and news resources already available.
Export volumes of UK sheep meat to non-EU markets in the first quarter of 2014 have hit a new record high.
Farm assured beef cattle returned an average 13p/kg more than non-assured stock at markets last year, according to EBLEX.
Demand from emerging markets has helped drive a 25 per cent increase in the volume of UK beef offal exports in the first quarter of 2014, according to EBLEX.
A new online tool has been launched to help enhance breeders’ knowledge of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), assisting them in making decisions when buying a performance recorded terminal sire bull.
EBLEX is setting up a national network of sheep focus farms as part of a 12-month campaign addressing cattle and sheep health and welfare issues.
A new app has been launched to make it easier for beef and sheep farmers and those in the processing sector to have the latest market information at their fingertips while on the go.
Making science work for English beef and sheep producers and processors is the theme of an EBLEX research and development workshop for farmer advisors, taking place on Tuesday July 8.
The United Nations agency that oversees World Heritage Sites has issued an urgent appeal for the end of oil exploration in Virunga National Park.
Increasing use of fifth quarter is helping cut the carbon footprint of producing a kilo of beef by around 25 per cent, according to EBLEX.
Seven new ryegrass varieties and a red clover have been added to the 2014 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL), which have just been published.
All things beef and lamb, from recipes and nutritional information to carving tutorials and butcher locations, have been pulled together in a revamped consumer website from EBLEX.
Opportunities and challenges for UK exports will next month be outlined by Food and Farming Minister George Eustice at a major industry event.
Butchery training developed in the UK has been showcased to industry experts from France during a mission organised by EBLEX.
The opportunities for the beef and lamb sector of a free trade agreement between the European Union and United States was the focus of an industry knowledge exchange trip earlier this month.
The quality of British prime beef carcases improved during 2013, with 3.8% more reaching the ‘R4L or better’ target than in 2012, according to the latest annual carcase classification results released by EBLEX.
Britain will play host to a unique contest for the first time this summer, as the nation’s top butchers take on teams from Australia and New Zealand in the Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge 2014.
After a tough couple of years, confidence in the future prospects of the English beef and lamb sector is rising, with 56 per cent of farmers planning to invest in their businesses this year, according to a survey by EBLEX.
A record 14 meat exporters are this week attending the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) exhibition in Singapore with EBLEX and BPEX as part of the strongest ever UK delegation to this important gateway to Asian markets.
Poll Dorset and Dorset Horn breeders are set to benefit from EBLEX-funded enhancements to the genetic evaluations they receive from Signet Breeding Services.
Capitalising on the more adventurous cooking habits of modern mums is at the heart of a new marketing campaign from EBLEX to ensure lamb stays on shopping lists across the country.
Two companies have become the first to be able to market West Country beef and lamb under the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed seven new EBLEX board members to help in its work to add value to the beef and sheep meat industry.
Last spring saw a higher number of mastitis cases being reported, probably related to the poor spring and cold weather. Some producers made up for the shortfall in grass by feeding concentrates for longer, which reduced the risk of mastitis, but increased costs. Hopefully, a better spring this year may reduce the nutritional stress on ewes, allowing them to maintain condition better and reducing mastitis risks.
A restaurant promotion featuring Quality Standard beef from England was launched in Hong Kong this week with the help of Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton.
Eight French chefs used Quality Standard beef and lamb at a top Paris food show to showcase a range of recipes.
New steak cuts developed by EBLEX proved a hit with delegates at this year’s Processor Conference.
Many farmers will have an idea about which fields were underperforming last year, in terms of animal performance or silage/hay yields, or which have suffered during the wet winter weather. But it’s often difficult to address them all at once and prioritising those for improvement and monitoring fields over the spring to assess the relative need for remedial action will be worthwhile.
A delegation from EBLEX, together with four meat exporters from England, will be supporting UKTI’s GREAT Week in Hong Kong and Macau this month.
An alternative cuts guide designed to appeal to consumers who prefer steaks to more traditional cuts is now available as part of the recently-refreshed EBLEX beef box scheme kit.
UK beef exports to France increased in 2013 despite challenging global trading conditions, according to latest figures from EBLEX.
Places to attend the EBLEX Processor Conference which will focus on meat quality and hygiene issues are going fast.
A new initiative has been set up by the EBLEX Better Returns Programme for beef and sheep producers who want to get more out of their grassland.
Sheep meat exports from the UK in 2013 broke the 100,000-tonne barrier for the first time since 1999, according to EBLEX.
An online library of facts and figures about the meat industry has been launched by EBLEX and BPEX, available free to levy payers and industry stakeholders.
Interest from farmers, processors and retailers in the newly published PGIs for West Country beef and lamb has been incredibly positive, with many seeing it as a huge boost for the region.
Following the good weather conditions of last summer, EBLEX has warned sheep producers against letting lambs get over fat.
Meat quality and hygiene regulations will come under the spotlight at the EBLEX Processor Conference.
Beef or lamb produced from assured farms is the key ingredient in a search for England’s best burger.
More than 100 delegates have already confirmed they will be attending the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference 2014.
Signet is changing the way the Fat Depth Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) is represented on its breeding charts with the aim of helping producers select livestock with the right genetic potential for fatness or leanness to suit the breed or farm.
A series of free open meetings are being held by EBLEX for beef and sheep farmers in the south of England to put a spotlight on current challenges in the industry and resources available to help producers improve their bottom line.
A higher price for finished lambs and lower mortality sees top third Less Favoured Area (LFA) sheep flocks achieve an extra 6.5% or £6 per ewe in lamb output, according to EBLEX’s Stocktake data.
Further reducing the ‘soya footprint’ of English sheep production is the aim of two research projects which have been commissioned by EBLEX.
Demand for sheep meat from Third Countries has helped lead to a significant increase in exports from the UK, according to EBLEX.
Further export potential for beef, lamb and pork to the Far East came into focus during a joint EBLEX and BPEX mission to Japan, Korea and India.
Beef and lamb developments and opportunities will come into sharp focus at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference 2014.
Higher lambing percentages, having fewer empty ewes and increased growth rates drove an extra 11% of output, or £11.50 per ewe, in top third English lowland flocks compared with average-performing enterprises, according to EBLEX’s Stocktake Report.
Examining the Italian beef and sheep supply chain, from production through to marketing, was the aim of a group of farmers from South West England when they visited Italy recently.
A Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for beef and lamb from the West Country is set to be in place during 2014.
Focusing on reducing unnecessary fixed costs could save some lowland and Less Favoured Area (LFA) suckler herds £100 per cow, according to EBLEX’s first Stocktake Report.
Holidaymakers in Spain are helping to drive foodservice demand for Quality Standard beef and lamb, according to EBLEX.
Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will address representatives from the beef, lamb, pork and dairy supply chains when he opens the AHDB Outlook 2014 conference in February.
Current challenges and opportunities in the beef and lamb sector will be put in the spotlight at a series of free open meetings being held by EBLEX in the north of England.
Producers are being reminded of the importance of ensuring stock meet rules on cleanliness at slaughter to avoid additional costs.
Now is the time to review grass performance and decide on management for the months ahead, so pastures are set ready for optimum performance in 2014.
The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is looking for five enthusiastic producers from the beef and lamb sector and one independent applicant to join the EBLEX Board.
Outdated TSE regulations which demand older lamb carcases be split to remove specified risk materials (SRM) are adding unnecessary cost to the industry and hindering international trade, a beef and lamb industry conference heard yesterday.
Net margins for English beef and sheep enterprises continue to improve and yet the gap between average and top third herds and flocks can be as much as £190 per animal, according to a new benchmarking report from EBLEX.
A Halal assurance scheme would be used by up to 95 per cent of the sector’s suppliers, a poll has revealed.
Potential annual growth in the beef and lamb retail market of £88 million resulted from £45,000 spent on product development work, while a £1.2 million investment in market intelligence led to the publication of free market updates worth £8.75 million to the industry, according to the EBLEX 2012/13 Annual Review.
NFU vice president Adam Quinney will outline his thoughts on the road ahead for beef and lamb production at next month’s EBLEX annual conference.
Actions that the Government could take to support the opening of key markets to UK red meat exports were discussed at an industry roundtable organised by EBLEX.
A group of French meat salesmen have been given an insight into lamb production during a visit organised by EBLEX.
Good biosecurity is a vital component of a good herd health plan and is fundamental to optimising herd health. Buying in livestock puts that biosecurity at risk and is the most likely way of introducing a new disease onto the farm.
The 2014 Outlook Conference, jointly hosted by BPEX, DairyCo and EBLEX, will be held at One Great George Street in London on Wednesday, 12 February 2014.
EBLEX is investing more than £600,000 in research and development projects to improve ewe nutrition.
Sheep producers are losing out financially by marketing significant numbers of under-finished lambs as the poor conditions of last winter continue to impact on this year’s lamb crop.
Recent figures suggest pneumonia is the UK cattle industry’s most expensive disease, costing an estimated £50 million per year in treatment, loss of performance and mortality. Autumn is a high risk period for pneumonia on many farms, due to weaning stress and decreasing temperatures, often coupled with housing and diet transitions, according to advice from EBLEX.
Farmers are being urged to correctly worm farm dogs to help sheep reach target specifications and reduce the number of carcase rejections from processors which cost the industry millions of pounds.
A proposed assurance scheme for the halal sector will be among the topics discussed at the first red meat Halal forum in Warwickshire next month.
Population growth in West Africa will present further export opportunities for beef and lamb, according to EBLEX.
Free trade with the United States could lead to millions of pounds of exports to other parts of the world, according to EBLEX.
Farm shops are being urged to join the Quality Standard Mark (QSM) to access a range of free resources to market their beef and lamb.
EBLEX, the levy-funded sector body for beef and lamb in England, will be showcasing the benefits of quality assured beef and lamb to a global audience at Anuga 2013 next month.
Higher product availability helped lead to a 14 per cent year-on-year rise in UK exports of lamb and mutton in the first half of 2013.
Owners of performance recorded flocks are being invited to nominate rams to join the next round of EBLEX’s Sire Linkage Programme.
The increasing appetite in China for higher value cuts of lamb is likely to have a significant impact on global supplies, producers on both sides of the world have agreed.
Quality assured beef will next month be showcased by EBLEX at a major food service event in the Far East.
Investigating the potential of lucerne as a forage crop was the aim of an EBLEX study tour to France last month.
EBLEX has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Nigel Haworth to showcase Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb to foodservice and retail outlets via a series of new cookery demonstration videos.
A reduced lamb kill combined with a reduction in New Zealand imports will result in relatively tight sheep meat supplies in late 2013 and into 2014, according to the latest forecast from AHDB/EBLEX.
UK cattle supplies are expected to remain tight as a direct result of the decline in the breeding herd and this will impact on beef and veal production levels in 2013 and 2014, according to the latest forecasts from AHDB/EBLEX.
A cross-industry group from the UK sheep sector is to meet with counterparts in New Zealand next week to assess the current production outlook and see how we could better share knowledge on business efficiencies.
Grassland productivity, suckler herd fertility and soil health are among the areas being covered at a series of upland focus farm meetings taking place in the north of England next week.
Sheep farmers are being urged to concentrate on selling lambs only when they are properly finished following a 25 per cent drop in market prices.
More restaurants are being called on to include assurance logos for beef and lamb dishes on their menus to help boost sales.
Learning lessons from beef and sheep farmers and experts in other parts of the UK was the aim of two study tours run by EBLEX last month.
Last year witnessed a record high for GB deadweight R4L steers with the overall average price up 11 per cent on 2011, according to the EBLEX/AHDB Yearbook 2013.
The changing face of red meat retailing in a global marketplace and opportunities in the beef and lamb sector will come under the spotlight at this year’s EBLEX annual conference.
EBLEX has welcomed a change in EU rules on the generic co-promotion of lamb to help stimulate European demand.
EBLEX has strengthened its regional team with the appointment of a new assistant regional manager for the south.