Agriculture in the news - April 20

Agricultural news round-up from the UK and Ireland

Troubled ANM Group meat division could shed up to 30 jobs

Up to 30 jobs could be lost at the north-east meat processing subsidiary of a farmers’ co-operative which last month reported record losses.

ANM Group yesterday warned of redundancies at its Scotch Premier Meat business in Inverurie, where 159 people are employed.

Press and Journal

Irelandreaping the rewards as agri-food industry keeps growing

AMID THE seemingly relentless narrative of economic gloom, one sector of the Irish economy is holding its own. Ireland’s agri-food industry is flourishing. Food and drink exports increased by 12 per cent last year, reaching close to €9 billion, a record.

Irish Times

West Norfolk farmers at Westminster

A DELEGATION of farmers and agricultural specialists from across South West Norfolk yesterday travelled to Westminster to meet with DEFRA Minister Richard Benyon.

The meeting, organised by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, focused on the ongoing concerns in relation to the drought and the long-term impact this will have on the region’s agriculture.

Lynn News

Irelanda ‘gateway to Europe’ for China

RISING LIVING standards make China a land of opportunity for Irish food companies seeking new markets, and Ireland was a potential partner in Europe, the chairman of one of China’s top meat processors has said.

“Ireland can be a gateway to Europe for us,” said Zhu Yicai, who is chairman of Yurun group, a Hong Kong-listed pork processor based in Nanjing in Jiangsu province. Yurun translates as “raining wealth and health”.

Irish Times

Growing Chinese demand helps Devro exports to surge


SAUSAGE skin maker Devro yesterday unveiled a rise in sales during the first quarter, as export growth made up for a slow start to the year in its domestic market.

Steve Hannam, chairman of the Moodiesburn-based firm, told investors at its annual general meeting that eastern Europe, Japan, Latin America, Russia and south-east Asia were “all demonstrating solid growth”.

The Scotsman

On the pig’s back in growing market

IRISH meat processor Rosderra is one of the companies with an existing relationship with the giant Yurun Group that is based in Nanjing. The company has been selling pigmeat into China since the country gave final approval to Ireland to resume exports in 2007.

Rosderra’s exports have grown steadily to China during this period and the total for 2011 topped €30m.

Irish Independent

Grain site will help save jobs in county

A £12m storage facility will help safeguard many county jobs when it opens, its operators have said.

Farmer-owned mutual firm Camgrain is building a processing centre in Kettering to supply grain to several big-name firms, including Sainsbury’s, Whitworths, Hovis, Weetabix and Nestle.

Evening Telegraph

Where’s the beef? Kazakhs love Irish cattle

IT’S a long way from Roscommon to Kazakhstan.

But that’s where 300 head of cattle are travelling over the next 12 days.

Yesterday the pedigree Hereford and Angus cattle were loaded on to lorries to begin their 6,500km trip to a farmer in Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union.

Irish Independent

Campaigners to stage chicken farm protest at planning meeting

A PROTEST against plans to build a huge chicken farm near Lichfield – which would house more than one-and-a-half million chickens every year – is being taken to district planners next week.

Villagers in Haunton and Clifton Campville are said to be vehemently against plans for the farm, and will be taking their objections to a council planning meeting on Monday (April 23).

Lichfield People

Developer launches appeal after wind turbine plan is rejected

An appeal has been lodged after plans for two 34.3m wind turbines on a farm were thrown out after objections.

The Dalton Estate wants to install the turbines on land north-east of Manor Farm, Warter Lane, Etton, near Beverley.

Hull Daily Mail

Don’t give up on the honey bee

West Midlandsfarming could be seriously at risk without urgent government action to protect the bee population, according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth as it unveils a new campaign to save the bee.

Birmingham Post

Cattle keep Allan contented in his work

A BEAUTIFUL place and good employers have helped a Borders tractorman stay working on the same farm for more than three decades.

Mindrum Farm’s cattleman for five years and tractorman for the previous 28, Allan Logan celebrated his 60th birthday last week – and he intends to spend a further five doing more of what he does in the same place close to the English-Scottish border.

Mr Logan was one of many presented with long-service medals from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland at the 28th lunch held by the Border Union Agricultural Society in honour of recipients earlier this year.

Berwick Advertiser

Grace is ‘crème de la crème’.

A FARMER’S daughter is the “crème de la crème” of the dairy industry.

Grace Smith, 22, from Conick Farm, Sanquhar, scooped the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ Dairy Crest Student of the Year Award 2012.

And the final year student studying for a BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science at SAC (Ayr) is the first woman to win the prestigious award in its 22-year-history.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Shock at deaths of farming stalwarts

TRIBUTES were today being paid to a husband and wife who were killed in a head-on crash.

Ann and Wilfred Fallows died when their car was in collision with an articulated truck in Macclesfield Road, Congleton, on Wednesday. Neighbours last night told how the couple ran a dairy farm in Brownlow, Congleton, for more than 40 years.

The Sentinel

Forestfire talks

YOUNG people from Neath Port Talbot’s valleys have been learning more about how forest fires are tackled and prevented.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Rural and Forestry Team (Raft) joined forces with the police, Communities First, Neath Port Talbot Council and Forest Schools.

South WalesEvening Post

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