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Cattle finance through Harrison & Hetherington

22 April 2015

Following a successful pilot, Morrisons in conjunction with Carlisle-based Harrison & Hetherington have formally launched a Cattle Finance Scheme to support producers supplying prime cattle into Woodheads. The Scheme provides finance for store cattle purchased via Harrison & Hetherington and covers the period from purchase until the animals are slaughtered, with the original cost of the animal...

Liver fluke in cattle & sheep

22 April 2015

By logging onto the Morrisons Farming Website suppliers can view and download a document which details any condemned offal and the reasons why. This will show the presence of both Fasciola Hepatica Active (Active Fluke) and Fasciola Hepatica In-Active (In-Active Fluke) within your herd and flock. www.morrisons-farming.com Identifying the symptoms before this stage of carcase analysis however, would...

Protecting premium cuts

22 April 2015

Injecting cattle, sheep and pigs in the wrong place, such as the rump and leg can cause a negative impact on the final carcase quality and value. The neck is an ideal place to inject animals, this area will not damage any valuable cuts of meats and allows for both Subcutaneous and Intramuscular injections to...

Cattle identification

22 April 2015

To comply with the current cattle identification legislation, all cattle must be double tagged with identical ear tags (one in each ear). Cattle must arrive at the abattoir with the correct tags and corresponding passport. These regulations are in place for disease control and also for maintaining consumer confidence in traceability, as a Vertically Integrated supermarket this is...

Sheep EID

22 April 2015

As of the 1st January 2015, the rules regarding sheep identification changed to be as follows: • Sheep keepers in England are no longer permitted to use non-EID tags for lambs which are born on or after 1st January 2015. Single EID slaughter tags must be used in lambs not being retained for breeding. • Lambs...

Meet the team

22 April 2015

Richard White Richard joined Morrisons in 2000, driving our livestock and refrigerated wagons. He moved in 2003 to the livestock driving team and 2008 became our Livestock Transport Manager. Richard is from a family of livestock hauliers, with his father and grandfather both operating livestock wagons. As Livestock Transport Manager, Richard coordinates the deliveries to all three of the abattoirs, managing...

Setting the standard for animal welfare

22 April 2015

It is with great pleasure we can announce that our three abattoirs – Colne, Spalding and Turriff have been awarded the new ‘Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing’ (WATOK) qualification. “We are proud to be the first retailer whose colleagues have attained the qualification. The welfare of animals is incredibly important to us and we are continuing to lead the...

Welcome to Farming Matters

22 April 2015

Mannion, Head of Livestock Procurement, introduces Farming Matters. Welcome to our spring newsletter. Looking back we had a good Christmas trade on fresh meat and I’m pleased to say sales have continued to be positive moving into the New Year. Since our last edition we have launched our Match and More card. The card is unique to...

Balancing act

22 April 2015

AF has launched a forward purchasing programme, allowing members across the UK to pre-plan payments for fuel and agri-chemicals. AF understand that throughout the year, farmers’ monthly payments vary considerably. This new ‘phased payment’ finance option will help to take the pressure off agchem and fuel bills, by allowing members to pay a fixed rate per month, every month. The agchem...

Beef Innovator of the Year

17 April 2015

Morrisons proudly sponsored the Farmers Guardian ‘Beef Innovator of the Year’ at the British Farming Awards. Joe Mannion, Head of Livestock Procurement, presented the award to Neil Rowe, who impressed the judges with his awareness of animal welfare by using multiple innovations. Farm Manager for W. Cumber and Sons of Manor Farm, Oxfordshire, Neil introduced stabilisers to the farm...

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