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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...

Checking residency dates to avoid deductions

14 January 2015

Woodheads requires that suppliers have cattle on their holding for a minimum of 60 days prior to slaughter. In England, all cattle must be on a Farm Assured holding for a minimum of 90 days to be qualified as farm assured stock. Sheep need to be on a Farm Assured holding for a...

GSCOP update

14 January 2015

The Grocery Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) ethical trading and ABC packs are being rolled out to all Woodheads suppliers. The retail arm of Morrisons is governed by these regulations and it is important that signed acknowledgement of receipt of the packs is received. All receipt letters, or acknowledgements on the Morrisons farming website, are...

Meet the team - Charlotte Ormondroyd

14 January 2015

Charlotte joined Morrisons as a supply chain analyst at head office in June 2011. In her previous role, Charlotte worked on the retail side of the meat business, managing the supply of stock from Woodheads to stores. Charlotte’s enthusiasm for agriculture originates from her farming background, helping on the family’s mixed livestock farm. Recently Charlotte has started a...

Field to Fork at Strathmore Farms

14 January 2015

One of Morrisons’ outdoor pork producers – Strathmore Farms, near Forfar in Scotland - has been under the spotlight for a feature for the customer magazine. It’s fair to say Strathmore isn’t your typical pig farm: over 4,000 acres of productive farmland and a picturesque castle that was the childhood home of HM The Queen Mother. It certainly holds a...

Busy Summer of Events

14 January 2015

The Woodheads team attended lots of events over the summer, including the Great Yorkshire Show and the RHS Shorthorn barbecue. The events continue into the autumn and winter, with the Agri Expo at Carlisle and the East of England Smithfield event in December. Top Left photo: Great Yorkshire Show 2014 – Geoff and Christopher Riby receive the John Doughty...

More Taste Less Waste from Morrisons Lamb

14 January 2015

An innovative, collaborative research project by Morrisons and The Scottish Rural University (SRUC) has been picked as one of the first to receive funding under the Government’s Agri-Tech strategy. The project, to be carried out at The Morrisons Farm and Woodhead’s site in Aberdeenshire, will use CT scanning technology to develop a...

EID tag readings at Colne

14 January 2015

In line with ARAMS regulations in England, Colne abattoir has installed an EID panel reader in the lairage. EID tag readings can now be provided on request, for EID tagged lambs. This will become compulsory in April 2015 when all lambs presented to slaughter will require an EID tag. In the near future, the EID...

Welcome to Farming Matters

14 January 2015

Joe Mannion, Head of Livestock Procurement, introduces Farming Matters. Welcome to the autumn issue of our newsletter. Since our last edition we have announced our half year financial results which we are pleased to say are in line with forecast. As mentioned in the July edition, we have committed to permanently lowering prices in our stores, which has helped...

John takes up the reins at Dumfries House

14 January 2015

A new farm manager took over the running of The Morrisons Farm at Dumfries House this summer. John Rowell and his partner Denise have moved to Scotland from Cumbria, where John spent more than 20 years managing the renowned Lowther Herd of Beef Shorthorns. This experience of shorthorn cattle, together with a good knowledge of sheep...

New look for Signature Beef range

14 January 2015

Morrisons’ Traditional Beef range has received a major investment and new look this summer. It has been re-branded in stores as part of Morrisons’ premium “Signature” range and is now available in a new high-quality vacuum pack format with a black backing tray. This allows Traditional beef to be stocked in the fresh meat...

Not a Morrisons near you? There soon will be…

19 February 2014

Our www.morrisons.com online webshop is now taking orders from customers in the Midlands, West and South Yorkshire.

Live to Dead events update

19 February 2014

A series of events are being held with EBLEX and MLC Services Ltd at Woodheads’ Colne and Spalding abattoirs to give suppliers an opportunity to handle a group of live animals, assess them for fat cover and confirmation and grade them.

Busy winter of events

19 February 2014

Morrisons and Woodheads sponsored and attended a number of events over the winter. About 250 people visited the Morrisons stand at the East of England Smithfield Festival. Woodheads Spalding sponsored the festival’s beef ribs competition – the results of which were as follows:

Commitment to British farming underlined at Farm Open Day

19 February 2014

The Morrisons Farm at Dumfries House in Ayrshire threw open its doors to more than 250 farmer suppliers and invited industry representatives on 22 October.

BBC filming at Morrisons

19 February 2014

Fans of BBC’s Lambing Live may recognise a few familiar faces in the new series, which will be screened in March. Hamish and Susie Dykes of West Linton, Peebleshire, who supply the Woodheads abattoir in Turriff, are the focus of the upcoming series, much of which has been filmed on their farm. The film crew also...

Innovations at Turriff

19 February 2014

A number of new initiatives and programmes of investment have taken place at Woodheads’ Scottish abattoir in Turriff.

Welcome to Farming Matters

19 February 2014

Joe Mannion, Head of Livestock Procurement, introduces Farming Matters. Welcome to our first newsletter of 2014. We have had a busy few months since our last edition in October, with livestock events taking place at Dumfries House, the Beef Expo in Carlisle and the East of England Smithfield Festival at Peterborough. This year, we have plans to attend...

Record volumes for Woodheads Winsford

01 October 2013

The good summer weather helped the pre-packed meat plant achieve record volumes.

Prestigious award win

01 October 2013

Grading knowledge at Live to Dead events

01 October 2013

A series of events are being held at the Woodheads abattoirs in Spalding and Colne to give farmers the opportunity to learn more about grading and conformation. The Live to Dead events allow farmers to follow cattle through from the lairage to the fridges, learning about the grading process. Before the event, a number of cattle are...

Admin team support

01 October 2013

The Woodheads livestock administration team provides a range of support to farmers.

Welcome to Farming Matters

01 October 2013

Joe Mannion, Head of Livestock Procurement, introduces Farming Matters. Welcome to our second newsletter, I hope you found our first edition informative. This summer has been action packed - we had stands at the Yorkshire and Turriff shows and both were a tremendous success. Congratulations to Charles Proctor, Mains of Tollo, who won our beef carcass competition at Turriff...

Buyer Profile - Richard Sharratt

01 October 2013

In the first of our features looking at Woodheads buyers, Farming Matters meets Richard Sharratt.

New website launched

01 October 2013

The new Morrisons farming website is now live, bringing together information from across the producer groups.

Continued Innovation at Dumfries house

01 October 2013

Livestock trials have been taking place at the Morrisons Farm at Dumfries House. Twenty-five Shorthorn bulls were sent to the Beef Improvement Group in March for their feed efficiency conversion rates to be tested – the second time that bulls from Dumfries House have been sent to the group. The bulls were weighed every week and...

Abattoir extension open for business

01 October 2013

The extension to the Woodheads abattoir at Colne, which is set to increase the site’s capacity to 15,000 pigs a week by the end of the year, is now open. This will increase the overall pig kill between the Colne and Spalding sites to about 30,000 pigs a week. The extension, which has taken...

Increased premium for Shorthorn cattle

15 July 2013

The Morrisons Traditional Beef Scheme will now pay a 30ppkg premium for its cornerstone breed, the Beef Shorthorn – an increase from 20ppkg. The increased premium, which was announced at the Great Yorkshire Show, will further help to boost numbers of Beef Shorthorn cattle. Latest figures from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) have shown an 18%...

Introducing Farming Matters

15 July 2013

Joe Mannion, Head of Livestock Procurement, introduces Farming Matters. I took up the role of Head of Livestock procurement in December 2012 and have been working for Woodheads for over six years. Before joining Woodheads, I spent five years at Kepak in Preston as the site’s commercial manager, responsible for both livestock procurement and sales. I grew...

New base strengthens transport service

15 July 2013

A new base in the Scottish borders is the latest development for Woodheads’ dedicated transport fleet. A driver and a wagon from Woodheads’ fleet are now based in St Boswells in the Scottish borders to improve the stock collection service for farmers across southern Scotland and Northumberland. The team of ten drivers serve the group’s three abattoirs and...

Colne extension nears completion

15 July 2013

The extension to Woodheads’ Colne abattoir is set to be completed in August, allowing for more pigs to be killed at the site this autumn. The Colne facility is currently the largest three-species abattoir in the country and the new extension will increase capacity from 9,550 pigs a week (June 2013) to about 15,000 pigs a...

Farmer profile

15 July 2013

In the first of our features looking at Woodheads suppliers, Farming Matters meets pig farmer Andrew Atkinson.

Lamb sales improve into July

15 July 2013

Sales of spring lamb continue to increase into July following a slow start to the season due to severe springtime weather. Cold weather in the spring meant that lambs were up to three weeks behind, but by mid-June were only about a week behind last year, with increasingly warmer weather helping with lamp finish....

Success for Yearling Beef Scheme

15 July 2013

The Morrisons Yearling Beef Scheme is helping to make production more competitive for producers. Cattle eligible for the scheme are entire males, aged between 12 and 14 months old. The scheme can make production more profitable for the farmers, making up to 30% cost savings compared to steers that are processed when older which often have...

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