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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...

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