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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...

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