THINGS WERE different 28 years ago, when Zhou Xueyu and her husband moved from the coastal province of Shandong to Beijing and began selling fresh pork. The Xinfadi agricultural market where they opened their stall was then a small outpost of the capital. Only at the busiest times of year, around holidays, might the couple sell more than 100kg of meat in a day. With China’s economic boom just beginning, pork was still a luxury for most people. Ms Zhou now sells about two tonnes of meat a day. In between expert whacks of her heavy cleaver, she explains how her business has grown. She used to rely on a few suppliers in nearby provinces. Now the meat travels along China’s excellent motorway network from as far away as Heilongjiang, in the far north-east, and Sichuan, in the south-west. The Xinfadi market has changed, too. It is 100 times larger than when it opened in 1988, and now lies within Beijing, which has sprawled around it. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox … [Read more...] about Global meat-eating is on the rise, bringing surprising benefits
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Sheep have been killed and dismembered in Leicestershire in two "sickening" attacks thought to have been carried out for meat by illegal butchers. A devastated community nurse from Kirby Mellers, found the pet sheep she had raised from lambs had been butchered and dismembered in a field near her home near Melton, some time on Friday, March 1. Kirby's pet sheep, Pippu, Pesky, Bed, Ileyn and Angel, had been dismembered with just their heads, fleeces, stumps of legs and internal organs left behind. Julie Steele, 55, told Leicestershire Live: "When I went into their field, I couldn't believe it, all they had left was the skin, their wool, their heads and stumps of their legs. It was obviously done professionally. "Hopefully, they were all killed at the beginning and the others didn't have to watch the slaughter. "I'm gutted, I can't believe it. I cried." Read More More animal cruelty stories Meanwhile in Lutterworth, several pregnant ewes at a family farm in Wibtoft were … [Read more...] about Sheep killed and dismembered in sickening attacks
25 February 2019 • 4:38am The best looks from the red carpet All the winners announced so far Richard E Grant is the real winner – even though he's going home empty-handed The glitziest night of the film calendar is currently underway, and it's turning into a good night for crowdpleasing blockbusters: musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody collected four Oscars, including for its lead actor Rami Malek's performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, while Marvel superhero hit Black Panther took three trophies. Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron's semi-autobiographical Roma, widely tipped to win Best Picture, was beaten by race-relations drama Green Book, but Cuaron did win Best Director. The biggest upset of the night was Olivia Colman (The Favourite) beating bookies' favourite Glenn Close (The Wife) in the Best Actress category. Colman, who impressed critics with her idiosyncratic performance as Queen Anne in the period drama, gave an endearingly … [Read more...] about Oscars 2019: Olivia Colman wins Best Actress for The Favourite, plus latest news
Nearly 90 per cent of the UK’s lamb £390m exports each year go to Europe, and with tariffs predicted to be as high as 45 to 50 per cent if no deal is agreed by 29 March, the potential impact has been described as “devastating”. Ewing said: “A no deal Brexit is by far the biggest threat to farming and to our successful food and drink sector. “There is a range of independent research highlighting that under all possible scenarios, failure to replicate the current trade arrangements with the EU will have a detrimental impact on farmers, with our sheep sector under particular threat. “UK sheep meat exports could suffer considerably if tariffs come into play. “Carcasses make up an important part of what the UK exports to the EU and could potentially be facing tariffs as high as 45-50 per cent of the price of the meat, which would be a blow to our price competitiveness on the export market.” Ewing raised concerns that at the same … [Read more...] about Failure to compensate farmers for no deal Brexit could lead to ‘widespread land abandonment’, Fergus Ewing warns
GRAB a haggis because Burns Night - celebrating the work of poet Robert Burns - is upon us. The supper and address is held on January 25. But what actually is a haggis and what happens at the event? What exactly is a haggis? A haggis is a Scottish dish traditionally made from the heart, stomach or liver of a sheep or calf. The meat is mixed with onion, suet and oatmeal and boiled in the stomach of the animal. Recipes can vary, but lamb lungs, liver and heart are often used. The meat is usually served with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes). How do you address a haggis? The haggis is the star attraction in the running order of events for Burns Night. Guests normally stand to welcome the arrival of the dish, which is often served on a silver platter and piped in by bagpipes. The host then performs a rendition of the Address to a Haggis, before slicing the haggis along its length. The reader then raises the haggis during the final line of the ode to applause from the crowd. The … [Read more...] about What is haggis made from, how do you address it and where can I buy one for Burns Night?