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18 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Milk Committee highlights industry issues to Cabinet Secretary
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland’s new look Milk Committee welcomed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP on Thursday (12 March) to their first meeting since the AGM in February. Committee Chair Gary Mitchell thanked Mr Ewing for...
16 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Partnering during bluetongue outbreak to offer diagnostic solutions
The Pirbright Institute is home to the OIE World Organisation for Animal Health Reference Laboratory for bluetongue virus (BTV). The team at Pirbright is responsible for receiving samples for diagnosis from the UK and around the world and responding to...
View news from United Kingdom UK's APHA receives £1.4 billion budget windfall for world-leading Weybridge Laboratory
The UK’s world-leading scientific and veterinary capability will be enhanced after a £1.4 billion investment boost to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to protect the country against the increasing threats of animal and plant diseases....
14 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Farming Co-Op launches £400k funding bid
The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) has today announced the launch of a major funding round to raise £400k through the ethical investment platform Ethex....
12 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom RABDF, NFU praise move by Government to hold red diesel levy for agriculture
UK - The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) have welcomed the 11 March announcement that the red diesel subsidy will remain for the agricultural sector....
View news from United Kingdom Beef farmers criticise calls to slash red meat, dairy Intake
UK - According to a report released by the government-funded research group Energy Systems Catapult, the only way the UK can reach its net zero target by 2050 is by cutting down on consumption of red meat....
11 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom 15,000 people sign NFU’s food standards petition
More than 15,000 people have urged the Government to commit in law that food that would be illegal for British farmers to produce here will not be imported as part of future trade deals....
View news from United Kingdom Beefing up efficiency
There is "considerable opportunity" to improve the efficiency of the beef sector in Scotland, according to new research published by Scotland’s Rural College....
View news from United Kingdom UK loses "A" grade in global test of animal welfare leadership
The UK has dropped a grade in the global assessment of countries’ records on animal welfare due to Brexit parliamentary delays which have held up planned laws such as animal sentience and export regulation....
10 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom First Milk announces April milk price hold
UK - First Milk has announced that its milk price from 1 April 2020 will be held at the current level....
View news from United Kingdom Machine learning could improve diagnosis of mastitis infections in cows
UK - A new study has found that machine learning has the potential to enhance and improve a veterinarian's ability to accurately diagnose herd mastitis origin and reduce mastitis levels on dairy farms....
09 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Report confirms TB strategy retains culling option
UK - The UK government has announced plans for the next stage of its 25-year bovine TB eradication strategy including field trials of a cattle vaccine, plans to vaccinate more badgers against the disease and improved testing to intercept bTB earlier....
View news from United Kingdom Arla introduces new brand, plant-based products
UK - The farmer owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods enters plant-based drinks sector to offer oat-based options made only from natural ingredients....
View news from United Kingdom Women in Food and Agriculture celebrate International Women's Day
Agricultural and food businesses are turning the tide on gender inequality, with two high profile companies meeting their goals to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions....
06 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Union calls for govt to drop tariff proposals
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland submitted its response to the UK Government’s consultation on the future of UK tariffs yesterday (Thursday, 5 March), in which it reinforced the message that any compromise on standards for products being imported would have...
View news from United Kingdom Meeting sustainability challenges is possible, says livestock consultant
Scotland’s beef and sheep farms can meet sustainability goals....
View news from United Kingdom Ag organisations petition for reform of “inaccurate” greenhouse gas emission calculators
Multiple UK agricultural organisations have joined forces to demand that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) change “inaccurate” greenhouse gas emissions calculators....
05 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom RABDF raises concerns over red diesel levy drop ahead of next week’s budget
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is urging the Government ahead of next week’s budget not to remove the subsidy for red diesel in agriculture over fears it will have grave consequences for the sector....
04 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom NFUS outlines policy vision for 2021 to 2024
SCOTLAND, UK - Launching its newest policy document for Scottish agriculture, NFU Scotland is crystal clear that change to the current system is a necessity for the industry to adapt to the many challenges it faces....
View news from United Kingdom UK Rural Payments Agency issues update on farm payment schemes
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now paid almost 99 percent of eligible farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)....
View news from United Kingdom Safeguarding standards in an uncertain future
Climate-friendly farming will be a huge component of the UK’s free trade posture after Brexit, but lack of government leadership could permanently weaken the agriculture sector....
03 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Smartbow open days at South West Dairy Development Centre
South West Dairy Development Centre will hold open days to demonstrate SmartBow, new wearable tech for cows. ...
View news from United Kingdom RABDF leaflet sets record straight on greenhouse gas emissions in dairy sector
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is pushing back claims the dairy industry is a major source of greenhouse gases (GHG) by producing a leaflet highlighting key emission statistics....
02 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Careers in food and farming: inspiring the next generation of STEM graduates
Speaking at the NFU Conference 2020, an expert panel discuss the introduction of food and farming into the national curriculum and providing a gateway into STEM careers....
28 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom English cattle population falls in December
UK - As at 1 December, the total cattle population in England totalled 5.15 million head, 2.2 percent (115,000 head) less than at the same point in the previous year, according to the latest survey from Defra, writes Felicity Rusk, analyst for AHDB Dairy...
27 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom GB milking herd continues to shrink
UK - The GB milking herd has shrunk again, according to the latest data from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS). At 1 January 2020, the herd stood at 1.72 million head, down 3 percent (-49,600 head) from the same point last year, writes AHDB's...
View news from United Kingdom Flooding, food standards and environmental land management – Defra Minister George Eustice addresses the UK’s NFU Conference
The NFU Conference political session, held on 26 February, gave recently appointed Defra Minister George Eustice an opportunity to share his vision for the future of UK farming. ...
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