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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 Levy boards extend collaborative work
SCOTLAND, UK - A larger pot of £3.5 million has been committed to ring-fenced fund (RFF) work between levy boards in England, Scotland and Wales in the coming year....
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. ...
26 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom NFU20: promoting, growing and protecting British dairy
Promoting, growing and protecting British dairy were the key themes at this year’s dairy breakout session at NFU Conference, and dairy board chairman Michael Oakes opened it by looking forward to a more optimistic 2020....
View news from United Kingdom Leicestershire farmer awarded for NFU advocacy
A beef and arable farmer from Leicestershire has been honoured at NFU Conference for his dedication and commitment to the NFU and to the British farming industry....
25 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom British farm standards must be benchmark in future trade deals, says NFU President
NFU President Minette Batters will today challenge the Government to show global leadership on international trade and insist that British farm standards are the benchmark for any food imports in future trade deals....
View news from United Kingdom NFU tackles misinformation on climate change with its livestock “myth buster” fact sheet
The NFU will publish a livestock fact sheet on livestock and the environment to help farmers counteract misinformation and public misunderstanding of the sector....
View news from United Kingdom London School of Economics votes to take beef off menu
In a move to tackle climate change, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has voted to implement a ban on beef across campus. The student activist whose initiative prompted the decision is 20-year-old PETA campus rep Phoebe Woodruff...
View news from United Kingdom Arla Foods confirms March milk price
Arla Foods amba’s on account price for conventional milk will increase by 1 eurocent for March 2020....
24 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom Unhappy cow? A closer look at cow personalities as they mature
A recent study has documented noticeable personality changes in Holstein cows when they undergo puberty, but the media buzz may be overblown....
23 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom Driving productivity at Grassland & Muck 2020
Making the most of forage is a priority for UK farmers. Whether grazed or ensiled quality grass is still the most economic source of feed, and when managed right will reduce production costs and minimise environmental impact....
22 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom Sustainability front of mind at recent farmer event
Pickstock Telford has opened the gates to their development farm, Brongain, as they collaborate with Rea Valley Tractors to hold their livestock working demonstration day showcasing machinery capable of improving on-farm efficiencies....
19 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom Study reveals 74 percent of dairy farmers store expired medicines on-farm
Research has revealed 74 percent of dairy farmers have expired medicines on-farm, in one instance being as much as 16 years out of date....
View news from United Kingdom UK enacts new visa policy, NFU reacts
UK Government announces changes to the Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme, recruiting 10,000 seasonal workers to boost the agriculture sector during the busies months. ...
18 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom Despite steady consumption, uncertainty still defines the UK beef market.
Beef producers are still sceptical of beef market growth despite early signals of increasing prices....
17 February 2020
View news from United Kingdom Regenerative farming – how farmers can make the transition
In this podcast, ffinlo Costain explores how farmers can embrace regenerative agriculture to ensure long-term productivity, profitability and ecosystem biodiversity....
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