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27 January 2016
Smooth Start to New Sheep Movement Monitoring in Wales
WALES, UK - Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, has welcomed the new electronic sheep movement reporting system for Wales, EIDCymru, which went live on Monday 18 January....
25 January 2016
Market Analysis Shows Importance of Stimulating Lamb Demand
UK - Farmgate prices for hoggs have started 2016 on a positive note for producers by increasing slowly in recent weeks, although they are still well behind prices of a year ago, according to...
US Ag Secretary on Mission to Boost Food Exports to Chile, Peru
US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead a trade mission March 14 to March 18 to expand export opportunities for US agriculture...
22 January 2016
Ethiopia Faces El Niño Emergency as Livestock, Crops Lost
ETHIOPIA - The strongest El Niño weather episode in the last several decades has caused repeated crop failure, decimated livestock herds and driven some 10.2 million people across Ethiopia into...
More Simplifying Measures for EU Farm Payments
EU - A new suite of measures to simplify the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were welcomed this week by farming organisation Copa-Cogeca....
20 January 2016
New Videos Highlight Dangers of Dirty Livestock at Slaughter
UK - Producers are being reminded about the importance of ensuring livestock are clean when they are presented for slaughter in two videos produced by levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb....
19 January 2016
Scottish Research Foundation in Good Shape for Future
SCOTLAND, UK - Animal research foundation Moredun Foundation is in a strong position with assets of £21m for the financial year 2014/2015, up £0.5m on the previous year, scientific director...
18 January 2016
Farmers Need to Exchange Knowledge to Deal with Volatility
ANALYSIS - Benchmarking and knowledge transfer will be two essential tools to help farmers manage their businesses in volatile markets....
Irish Farmers Aim for €20 per Ewe in Direct Support for Sheep Sector
IRELAND - At an Irish Farmers Association (IFA) briefing session with politicians in Dublin, IFA National Sheep Committee John Lynskey said IFA is seeking a targeted payment of €20 per ewe...
15 January 2016
Zimbabwean Sheep, Goat Farmers Destock as Drought Worsens
ZIMBABWE - Cattle producers in Zimbabwe are destocking as drought conditions bite into the beef industry, leading to an increase in the number of slaughtered animals, with the number of sheep...
Brazil's Ag Exports at Record Levels in 2015
BRAZIL - The amount of soybeans, corn, fresh chicken, coffee and pulp sold abroad in 2015 registered a record for Brazil's agribusiness trade....
Ireland's Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow
IRELAND - In 2015 it is estimated that the value of Irish food and drink exports increased by 3 per cent to exceed €10.8 billion for the first time....
14 January 2016
Ukraine Bans Russian Meat Imports in Retaliation
UKRAINE - The Ukrainian government has decided to ban imports of food products, including meat, from Russia. The move is a response to the embargo placed by Moscow on Ukrainian food imports,...
Exports Vital for Sheep Meat Sector
UK - A two-pronged approach to developing global market opportunities will remain crucial for the sheep meat sector in 2016 and beyond, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb....
13 January 2016
Food Prices Fell in 2015 as Global Economy Dwindled
GLOBAL - Prices of major food commodities declined for the fourth year in a row in 2015, averaging 19.1 per cent below their previous-year's levels, as the dwindling global economy also triggered...
12 January 2016
El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months
NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the...
OFC - Can UK Farming Afford to Leave the EU?
UK - The UK could grow the rural economy, improve the environment and protect the country from plant and animal diseases if it was outside the European Union, according to the former environment...
11 January 2016
New Zealand Farmers Expecting More Tough Times Ahead
NEW ZEALAND - Many farmers have weathered difficult conditions in 2015 and the majority see no relief coming in the New Year, according to a poll conducted by Federated Farmers....
Most Europeans Think CAP is Important
EUROPEAN UNION - Over 80 per cent of survey respondents consider the role of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) "very or fairly important" for stimulating jobs and growth and for supporting...
07 January 2016
OFC: Call for More Entrepreneurship on Farms
UK - UK farmers are less entrepreneurial than many other industries, but more entrepreneurial farms are more profitable....
04 January 2016
UK Lamb Sales Up in Autumn
UK - Sales of lamb in October and November were up eight per cent by volume, according to the latest 12-week figures, AHDB Beef and Lamb has reported....
31 December 2015
Goat Prices Soared in 2015
AUSTRALIA - Australian over-the-hook goat indicators remained at record levels during 2015, assisted by strong international demand, a lower A$ and tighter supplies over the winter months, according...
World Population Growth to Support EU Meat Exports Over Next Decade
EU - The EU has published a medium-term Agricultural Outlook for the years up to 2025....
30 December 2015
El Niño Lowers Early Production Outlook in Southern Africa
GLOBAL - Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Niño weather phenomenon that has lowered rains and increased temperatures....
24 December 2015
How Can Farmers Live With Volatility?
ANALYSIS - Price volatility is something that farmers are going to have to live with as it is going to be a feature of farming given the impacts of climate change and swings in production across...
23 December 2015
Morrisons Lamb Policy Questioned in Christmas Run-Up
UK - The NFU says it’s extremely disappointed that Morrisons high profile commitment to consumers to source 100 per cent British lamb has slipped just before Christmas....
21 December 2015
FAI Farms: Practicing Sustainable Farming for 10+ Years
ANALYSIS - One commercial farming operation in the UK that doesn't think sustainability is a hot topic that will come and go - it's been working to develop sustainable farming practices for more...
Income Per EU Agricultural Worker Down by 4.3 Per Cent
EU - Real agricultural income in the European Union (EU) has fallen by 6.0 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, while agricultural labour input has dropped by 1.8 per cent....
18 December 2015
Replacing Meat with Veg Worse for Planet, Study Says
US - Eating lettuce is more than three times worse for greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon, a study from Carnegie Mellon University has found. ...
Union Calls for Better Retailer Support for Scottish Farming
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland is calling on all UK retailers to commit to getting behind Scottish farmers, address supply chain issues and ensure food producers share in the rewards as well as...
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