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17 December 2015
First EU Sheep Group Meeting Described as 'Positive'
IRELAND - IFA National Sheep Chairman, John Lynskey said IFA put forward a strong case on the need for additional direct supports for the sheep sector at the first meeting of the EU Commission...
14 December 2015
UK Red Meat Levy Boards Plan New Way to Spread Money
UK - The red meat levy boards in England, Scotland and Wales have submitted a briefing document to Ministers outlining an alternative option for the distribution of red meat levy income....
10 December 2015
New Zealand Lamb Crop at 60-Year Low
NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Lamb Crop 2015 report estimates 23.9 million lambs were tailed this spring – the smallest lamb crop since 1953....
09 December 2015
Ukraine Subsistence Farmers Struggling with Conflict Impact
UKRAINE - The results of a household survey released by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) paint a bleak picture for small-scale, family-run farms in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions....
08 December 2015
UK Sheep Farmer Honoured for Industry Contribution
UK - Sheep farmer and former Chairman of AHDB Beef & Lamb, John Cross, has been honoured by the Royal Smithfield Club for his services to the livestock industry over the last 25 years....
Food Prices Fell in November Amid Robust Global Inventories
GLOBAL - Major food commodity prices fell in November, reversing about half their rise in the previous month, as the cost of internationally-traded staples, except for sugar, fell across the...
07 December 2015
EU Agri-Food Exports at Record Level
EU - After a slow-down in August, the value of EU agri-food exports has resumed the positive trend (+13 per cent), as monthly exports in September exceeded imports by €2 billion. ...
04 December 2015
West Country Lamb Hits Italian Supermarkets
UK - West Country Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner has made a breakthrough in the Italian market....
03 December 2015
Sheep Sector Prospects Looking Up in 2016
IRELAND - Overall family farm incomes are down 9 per cent in 2015, according to analysis by economists from Teagasc in their annual review of the performance of the agriculture sector....
01 December 2015
How Can Risk be Managed in Volatile Markets?
ANALYSIS - Collaboration and partnership are key to managing risk in a volatile market....
Australian Sheepmeat Exports to South East Asia Fall Slightly
AUSTRALIA - During the first ten months of 2015, Australian exports of sheepmeat into the South East Asia (SEA) region (comprising Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam,...
30 November 2015
Thousands of British Farmers to Receive BPS Payments on 1st Dec
UK - The Government's Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that around 30,000 farmers are set to receive their 2015 Basic Payment Scheme payments on Tuesday 1 December....
27 November 2015
Carcase Balance Challenges Change in Run-Up to Christmas
UK - The year-round challenge processors face in achieving carcase balance is brought sharply into focus during the run-up to the festive period....
Climate Disasters Pose Growing Threat to Food Security
GLOBAL - Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity, putting many developing countries at risk of growing food insecurity, FAO...
26 November 2015
Irish Farmers Question Levy Burden
IRELAND - Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent has said that farmers can no longer carry the burden of levies deducted from livestock prices which are failing...
24 November 2015
US Looks to Further Grow Exports to China
US - As the US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack heads to China for trade talks, the US Department of Agriculture announced considerable growth in US exports to China over the past decade....
23 November 2015
Former US Ag Secretaries Urge Congress to Pass TPP
US - A group of former agriculture secretaries have written an open letter saying that the opening of new markets is critical for farmers and rural communities....
EU Farmers to Get Money Back as Crisis Fund Not Spent
EU - European farmers will be reimbursed €410 million, which was deducted from farmers' CAP Direct Payments for the 2015 budget year....
19 November 2015
South Australian Sheep Fund Consults on Future
AUSTRALIA - The South Australian Sheep Advisory Group (SASAG) is seeking producer feedback on the future investment priorities of the SA Sheep Industry Fund (Fund) and the contribution rate to...
18 November 2015
EU Sheep Meeting Calls for More Promotion
EU - Suggested measures have been put forward for maintaining the health of the EU sheep sector, at a high level meeting discussing the challenges facing the industry....
16 November 2015
EU Agricultural Exports Increase in Value
EU - EU agri-food exports to third countries increased in value by more than 6 per cent compared to the preceding 12-month period, according to annual data....
13 November 2015
Trees Provide Money-Making Opportunities for Land Owners
UK - Land owners have the potential to make money and tackle climate change at the same time, by "selling" the carbon absorbed by trees on their farm....
Technology Investment to "Unlock Farming's Potential"
UK - Technological innovation is the key to unlocking the potential of farming by improving productivity and tackling problems such as pests and disease, Farming Minister George Eustice said...
MSD Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
US - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has entered into an agreement to acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures...
12 November 2015
EU, New Zealand Boost Trade with New Veterinary Agreement
NEW ZEALAND - Technical amendments to the EU-New Zealand Agreement on sanitary measures in live animals and animal products have recently been made to boost existing trade relations. ...
11 November 2015
Lords Look at Creating Resilient EU Agriculture Sector
UK - The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Energy and the Environment have launched a new inquiry into how the agriculture industry can respond to price volatility and help make farming more...
09 November 2015
China Focus for Lamb and Beef Exporters
ANALYSIS - North Asia and in particular China are becoming a major focus for New Zealand beef and lamb exports....
06 November 2015
Australian Livestock Producers Happy With Export Results
AUSTRALIA - The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has said the sector is enjoying a period of sustained growth, shown in the latest export figures....
04 November 2015
Census Figures Offer Insight into Scottish Livestock Trends
SCOTLAND, UK - The results of the Scottish Government’s June 2015 Agricultural Census give an important insight into livestock number trends and potential impact on the market, according to...
03 November 2015
How Can Volatility be Managed on the Farm?
ANALYSIS - One of the biggest threats and challenges to farmers today is the volatility of the market....
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