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06 October 2015
Lamb Price Drops After Muslim Festival
UK – British lamb trade took a hit last week in the wake of the religious festival Eid-al-Adha. ...
05 October 2015
Millions of Dollars of Funding to Support US Farmers Announced
US - The US Department of Agriculture has announced $8.4 million of funding to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers....
Australia Wool and Sheepmeat Survey Opens
AUSTRALIA – A producer survey to assist farms and industry bodies in making informed business decisions is collecting data this month....
02 October 2015
NZ Lamb Exports Down, but Chinese New Year a Positive
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's lamb exports for this season (October 2014-July 2015) are three per cent below last year's figures, according to the latest data from Statistics New Zealand....
01 October 2015
Negotiations on TPP Continue Amid Canadian Concern
US - The US is hosting negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in Atlanta, amid concerns from Canadian farmers that it could put their popular supply management...
29 September 2015
Texas Goat and Sheep Industries in Flux
US – Texan sheep and goat producers are working in a changing sector but one that remains vibrant, a new event learned on Friday....
Farm Minister Pressured into Sheep Industry Commitments
IRELAND – Sheep industry chiefs laid out priority policy moves for the sector to agriculture ministry Simon Coveney in an impromptu meeting at a ploughing match on Friday....
New Copa President Outlines Top Priorities for Farmers
EU - Copa has elected a new President, Martin Merrild from Denmark, to lead European farmers for the next two years, with top priorities including a cut in red tape and better prices for farmers....
28 September 2015
Wool Prices Slip Again
AUSTRALIA – Wool markets softened further last week after exhibiting some “signs of life”, according to Australia’s industry board....
25 September 2015
New Zealand Sheep Industry in Contraction
NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand’s sheep flock has shrunk to 28.6 million, a drop of 4.1 per cent on the previous year....
22 September 2015
Bluetongue Returns in Romania
ROMANIA – Bluetongue has returned to Romania, hitting several farms in the north east of the country....
21 September 2015
New Company Setting Good Example in Food Waste Battle
SWITZERLAND - A new start-up company in Switzerland is leading the way on helping to reduce our food waste, writes Lucy Towers....
Wool Prices Weaken Under Cautionary Purchasing
AUSTRALIA – Turbulent markets continued the recent depression seen in the wool markets last week, resulting in a two per cent contraction. ...
Fewer Lambs in England, Says Defra
ENGLAND – Lamb numbers have taken a surprising fall, decreasing by 2.8 per cent to 7.7 million head, according to Defra’s most recent statistics. ...
17 September 2015
NFU Calls for Transparent Timeline on CAP Payments
UK - The Rural Payments Agency appears to be making good progress in processing claims but must be more transparent with its timeline for delivering BPS and agri-environment schemes as thousands...
New Grants Available to Boost Farm Productivity
UK - £5 million of funding is now available under the latest phase of European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-agri) grants to boost the productivity...
16 September 2015
Infographic Sheds Light on What Food We Need
UK - A novel way of displaying food production information is hoped to get consumers thinking more about what they eat....
15 September 2015
FAO Food Price Index Registered Steady Meat Prices in August
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 155.7 points in August 2015, down 8.5 points (5.2 per cent) from July, the sharpest monthly drop since December 2008. ...
Volatility Continues in Australian Wool Market
AUSTRALIA – Gains made by Australian wool traders from strong uplift early last week were “practically eliminated” by the final day of selling....
14 September 2015
CME: US Meat Consumption to Grow
US - Annual US per capita meat consumption will grow by more than 2 pounds this year for the first time since 2004, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
11 September 2015
Farmers Ask for Fairer Sharing of Scotland's Record Food Returns
SCOTLAND, UK - Scotland has had a record-breaking success from food and drink recently, but the National Farmers' Union in Scotland (NFUS) has said that the rewards need to be better shared with...
Farm Environment Subsidies Have Positive Effect
UK - New research from the University of Cambridge has suggested that subsidies provided to farmers to protect the environment do have a positive effect....
Sheep Sector in Spotlight as UK Farming Unions Meet in Brussels
UK - Livestock board chairmen from the UK farming unions have met in Brussels to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the beef and sheep sectors. The discussions followed Monday’s...
10 September 2015
UK Food Export Value Falls
UK - The value of UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports has dropped, reaching a total of £6bn in the first six months of the year – a fall of 5.3 per cent on the same period in 2014....
09 September 2015
National Bans on GM Food, Feed Imports Rejected
EU - The agriculture committee rejected the European Commission's draft law that would give member states the power to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GM food or feed on their territory....
08 September 2015
Europe Agriculture Crisis: Will €500 Million Be Enough?
ANALYSIS – An estimated 6,000 farmers and 2,000 tractors brought Brussels to a standstill yesterday as bureaucrats formulated strategies to stabilise the sector....
Australian Wool Markets Rebound
AUSTRALIA – Much stronger prices in the Australian wool markets this week have largely cancelled out last week’s downward movement, maintaining values around 23 per cent ahead year on year....
04 September 2015
New DNA Study Rewrites Genetic History of Sheep
GLOBAL - New DNA analysis of Asian sheep has revealed unique diversity crucial to contemporary food and climate concerns, in a study by a global collaboration of scientists....
Preparations Intensify Ahead of EU Agricultural Meeting
EU - Agricultural ministers and organisations have been meeting all over the EU in preparation for an extraordinary meeting of ministers on 7 September....
US Opens Doors to Lithuanian Meat
LITHUANIA - The US has opened its market to imports of beef, pork, sheep and goat meat from Lithuania....
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