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06 April 2016
Lack of Detail on Brexit Means Voting Decision Hard for Sheep Farmers
UK - With the referendum on Britain’s membership in the EU looming, the National Sheep Association (NSA) claims it is impossible for farmers to make an objective decision on how to vote due...
New EU Animal Health Law to Improve Ag Competitiveness
EU - The EU has adopted a new Animal Health Law, which Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said was another weapon in the fight against animal diseases and antimicrobial...
05 April 2016
Irish Farmers Left Without Disposal Route for Dead Sheep
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the lack of action by the Department of Agriculture in providing a cost effective and competitive...
29 March 2016
EU Politicians Call Again for Country of Origin Labels for Meat, Milk
EU - Food safety MEPs reiterated their support for introducing mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk, in a non-binding resolution voted on Tuesday. ...
11 March 2016
Farmer Organisations Push for Action on Crisis Ahead of EU Meeting
EU - Presidents of the UK farming unions will meet UK ministers in Brussels to discuss ways to respond to the deepening European agricultural crisis ahead of a high-profile meeting of Europe’s...
03 March 2016
Farmers Need Contingency Plan for Brexit
UK - A contingency plan for agriculture should the UK vote to leave the European Union on June 23 is absolutely essential according to the Farmers’ Union of Wales....
02 March 2016
Would British Farmers be Better Supported Outside the EU?
UK - British farmers could receive a basic grant of £90 per acre to replace the subsidies in the Common Agricultural Policy if the UK votes to leave the EU in June....
29 February 2016
EU Exit for UK Would Be "Leap Into The Dark"
UK - At a time of severe price volatility and global market uncertainty it would be wrong to leave the European Union, the UK's Environment Secretary Liz Truss told the National Farmers Conference...
Call for More Government Support for Farming Sector
UK - The National Farmers Union has called on the British government strengthen the powers of the Grocery Codes Adjudicator to be extended across the supply chain....
19 February 2016
Vets Mark Foot and Mouth Anniversary by Challenging Budget Cuts
UK - On the 15th anniversary of the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has emphasised the vital role of vets and veterinary surveillance in protecting...
16 February 2016
Cumbrian Floods Caused Hundreds of Sheep Deaths, Survey Shows
UK - Farmers who suffered flood damage in the worst hit areas of Cumbria have responded to an industry led survey and the results are staggering....
12 February 2016
Busting Myths and Misunderstandings Over Antibiotic Resistance and Regulations
ANALYSIS - Concrete proposals under the review of the European regulations for the use of veterinary medicines are expected to come into effect by the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019....
04 February 2016
Scottish Farm Profits Heavily Reliant on EU Payments
SCOTLAND, UK - Staying in the EU is ‘absolutely crucial’ for the future of Scottish farming, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has said....
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
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...
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....
18 January 2016
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...
11 January 2016
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: Research Investment to Make British Agriculture More Competitive
UK - The British government is to focus more investment on research into animal and plant health research in a bid to make British agriculture more competitive....
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...
22 December 2015
Payments to Begin in Irish Sheep Technology Programme
IRELAND - Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has announced that payments under the Sheep Technology Adoption Programme will begin issuing to successful participants...
18 December 2015
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...
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...
16 December 2015
New Zealand Extends Sheep Breeding Project
NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics is increasing the breadth of testing for genetic potential in New Zealand sheep by adjusting the focus of its Central Progeny Test to increase relevance...
15 December 2015
2015 Irish Sheep, Goat Census Commences
IRELAND - Over 45,000 flock owners, registered as keepers of sheep and goats on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database, will this week receive the Annual Sheep and Goat...
11 December 2015
Government Issues Support to Flood Affected Farmers
UK - The UK's Farming Minister, George Eustice, has confirmed that support payments worth up to £20,000 will be available to farmers across Cumbria and North Lancashire who have been affected...
09 December 2015
China to Help Africa Modernise Agriculture
CHINA - The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has announced that China is starting major operations to help people in Africa modernise agriculture, among other cooperation projects....
07 December 2015
Concern Over Make-Up of Australian Animal Welfare Committee
AUSTRALIA - Farmers have expressed concern at the recently appointed Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC)....
03 December 2015
Minister to Look Into Sheep Dip Related Illnesses
UK - Agriculture minister, George Eustice has promised the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group that he will look into government archives relating to illnesses that are believed to be related to...
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