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23 May 2016
New Animal Breeding Rules Adopted at EU Council
EU - New rules on animal breeding were adopted at the meeting of the EU's agriculture ministers this week in Brussels, aimed at simplifying and harmonising the rules across the EU....
More UK Lamb on Scottish Retailer Shelves After Union Lobbying
UK - More Scottish and British lamb is making its way onto retailers’ shelves, which NFU Scotland says is down to its efforts....
20 May 2016
Irish Sheep Farmers Welcome Cash Boost
IRELAND - Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) sheep chairman John Brooks has welcomed news that funding of €25m has been proposed for the sheep sector in the new Programme for...
19 May 2016
Deal Offers National Shop Window for Charollais Sheep Breeders
UK - Charollais Sheep Society members have a new hi-tech, UK-wide shop window for their prime livestock, thanks to a groundbreaking marketing deal brokered with a national on-line trading company....
Sheep Farmers Offered Opportunities to Add Value at NSA Sheep Event
UK - At this year’s NSA Sheep Event, held on Wednesday 27th July at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, there will be four topical seminars providing tips and advice for...
18 May 2016
Could Sheep Be Fed on Waste Paper?
COLOMBIA - A new project at the University of Colombia is looking at feeding waste paper to ruminants, as part of an effort to ensure availability of animal feed in times of poor weather....
Sainsbury's to Stock Only British Lamb from July
UK - One of the big four retailers, Sainsbury’s, has promised to stock its shelves with 100 per cent British lamb from the start of July....
17 May 2016
Vets Call for Unrestricted Access to Slaughterhouse CCTV
UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) today re-iterated their call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and legislation to ensure...
Ministers Lock Horns Over Brexit Impact on Sheep Industry
UK - Sheep farming and the British lamb industry would be under threat if the UK left the European Union, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has warned, but Food and Farming Minister George...
16 May 2016
Report Calls for CAP Reform to Better Support Farmers in Volatile Times
UK - A call has been sent out to the European Commission by a UK House of Lords Committee reform the Common Agricultural Policy to primarily support the provision of public goods, such as increased...
Warnings Over Brexit Impact on Northern Ireland's Ag Exports
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Food and drink exports from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland worth £850 million would face an uncertain future if the UK voted to leave the EU, Environment...
13 May 2016
EU Politicians Vote to Support Origin Labels on Meat, Dairy
EU - Country of origin labelling should be made mandatory for meat and milk, MEPs reiterated once again in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday....
Rules Finalised on US Antibiotic Sales Reporting
US - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised a rule that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing...
12 May 2016
New European Collaboration to Work Towards Sustainable Agriculture
EU - A new research collaboration plans to quantify the sensitivity of ecosystems to environmental pressures in representative agriculturally dominated landscapes in Europe....
Researchers Use CT Scans to Determine Carcass Composition
SPAIN - Researchers at the IRTA institute in Catalonia are using computerised tomography (CT) scans to determine fat, muscle, and bone composition in animals or their carcasses, in a move which...
11 May 2016
USDA Provides $16 Million for Sustainable Agriculture Research
US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $16.5 million in grants to support research into methods for boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face...
Sheep Stolen Leaving Orphaned Lambs
UK - Police are appealing for information after they received a report on 30 April that two ewes had been killed in a field near Ansley, Warwickshire, the latest in a string of rural crimes targeting...
10 May 2016
Researchers Find Molecule to Reduce Methane Emissions from Sheep
SPAIN - Researchers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have discovered that a certain molecule can be used to reduce methane emissions from ruminants, without risks to the animals'...
Global Food Price Index Up in April
US - Global prices of key staple food commodities rose in April, marking its third consecutive monthly increase after four years of decline....
09 May 2016
USDA Gives $6 Million for Antimicrobial Resistance Research
US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $6 million to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). ...
Irish Farmers to Meet Factories to Discuss Lamb Prices
IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said IFA will meet Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the lamb processors this week on prices and the need...
06 May 2016
Supermarkets Stocking More Lamb, Beef Mini Roast Products
UK - Supermarkets introduced 22 new lines in the mini roast category in the last year to support the long-term sustainability of the sector, and to encourage new consumers, due to new product...
Seminar to Highlight Options for Innovation to Add Value for Sheep Farmers
UK - Volatility of farm gate prices is the new reality for UK sheep farmers – and is prompting some producers to be more innovative in attempts to add value to sheep meat and other products....
05 May 2016
Bluetongue Outbreaks Continue in France
FRANCE - A large number of further outbreaks of Bluetongue have been reported in France in the last month....
04 May 2016
Peste des Petits Ruminants Targeted for Eradication as Disease Spreads
GLOBAL - A devastating livestock disease is continuing to extend its global reach and is now present in 76 countries....
Irish Farmers Pressure Factories Over Lamb Prices
IRELAND - Speaking at the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) AGM in Dublin this week, IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said factories need to stabilise lamb prices to prevent any further...
03 May 2016
UK Farm Profitability Fell Sharply in 2015, Latest Figures Show
UK - The profitability of UK farming fell by a staggering 29 per cent in 2015, a loss of over £1.5 billion, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU). ...
Cost-Effectiveness of EU Animal Disease Programmes Unclear
EU - EU animal disease programmes do a good job of containing disease, but it is hard to tell whether they are cost-effective, concludes a new report from the European Court of Auditors....
02 May 2016
EU to Give More Money to Combat El Niño Food Security Issues
GLOBAL - €414 million of new money from the EU is going to support those countries most affected by the current food security crisis caused by El Niño and other factors....
More Transparency Needed in Supply Chain to Create Fairness
ANALYSIS - More needs to be done to ensure more transparency in the supply chain in the UK to produce greater fairness for farmers, processors and retailers....
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