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29 April 2016
How Much Water Does it Take to Produce Meat?
ANALYSIS - As the demand for meat grows around the world and production rises, the pressure on global water resources is also growing, writes Chris Harris....
NZ Farm Salaries Strong Despite Tough Times
NEW ZEALAND - Dry stock farmers’ salaries have seen strong growth in the last year, according to Federated Farmers and Rabobank’s 2015/2016 employee remuneration report....
28 April 2016
Irish Sheep Farmers Face 'Confused Market Demand Signals'
IRELAND - The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) sheep chairman John Brooks has said that sheep farmers producing spring lamb are getting increasingly frustrated at the confused...
Sheep Worrying by Dogs Leads to Stressed Farmers
UK - Sheep worrying by dogs is causing around 85 per cent of affected farmers to experience elevated levels of anxiety and stress, a survey conducted by the National Sheep Association (NSA) has...
27 April 2016
Farming Group Launches Major Campaign on Benefits of Livestock
EU - Farming organisation Copa & Cogeca launched a major campaign in Brussels today to underline the multiple benefits of the EU livestock sector and meat for growth, jobs, vibrant rural areas,...
Sheep EID Can Help Improve Farm Efficiency
SCOTLAND, UK - Inverness farmer Euan Ferguson decided if he had to electronically identify (EID) his sheep flock, he would make the most of the information it provided. He is now convinced that...
26 April 2016
Agriculture 'Crucial' for Fighting Climate Change
GLOBAL - In addition to reducing poverty and hunger, agriculture can play a crucial role in making the response to climate change responsible and more effective, Maria-Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy...
Tips for Managing Lactating Ewes
UK - Feeding the ewe appropriately in lactation is crucial. Not having enough feed to meet a ewe’s increasing requirements can lead to higher lamb losses due to starvation, poor growth rates...
25 April 2016
Barbados Brings Opportunity for UK Beef, Lamb
UK - Exports of premium beef and lamb cuts to the West Indies present a significant opportunity for the industry, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb....
EU Agri-Food Trade Continues to Increase
EU - EU agri-food exports in February 2016 were worth €10.2 billion, which is well above export values in January 2016 and even slightly above exports in February 2015, according to the latest...
22 April 2016
Scotch Lamb Showcased at Nordic Event
SCOTLAND, UK - Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI are set to be high profile in Sweden next week at GastroNord, one of the major trade shows for the food and beverage industry in northern Europe....
Sheep Association Criticises Inflexibility of Payments Agency
UK - The National Sheep Association (NSA) has voiced disappointment this week that the sheep sector in England, which it says has already been disproportionately affected by the late arrival...
21 April 2016
Police Appeal for Information After Hundreds of Cheviot Sheep Stolen
SCOTLAND, UK - Detectives at Dumfries and Galloway Division are continuing enquiries and appealing for information following the theft of 450 sheep from the Moffat area....
Report Urging Consumers to Eat Less Meat for Planet "Riddled with Flaws"
GLOBAL - A new report from the World Resources Institute has urged consumers to reduce their consumption of meat and dairy products to help the environment, but the meat industry has hit back...
20 April 2016
NFU Favours Remain Vote in Brexit Debate
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has said that the interests of farmers would be best served by remaining in the EU after the referendum in June, based on current evidence....
Animal Welfare Concerns Linked to Proposed Lynx Introduction
UK - Following the release of a National Sheep Association (NSA) report on 'The wider consequences of the introduction of Eurasian lynx to the UK', farmers within the UK and further afield have...
EU Delegation Visits China, Japan to Promote Agri-Food Trade
EU - Phil Hogan, the EU's Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is visiting China and Japan in the coming days accompanied by a business delegation of more than 60 senior European...
19 April 2016
Canada Funds Genomics Research to Help Detect Ag Pests, Diseases
CANADA - Canada has announced $30 million of funding over six years to support advanced research in agricultural genomics to mitigate biological threats to agriculture....
South Australian Sheep Blueprint Maps Growth Strategy
AUSTRALIA - A Blueprint for the South Australian sheep industry, which aims to increase value and maintain international competitiveness has been launched....
18 April 2016
New Zealand Proposes New Animal Welfare Rules
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on proposed regulations designed to take the next step in improving animal welfare in New Zealand....
NZ Lamb Shipments, Export Returns Increase
NEW ZEALAND - The first half of the 2015–16 meat export season ended on 31 March 2016 and analysis by Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Economic Service shows that red meat (including beef, veal, lamb...
FAI Focussing on Animal Welfare Outcome Measures
UK - Carly Scott is a researcher at FAI farms in Oxford. Here she explains the principles behind welfare outcome measures and the work her and the Science Team are doing in this field....
15 April 2016
Different Parts of Meat Supply Chain Should Communicate Better
UK - Steps to further improve the open sharing of information between the different links of the red meat supply chain are key to ensuring the industry benefits fully from market opportunities,...
Vet Wins Award for Preventing Lameness in Sheep
UK - Oxford vet Ruth Clements has won a national award for her work preventing lameness in sheep....
14 April 2016
FAO Food Price Index Up a Notch
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 151.0 points in March 2016, up 1.0 per cent from February, but almost 21 points (12.0 per cent) below its March 2015 level. ...
Police Issue Further Warnings After Dog Attacks on Sheep
UK - Another branch of the police, this time the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, has asked for dog owners to keep their pets on leads after two more attacks on sheep last week....
13 April 2016
USDA Reports Record Growth In US Organic Producers
US – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector....
Reducing Food Waste Could Help Mitigate Climate Change
GERMANY - About a tenth of overall global greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture could be traced back to food waste by mid-century, a new study shows....
12 April 2016
France Launches Action on Animal Welfare
FRANCE - New animal welfare rules from France will aim to place welfare at the heart of the agriculture strategy, according to farming minister Stéphane Le Foll....
New Report Details Consequences of any Lynx Release in UK
UK - An industry roundtable discussion in London today (Friday 8th April) marked the release of a new report by the National Sheep Association (NSA) on 'The wider consequences of the introduction...
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