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Defra: Farming is Changing

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From their tweet today:

Farming is changing. Leaving the EU means we can design our own #agricultural policy to support the #farming industry. We plan to:
  • phase out and ‘delink’ Direct Payments
  • improve regulation
  • launch the new Environmental Land Management scheme...

Protecting lambs from pasteurellosis this autumn

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Disease diagnostic data from the last five years highlights a spike in the number of lambs succumbing to pasteurellosis during September, October and November (see figure 1).

“Last autumn, pasteurellosis – the pneumonic and septicaemic form – was the most common cause of death in lambs,” points out Dr Katie Waine, who is based at the University of Nottingham undertaking a three-year training residency to become a veterinary pathologist...

NSA launches a UK-wide survey on sea eagle release

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Written by Rachel Martin

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has opened a farmer-facing survey to gather views on the introduction of sea eagles in the Isle of Wight following the release in recent weeks.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “While this release may currently be considered a local event, if successful, it could result in White-Tailed Sea Eagles being widespread across the UK...

Cardigan mart closure ‘another blow’ for industry

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Written by Rachel Martin

The announcement by J.J. Morris Auctioneers that Cardigan Animal Market will close next month, has been described as another blow for the industry by the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

According to the auctioneer, the final market will be held on Monday, September 9. It is believed that the closure of Cardigan mart will not affect markets in Crymych and Whitland.

The mart...

Herbicide resistance crisis targeted by new Oxford tech firm MoA Technology

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Crop protection discovery company, MoA Technology Ltd, has secured over £6m of funding to develop its unique crop protection discovery platforms in a bid to avert the global herbicide resistance crisis. Charlotte Cunningham reports. It’s no secret that the overuse of a range of herbicides has led to increasing levels of weed resistance. The weeds are winning, and the the...

Deere Hints at Q4 Restructure, Added Focus on Precision Agriculture

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Written by David Frabotta

Deere, the giant maker of tractors and combines, plans to cut costs as U.S. farmers continue to grapple […]

The post Deere Hints at Q4 Restructure, Added Focus on Precision Agriculture appeared first on...

Red meat exports up 13% in half quarter of 2019

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Written by Rachel Martin

Exports of red meat and offal from the UK have enjoyed a strong start to the year with shipments surpassing 300,000t – up 13% on 2018.

According to the latest HMRC figures, more than £711 million worth of beef, lamb and pork products were shipped around the world in the first six months of the year.

However, compared to the 13% increase in volume, it’s only a rise of...

Natural England Chairman Tony Juniper at the Birdfair and Call for Evidence on the National Food Strategy

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Natural England Chairman Tony Juniper at the Birdfair and Call for Evidence on the National Food Strategy

Written by Defra Press Office

Tony Juniper at the Birdfair

[IMG alt="Tony Juniper, chairman of Natural England, standing on stage in front of a crowd in a tent at the Birdfair event at Rutland Water in...

AHDB campaign makes strides in reversing falling dairy consumption

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Written by Rachel Martin

11% more young parents will buy dairy products according to research carried out after the second year of AHDB and Dairy UK’s marketing campaign.

The study also showed an 8% fall in the number of people cutting their dairy consumption, along with an 11% reduction in intentions to consume plant-based substitutes.

Targeting 20 to 35-year-old parents, the promotional...

Opinion: 5G Wireless Internet Service is Necessary to Meet Future Farming Demands

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Written by Matt Hopkins

Expanding wireless internet access in rural areas will continue to fuel the truly game-changing advances being made by […]

The post Opinion: 5G Wireless Internet Service is Necessary to Meet Future Farming Demands...

Welsh dairy co-op posts record sales of £52.9 million

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Written by Rachel Martin

Wales’s oldest dairy farming co-operative is celebrating record sales of £52.9 million.

The boost has allowed South Caernarfon Creameries to create 11 new jobs taking its total workforce to 130.

Based in Chwilog, near Pwllheli, the firm has expanded its product range, grown its customer base and recruited more Welsh farmers as supplying members.

The creamery, which is...

Government launches consultation on future of UK agri-food industry

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Written by Rachel Martin

British shoppers could be able to buy environmentally-friendly, healthy and affordable food under plans for a radical shake-up of the UK’s agri-food industry.

As one of the first steps, the Government is today (August 17), launching a call for evidence, giving everyone from consumers, farmers and food producers, to scientists and academics, an opportunity to shape how...

BPS loan support for Welsh farm businesses announced

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Written by Rachel Martin

A new loan facility to help Welsh farmers who won’t receive their Basic Payment on day one has been announced by Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.

The existing Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment window of December 2, 2019, until June 30, 2020, will be maintained, whilst a BPS Loan Scheme for farmers who don’t receive their first...

Water companies pledge to plant 11 million trees by 2030

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Water companies pledge to plant 11 million trees by 2030

Written by Defra Press Office

Image of people planting trees

Credit: Yorkshire Water

Water UK has today (15 August) announced that English water companies have pledged to plant a combined 11 million trees over the coming...

Brexiteers promised a new dawn for UK farming, not agricultural Armageddon | Polly Toynbee

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Brexiteers promised a new dawn for UK farming, not agricultural Armageddon | Polly Toynbee

Written by Polly Toynbee

A new report sounds the death knell for Britain’s farms in the event of no deal. It’s not the vision our farmers were sold
A small flock of sheep is...

BASIS expands team with new COO

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Written by John Swire

Standard setting, auditing and training organisation, BASIS, has appointed a chief operating officer (COO) to support the current team and drive business operations forwards with a new sustainable, green strategy.

Stephen Jacob, BASIS CEO, explains that Linda Lippiatt is a farmer’s daughter from the West Country and has 22 years’ experience across the agricultural...

Agritechnica to forge closer links with UK famers

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New International Farmers’ Day UK - The prospect of Brexit leaves UK farmers seeking ways to increase production efficiency to compete on world markets

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Representatives from the organiser of Agritechnica, the DLG (German Agricultural Society), were at Cereals 2019 to inform farmers from the United Kingdom (UK) about what they can see when this year’s trade fair takes place in November. The...

Meat, dairy and nurturing the soil | Letters

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Meat, dairy and nurturing the soil | Letters

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Dr Phillip Williamson, Yvonne Ingham and J Peter Greaves respond to Guardian coverage of the IPCC special report on climate change and land
George Monbiot is grossly unfair to describe as “pathetic” the new IPCC special report on climate change and land...

80: Marketing campaign reignites love of dairy

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80: Marketing campaign reignites love of dairy

Written by AHDB

John Bates talks to AHDB's Marketing Manager Stu Baker and Analyst Susie Stannard about the results from the recent marketing campaign with Dairy UK through the spoof organisation 'The Department of Dairy Related Scrumptious Affairs.'

Find out...

Man arrested over illegal sheep butchery released on bail

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Written by Rachel Martin

A man arrested in connection with a series of illegal sheep butchery offences has been released on bail as Operation Stock investigations continue.

On Saturday, August 10, officers from Northamptonshire Police and Warwickshire Police executed warrants at four addresses in Coventry as part of joint investigations into incidents of sheep slaughter, illegal butchery and...

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