The Tenant Farmers Association is pleased that, at long last, the necessary legislation
to enact the legislative recommendations of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group
(TRIG) report has been laid before Parliament.
NFU Scotland has demanded an extension to the registration process for water
abstraction, to sort out the confusion caused by the late announcement of the
final details of the licensing scheme.
For the third year in a row the quality of well over half the lambs slaughtered
and classified in English abattoirs has met the preferred target market specification.
English beef producers have considerable potential for increasing returns through
sustained breeding-based improvements in carcase quality.
The cushion of subsidies may have been taken away but livestock producers are
now market focused and the benefit is real returns for good efficient production.
Scotland’s farming union has reacted with fury to reports that Asda is
demanding lump sum payments from its suppliers, apparently to pay for its current
Confirmation this afternoon from Unison that it intends to halt production in
major UK meat plants has been greeted with dismay by NFU Scotland.
NFU Scotland has learnt that farmers waiting for payments from the Single Farm
Payment (SFP) National Reserve will now not receive this payment when the balance
payment on their original SFP is paid.
In 1976 – exactly 30 years ago – CLAAS introduced the ROLLANT round
Leaders of the three main farming organisations expressed anger and dismay after
a further meeting with food and farming minister Lord Bach and head of the RPA,
NFU Scotland Vice President Bob Howat has outlined how the renewable energy industry
could offer great opportunities for farmers throughout Scotland.
The Prime Minister has acknowledged receipt of an 11,315 signature e-petition
which opposes badger killing as a means to control bovine TB in cattle.
The NFU is championing the key role farmers can play in reducing greenhouse gas
emissions in light of the launch of the UK Climate Change Programme 2006.
NFU Scotland is warning that a potential strike next week by the Meat Hygiene
Service (MHS), as part of the local authority pension dispute, could cause enormous
disruption and damage to the Scottish livestock industry.
Three leading Cumbrian beef farms will be the subject of farm visits as an optional
part of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2006, to be held at Borderway
After running a very successful series of meetings last year, the NFU is on hand
again this year to help give farmers the information they'll need to fill in
their Single Farm Payment forms.
Farmers and auctioneers have denounced the Government's decision to press ahead
with pre-movement testing of cattle aged 15 months and over.
The long spell of cold weather across many parts of Britain has delayed grass
growth this spring.
The Badger Trust has welcomed the introduction of pre-movement TB testing for
cattle in England today, but argues that more can still be done to bring the
disease under effective control.
A record number of dairy herds have qualified for the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup in the
North East and Yorkshire regions this year.
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) is entering its second year
with continued financial support from an industry group to the tune of £100,000.
There are serious questions for the Scottish Executive to answer over plans to
burden farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) with further regulation, according
to NFU Scotland.
Cases of Bovine Spongiform Encepalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease” worldwide
are declining, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
ONE OF Northern Ireland’s leading demolition contractors has taken delivery
of the UK’s first JCB JS330 HRD excavator.
The annual White Rose Limousin Group Sale sold to a top price of 3,600gns for
a heifer consigned from the Pennys herd of Paul and Penny Walker.
A breakthrough milk testing kit that allows dairy farmers to rapidly confirm
individual dairy cows in the herd with high somatic cell counts.
The leading price from the bullock sale was £3,000 for a Limousin cross
shown by brothers Michael and Robert Scott of Thirlwall Castle, Greenhead, Carlisle.
YOU don't have to slay a dragon to be a modern day St George, according to the
English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Horticulturists in the North West now have a voice on the NFU's national horticulture
Two significant developments this week have raised further questions over the
need for the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.
The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the publication of the Defence Estate
2006 Strategy which recognises its farm tenants as important stakeholders.
An increasing number of Cumbrian dairy farmers are taking a leaf out of their
counterpart’s books in Germany, where 60pc of replacement heifers are reared
on computerised calf feeding systems.
A joint statement in the midst of the deepening cash crisis in agriculture caused
by the failure of DEFRA and the Rural Payments Agency.
NFU Scotland President John Kinnaird has described today’s Budget as another
mixed bag for farmers and rural communities.
NFU Scotland has received confirmation from Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie
that the deadline by which farmers can register to abstract water at a lower
charge will be extended from 31 March to 30 September.
THE British Pig Executive (BPEX) is pleased the Advertising Standards Authority
has upheld a complaint it made over an advertisement by the Vion Group, owners
of Key Country Foods.
A record price for a Simmental female was established at the dispersal sale of
the Darshams herd at Newark Livestock Market.
The Dairy Event is scheduled for further expansion at its Stoneleigh Park, Coventry
site on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September.
A new cover to protect bales against the elements and also ensure good storage
ventilation is now available from Volac International.
Defra today announced plans to develop statutory producer responsibility regulations
to increase the collection and recycling of non packaging farm plastics.
LIVESTOCK producers seeking a high feed value forage crop should take a close
look at wholecrop spring barley.
English flocks have much to gain from planning culling and cull ewe finishing
to take advantage of higher seasonal prices.
Staff of the Meat and Hygiene Service (MHS) have notified NFU Scotland of possible
industrial action in relation to proposed changes to the Local Government Pension
An innovative practical design aimed at saving new born lambs is the 100th business
to be supported by Growing Routes, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society initiative
which nurtures embryonic businesses.
Populations of Tree Sparrows, Whitethroats and Green Woodpeckers are increasing
according to statistics published by Defra today.
BEEF from England's North West could be in the forefront of a new export drive.
EXPORTERS keen to get beef back onto the French market are being invited to a
business convention in Paris arranged by the English Beef and Lamb Executive
The Tenant Farmers Association has told Defra Ministers that it has until Wednesday
22 March of next week to come up with a plan for resolving the problems with
making Single Farm Payments.
Few will know that Aberfeldy was recently crowned Scotland’s first Fair
THE hunt is on the for best steak pie in the land - and to boost sales of beef.
Farmers are being urged to be on high alert for sheep scab, as sheep that have
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Written Parliamentary Statement by Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs on the Single Payment Scheme.
Australian farmers were among the first in the world to plant biotech cotton
in 1996, and today, more than 90 percent of the 320,000 Australian cotton hectares
is planted to biotech varieties.
Young people seeking a career in dairy farming will be able to explore how to
achieve that first rung on the ladder at a seminar organised by the Fresh Start
initiative, to be held at Harper Adams University College.
The Badger Trust welcomes the latest report from MPs into bovine TB and publishes
humiliating evidence which demonstrates that Defra's vets have "absolutely
no idea" about how a badger killing policy might work in practice.
SHEEPSKINS from Britain will soon be finding their way to Northern Africa following
a new agreement brokered during a meeting with a Moroccan Government delegation.
Peter Kendall, President of the NFU, today announced his immediate policy priorities
for the coming months at a press conference in London.
The Royal Smithfield Club has confirmed that there will be the traditional livestock
competitions at the end of this year.
The Tenant Farmers Association has lodged its concerns over the chaotic administration
of the Single Payment Scheme with the senior management of the RPA and DEFRA
Dairy farmers were joined by processors urging the dairy industry to develop
much needed trust and integrity to enable them to adapt to the tough challenges
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has called for humane badger culling
in high TB incidence areas as part of Defra’s overall strategy to control
Prospects for UK grown rapeseed have never looked better with the crop increasingly
in demand for both edible and biodiesel markets.
Ensiling big bale silage with an inoculant this coming season will help to reduce
losses and achieve a higher quality forage over untreated bales, according to
results from trials at ADAS.
Mainstream agrochemical prices could well rise sharply across the country this
season following two years of dramatic world oil and gas price increases, warns
a newly-published industry outlook report.
Mike Harrison of Sleddale Hall, Shap secured the top price of 3,800gns for his
home bred junior bull Shapfell Vimto at the Blonde Society first official spring
sale at Carlisle.
NEWS that butchers can continue the traditional practice of hanging and maturing
beef on the bone is a relief for the industry says Richard Ali, Chief Executive
of the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Spring turnout is traditionally the time of year to make sure your herd is fully
vaccinated, but all too often heifers fail to receive adequate protection.
Under the new Single Payment Scheme regime, the region's farmers are having to
re-think many aspects of their business, including their borrowing arrangements.
ERADICATING complicated and bureaucratic rules that govern the way farmers move
sheep has become one of the NFU's top priorities.
A new Ultra Early forage maize variety now available in the UK will offer farmers
in both favourable and less favourable areas new options when growing the crop,
says British Seed Houses.
FABBL, the UK food industry’s leading inspection and certification organisation,
is sponsoring a two day show and sale of cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
Industry support for the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2006, is reflected
in strong trade stand bookings for this year’s event at Carlisle on Friday,
The re-opening of unrestricted beef sales to other EU countries after mid-April
gives UK beef farmers their best chance for ten years to break the supermarket
stranglehold on farm prices.
Compassion in World Farming has appealed to British farmers not to resume sending
calves abroad following today’s vote to lift the 10-year ban on beef and
cattle exports from the UK.
NFU Scotland has described the announcement today of the lifting of the ban on
the export of British beef as an enormous boost for the beef industry and Scottish
A VITAL vote in Europe to pave the way towards lifting the ten-year-old restrictions
on British beef exports has been given a hearty welcome by John Cross, Chairman
of the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
NFU Scotland has welcomed the launch, by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust,
of the Farmers and Landowners Access Grant Scheme (FLAGS).
Apprentice engineer, Andrew Mitchell is making quite a name for
himself in the highly competitive world of ploughing matches.
The Canadian Belgian Blue Association (CBBA) launches its new website as it expands
its activities and visibility in the Canadian cattle market.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has been working closely with
DEFRA since the threat of an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) arose.
Beef farmers with holdings in one and two year TB testing parishes should face
no more regulation than is necessary, says NBA.
The National Beef Association is underlining the damage to beef sector sustainability
provoked by yet more price reductions in supermarkets.
A chilly Chelford sees the sale of livestock’s hottest prospects as the
Champion crossbred makes 3,000gns.
PRODUCTIVITY problems in the British pig industry are being tackled in a joint
venture by the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
The Tenant Farmers Association has told DEFRA that it needs to think again about
the changes it wants to make to the agricultural and horticultural levy boards.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has supported recommendations
made in the Government's levy board review to retain the Milk Development Council.
Peter Kendall has been elected President of the National Farmers Union of England
A demonstration trial has shown that the productivity of land was greatly improved
by trace element supplementation.
At Friday's NFU Scotland Council meeting in St Andrews, Bob Howat and Jim McLaren
were elected as Vice Presidents of the organisation.
Two of Scotland's most innovative and exciting businesses have been rewarded
for their efforts, coming winner and runner-up in the prestigious NFU Scotland
Making optimum use of grazed grass in the spring and early summer in particular
offers English grass beef producers improved profits.
The NFU Scotland Young Achiever Award, which is sponsored by The Royal Bank of
Scotland, has rewarded two of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Scottish
Two farmers who have helped to protect some of Scotland’s rarest species
and habitats, including corncrakes and bats, have been rewarded through one of
Scotland’s top conservation awards.
The Smithfield Show, the livestock and farm machinery exhibition held in London,
has been cancelled as a result of poor bookings from machinery exhibitors.
A new website has been launched for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, a charity
dedicated to the preservation of Britain’s native livestock.
The best of Orkney and Shetland food and drink will be on the menu at the NFU
Scotland Annual Dinner, taking place at the St Andrews Bay Hotel on Thursday
2 March 2006.
Scotland’s hard-pressed dairy farmers have received a further slap in the
face with the confirmation that Robert Wiseman Dairies will reduce the milk price
it pays direct suppliers by 0.65pence per litre from 1 March 2006.
BEEF and sheep producers in Gloucestershire and Hampshire came under the searching
gaze of French journalist Pierrick Bourgault on a tour of livestock farms organised
by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
With Scottish pig farmers being told of plans to cut both farmgate prices and
the numbers of pigs processed in Scotland, NFUS has expressed its grave concerns
about the future of the Scottish pig industry.