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27 July 2016 | Finance,News,Sheep

Scottish government to pay out £5.6m over next few days to support upland sheep farming



27 July 2016 | Finance,News,Sheep
Scottish government to pay out £5.6m over next few days to support upland sheep farming

Payments under the new Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS) are about to start, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed. The Sco...


27 July 2016 | Animal Health,News,Poultry
Clear product labelling 'crucial' as more retailers end sales of caged eggs

Clear product labelling will be crucial as more retailers announce that they will stop selling eggs from enriched colony cage systems, the British Fre...


Industry tour to inspire next generation of crop scientists

AHDB-funded PhD students will grow their understanding of the practical applications of science in horticulture at a series of visits next week (3 – 4...


27 July 2016 | Bees and Beekeeping,News
Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees

Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees, a new study from the University of Bern has shown. Ma...


27 July 2016 | Dairy,Finance,News
Calls for urgent change to guarantee dairy farmers get their 'fair share'

Retailers and processors in the dairy supply chain are being called to ensure dairy farmers receive a fair share from the recent uplift in milk prices...


Will Brexit hit Northern Ireland farmers hardest?

Farmers in Northern Ireland are anxious to work with their counterparts in the Republic to secure deals for exports after Irish agriculture minister M...


27 July 2016 | Grassland,News,Top Tips
Proven varieties key to success of multi-species swards

Multi-species leys combining nitrogen-fixing and nitrogen-lifting pasture plants can offer significant benefits to sheep farmers, particularly in low ...


27 July 2016 | Market Reports,News,Sheep
New report explains the economic, environmental and societal benefits of sheep in uplands

The National Sheep Association has released a special report to raise awareness about upland and hill sheep farming in the UK. The NSA want to prom...


Pioneering SPot Farm hosts share new innovations

Hosts of the very first AHDB Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm opened their doors to over 100 industry peers in discussions of best practice in the face of...


27 July 2016 | News,Poultry,Supermarkets
Egg producers 'need clarity' over retailers future cage-free plans, NFU says

Retailers who are stopping the sale of caged-eggs by 2025 must give their egg suppliers 'more clarity on timelines' and tell producers which system wi...


27 July 2016 | Dairy,News,Shows and Events
Cheese expert Nigel Pooley wins British Cheese Board award

Cheese expert Nigel Pooley has received The British Cheese Board (BCB) Nantwich Show Cheese Industry Award in recognition of his invaluable contributi...


27 July 2016 | Meat Processing,News,Organic
Sales of organic meat increases as research confirms it contains 50 per cent more Omega-3

Sales of organic red meat have increased following research confirming organic meat contains up to 50% more Omega-3 than non-organic meat. The meta...


Government rejects emergency application to control 'crop damaging leatherjackets'

The government has rejected an emergency authorisation application for the use of chlorpyrifos, applied by NFU Scotland. Farmers and crofters have ...


27 July 2016 | Arable,Crops and Cereals,News
Winter barley begins 2016 harvest results: Overall yield average of 8.85 t/ha

Harvest results have started to come in from AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) trials, with trials in North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk reporting th...


UK supplies reducing due to improved balance of trade

Domestic pig production growth is expected to draw back in the second half of 2016, although still ahead of 2015 levels, AHDB Pork have forecasted. ...


UK could generate £35m due to US proposals to relax imports on British lamb, George Eustice says

The mission to get British lamb chops back onto American dinner plates has moved a step nearer, Farming Minister George Eustice announced at the Natio...


26 July 2016 | News,Sheep,Shows and Events
Sheep-shearing world record smashed by New Zealand man

32 year old New Zealander Matt Smith has smashed the sheep-shearing world record, with thousands of people watching from around the world. Mr Smith...


26 July 2016 | Dairy,News,Produce
Positive signs for British dairy as public stick to home-grown British cheese, figures show

The British public are shunning away from foreign made cheese and sticking with home-grown British cheese, according to figures from AHDB. With a q...


Free on-the-spot analysis for silage samples at UK Dairy Event

AB Vista is offering free-of-charge, on-the-spot analysis for silage samples brought to the company’s stand (H102) at the 3rd UK Dairy Day event, to b...


'Time for caged eggs to be consigned to the history books', says RSPCA

The cage-free movement in the UK has began to gather pace, with four major retailers this week announcing their decision to drop caged eggs in favour ...


Current drone regulations do not go far enough, warns rural organisation

Rules surrounding the use of drones must keep pace with the rapid growth in their use, according to the CLA. The organisation said current drone-us...


26 July 2016 | Dairy,Finance,News
Suffolk-based dairy farm expands with £200,000 funding from HSBC

Suffolk-based Fen Farm Dairy is set to expand its production of fine cheese, raw cultured butter and raw cream, after receiving a £200,000 loan from H...


Managing risk critical for farmers of the future, TV personality Adam Henson says

Managing risk is going to be one of the most important skills for farmers of the future, TV farming personality Adam Henson has said. The industry ...


26 July 2016 | Dairy,Market Reports,News
Global dairy companies shrunk during 2015 forcing attention towards new markets

Global dairy companies shrunk during 2015, forcing attention towards new markets for further development, in particular Africa. The Rabobank Global...


26 July 2016 | News,Rural Life
NFU Cymru to provide major cash support for 2016 National Eisteddfod

NFU Cymru will be showing its support for the National Eisteddfod by sponsoring one of the event’s most prestigious competitions. An eisteddfod is ...


26 July 2016 | Government,News,Poultry
Brexit already affecting free range egg producers, industry says

Brexit is already affecting free range egg producers, with the falling value of Sterling increasing the price of feed, says the British Free Range Egg...


26 July 2016 | Feed and Forage,News,Top Tips
Farmers advised to study silage swiftly to aid financial planning

Farmers wanting to gain more control over their winter feed budget should analyse their silage cuts sooner rather than later. This is the advice fr...



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