Husbandry news around the UK

1 May 2019



Livestock auction markets contribute £3.4bn to rural economy, report shows

1 April 2019

The report shows how both buyers and sellers benefit from fair prices at markets

UK agri start-up raises £2.2m to revolutionise livestock industry

24 March 2019

Breedr is set to become the world’s first global marketplace for fully traceable meat

New ‘no-deal’ notification system launched for livestock imports

20 March 2019

Defra has launched the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System

'Use your mart' campaign urges farmers to 'take back control'

18 March 2019

Farmers have found themselves short-changed by direct contracts

Northern Irish farmers encouraged to buy local grain

15 March 2019

Buying local grain adds provenance to a farmer's product

'No deal' Brexit: Prepare for changes to imports and exports, farmers told

21 February 2019

The government has urged farming businesses to prepare for changes to animal imports and exports in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit. New ...

Public opinion wanted on DNA altered meat

18 February 2019

A survey seeks to gauge public opinion on gene-edited meat and whether they would eat meat from an animal that has had its DNA altered. P...

New report captures data on levels of antibiotic use in livestock

31 January 2019

A new report released today captures resistance in four bacteria that are common to both humans and food-producing animals in the UK. The...

Mobile abattoir plea for rural Scotland as services decrease

23 January 2019

The Scottish government has been urged to commit to implementing a network of mobile abattoirs across rural Scotland. The number of abatt...

Livestock Information Service will 'transform' livestock sector, NFU President says

22 January 2019

The Livestock Information Service has the potential to transform the livestock sector through greater transparency and data sharing, NFU Pre...

New campaign calls on farmers to 'shout about the sire'

21 January 2019

A new campaign entitled 'Shout about the sire' has been launched to encourage farmers to improve profitability and boost competitiveness. ...

Dorset's last livestock market shuts down ending decades of tradition

11 January 2019

A 64-year-old livestock market in Dorset is now closed and will shortly be demolished to make way for a supermarket, despite campaigner pres...

Scottish livestock farmers face mixed fortunes in run up to Christmas

17 December 2018

Scottish livestock farmers and crofters are facing mixed fortunes of farmgate prices as the festive season approaches. The farmgate price...

Project to enable farmers to determine optimum size for livestock

13 December 2018

A new research project is aiming to improve production efficiency in the UK by enabling farmers to determine the optimum mature size for bot...

New UK powers could mean live export ban despite industry concern

1 December 2018

Significant new powers granted to the UK and devolved nations post-Brexit could be used to introduce a ban on live exports. As the UK dev...

Member States frequently flout EU animal welfare laws, auditors warn

15 November 2018

Animal welfare on EU farms remains inadequate as a new report finds Member States routinely tail dock pigs and ignore rules on long-distance...

Drought-hit farmers urged to apply for Temporary Prescription Adjustment

26 September 2018

Defra has announced a list of 40 Temporary Prescription Adjustments where it is willing to adjust requirements in ways designed to ease shor...

NFU President says new Livestock Information Programme is 'pivotal'

4 September 2018

The National Farmers' Union President has said the new Livestock Information Programme is "pivotal" in bringing the livestock sector togethe...

Farmers told to invest in newer farm buildings to reduce emissions

22 August 2018

Farmers must invest in newer, more efficient buildings in order to reduce their ammonia emissions, according to a leading farm group. The...

Farm featured on BBC series The Archers opens £1m share offer

9 August 2018

A farm which was featured on the hit BBC series The Archers has opened a £1 million share offer to protect its future operations. Stockwo...

'Game changing' digital system to transform UK livestock sector

5 August 2018

A "game changing" digital data system could prove central to a post-Brexit livestock sector. An agreement with Defra for the AHDB to deve...

Hot weather starting to influence livestock market

30 July 2018

The heatwave has started to impact the livestock market as the effects of lack of forage availability, reduced livestock growth rates and a ...

Interim report shows UK farming’s progress towards antibiotic use targets

29 July 2018

The UK farming industry is progressing towards achieving 2020 targets for antibiotic use in each of eight different livestock sectors. Th...

Co Down farmer sentenced to four months in prison for livestock offences

20 July 2018

A County Down farmer has been sentenced to four months in prison after he pleaded guilty to livestock offences. Christopher David Potts, ...

Agreement signs development of new livestock traceability service

4 July 2018

An agreement has been signed between AHDB and the government which will see a new multi-species livestock traceability service for England b...

New initiative looks at ways to develop 'smart farms'

29 June 2018

A new initiative will work close with the farming industry and government to explore ways to develop 'smart farms'. Farmers and agri-busi...

Reducing age at first calving can save dairy farmers thousands

15 June 2018

Reducing the age of first calving from 26 to 24 months can potentially save dairy farmers £300 per heifer, according to research. AHDB-fu...

Livestock farmers urged to use correct injection sites

14 June 2018

Farmers may be losing money by incorrectly injecting livestock and damaging carcase value, a survey has revealed. Incorrect injections ca...

'Stalwart of the livestock business' dies after 33 years in the industry

12 June 2018

A "stalwart of the livestock business" has passed away after 33 years in the industry, livestock marketers Meadow Quality has confirmed. ...

Project to encourage young farmers in promoting native breeds

8 June 2018

A new government-funded project to be launched by Adam Henson at a popular agricultural show seeks to encourage young farmers in promoting t...