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17 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom UK's red meat exports top £1.5 billion in unprecedented year
The UK's red meat exports valued at £1.5 billion despite COVID-19 shocks and increases in domestic demand. ...
16 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom UK beef production dips lower in January
The latest statistics from Defra show that UK beef production in January was 3% lower than the same month last year, at 76,400 tonnes, writes Hannah Clarke, Livestock Analyst with AHDB. ...
15 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom UK NFU joins government's bovine TB partnership
The National Farmers Union has joined the UK government's consultation to improve its bovine TB strategy. ...
View news from United Kingdom Tackling farming's hidden metal health epidemic
From 15 – 19 February 2021, the Farm Safety Foundation (also known as Yellow Wellies) will launch their fourth annual Mind Your Head campaign to illustrate actions being taken to break down mental health barriers in farming....
13 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom The UK's improved Countryside Stewardship scheme opens for 2022 agreements
Farmers and land managers across the United Kingdom are being encouraged to apply for Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements to help them protect and improve the natural environment....
12 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom Implications of Brexit on the animal science sector
British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) Vice-President Kim Matthews discusses the implications and fallout of Brexit on the animal science sector, and what the future holds going forward. BSAS communications lead Jason Simms reports on his discussion...
View news from United Kingdom New UK policy makes it more difficult for Brits to re-train for meat industry jobs
The British meat industry has had a long-running problem with sourcing labour, and that has just been exacerbated by two recent Government decisions....
11 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom UK announces grants to help farmers prepare for ammonia permitting rules
Farmers should prepare for significant changes when it comes to ammonia emissions after Farming Minister Victoria Prentis announced plans to impose regulated environmental permitting....
10 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom Germinal and Aberystwyth University join forces to help farmers achieve net zero climate goal
Germinal’s new research team embedded at Aberystwyth University brings together a unique collaboration of science and agriculture to address climate challenges and enhance agricultural productivity....
View news from United Kingdom UK farmers say poor rural connectivity is leaving them behind
More than four in 10 farmers still don’t have adequate fast and reliable broadband in order to run a modern-day farming business, according to a new NFU survey....
09 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom New video showcases COVID-19 safety measures in UK abattoirs
A new video that shows how abattoirs in the UK are taking steps to minimise the spread of COVID-19 has gone live this week. ...
08 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom UK food retailer Waitrose unveils new mobile animal welfare app
Waitrose has rolled out an innovative mobile application that assesses the emotional state of farm animals. ...
View news from United Kingdom COWS warns cattle farmers to not let liver fluke catch them out
The Control of Cattle Parasites Sustainably (COWS) group has issued guidance for cattle farmers on how they can keep liver fluke at bay. ...
07 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom Opinion polling shows Britons overwhelmingly value agriculture sector
New polling by YouGov shows that Britons respect farming as a profession and have a higher opinion of the agriculture sector than other countries. ...
05 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom In-depth cattle population study could help to reduce emissions
Research by SRUC provides insight into Scottish beef production, finding diverse farm sizes and production outputs. ...
View news from United Kingdom Changes to cleaning practices could improve calve health on GB dairy farms, according to new research
A new study looking at colostrum hygiene on British dairy farms has shown that by making a few simple changes to cleaning protocols, farmers could significantly minimise the risk of disease in calves....
04 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom Ruminant Health & Welfare responds to Defra consultation on animal transport
Any regulatory changes introduced as a result of Defra’s consultation on the welfare of live animals in transport must be evidence-based and rooted in science....
02 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom AHDB launches new DNA pilot project for beef supply chain
A new pilot project has been launched to look at the potential for DNA traceability system through the UK’s complex beef supply chain – with the first samples taken this week....
View news from United Kingdom What's on the horizon for UK agriculture?
The latest Agri-Market Outlook from the AHDB explores the UK farm sector's prospects for 2021. ...
01 February 2021
View news from United Kingdom New reports shows UK shoppers backing British farmers
A new report from the AHDB finds that consumer attitudes towards UK farmers have grown more positive amid a challenging year and significant upheavals in the agriculture sector. ...
29 January 2021
View news from United Kingdom Shorthorns shine in Scotland’s first cattle-only on-farm Yourbid sale
Over 300 online bids were placed during an on-farm breeding cattle sale, hosted by Fearn Farm, Ross-Shire on Friday 22 January 2021....
View news from United Kingdom UK vets stress that there is "room for improvement" on animal welfare at slaughter
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed England's review of Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing regulations and offers proposals to better safeguard animal welfare. ...
28 January 2021
View news from United Kingdom Brexit red tape takes a bite out of Scottish beef industry
The UK’s decision to leave the EU trading bloc has left many small- and medium-sized farm businesses struggling to cope with extra customs checks and red tape....
View news from United Kingdom UK NFU and BVA respond to government's future bovine TB eradication strategy
Defra has announced a consultation on future TB eradication strategy, which proposes to no longer license badger culls post-2022; NFU and BVA both call for new proposals to be evidence-based. ...
27 January 2021
View news from United Kingdom NFU UK calls for updates to water infrastructure to safeguard against future floods
Urgent action is needed to safeguard the UK's agricultural land in the face of extreme weather events....
View news from United Kingdom Paddock grazing helps utilise grass growth during drought
Since introducing paddock grazing to their organic unit at Oakwood Mill near Selkirk in 2010, Giles and Alison Henry have, as a result, increased stock numbers and grazing potential by 30% across 110 hectares (ha)....
22 January 2021
View news from United Kingdom UK dairy farmers reminded to print travel passes for employees
Farmers across the UK are being reminded to print off free key worker travel passes for employees amid tighter COVID-19 restrictions....
View news from United Kingdom Student scoops the UK's National Dairy Award
A final year student from Harper Adams University has beat off six other finalists and one of the highest number of entries to scoop this year’s RABDF Dairy Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers....
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