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Red Tractor Week celebrates trusted food

Consumers are being encouraged to support quality farming and reliable practices by getting behind Red Tractor Week 2017. 

Farmers urge action on Brexit opportunity

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the government to take advantage of the opportunity Brexit presents to create a “regulatory environment for farming that is streamlined, grounded in science and respects realistic farm practices”. 

Grant assists UK’s farming and rural life

A total of £540,000 worth of funding has been allocated to 18 projects in rural communities throughout the UK.

Government set five tests to rewrite agriculture policy

High standards for animal welfare, the environment and labour cannot be watered down post-Brexit as they need to be the bedrock of Britain’s new food and farming vision, the Soil Association has claimed.

Gove: UK has historic opportunity to review animal welfare

The UK has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to review animal welfare policy, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

Farm minister ‘understands’ Brexit labour fears

The government hopes to offer work permits to EU meat factory staff but has stressed its priority remains controlling immigration, farming minister George Eustice said. 

National Farmers' Union Scotland urge more farming engagement ahead of Brexit

The head of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland has called for more clarity and engagement with the farming industry as negotiations for Great Britain to leave the EU begin.

Calls made to ban Brazilian meat imports, amid scandal

The Northern Irish farming industry has demanded that Brazilian meat imports be banned completely. 

Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UK’s farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit. 

NFU sets out post-EU plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of ‘Vision for the Future of Farming’ papers. The publication outlines key issues set to impact British farming, which must be addressed now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Leadsom pledges red tape action for farming industry

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has vowed to cut red tape for the farming industry. 

Farming unions join forces on Brexit concerns

The UK’s four farming unions have issued a joint call for the government to “maintain full, unfettered access to the single market”. 

Hard Brexit may spark job losses in meat and farming

A hard break from the European Union could lead to job losses for small meat and farming businesses trapped between rising production costs and fixed shelf prices, warns Nick Clegg. 

NPA airs Brexit concerns to Defra

The National Pig Association (NPA) has urged Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom to ensure pig farmers get a fair Brexit deal. 

Top meat showcased at the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

Some of the best meat in Scotland is receiving a platform to show off as part of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. 

Small family farms declining

The number of small family farms in the UK has dropped since the beginning of the century due to poor farm succession and retirement planning. 

Increased backing for British farming

The number of people supporting British farming has increased for the fifth year in a row, according to a National Farmers’ Union (NFU) commissioned survey from OnePoll. 

Waitrose claims the range has the potential to have a significant impact on health
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Waitrose and Moy Park launch omega 3 enriched chicken range

Waitrose has teamed up with Moy Park to launch the UK’s first-ever chicken range that is a source of omega 3. 

Lords EU Committee backs farming industry

The House of Lords EU Committee recently published a report outlining what needs to be done to increase resilience in the farming sector in the face of volatile prices. 

Holly Beckett has been awarded with a Frank Parkinson Agri-leadership fund bursary
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Funding drives positive change in agriculture

The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust and Holly Beckett, a 2015 Nuffield Scholar, have both been unveiled as recipients of Frank Parkinson Agri-leadership fund bursaries. 

Waitrose in hot water for sourcing New Zealand lamb

Sheep farmers have been left angry with supermarket chain Waitrose after it marketed New Zealand lamb under its Duchy brand. 

NFU reveals which supermarkets support British meat

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has launched an online supermarket sourcing guide that allows consumers to know who is backing British farming. 

Defra says no to EU exit, NFU reticent

The government says an EU exit would create uncertainty for UK farmers and their ability to trade internationally, but the National Farmers’ Union is still undecided on what outcome would be best for the industry. 

Scottish farmers urged to contact local authorities over drowned livestock

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFU) has advised farmers that have come across livestock drowned in recent floods that don’t belong to them to contact their local authority. 

AgriBank is looking for another successful year at LAMMA 2016 in Peterborough
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AgriBank continues to support farming industry

Dedicated lender to the UK farming industry, AgriBank, is looking to carry on its success at this year’s Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) event.

EIDCymru splits opinion

A new electronic sheep movement reporting system, EIDCymru, is set to go live in Wales as of Monday, 18 January 2016, although not everybody in the industry is convinced about the need for the move. 

NFU looks to the year ahead

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has urged the government and the complete food supply chain to back the British farming industry as we enter 2016. 

Jude McCann from Rural Support with Philip Rainey of Simple Power
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Moy Park helps rural families in need at Christmas

Moy Park has donated produce to a Christmas Hamper Scheme, which provides help for rural and farming families. 

Northumberland farmer William Walton is the newest member of the NBA board
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National Beef Association welcomes new board member

Third-generation farmer William Walton has been welcomed by the National Beef Association (NBA) as the organisation’s newest board member. 

Some sheep farmers have been left frustrated with Tesco over New Zealand imports
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Tesco threatened with protests by lamb farmers

Farmers for Action (FFA) has said it will protest at Tesco’s distribution sectors and meat packaging division over claims the retailer will not fully commit to supporting British lamb producers.

Sheep and beef farmers less attuned to what their marketplace demands, according to report
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Change needed in the red meat industry, says expert

The head of agriculture and research for meat processor Dunbia has encouraged the meat industry to embrace change.
 

HSBC outlines challenging market for agri-food sector

The economic environment faced by farmers and growers in the UK is now tougher than at any time for the past decade, claims HSBC’s head of food & agriculture Allan Wilkinson.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year named

A family-run farm in Aberdeenshire has been named as the 2015 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

The Lyon family with an award winning cow
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Farming family eye cattle victory

In the aftermath of recent show successes, the Lyon family, who farm cattle near Bourne in Lincolnshire, are heading to the 2015 East of England Smithfield Festival next month in the hopes of replicating their achievements.

McCarthy declares support for British farming

During a Labour Party conference in Brighton, Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy announced that she supported British farming.

MPs seek answers for falling meat prices

Following a difficult summer for cattle producers, the government’s environment, food and rural affairs committee is to examine aggravating factors affecting farmgate prices.

Kerry McCarthy MP has been appointed Shadow Environment Secretary
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Mixed reaction to McCarthy appointment

The farming community has given a decidedly lukewarm reaction to the appointment of Kerry McCarthy MP as Shadow Environment Secretary. 

Welsh lamb EID project proves a success

The initial findings from Wales’ Electronic Identification (EID) project have revealed that 80% of participating farmers found the recording device easy to operate.

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

New jobs created in farming sector

Twenty new jobs have been created at three businesses in north Pembrokeshire, after a scheme to help farms diversify helped the owners find new markets.

European farmers receive multi-million euro fund

A €500 million package has been unveiled by the European Commission to help support European farmers.

Supermarket aids livestock farming industry

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is encouraging young people to take part in its farming apprenticeship scheme. The next intake will see the trainees working alongside the livestock and poultry sector. 

British farming support urged by trade bodies at emergency summit

Leading bodies in the farming industry met for an emergency summit to discuss serious concerns faced by the trade. 

UK farming bodies call for emergency meeting

The UK’s farming unions are calling for an urgent meeting with UK farming ministers to discuss pressing issues concerning the industry.

16 people were killed on British farms in 2014/15 due to equipment or being trampled on by cattle
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37 deaths on farms in 2014/5, with cattle and vehicles most common causes

Moving cattle and vehicles are the biggest causes of deaths on British farms, provisional figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed.

British sheep farmers facing uncertain future

Hundreds of sheep farmers have been left doubting the future of their livelihoods after falling lamb prices have resulted in many producers being paid less than the cost of production.

Asda has committed to supporting the UK lamb industry with measures including price rollbacks
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Asda pledges support for UK lamb producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed plans to support the UK’s sheep farming industry by ensuring that most of its lamb will be UK-sourced as of mid-July. 

Defra to make data available to businesses

Defra is to release all the data it holds in the hope rural businesses will be able to use it to improve productivity in farming. 

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Farm efficiency in focus at Soil Association livestock event

Low input production techniques for innovative farming will be examined at next week’s Soil Association National Livestock Event.

Celebrity chef gets behind drive for British farming

TV chef Tom Kerridge has thrown his weight behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) campaign to back British farming and food.

NFU urges politicians to back British farming

NFU president Meurig Raymond has delivered an impassioned plea for whoever is in power after the general election to back British farming, eradicate bovine TB, and prepare properly for the potential of ending up outside the EU. 

Government outlines long-term plan for food and farming

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss aims to ensure a thriving industry through her long-term economic plan for food and farming, outlined at the NFU Conference this week.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

NFU launches pre-election food and farming drive

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is set to launch a national campaign to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election.

China agriculture and food counsellor appointed

The UK’s first agriculture and food counsellor in China has been appointed, to help increase British food and drink exports to the country.

Upland farming conferences planned

Eblex and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) are teaming up to host two conferences, focusing on helping upland farmers develop profitable farming businesses.

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the government’s long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Farming conference attracts political heavyweights

The 2015 Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) kicks off tomorrow, and a wide range of speakers will address a number of vital issues relevant to the meat industry.

Farmers call for government support in 2015

Farming leaders are calling on government support to back their industry and help reverse a decline in self-sufficiency.

Asda launches female farming group

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

Farming minister accused of complacency on campylobacter

Food and farming minster Minister George Eustice has been branded a “mouthpiece for poisoners” by a Labour MP as the campylobacter debate reaches the Commons.

AHDB prepares for 2015 conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to hold its 2015 Outlook Conference, which will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster on Wednesday 11 February.

NI poultry farmer enhances biosecurity with viewing gallery

Moy Park poultry farmer Graham McIlroy has installed a new viewing gallery that will enhance biosecurity.

NFU sets stage for scientific discussion on bovine TB

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has hosted leading UK experts to discuss the scientific basis for eradicating bovine TB (bTB).

AHDB chairman reveals organisation’s ambition

Alongside new headquarters the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chairman has announced a new long-term ambition to become a “world-leading centre of excellence” for UK agriculture.

Tulip joins forces with Scottish pig producers in new initiative

Tulip and Scottish pork producers have taken control of a Scottish processing plant as part of a new collaboration said to be “fantastic news” for the Scottish pig industry.

Parents want school food to be British wherever possible, according to NFU poll

Parents want more British food in schools and more education on food and farming, according to a recent poll for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Moy Park to open 100th poultry house

Moy Park has announced it will open its 100th poultry house through its ‘Plan to Grow’ expansion programme.

Pig Pledge launched by welfare groups

Animal welfare campaigners have launched ‘The Pig Pledge’ campaign to encourage consumers to change their shopping habits and only buy high-welfare pork.

Staffordshire firm aims to ‘bring classroom to the countryside’

Staffordshire pig and poultry producer Packington Free Range is investing in the next generation’s education by launching an education project that works with schools to “bring the classroom to the countryside”.

Study reveals better consumer perception of farming

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the results of a survey which shows that 90% of people believe farming is important for the country’s economy.

Welsh sheep farmers to benefit from £1m technology scheme

Welsh sheep farmers are set to benefit from a £1 million Welsh government project, which will help them embrace technology and improve profits.

Food and Farming Journalism Bursary winners announced

The winners of the Food and Farming Journalism Bursary, developed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ), have been announced.

NFU takes cycling challenge to support farming in Africa

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is set to take part in a 100-mile cycle to raise money for farmers in Africa.

Welsh meat body announces scholarship winners

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has announced the winners of this year’s HCC Livestock Scholarship.

Kate Humble to address Welsh red meat conference

Television personality Kate Humble will speak at this year’s Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) annual conference, it was announced today (22 July).

MEPs back British farming

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has received 33 signatures from MEPs in Strasbourg who are committed to the Back British Farming Pledge.

Waitrose raises price floor for British beef

In the wake of the UK’s beef pricing crisis, Waitrose has raised its “price floor” for British beef.

Live export protest taken to London

Animal welfare charities hosted a protest against live exports through London yesterday (3 July), calling on Defra to “stand up for sheep”.

Export conference highlights opportunities for future growth

Opportunities for market growth and insights into the performance of the red meat sector were discussed at the Eblex Export Conference which took place this week (25 June).

New director for Welsh farmers’ union

The Welsh National Farmers’ Union (NFU Cymru) has appointed a new director at a time when representation of its members has “never been more important”.

Tributes paid to Sir Ben Gill

Farming leaders have been paying tribute following the death of a former leader who guided the sector through some of its most troubled times.

Bursary for food and farming journalism announced

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) have launched an initiative to encourage people into a career in agriculture.

2 Sisters’ free-range chicken suppliers celebrate milestone

Westcountry Free Range Farmers, a co-operative of free-range chicken farmers and a key supplier to 2 Sisters Food Group, is celebrating after reaching a milestone 100-flock cycles of chicken production.

Peter Kendall appointed as new AHDB chair

Former National Farmers’ Union president Peter Kendall has been appointed by government as the new chair of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), with effect from 1 April 2014, for a three-year term.

Conference to look at future of livestock production

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) Annual Conference 2014 will look at the potential effects of large-scale livestock systems on animal health and welfare, during a workshop that will look at the future of livestock production.

Mixed reaction as bovine TB stats show fewer cattle killed last year

Latest government figures have shown levels of cattle killed due to bovine TB dropped in 2013, but widespread concern remains.

John Homewood passes away

Oxfordshire farmer John Homewood has passed away unexpectedly, aged 84.

Huge Co-op losses to lead to sale of farms

The Co-operative is reportedly set to announce losses of £2bn for 2013, and is likely to sell its farming operations.

Book claims to expose 'true cost of cheap meat'

Campaigners have launched a new book which claims to expose the “true cost of cheap meat” and act as a “wake-up call” for consumers.

NFU says right CAP is central to food security

Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday, National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall said a refocused Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was vital for the farming industry’s future.

Red tape cuts will save £70m, says Paterson

Speaking yesterday at the Oxford Farming Conference, secretary of state Owen Paterson announced that cuts to red tape will save farmers and taxpayers £70m, allow businesses to flourish, and help prevent disease.

Future of agriculture discussed at OFC

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is currently taking place on 6-8 January, with speakers including Secretary of State Owen Paterson, European Commissioner Dacian Cioloș and National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall.

Eblex responds to meat tax proposals

Eblex has hit back at claims that taxes on meat could help reduce the production of global warming gases from farming.

Wales looks beyond UK borders

With improved market returns and sheep numbers finally recovering after months of decline, the Welsh meat industry could be described as relatively buoyant. But there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the sector, with high input costs, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and a financially troubled eurozone putting pressure on farmers and processors.

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