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NFU issues Brexit agriculture policy plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) wants government to adopt a bold domestic agriculture policy after exiting the EU.  

Scottish beef producers warn against Mercosur deal

Representatives from the Scottish beef industry have spoken out against a possible trade deal with the South American trading bloc Mercosur.

Grass-fed beef is not eco-friendly, report finds

Grazing livestock on grassy pastures is not as environmentally sound as the idyllic image suggests and assumptions that meat production must grow to meet rising protein demand needs questioning, a report has claimed.

Lynx trust misunderstands the sheep sector, says industry

The Lynx UK Trust has been accused of “completely misunderstanding the concerns of the sheep farming world”.

Prime Minister supports Back British Farming Day

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s support of its Back British Farming Day and her recognition of farming’s importance to the nation. 

Classification systems create excitement

Following AHDB's recent call for views on the future of classification, there has been cautious excitement among NFU members. Being able to quantify and recognise British meat quality in a new way really appeals. 

NFU to Tesco: Be clear on your lamb sourcing policies

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed its concerns over Tesco’s drop in lamb facings. 

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”. 

NFU urges against hard Brexit

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has debunked claims that Britain will see a £135 billion benefit from a ‘hard Brexit’. 

Farmers’ union aims to boost sheep scheme’s efficiency

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has demanded that changes be made to a financial support scheme for sheep farmers. 

Farmers’ Union takes on rural crime in new report

Combating rural crime has become an area of focus for the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Cymru branch. 

Fears of lynx introduction reaffirmed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has repeated its concerns over lynx being reintroduced into the British countryside.

NFU issues food industry worker access warning

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned the government there may be a “significant shortage of people to work on Britain’s farms” if it does not address growing concerns over access to workers. 

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.

National Farmers' Union calls on retailers to avoid ‘long and complicated’ supply chains

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for the avoidance of “long and complicated” supply chains.

Farmer confidence hit by political uncertainty

A National Farmers’ Union (NFU) survey has revealed an 18-point drop in mid-term confidence in the last two years. It says the political environment is a key driver for this fall. 

Co-op commits to British meat

As of today (Tuesday 2 May) The Co-operative will commit to sourcing only 100% fresh British bacon and lamb, ditching Danish bacon and New Zealand lamb.

National Farmers' Union warns of farm income volatility

The agriculture industry needs mechanisms to help deal with increasing volatility. This is the message being delivered by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Farming union inspires younger generation

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging young people to take up agriculture as a career path. 

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.

NFU welcomes Lidl’s British farming support pledge

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has praised retailer Lidl for its promise to support British farming by signing up to the Back British Farming Charter. 

Farmers’ union highlights importance of trade deals amid Brazil meat scandal

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has emphasised the importance of securing trade deals and the high standards of British food production. This comes after allegations that Brazil has been selling and exporting rotten meat. 

Prime Minister’s commitments to British farming welcomed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitments to supporting British farming post-Brexit.

Calls made for Scottish government to continue greylag goose support

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has called for the Scottish government to continue funding of greylag goose management schemes. 

Budget relief a ‘sticking plaster’ for long-term problem

Philip Hammond’s first Budget as chancellor has been criticised for not offering enough relief to counter a business rates increase. 

Over two-thirds of Scottish retailers support local lamb, though more work to be done

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s Shelf Watch Survey has indicated a variance in the amount of Scottish lamb available in some of the country’s largest retailers. 

Retail price war: will the discounters win ground in meat?

A retail price war will continue in 2017 as the hard discounters, Aldi and Lidl, compete with the supermarket giants and each other for increased meat sales. 

Clarity urged on online origin labelling

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for more information on a product’s country of origin to be provided for online shoppers. 

Retailers urged to support British poultry amidst AI crisis

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on British retailers to continue their support for producers that have had to keep poultry indoors due to the bird flu crisis. 

Final call for Scottish farmers to log calf information in BES initiative

The deadline is looming for farmers who have applied to the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) in Scotland to log calving information, before the cut-off date of Tuesday, 7 February. 

Poultry producers at risk of going out of business over free-range status

British poultry producers have been warned that their businesses may be at risk of closure if the free-range status of their poultry is not extended.

Farmers' Union appoints new head of food and farming

Philip Hambling has been appointed head of food and farming for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

National Farmers' Union airs fears over supermarket’s ‘anti-meat agenda’

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed “major concerns” over an initiative to encourage consumers to eat more vegetarian options. 

Industry expresses concerns over PM’s Brexit plan

The Prime Minister has said a “bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union” will be a priority in Brexit negotiations, although this has received a less-than-popular reaction from the meat industry. 

Positive outlook for new-season lamb, says farming union

New-season lamb at farm level prices is "marginally above" last year's levels, according to the National Farmers' Union's (NFU) chief livestock adviser John Royle.

Government extends Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

The government has extended an Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, first implemented on 6 December 2016, until 28 February. 

Scottish beef farmers encouraged to apply for beef support scheme

Beef farmers in Scotland have been urged to apply for the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme ahead of the 31 December deadline.

Famers’ union warns of increase in livestock worrying

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has told pet owners to keep their animals under control as they exercise them over the Christmas period. 

Meat industry calls for Single Market access post-Brexit

Organisations from across the meat industry have come together in support of tariff-free access to the Single Market.

Welsh Cambrian Mountains Lamb PDO request welcomed by farming industry

Cambrian Mountains Lamb could soon be benefiting from Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, a move that has been well-received by the industry. 

Urgent scheme needed for non-EU farm workers

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the Home Office to deliver a substantial trial of a Seasonal Agricultural Permit Scheme for non-EU workers in the 2017 season. 

Market needed for Shetland light lamb

With prices for Shetland light lamb down to £5 a carcase, a market is desperately needed for the product. 

Scottish secretary joins farmers’ union conference line-up

The Scottish Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, is expected to address Brexit negotiations at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s Autumn Conference. 

Farmers’ union calls for grocery adjudicator to be extended

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has requested that the Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA) be extended to cover more of the supply chain. 

Scottish farmers warned of Winter thieves

As the colder months approach, farmers and crofters in Scotland have been advised to remain vigilant in protecting their property. 

Fake farms help Tesco grow sales

Tesco’s controversial in-house farm brands have helped the retailer grow sales by 1.3% in the 12 weeks to 9 October 2016, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Industry welcomes M&S commitment to Scottish lamb

Representative bodies within the sheep and farming sector have greeted Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) announcement that it would only be sourcing fresh lamb sold in Scottish stores from Scottish farms. 

NFU Scotland praises supportive retailers

NFU Scotland has praised a drive by retailers to support Scottish farmers, crofters and the country’s beef industry by stocking Scotch Beef. 

NFU Scotland seeks assurances over post-Brexit funding

The National Farmers’ Union in Scotland (NFU Scotland) has called for assurances from the assembly government on maintaining funding post-Brexit. 

Farmers union appoints Brexit head

Nick von Westenholz will head the Brexit unit at the National Farmers Union (NFU) as it moves to strengthen and extend its political reach following the UK public’s fateful decision.

Emerging themes cropping up in farmers’ Brexit consultation

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) director general Terry Jones has highlighted some of the key concerns of members as Great Britain prepares for Brexit.

Asda called on to support British producers

Following on from a recent beef and lamb country-of-origin survey, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on Asda to improve its commitment to supplying British red meat. 

Brexit: no plan to chicken out

The meat industry is seeking a template for a profitable and productive system after UK Prime Minister Theresa May poured cold water on left-wing calls for a revote on June’s EU referendum. 

Country of origin labelling meat
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BMPA advisor questions calls for mandatory origin labels

A representative of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has cautioned against latest calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) across all meat products.

Origin labels: government 'should move now'

The government should launch compulsory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, farmers’ unions and the National Pig Association (NPA) have urged in a letter to Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom. 

NFU pins hopes on MP support for Back British Farming Day

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on MPs to show their support for their local farmers by wearing a specially-made British lapel pin for Back British Farming Day (Wednesday, 14 September). 

Farmers encourage consumers to buy British during Red Tractor Week

Members of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) will have a presence in supermarkets across the country to communicate the importance of British food in support of Red Tractor Week (12 – 18 September).

Scotland expresses concern over future of immigrant workers

Scotland’s meat processing and farming sectors have united to urge the government to provide assurance on the status of workers from outside of the UK. 

Industry prepares for Love Lamb Week

As Love Lamb Week gets underway tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September) industry bodies are preparing to take part and promote lamb as a versatile and simple dish to cook. 

New measures announced to tackle TB

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced further measures today (Tuesday, 30 August) to tackle bovine TB as part of its 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease. 

Tesco and Aldi revealed as best supporters of Scottish beef

Tesco and Aldi were named as the only two multiples in which shoppers were guaranteed that any burgers they bought would be Scottish, according to the latest shelf watch carried out by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland. 

Farming union launches post-Brexit consultation

British farmers are being provided with the chance to “shape the future” of the sector following on from the EU referendum result. 

Lidl shows support for Scotch Beef

Scottish beef is receiving support from a Lidl campaign, which is being backed by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland. 

Farmers’ union blasts National Trust over ‘damaged countryside’ portrayal

The National Trust has come under fire from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) after it called for reforms of farming subsidies post-Brexit to reverse the damage of the natural environment. 

Bright future for Scottish pig industry

The future for pig farming in Scotland is looking positive, according to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scotland’s New Generation Committee and Scottish Pig Producers. 

Scottish hill-sheep scheme launches with lower payments

The new Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSS) has launched, with payments being made at €78 per hogg head, according the Scottish branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Deadline for beef funding scheme extended

The cut-off date for the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) has been extended from its original date of Friday, 15 July to Sunday, 31 July to allow more time for farmers and crofters to complete their calving data on the ScotEID website.

Man arrested and charged following £11,000 theft of livestock

Farmers and crofters are being encouraged to report livestock thefts, following the arrest of a 22-year-old man who stole £11,000 worth of animals in the Highlands. 

NFU complains to Trading Standards over Tesco fake farms

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has formally complained to the National Trading Standards Institute over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on food products. 

NFU introduces first new branch in 80 years

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland is to launch a new branch to meet demand, for the first time since the 1930s. 

Food industry campaigns to new Prime Minister

New Prime Minister Theresa May has been called on to support British produce by the food and drink industry. 

Payments to Scottish sheep farmers delayed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has expressed disappointment over delayed payments under Scotland’s new Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSS).

‘Business as usual’ for UK farmers

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has responded with enthusiasm to the idea that the industry will continue to have full access to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support schemes and to the EU internal market – for the time being. 

Calls to tweak Scotland’s Beef Efficiency Scheme

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has suggested eight simple recommendations on how the Scottish government can make its Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) more effective for the country’s cattle producers.

Seven pillars of farmers’ post-Brexit proposals

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has revealed the seven proposals it believes will equip farmers to face an economic future outside of the EU.

NFU pleads for reassurance for EU farming schemes

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has written to EU commissioner Phil Hogan calling for reassurance that schemes currently available to UK farmers will remain open and in place until 2020.

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. 

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future “uncertainty” following Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 

Beef Efficiency Scheme launched in difficult climate, says industry expert

Scotland’s Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) is the “start of a slow burn”, said National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s former president Nigel Miller. 

Bluetongue can affect ruminants such as sheep as well as cattle, goats and deer and camelids, such as llamas and alpacas
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Bluetongue meetings hit the road

The Joint campaign Against Bluetongue (JAB) will be hitting the road to deliver a series of meetings that will provide bluetongue updates to farmers, veterinarians, and the wider industry. 

Livestock worrying addressed at NFU conference

The board chairman of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Charles Sercombe, has called on police forces to investigate incidents on livestock worrying (the act of causing distress to livestock) and to prosecute those who act irresponsibly. 

Farmgate prices damaging confidence of livestock sector, industry bodies warn

Downward pressure on farmgate returns is affecting livestock producers’ confidence, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

NFU Scotland vice-president encourages beef producers to apply for efficiency scheme

National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland vice-president Rob Livesey highlighted the “particularly difficult time” the beef sector is facing in his latest blog, and how this can be overcome. 

Concerns for Scottish beef producers over Mercosur deal

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland highlighted the dangers that a flawed trade deal with South American countries could have of the country’s beef industry. 

Industry celebrates Great British Food

Organisations from across the farming industry are joining forces to celebrate British food. 

Simpler rules for livestock movements

Livestock producers can expect to benefit from simplified rules regarding livestock movements, according to the Department for the Environment & Rural Affairs (Defra). 

US beef showcased in capital

Chefs and the media industry were treated to a dinner at the deputy ambassador to the United States’ house in London yesterday evening (Monday 25 April) to showcase US beef. 

NFU Scotland calls for lamb support

NFU Scotland has written to some of the UK’s largest retailers asking when they expect to exclusively stock home-produced lamb in their stores. 

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. 

Government under fire for U-turn on animal welfare guidance

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has decided to reverse its decision to allow “industry-led” guidance, leading to criticism from livestock organisations. 

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. 

Sheep producers told to remain vigilant against sheep scab

Scottish sheep farmers are being advised by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland to report any suspicious signs of sheep scab among their animals. 

The retail price for beef has fallen and the NFU says it is "worrying"
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Calls for beef farmers to receive fair share of margins

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has called for cattle farmers to get a fairer share of the retail price of beef. 

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. 

McDonald's UK study helps farmers get greener and richer

Fast-food chain McDonald's has launched one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for Co2 reduction and boost profits. 

Scottish farmers express concern over delivery of government hardship payments

Details of the Scottish government’s Hardship Scheme have been revealed, although questions are still being raised over the delivery of payments. 

NFU president calls for more referendum information

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the Prime Minister to provide more facts on the impending EU referendum. 

NFU calls summit on beef and lamb promotions

Processors, retailers and levy boards have been asked to come up with new and innovative methods or marketing beef and lamb by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Farmgate prices impacting incomes

Prolonged drops in farmgate prices have been blamed for the falling farm income by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

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. 

John Dickson says the 'situation for dairy farmers is now critical'
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NFU appoints new Argyll & Islands regional chair

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has appointed John Dickson as the new chairman for the Argyll & the Islands region.  

Industry needs to promote beef and lamb, says NFU deputy president

The red meat industry ought to do more to promote and market its products, said Minette Batters. 

Terry Jones is to take up the role of director general at the NFU in April
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Terry Jones appointed new NFU director general

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has appointed Terry Jones as its new director general. 

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. 

NFU encourages consumers to back British this Christmas

As the final countdown to Christmas approaches, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is taking the opportunity to highlight to consumers how they can support British farming beyond the festivities. 

Quinney has been heavily involved with the NFU and was a previous AHDB Beef & Lamb board member
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Adam Quinney takes on Stuart Roberts' AHDB role

Adam Quinney has taken on Stuart Roberts' responsibilities as chairman of the beef & lamb sector group at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with immediate effect, after the latter stepped down in August.

Support needed for the beef sector

The government, meat processors and retailers need to do more to market the UK’s beef sector, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters has said.

NFU and NSA meet with government over sheep movement concerns

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the National Sheep Association (NSA) have held an urgent government meeting concerning the inspection and penalty process for sheep movement reporting. 

NFU criticises Dunbia’s change in cattle specification

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has disapproved Dunbia’s “unacceptable” changes to its terms and conditions for cattle specification on such short notice. 

Tesco makes lamb pack pledge

Tesco is to stop selling lamb products in mixed origin packs following a meeting with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

NFU to discuss exports to the US

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is meeting with senior US officials this week to talk about the potential resumption of beef and lamb exports to the country. 

Canada opens borders for UK beef

The UK and Ireland are among countries that are now able to send beef to Canada, after it opened its borders to EU beef products for the first time in nearly 20 years.

British lamb still not receiving full home support

Recent figures show that the UK’s leading supermarket, Tesco, is still failing to support British lamb. The data highlighted that the amount of local lamb stocked in the supermarket chain had seen a significant decrease.

Andy Robertson's premature retirement means the NFU needs a new director general
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NFU starts search for new director general

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has begun its search for a new director general following the resignation of Andy Robertson in August. 

NFU Scotland meets with Tesco following labelling scandal

After Tesco’s inaccurately marketed New Zealand lamb under signs reading ‘Best Scottish Lamb in season’, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland took action to ensure this kind of fraud is not replicated in the future.

NFU Scotland slams Tesco’s ‘misleading’ practices on lamb

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland president Allan Bowie called Tesco’s practices on lamb “wholly unacceptable” after it was revealed the supermarket chain was placing imported lamb from New Zealand under signs labelled ‘best Scottish Lamb in season’.

European farmers receive multi-million euro fund

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

Update: Roberts receives support in levy row

The British Meat Processors Associations (BMPA) has backed Stuart Roberts' reasons for resigning from his post at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

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.

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.

NFU calls on retailers to support British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged all major retailers to strengthen their commitments to sourcing peak-season British lamb. 

NFU president Meurig Raymond has called on the new government to act on crucial farming issues
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NFU urges government to act on farming issues

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on David Cameron’s new government to take decisive action on issues such as Basic Payment System (BPS) and TB eradication. 

Concerns over new bTB testing regime

Cattle farmers have raised concerns over a new bovine TB (bTB) testing programme, due to come into force in England on 1 May, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has reported.

Asda apologises for lamb gaffe

Asda has apologised for mis-labelling imported lamb as British, after a customer uncovered a New Zealand health stamp on her joint.

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 retailers to back British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK’s major retailers to plan ahead and back British farming for this year’s lambing season.

Campylobacter webinar gets to heart of the bug

A successful ‘Cracking down on Campy’ webinar, a joint project between MTJ and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), saw a range of experts discuss what the industry is doing, and needs to do, to combat the bacteria. A recording of the webinar can still be accessed by following the link at the bottom of the story.

Badger debate takes political turn

The badger cull debate is hotting up ahead of the general election as political parties set out their stalls, while unions and campaign groups also become more vociferous.

Food industry expert highlights opportunities

The chief executive of research company IGD has predicted a changing picture for the food industry in the coming years, and outlined a number of opportunities for producers.

Poultry council expresses TTIP fears

Trade negotiations with the US have the potential to undermine the British poultry industry, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Commissioner defends CAP policy

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan has defended the reputation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and appealed to critics not take its benefits for granted.

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.

Ed Milliband said it was Labour's "moral duty" to protect animals.
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Labour dismays NFU with badger cull promise

Labour has pledged to abandon the badger culls if they win the general election in May.

Processor code of practice finalised

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have finalised a processor code of practice, which is now set to be introduced.

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

“The poultry meat industry likes recessions,” according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Red Tractor reassures industry over scheme review

A shift to whole life assurance for beef under the Red Tractor scheme will not lead to any shortening of supplies within the sector, bosses have pledged.

Campylobacter campaign launched

Lurking unseen in fridges throughout the country, campylobacter has become the number one source of food poisoning in the UK. Yet from a consumer perspective it is relatively unknown.

NFU welcomes sentencing of badger cull activist

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the sentencing of a prominent badger cull activist for breaching an injunction designed to protect those involved in culls.

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.

Report suggests testing more effective than culls in bTB fight

A new research report shows that testing cattle for bovine TB (bTB) would be more effective than badger culls in the fight to control the disease.

AHDB chair knighted in New Year’s Honours list

Former NFU president and current Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chair Peter Kendall has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours 2015 list.

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.

NFU calls for rollout of badger culls

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for a rollout of badger culls to other regions, claiming that the extended pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire have been effective.

Scottish farmers’ union presidential candidates revealed

The final list of six candidates for next year’s National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) presidential elections has been announced.

NFU voices concern over abattoir waste charges

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has claimed that abattoir waste charges have been hiked up in recent weeks, and has called on processors to explain the rises.

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

NFU urges vigilance following bird flu incident

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged poultry producers to remain vigilant after avian influenza was discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire

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).

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).

CAP front-loading payments for beef farmers dismissed

Scottish beef farmers are disappointed that payments under the Beef Calf Scheme will not be front-loaded as originally suggested by the Scottish Government.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

QMS wins award for lamb campaign

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has picked up another marketing award for its successful ‘Wham bam thank you lamb’ campaign.

Three new members join AHDB board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Board (AHDB) has appointed three new board members.

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.

NFU takes to social media to expose foreign lamb retailing

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging producers to take to social media to bring retailers who are promoting out-of-season foreign lamb into light.

‘Devastating blow’ for Scotland’s chicken industry

The Scottish chicken industry has been dealt a “devastating blow” after contracts with four free-range producers were terminated, according to NFU Scotland (NFUS).

Farming unions slam retailers over beef price share

UK farming unions have called for retailers to increase farmers’ share of beef prices, “or risk undermining future supplies”.

QMS enlists help of beauty queen for latest lamb campaign

With the help of Miss Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new Scotch Lamb campaign which aims to reach 90% of Scottish adults.

Farming and sheep bodies join forces on lamb

As lamb prices take a tumble, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has teamed up with the National Sheep Association (NSA) and produced the ‘Vision for British Lamb Production’ report.

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.

Retailers pledge support for British lamb to NFU

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has held positive talks with a number of retailers in light of members’ protest action against Tesco promoting New Zealand lamb, at the Royal Welsh Show.

Cattle trade shows signs of stabilising

The cattle trade is steadying, due to tightening supply and increased demand, according to industry experts.

NFU protests against Tesco's NZ lamb promotion

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) staged a protest outside the Tesco stand at the Royal Welsh show yesterday (21 July) against its promotion of New Zealand lamb during prime British lambing season.

British farmers to benefit from public procurement plan

Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced a potential £400m boost for British food businesses in a move that has been backed by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

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.

NFU hits out at Tesco on British lamb policy

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has strongly criticised Tesco for promoting New Zealand lamb during the prime UK lamb season, which “misleads consumers”.

Bagley criticises beef crisis summit in blog

Norman Bagley, policy director of the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), said very little came out of the recent beef crisis summit other than “hot air”, in meatinfo’s latest blog post.

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”.

Beef industry gathers to tackle ‘perfect storm’

A “perfect storm” was responsible for the crisis affecting the beef industry as leaders and politicians gathered to find solutions with farming minister George Eustice this week.

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”.

Poultry farmers win right to create energy from litter

New European poultry litter rules will help the poultry industry become more sustainable and produce healthier birds, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

NFU members able to report retailer breaches anonymously

Farmers can now anonymously report retailers for breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) thanks to a new scheme, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Scottish associations to join forces over beef marketing

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) and the NFU Scotland (NFUS) are to work together in a bid to address the issues of price pressure and premium cattle losses.

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.

NFU student magazine reaches awards finals

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) student magazine has been shortlisted in the Cover of the Year category in the coveted Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Awards.

Co-op to slash prices on everyday meats

The Co-operative has launched its latest price slashing campaign, ‘Fair and Square’, which has reinforced fears of a supermarket price war.

NFU Cymru director steps down

Mary James, director of NFU Cymru, has announced her decision to retire after 15 years working at the Welsh union.

Producers, processors and auction marts optimistic, says survey

An Eblex survey has revealed that, after a number of difficult years, confidence among beef and sheep farmers, meat processors and auction marts is growing.

McDonald’s launches new digital business tool to help farmers save money

Fast food giant McDonald’s has launched a new digital business tool, which aims to help the beef industry save money and reduce CO2 emissions.

NFU hits out at badger cull decision as farmer loses quarter of herd

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has said that government decisions have left farmers’ hands tied, while bovine TB destroys their businesses.

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.

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Former NFU president takes up World Farmers leadership

Peter Kendall, who was president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) for eight years, will replace American Robert Calson as president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).

New appointments at NFU

Leicester farmer Charles Sercombe has been unanimously re-elected for a second term as chairman of National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) national livestock board.

Pig & Poultry Fair to look at utilising media

This year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair will discuss how businesses can use media to grow.

Backbenchers vote against badger cull by 219 to 1

MPs branded the badger cull a ‘catasrophic failure’ and voted overwhelmingly against its continuation last night, with backbenchers voting 219 to 1 in favour of abandoning the policy.

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.

NFU wants retailers to ‘value British food more’

The NFU has urged supermarkets not to devalue British food by entering price wars which could undermine farmers.

Measures to reduce levels of campylobacter stepped up

A host of industry associations have committed to implement practical measures to help combat the issue of campylobacter in raw poultry meat.

New NFU president elected

Meurig Raymond has been elected as the new president of the National Farmers Union (NFU).

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Union representatives discuss livestock challenges

UK and Irish unions met in Stirling this week to discuss livestock concerns, including beef price difficulties.

NFU advisor concerned about poultry overproduction

Speaking to MTJ after the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 12 February, national poultry advisor Christopher Dickinson said it was vital not to get into a state of poultry overproduction.

NFU highlights need for agri-food investment

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has stressed the importance of protecting agricultural land and enabling farmers to meet production challenges.

Tesco offers two-year contracts to lamb suppliers

Farming leaders have welcomed the news that Tesco has offered two-year contracts to 200 of its lamb suppliers as part of its campaign to increase confidence in its supply chains.

NFU announces nominees for officeholder elections

The nominees have been announced for the 2014-2016 National Farmers’ Union (NFU) officeholder elections.

Wales and Scotland apprehensive over CAP reform

Farming leaders in Scotland and Wales have warned of their concerns ahead of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

More funding vital for flood recovery, says NFU

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Meurig Raymond has announced that further funding is essential to ensure the problems caused by flooding do not get worse in rural areas.

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.

NFU president urges to back British as he steps down

President of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Peter Kendall has urged consumers to back British in return for sustainable farming, in a final message before his resignation from the post.

NFU assigns accountancy firm for farmers

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has given Peterborough-based accountancy-firm Rawlinsons a contract to support farmers struggling with the government’s mandatory filing systems.

NFU welcomes EU animal welfare resolution

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has welcomed the European Parliament’s calls for stricter enforcement of existing animal welfare legislation.

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