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Government-backed African aid project launches

Charity Farm Africa has launched a three-month project, backed by government match-funding, to help young producers in West Kenya develop successful agricultural businesses.

Government launches TB-protection service

A new service has been introduced to offer support to farmers who are the most vulnerable to bovine TB.

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”.

Welsh levy board introduces head of industry development

Welsh red meat levy board Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed the new head of its industry development team.

Agriculture fund encourages collaborative thinking

A funding programme worth £1.7 million has been opened to encourage farmers and organisations to work together on large-scale environmental projects.

European food chain consultation welcomed by UFU

The European Commission’s food chain consultation could help farmers be treated fairly, said the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). 

Sheep farmers champion Love Lamb Week

The next generation of sheep farmers is calling on the next generation of shoppers to put lamb back on plates across Britain through Love Lamb Week. 

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. 

Celebrity campaign to highlight pig welfare

Animal welfare lobby group Farms Not Factories has launched a series of videos featuring celebrity chefs and the high welfare farmers who provide their pork. 

Cow timeline designed to help farmers boost efficiency

A new poster has been published to help farmers maintain the nutritional requirements of suckler herds throughout the year. 

Farmers praised for rising to organic challenge

Farmers rearing organic animals have been commended by the Soil Association for meeting demands for organic meat.

Farmers warned as Bluetongue nears Great Britain

Farmers are being warned to be vigilant of the Bluetongue virus (BTV), as the disease edges its way closer to British shores. 

Poultry farmers and buyers welcomed back to Scottish mart

For the first time since the avian flu restrictions were enforced across Scotland in December, poultry farmers and buyers made their return to Lawrie & Symington’s Lanark mart. 

Co-op makes commitment to 100% British frozen meat

The Co-operative has expanded its pledge to supporting British agriculture, by selling 100% British own-brand frozen meat.

Pig farmers pledge commitment to animal health

Scottish pig farmers have shown their loyalty to animal health and welfare by signing up to the Scottish Pig Health Charter. 

Lead poisoning prevention scheme set to help farmers save money

A new initiative has been designed to help Scottish farmers prevent lead poisoning in their livestock. 

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.

Farmers told to ‘step up’ to face challenges

A call for farmers, growers and the food industry to “step up” and address the obstacles in the way of agricultural competitiveness and productivity in a changing world was made by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Beef Efficiency Scheme sampling kicks off

Scottish farmers are to be informed of their animals selected for tissue tagging under the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES). 

‘Unacceptable’ specification changes hurting beef farmers

Retailers, foodservice companies and processors must be held accountable for short notice changes to beef specifications, which often leave farmers out of pocket. 

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Aldi supports farmers with new-season Scotch lamb range

Aldi is stocking new season Scotch lamb as part of its commitment to supporting Scottish farmers. 

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.

Welsh beef farmers advised on profitability opportunities

Beef producers in Wales are being advised on methods to improve the performance of their herds. 

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

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

Opportunities for British livestock farmers in the US

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has recognised opportunities for British livestock farmers by accessing beef and lamb markets in the US. 

Farmers warned against bluetongue return

Livestock farmers are being urged by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) to talk to their vets, as the industry braces itself for a potential return of bluetongue disease. 

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. 

Challenges for the livestock sector highlighted

Livestock farmers are facing an uphill struggle to achieve positive margins when selling finished animals, according to latest figures from Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) economics services team. 

Scottish beef industry expresses fears over government payments

The Scottish Beef Association (SBA) has said it is concerned about the prospect of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments not being made to all eligible farmers. 

Farmers told to remain vigilant over bluetongue concerns

British farmers have been urged to closely monitor their sheep flocks carefully by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The news comes in light of the ongoing presence of bluetongue virus (BTV) in France. 

Irish farmers urge minister to show commitment

Farmers in Ireland have expressed concerns over the lack of commitment shown by the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney. 

Tesco provides opportunities to lamb farmers

Supermarket giant Tesco is inviting 100 British sheep farmers to take part in a ‘cost of production model for lamb’ trial, which is claimed to be the first of its kind. 

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.

HCC urges industry to become more sustainable

Consumer and retailers must work alongside farmers to create a more sustainable 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Retailers selling mislabelled gammon will be named and shamed by the NPA
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Misleading gammon labelling to be “named and shamed” this Christmas

Retailers not supporting Britain’s high-welfare pig farmers this Christmas season can expect to be named and shamed by the National Pig Association (NPA).  

NFU Scotland requests clarification over cattle moving

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has announced it will be contacting abattoirs and processors to gain an understanding into “maximum moves rules” in terms of cattle.

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.

Northern farmers benefit from agribot technology

A group of 40 sheep and cattle farmers from Sheffield have been trialling a self-driving ‘agribot’, to help manage the hilly moorland for their livestock. 

Farmers throw down gauntlet to retailers over British lamb

Lamb farmers have called on supermarkets to do more to support British lamb. 

Sheep farmers praise vaccinations

AHDB Beef & Lamb’s recent Fallen Stock initiative has revealed that pulpy kidney and deaths caused by pasteurella in lambs were more common in the month of October. To prevent damage to the business, sheep producers ought to ensure their animals are vaccinated, said the levy body. 

Pictured with Moy Park farmers is Stuart Thomson from Aviagen with David Gibson and Alan Johnston from Moy Park
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Moy Park poultry suppliers join prestigious club

A selection of Northern Irish farmers who supply to Moy Park have been rewarded for their hard work. 

Lamb diseases to peak in October

Farmers and producers of lamb are being urged to ensure their sheep are vaccinated as autumn arrives.

The New Zealand lamb was sold in a Tesco store under a Scottish banner
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Tesco causes fury by selling imported lamb under Scottish banner

Supermarket giant Tesco has been accused of delivering Scottish sheep farmers "a slap in the face" by selling imported lamb underneath a banner proclaiming to support Scottish sheep farmers. 

European farmers receive multi-million euro fund

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

Scottish farmers called on to back lamb

Sheep farmers across Scotland are being urged by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to get behind their Scotch Lamb campaign by promoting the simplicity and flexibility of cooking with Scotch Lamb PGI. 

The #NoLambWeek campaign caused a slight rise in prices but they have since dropped again
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#NoLambWeek campaigners refuse to rule out further action

Supermarkets are “taking advantage of lamb farmers”, according to #NoLambWeek campaigners. 

New campaign promotes cooking with lamb

AHDB Beef & Lamb has joined forces with the European Union, Interbev in France and Bord Bía in Ireland to create the ‘Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun’ campaign in an effort to tackle the decline in sales and to promote it as an easy alternative to other, more common, meats.

Callum Heckstall-Smith is set to open a butcher's shop in Ladywell, London later this month
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New butcher’s opens, after dropping crowdfunding

A new butcher’s shop is set to open in Ladywell, London, on 26 August, which is the brainchild of Callum Heckstall-Smith.  

Disparity between head and retail prices of lamb had led to Welsh farmers planning a boycott
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Welsh farmers plan #nolambweek

In response to dropping lamb prices, a group of Welsh farmers plan to withhold their prime lambs between August 1-7.

Farm production at odds with consumer demand

New research from Barclays has shown a disconnect between what consumers want and what British farmers are producing. 

Farmers are expressing concern over long-term falling lamb prices
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Farmers suffer as the price of lamb falls

Latest figures from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have shown that consumer lamb prices have fallen this spring from the spring of 2014. However, farmers’ share of the retail price has fallen from 60% to 50% within the same timeframe.

Ulster farmers hit by Russian pork ban

The Russian ban on EU pork imports is forcing farmers in Britain out of business, the pork and bacon chairman of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said. 

Orkney cattle farmers struggling due to heavy rain

Unprecedented rains have left Orkney cattle farmers with their “backs against the wall” and have forced many to sell their animals months earlier than planned. 

Lamb curry consumption on the rise

Roast lamb consumption may be falling but farmers and processors can take heart from news that consumers are starting to spice it up instead. 

Brakes commits to all-British lamb range

Brakes is to relaunch its Prime Meats lamb range to enable caterers to serve products which are easily traceable and produced by British farmers. 

Farmers see drop in meat returns due to oversupply

UK farmers have seen their returns drop in recent months due to an oversupply of domestically produced meat, an increase in imports, plateauing consumer demand and a strong pound. 

Moy Park awarded some of its top farmers at a ceremony in Northern Ireland
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Best of Irish chicken producers rewarded by Moy Park

Northern Irish chicken producer Moy Park has recognised its top-performing farmers at a special awards ceremony. 

Scottish farmers receive £12m boost

Scottish farmers are set to receive a share of Scotland’s £12.2m Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) refund within the next few days, it has been announced. 

Beef association calls for pricing support for farmers

The South West regional branch of the National Beef Association (NBA) has called for more support for farmers on pricing. 

Vet Ian Gill warns that CODD, foot rot, scald and shelly hoof are all threats to sheep health
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QMS publishes sheep lameness prevention guide

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new publication to help farmers prevent sheep lameness. 

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).

Waitrose pork farmers enjoy Eco Pig benefits

Pork farmers supplying Waitrose have saved an estimated £850,000 on feed per year since 2010, following a £3m investment to roll out an innovative feeding system known as Eco Pig.

Organic body meets Welsh Government on farming policy

Soil Association representatives met members of the Welsh Government yesterday (Thursday 30 April), to discuss their priorities for farmers and agricultural policy for the next 12 months.

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.

Poultry processor targets £100k for Farm Africa charity

Moy Park is aiming to raise £100,000 for Farm Africa in a new three-year charity partnership.

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.

Beef farmer competition launched

A new “unique” competition, The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, will take place at this year’s National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo.

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.

Beef firm spends £5m on new unit in Wales

Welsh beef brand Celtic Pride has invested £5 million in a new state-of-the-art butchery unit in a new expansion project.

Speaker: Trevor Cook
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NZ expert is key speaker at Scottish grazing group meetings

The next round of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing Group meetings will take place in the coming weeks, with “leading light in the New Zealand sheep world” Trevor Cook as the key speaker.

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.

Welsh red meat body to host farm open days

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales has announced farm open days to help boost farmers’ productivity.

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.

Quality Meat Scotland announces 2015 events

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is encouraging livestock farmers to register for next year’s ‘Sharing Best Practice’ industry development conference, as well as a range of free workshops.

Meat body urges farmers to clip lambs at the final hour

With changeable weather forecast in coming weeks, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has urged farmers to ensure lambs are clipped and clean when sent to the abattoir.

Welsh sheep electronic ID scheme proves resounding success

A £1 million electronic identification scheme for Welsh sheep farmers has proved a hit, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Irish beef farmers continue protest at UK price gap

Thousands of Irish beef farmers have staged another protest outside meat factories as anger grows over the price gap with the UK.

Electronic ID scheme goes live

The £1 million Welsh project to help sheep farmers integrate electronic identification technology into their business is now live.

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.

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.

Irish farmers stage cattle price protest

Irish beef farmers are to stage a blockade outside abattoirs today in a 24-hour protest over the price gap between Irish and UK cattle prices.

Welsh sheep farmers give positive response to new technology

A new £1m project to help integrate electronic identification technology for Welsh sheep farmers is proving popular, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has claimed.

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.

Morrisons aims for better beef production

Morrisons has revealed new beef farming ‘protocol’, which aims to reduce the time it takes to prepare cattle for slaughter by up to 10 months.

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.

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.

BVA calls for early intervention in animal health issues

A survey has revealed that musculoskeletal conditions, infertility and mastitis are the most common reasons for vets to be called out to farms, and The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging farmers to work with them to prevent the health concerns.

Beef imports vital for UK, says public body

With the UK only 80% self-sufficient in beef production according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), imports will continue to play a vital support role for beef consumption in Britain, an analyst has said.

Sainsbury’s sheep farmers to benefit from faster parasite technology

Sainsbury’s has announced new technology for its sheep farmers, which will “effectively manage parasites, increasing product quality”.

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.

Moy Park seeks poultry farmers to continue growth

Moy Park has announced its grower expansion programme in Northern Ireland has been a success, with over 250 new poultry houses planned for completion by the end of 2015.

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.

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.

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The “‘sword of Damocles’ is hanging over the beef industry” due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

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”.

Welsh meat body uses show to offer livestock advice

Expert advice on a wide range of livestock issues will be available to farmers at the Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) stand during the Royal Welsh Show.

Lamb open day focuses on flock performance

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported a successful open day for lamb producers, after more than 100 farmers attended an event looking to improve flock performance.

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

Beef cattle farmers to benefit from new Morrisons app

Morrisons has launched a new mobile app for beef cattle farmers, which it hopes will help with livestock management.

EFRA calls for robust approach to food security

Sustainable intensification and focused government leadership are needed to address the needs of UK food security, a parliamentary report has claimed.

Scottish vets issue warning on incurable sheep disease

Vets are urging sheep farmers to be on their guard to the increasing threat from Maedi Visna (MV), a disease that is incurable to sheep.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a £1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

Meat retailing masterclass on offer

Westley Consulting, a consulting agency for food and agricultural businesses, is hosting a meat retailing masterclass, which aims to educate butchers and farmers on the importance of meat retailing and best retailing practice.

Scottish industry takes hats off to new CAP

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed the announcement of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which aims to boost production, including a £45m investment in the beef industry.

Eblex launches app

Eblex have made it easier for farmers and processors to access beef and sheep prices through a mobile app, after research suggested digital tools would be beneficial.

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).

QMS recommends fertility tests for bulls

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is urging Scottish suckler herd farmers to think about a ‘Bull MOT’ to ensure cows can reproduce next spring.

Irish beef imports put pressure on Welsh supply

An increase in Irish beef imports has resulted in a dramatic fall in prices of Welsh steers according to the Welsh red meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

Associations encourage beef farmers to use auction marts

The National Beef Association (NBA) and the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) have told beef farmers that if abattoirs say they cannot take their cattle, they should consider using auction marts instead.

AHDB president outlines vision for agri-food sector

In an address to employees, Peter Kendall, president of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said that ensuring food security was the organisation’s biggest challenge.

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.

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.

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).

Pig & Poultry Fair to look at utilising media

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

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

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.

Receding flood waters pose dangers to animals, say vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says that animals in flood-stricken areas are at risk from disease as waters recede.

Union representatives discuss livestock challenges

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

New technology for sheep tracking

Pera Technology has developed an accurate and cost-efficient method for monitoring sheep movements, which could greatly improve food-chain tracking.

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.

Welsh farmers slate proposed cattle compensation system

The Welsh Government’s proposed plans to change the way compensation is calculated for cattle herds affected by bovine TB has drawn strong criticism from farmers.

NFU announces nominees for officeholder elections

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

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.

Taste Cumbria backs Herdwick meat project

Taste Cumbria has recently launched a project which promotes Cumbrian product, Herdwick meat, and the way it is farmed.

Charity charts costs of badger cull

The badger culls in England cost £4,121 per dead badger last year, according to wildlife charity Care for the Wild’s official sources and Freedom of Information requests.

Scottish politicians call for local poultry sourcing

Scottish politicians have launched a campaign to boost opportunities for the country’s poultry sector and have written to the UK’s multiple retailers and food service operators for clarification on sourcing policies.

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.

International conference to tackle food waste

Food companies should concentrate on finding solutions to the problem of waste in the supply chain in order to promote food safety and sustainability, the Dutch Ambassador to the UK has said ahead of an international conference on food waste.

Activists vow to stop badger culls

Activists have warned that they will take “direct action” in an attempt to stop pilot badger culls from going ahead in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

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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