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'Extremely worrying times' ahead for farmers, says NFU

'Extremely worrying times' ahead for farmers, says NFU
01-03-2013 09:12 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Schmallenberg figures grow as farmers wait on vaccine
New government figures have revealed the Schmallenberg virus has spread to more than 1,500 farms in the UK with the disease moving progressively north...
21-02-2013 10:43 AM | Animal Health, News, Sheep
Schmallenberg vaccine proposed amid fresh fears
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has said it is considering an application by MSD Animal Health for its Scmallenberg virus vaccine Bovilis S...
20-02-2013 11:00 AM | Finance, News, Sheep
Sheep sector confidence 'at rock bottom'
Livestock representatives from the UK farming unions have been meeting in London to discuss the on-going challenges facing the sheep industry. The...
13-02-2013 11:26 AM | News, Sheep
Liver fluke 'increasing exponentially' as lambing approaches
Confirmed cases of liver fluke disease have been increasing exponentially and farmers are being warned to check ewe body condition as lambing season a...
07-02-2013 13:00 PM | News, Pigs, Sheep, Arable, Cattle, Cereal, Crops, Finance
Farmers opt for euro subsidy payment as sterling falls
As the UK economy continues to falter, UK farmers face another challenging year brought on by adverse weather conditions, soaring costs and a weak eur...
Environmental Stewardship derogations continue due to bad weather
Natural England will be continuing to make its Environmental Stewardship scheme derogations available due to recent wet weather and snowfall. They ...
31-01-2013 16:24 PM | News, Sheep, Arable, Cattle, Cereal, Crops, Finance
Farm forecasts predict decline in profitability
Farmers in the UK have highlighted the importance of CAP after the industry suffered in the wettest year on record and other problems affecting farm p...
30-01-2013 18:50 PM | News, Sheep
MEPs reject sheep EID cross compliance
The latest round of Common Agricultural Policy reform discussions has lead to the removal of electronic identification, or EIDs, from the cross-compli...
28-01-2013 19:22 PM | NFU, Sheep, Finance, News
Farmgate price is 'great lamb robbery' says NFU
The National Farmers' Union has said it will 'do all it can' to help sheep farmers in the UK who are struggling with a collapse in the farmgate price ...
26-01-2013 08:58 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Tenfold increase in fluke with more to come, says NADIS
There has been a tenfold increase in acute liver fluke cases in sheep in the last quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, according to AH...
25-01-2013 10:38 AM | News, Sheep
FUW stresses vigilance over sheep rustling
A number of sheep thefts have been reported in the Swansea area. According to the West Glamorgan Commoners' Association, seven of its members have los...
21-01-2013 15:23 PM | Cattle, Dairy, News, Pigs, Poultry, Sheep
New system ups mill output by 25 per cent
A new process control and information system is streamlining production and boosting daily output by over 25 per cent at Ufac-UK’s specialist livestoc...
15-01-2013 14:12 PM | Animal Health, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Schmallenberg vaccine must be available, warn NFU
The National Farmers' Union has warned a vaccine must be available to help combat the spread of the Schmallenberg virus this year. Recent reports h...
14-01-2013 13:49 PM | News, Sheep
Retailers need to back struggling UK lamb, says union
The National Sheep Association has claimed supermarkets are not stocking UK lamb as it is 'out of season' and instead opting for New Zealand meat. ...
12-01-2013 09:17 AM | News, Sheep, Supermarkets
FUW attacks Asda over lamb supplier switch
The Farmers' Union of Wales has criticised supermarket chain Asda for dropping a Welsh lamb processing plant from its list of suppliers. The union ...
11-01-2013 14:11 PM | Finance, News, Sheep, Supermarkets
Sainsbury's raises lamb price for farmers
Sainsbury's has pledged to increase the amount it pays for lamb until the end of February at more than 60p/kg above the market rate. The announceme...
11-01-2013 11:38 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Disease fears blight early lambing season
Recent reports have confirmed farmers' worries over a return of the Schmallenberg virus in sheep and cattle with figures indicating up to 60% loss bei...
09-01-2013 11:42 AM | News, Sheep
Farmers losing £29 on every lamb sold, figures show
Farmers are losing £29 on average for every lamb they sell at market after new figures revealed farm gate prices have dropped by a fifth in the past y...
09-01-2013 06:33 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Farming groups warn of losses to liver fluke disease
Liver fluke is causing havoc in many parts of the UK, recent reports show. Peter Baber, Chairman of SCOPS (Sustainable Control Of Parasites in Shee...
Marginal Areas can Drive Farm Profitability
The Government and farmers must do more to unlock the potential of marginal areas in the UK, it has been claimed. Anaerobic digestion (AD) speciali...
04-01-2013 09:39 AM | Cattle, Dairy, News, Sheep, Shows and Events
Record year for Rugby Farmers Mart
A livestock market formed by 250 local farmers has brought the hammer down on its most successful year. The Rugby Farmers Mart (RFM) at Stoneleigh ...
13-12-2012 15:47 PM | News, Sheep
Sheep sector must retain confidence, NFU warns
Confidence must be maintained within the sheep industry if it is to exploit global demand for British lamb, the National Farmers' Union has said today...
12-12-2012 10:58 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Defra warns of 2013 Schmallenberg return
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has warned the animal health sector that the Schmallenberg virus could return by 2013. ...
29-11-2012 18:08 PM | Animal Health, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Fluke season is 'just as bad as expected'
Recent heavy rains across the UK have maintained the high risk of liver fluke in sheep and cattle, and SCOPS Chairman Peter Baber has stressed the nee...
Sheep scab to be a priority following inaugural conference
At the inaugural conference of the Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) last week, a clear mandate was given to the group when the 224 attendees vot...
16-11-2012 08:58 AM | News, Sheep
Limited sheep stocking numbers 'putting biodiversity at risk'
UK governments should acknowledge the importance of sheep in conservation management, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has suggested. Limited ...
12-11-2012 13:26 PM | Appointments, Cattle, News, Sheep
Competition key to livestock success - LAA chairman
The newly appointed chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Association says he is looking forward to working hard to ensure livestock producers will co...
01-11-2012 09:57 AM | Cattle, Dairy, Finance, News, Sheep
Livestock producers are under pressure says NFU
Beef and sheep farming cost pressures mean that most average producers are still making a loss before the single payment, the NFU said today. Lives...
30-10-2012 08:29 AM | News, Sheep, Shows and Events
World record sheep dog price at Skipton
Robust trade for quality broken dogs, which averaged over £2,000, was once more evident at the autumn working sheep dog sale at Skipton Auction Mart, ...
23-10-2012 16:19 PM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep
Global droughts curb meat consumption
Global meat production rose to 297 million tons in 2011, an increase of 0.8 percent over 2010 levels, and is projected to reach 302 million tons by th...
16-10-2012 14:41 PM | Cattle, News, Sheep
Large-scale can be sustainable, but industry needs to address perception issues
Large-scale livestock farming can be sustainable, but the UK now needs to take a proactive approach to establish an evidence base and best practice st...
Schmallenberg case 'must be investigated to understand virus'
Following the discovery of the Schmallenberg virus in Dyfed, West Wales, earlier this week, there have been calls for a thorough and rapid investigati...
25-09-2012 10:28 AM | Arable, Cattle, Cereal, Crops, News, Sheep
Census shows need for CAP payments
The latest agricultural census in Scotland highlights the need for continuing Common Agricultural Policy coupled payments. That was the message fr...
11-09-2012 14:19 PM | Cattle, News, Sheep
Learn from EID mistakes, European policy makers warned
European policy makers have been urged to 'learn from their mistakes' on the law governing the electronic tagging of sheep when implementing new rules...
29-08-2012 16:59 PM | Cattle, Finance, News, Pigs, Sheep
Price volatility is not going away, livestock farmers warned
Livestock and dairy farmers have been warned to keep a close eye on the costs of production as input price volatility is 'here for the foreseeable fut...
24-08-2012 11:13 AM | Cattle, News, Produce, Sheep
What is the real cost of cheap food?
With increasing public awareness of animal welfare, how much more are people willing to pay for the happiness of the animals they eat? Innovative r...
22-08-2012 13:56 PM | News, Sheep
MEP attempts to change EID rules welcomed
British MEPs have tabled amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy to relax rules governing sheep EID tags. Farming unions such as the NFU and ...
14-08-2012 09:21 AM | Arable, Cattle, Cereal, Crops, News, Pigs, Poultry, Sheep
World feed prices continue to pressure producers
Adverse weather conditions in many parts of the World have caused prices for wheat and soya to rise rapidly in recent weeks, putting severe pressure o...
08-08-2012 15:42 PM | Appointments, News, Sheep
National Sheep Association appoints new communications officer
The National Sheep Association (NSA) has appointed Joanne Pugh as its new Senior Communications Officer. Pugh, who grew up on a livestock farm in ...
07-08-2012 12:49 PM | Agri Safety, Animal Health, Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep
Schmallenberg virus circulating, say scientists
Schmallenberg virus could circulate across the UK after the virus has over-wintered according to results uncovered by the Royal Veterinary College and...
31-07-2012 15:09 PM | Cattle, News, Organic, Pigs, Sheep
Proposed changes to stocktaking rules welcomed
The Accounting Council have decided to make "fair value" for biological assets optional rather than mandatory as the minutes of their July meeting hav...
26-07-2012 09:28 AM | News, Sheep
Countess of Wessex opens new Wool Board offices
Staff and guests welcomed The Countess of Wessex as she officially opened the new British Wool Marketing Board offices on Canal Road, Bradford. Cha...
03-07-2012 07:36 AM | News, Sheep
Kirkpatrick scores again in Scotland
Golden Shears and New Zealand shearing champion John Kirkpatrick has won his second scottish blackface Open title at the 20th Lochearnhead Shears in S...
20-06-2012 18:23 PM | News, Sheep, Shows and Events
British Wool Marketing Board’s work to be showcased at the Great Yorkshire Show
Next month's Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, on July 10-12 will see the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) taking time to explain to wool producers ...
13-06-2012 10:36 AM | Feed and Forage, News, Sheep
High sugar mixture provides boost for sheep systems
A new seeds mixture for extended grazing and comprising exclusively of the Aberystwyth-bred Aber High Sugar Grasses with a compatible white clover ble...
12-06-2012 10:50 AM | News, Sheep
National Sheep Association calls for urgent review of Sheep EID
The National Sheep Association is calling for an urgent review of the regulations on sheep EID following an in depth exploration of the possibilities ...
10-06-2012 19:48 PM | Sheep
Shipment of sheep had no water
Welfare checks on animals being shipped out of Ramsgate to France have revealed a lorry load of sheep with no drinking water. RSPCA inspectors joi...
11-05-2012 15:06 PM | News, Sheep, Shows and Events
Wool Board work to be shown at Devon County Show
Sheep farmers and visitors to this month’s Devon County show will have the chance to gain a full and complete understanding of the work done on ...
08-05-2012 12:29 PM | Machinery and Equipment, Cattle, News, Sheep
New tractor a delight for North Yorks farmer
Whether farming fifty acres or five hundred, no-one working the land can do without a tractor. So it’s little wonder that Colin Boocock, who run...
03-05-2012 13:35 PM | News, Sheep
Sheep scab task group launched
An industry led Sheep Scab Task and Finish group has been established to make recommendations to the Animal Health and Welfare Steering Group and Wels...
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