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In week ended 4th July deadweight cattle prices increased significantly across the board read more
Liveweight prices at GB auction markets increased following tight supplies in previous weeks read more
Müller Wiseman Dairies propses to buy Dairy Crest’s dairy operations
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The UK finished pig price recorded a slight fall in the week ended 4th July read more
The GB weekly average price for week ending 10th July was £173.74/t read more
Total EU common wheat export licences issued in 2014-15 surpassed last season’s record read more
AHDB survey suggests GB cereals and oilseeds area will be 2% lower than in 2014 read more
United Kingdom Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – July 2014 read more


 
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Latest News     29 July 2015  
Top performing dairy farmers get more for their money 45% higher gross margins from the same costs
Analysis shows top 25 per cent of dairy farms making £725 more per cow compared to those in bottom 25 per cent. Analysing farm costs and income could help productivity says Rural Business Research.
Rabobank Global Dairy Top 20 2015
The Global Dairy Top 20, Rabobank’s latest annual survey of the world’s largest dairy companies, highlights the giants of one of the most valuable food sectors on the globe. “While the names of the world’s 20 largest dairy companies will be familiar to industry followers, the order saw something of a shakeup compared to 12 months prior”, says Rabobank Global Dairy Strategist Tim Hunt.
Impact of poor weather on livestock farmers evident during Caithness visit by NFUS President
The challenges facing farmers due to adverse weather in some parts of Scotland was witnessed first-hand by NFU Scotland President on a visit to Caithness this week.
Copa and Cogeca warn at EU Milk Market Observatory meeting market deteriorated rapidly in past 4 weeks and EU action crucial
Copa and Cogeca warned at the EU Milk Market Observatory meeting today that the EU dairy market situation has deteriorated rapidly in the past 4 weeks, and without EU action, many producers will be forced out of business by Winter.
CLA sets out recommendations for more effective EU Birds and Habitats Directives
The CLA has responded to the European Commission consultation on the Birds and Habitats Directives and the extent to which they remain fit for purpose.
Birds and Habitats Directives need more flexibility, says NFU President
The NFU has written directly to the European Commission on the EU Birds and Habitats Directive to highlight key messages from the agricultural sector.
£24 million Growth Programme for rural businesses and communities
With £24 million available this summer, the new Growth Programme is set to benefit rural communities by unlocking the huge potential for growth in the countryside, Farming Minister George Eustice has announced.
Investment in farmland boosts values
The average value of investment farmland rose by 14% over the last 12 months and 228% over the last 10 years, according to Knight Frank’s new Farmland Investment Index.
Syria: Better rains improve wheat production, but food security situation remains bleak
Syria’s food production  has increased this year mainly due to favourable rains, but it remains way below its pre-crisis levels as the ongoing conflict continues to push more people into hunger and poverty, according to a report published by two UN agencies.
Outlook bleak as we see more milk price cut announcements, says NFU
The biggest milk co-operative in the UK, Arla, has today announced another cut to the price it pays its UK members by 0.80ppl taking it to 23.01ppl.
Politics

Impact of poor weather on livestock farmers evident during Caithness visit by NFUS President
The challenges facing farmers due to adverse weather in some parts of Scotland was witnessed first-hand by NFU Scotland President on a visit to Caithness this week.
CLA sets out recommendations for more effective EU Birds and Habitats Directives
The CLA has responded to the European Commission consultation on the Birds and Habitats Directives and the extent to which they remain fit for purpose.
Birds and Habitats Directives need more flexibility, says NFU President
The NFU has written directly to the European Commission on the EU Birds and Habitats Directive to highlight key messages from the agricultural sector.
£24 million Growth Programme for rural businesses and communities
With £24 million available this summer, the new Growth Programme is set to benefit rural communities by unlocking the huge potential for growth in the countryside, Farming Minister George Eustice has announced.
UK farming unions buy time for farmers on new rodenticides training
UK farming unions have secured the option for farmers to use their farm assurance scheme membership as ‘proof of competence’ as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announce new rules on the purchase and use of professional rodenticide bait which will come into force next year.
Sustainable agriculture challenges identified
Inconsistent messaging from policy and a lack of transparency have been named as the main challenges that farmers face when it comes to practicing sustainable agriculture.
World

Syria: Better rains improve wheat production, but food security situation remains bleak
Syria’s food production  has increased this year mainly due to favourable rains, but it remains way below its pre-crisis levels as the ongoing conflict continues to push more people into hunger and poverty, according to a report published by two UN agencies.
Modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement reduces tariffs on canola oil
Canada’s canola industry welcomed this week’s announcement of a modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) that will mean an immediate 40% reduction of tariffs on Canadian canola oil.
European Union and FAO launch new programmes to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience
The European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a new partnership agreement to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience in at least 35 countries.
Australia to bring in new country of origin food labels
New country of origin food labels will begin to appear on supermarket shelves in Australia later this year.
​China: new market for Australia’s livestock exports
Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has announced a breakthrough in live cattle export trade negotiations with China.
Investing in a future free from hunger
Highlighting the historic opportunity to become the "Zero Hunger generation", FAO Director-General José Graziano Da Silva called for additional investments in social protection and rural development at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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