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In week ended 2nd August, the deadweight cattle trade edged up modestly read more
Trade has rebounded slightly as numbers have remained tighter read more
First Milk will be reducing the milk price paid to members from 1st September 2014
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For the week ended 2nd August, the GB SPP fell below the 160p/kg mark for the first time read more
The GB weekly average price for the week ending 8th August fell by £11.62/t to £143.56/t read more
A bearish sentiment has continued to be felt by the grains market over the past month read more
Latest estimates (July) from the IGC for 2014-15 global soyabean production have been increased by 4m t  read more
United Kingdom Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – August 2013 (released 26th Sep) read more


 
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Latest News     22 August 2014  
Trial results confirm potential benefits in broiler growth from Xylanase use alongside Phytase superdosing
Trial results from a University of Berlin study have confirmed the benefits of combining phytase superdosing with a high-efficacy single-enzyme xylanase.
Renewable heat incentive key in Worcestershire farmer’s decision
As a direct result of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Worcestershire beef farmer, Jim Farrant, has chosen a biomass boiler solution, from nationwide renewable energy specialist Ecovision, to reduce the cost of providing heat and hot water for his five bedroomed, approximately 500m2 farmhouse, farm office and separately located farm meeting room.
Secretary of State for Business meets Arla apprentices
Yesterday, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, visited Arla’s dairy in Leeds to learn about its apprenticeship schemes to develop dairy production skills.
Frontier acquires Kent grain company
Frontier Agriculture has confirmed that its purchase of GH2, the parent company of Grain Harvesters, is now complete.
Trials confirm hybrid rye as leading wholecrop feedstock for biogas
For the second year running specialist hybrid rye varieties bred specifically for whole-cropping have produced dry matter yields above 18t/ha.
Belepi harvest results underline in-depth value of variety to growers
As harvest results come in from this season’s Belepi crops, they show the new soft biscuit-type wheat has given good yields across a wide range of crops with drilling dates from October through to the end of March.
FAO urges sustained support for animal disease monitoring
FAO has told ministers of health and agriculture meeting in Indonesia that animal disease monitoring systems require sustained support and have a critical role to play in preventing human disease threats.
Land-based engineering apprenticeships get government approval
The apprenticeship standards for the roles of service engineer and engineering technician have been approved by the government, in the second stage of its Trailblazer apprenticeship initiative.
More than 1.6 million worldwide to benefit from USDA international assistance program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year
EBLEX highlights genetics work to Dominican Republic delegation
A group of industry professionals from the Dominican Republic have been given an insight into beef and lamb production and livestock genetics during a visit to the UK hosted by EBLEX.
Politics

Land-based engineering apprenticeships get government approval
The apprenticeship standards for the roles of service engineer and engineering technician have been approved by the government, in the second stage of its Trailblazer apprenticeship initiative.
Commission talks to EU members about Russia sanctions
The Commission held a very useful first exchange of views with Member State experts this morning on the potential impact of the Russian sanctions announced last week on imports of certain agricultural products.
Clearing 2014: Places available at Harper Adams
Harper Adams University is open for clearing – with a small number of places to fill across all course areas.
New details on CAP implementation announced
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has today announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers, whilst calling on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three crop rule.
The Oxford Farming Conference announces three new Directors
Three highly entrepreneurial farmers will join The Oxford Farming Conference board (OFC) as its new directors in January 2015.  Caroline Millar, John Gilliland OBE and Robert Lasseter will be appointed for a three year term until January 2018.
ScottishPower Energy Networks encourage farm workers to stay safe as HSE reports rise in number of injuries
As harvest continues, farmers and farm workers in North Wales are being encouraged to put safety first when working near overhead electric power lines, in a joint effort by ScottishPower Energy Networks, The Anglesey Show and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
World

FAO urges sustained support for animal disease monitoring
FAO has told ministers of health and agriculture meeting in Indonesia that animal disease monitoring systems require sustained support and have a critical role to play in preventing human disease threats.
More than 1.6 million worldwide to benefit from USDA international assistance program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year
EBLEX highlights genetics work to Dominican Republic delegation
A group of industry professionals from the Dominican Republic have been given an insight into beef and lamb production and livestock genetics during a visit to the UK hosted by EBLEX.
US parents will spend $245,340 to raise a child born in 2013 says agriculture dept
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child.
Gaza: Damage to agriculture will have long-lasting effects
The fighting in Gaza has forced farmers and herders to abandon their lands and has paralysed fishing activities, bringing local food production to a halt and severely affecting  livelihoods, FAO has warned.
Fonterra, CSIRO join forces to drive sustainable dairy innovation
New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd. has signed a five-year strategic agreement with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to drive innovation in sustainable farming, manufacturing, health, nutrition and consumer dairy products.

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