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Reports suggest processors have been active in the market read more
The fluctuating lamb trade over the holiday fortnight appears to have been replaced by a return to some positivity in the trade read more
Müller Wiseman Dairies propses to buy Dairy Crest’s dairy operations
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The EU-spec GB SPP averaged 142.44p/kg for the week ending 3rd January read more
The GB weekly average price (free-buy and contract trade) for the week ending 9th January was £115.21/t read more
UK May-15 wheat futures reached a discount of more than £20/t to Paris May-15 wheat futures by the close of trading on 7th January read more
Between the first and last trading day of the year in 2014, nearby Chicago soyabean futures declined by 22% read more
United Kingdom Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – July 2014 read more


 
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Latest News     28 January 2015  
Food and drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions by over a third
Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% - way ahead of the original target date of 2020.
Farmers need realistic returns for dairy industry to meet global demand up 2.1% annually: Copa-Cogeca
Farmers must be able to get a realistic return from the market which covers production costs to ensure a dynamic dairy industry capable of meeting global demand set to rise by 2.1%, Chairman of Copa-Cogeca Milk Working Party Mansel Raymond stressed at a Public Hearing on Prospects for the Dairy Sector organised by MEPs today.
FUW welcomes private vet involvement in TB testing
The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans’ announcement that private vets will remain at the heart of TB testing procedures in Wales.
 

Silage crop has never stopped growing
A crop of Perseus festulolium silage on a 90ha (220 acre) dairy farm near Tiverton in Devon, has hardly stopped growing this winter, and looks set for an early first cut if the mild weather continues.
Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary on farm income figures
Commenting on the Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2012-14, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Food Richard Lochhead said:“Agriculture is the cornerstone of Scotland’s rural economy and it is disappointing that farming incomes fell last year after such strong growth in 2013 – although I note the longer term trend is more encouraging with farm incomes more than doubling since 1998."
EBLEX: Driving feed efficiency in finishing beef cattle
Feed is one of the main inputs of beef production and can amount to around 70 per cent of variable costs. Improving feed efficiency should therefore be a fundamental target for beef finishers.
Lone workers’ safety boosted by Acticheck Assure
The state of ‘lonely Britain’ has been addressed by tech startup Acticheck, a continuously monitoring wearable smartband with a 2 year battery life that will protect people while they are alone, as many farmers are, when working in the fields or with animals.
Copa-Cogeca welcomes EU Farm Ministers and EU Commission calls to be united faced with Russian ban on farm exports
Copa-Cogeca welcomed today EU Farm Ministers and the EU Commission calls to be united faced with the Russian crisis, stressing action taken so far to alleviate the severe impact of the export ban is a step forward but sectors worst hit by the ban are still in a critical situation.
Alltech Feed Survey reports steady increase in 2014 global production
Around the world, feed producers responded to consumer demands for more protein by increasing the number of mills that produce animal feed and the amount of product they generate.  The 2015 Survey released today by Alltech revealed an estimated total of 980 million metric tonnes of feed produced globally, an increase of about 2 percent over the prior year.
New training scheme for young people in the dairy sector
Scotland’s dairy industry can benefit from offering young people training opportunities that could lead to a long and flourishing career.
Politics

Food and drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions by over a third
Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% - way ahead of the original target date of 2020.
FUW welcomes private vet involvement in TB testing
The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans’ announcement that private vets will remain at the heart of TB testing procedures in Wales.
 

Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary on farm income figures
Commenting on the Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2012-14, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Food Richard Lochhead said:“Agriculture is the cornerstone of Scotland’s rural economy and it is disappointing that farming incomes fell last year after such strong growth in 2013 – although I note the longer term trend is more encouraging with farm incomes more than doubling since 1998."
Copa-Cogeca welcomes EU Farm Ministers and EU Commission calls to be united faced with Russian ban on farm exports
Copa-Cogeca welcomed today EU Farm Ministers and the EU Commission calls to be united faced with the Russian crisis, stressing action taken so far to alleviate the severe impact of the export ban is a step forward but sectors worst hit by the ban are still in a critical situation.
Food security: demand, consumption and waste report published
The Food security: demand, consumption and waste report published today by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee calls on food retailers and government to do more to help consumers to choose healthy food options from sustainable sources.
Union calls for freight ferry tariff extension
NFU Scotland has called for a ferry tariff scheme to be extended to commercial vehicles in a bid to boost fragile island economies.
World

Economic downturn and other factors, not origin labelling, caused fall in US cattle imports
Contrary to arguments made by America’s trade competitors to the World Trade Organization (WTO), an economic downturn that sapped consumer demand - not Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) - caused decreased demand for cattle imports into to the U.S., according to a new study, says a statement from the US National Farmers Union.
USDA proposes new measures to reduce salmonella and campylobacter in poultry products
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.
UK appoints first Agriculture and Food Counsellor in China
The UK’s first Agriculture and Food Counsellor in China has been appointed to help increase our growing food and drink exports to the country.
The food systems of the future need to be smarter, more efficient
Increasing competition for natural resource and emerging resource bottlenecks mean that global agriculture can no longer operate using a "business as usual" approach – the input-intensive agricultural development model used for the past 40 years is no longer sustainable, and a "paradigm shift" in food production is needed.
Viet Nam launches national Zero Hunger Challenge
The National Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC), a major initiative to eradicate hunger in Viet Nam, has been launched by the Government of Viet Nam in collaboration with the United Nations, including FAO.
Cargill expands animal nutrition innovation center
Faced with volatile commodity markets and changing regulations and consumer needs, animal producers are operating in an increasingly complex world. To help them more quickly respond in this dynamic environment, Cargill has expanded and renovated its Global Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Velddriel, The Netherlands.

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