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Day-release prisoners “not the best solution” for labour shortages, BMPA warns

Recent proposals to plug the industry’s workforce gap with prisoners and ex-offenders, should not be seen as a “quick fix”, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has said.

Red Tractor asks farmers to help shape future standards

The UK’s leading farm assurance body, Red Tractor, is urging farmers to engage in a consultation on how its farm standards should evolve.

Young British wool enthusiast wins prize to help growing business

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is delighted to announce the lucky recipient of its recent prize giveaway is enthusiastic young shepherd Siony Rudd from Maesgarthbeibio Farm, Mid Wales.

Home markets thriving amidst port disruption

Livestock farmers urged to work with auctioneers and be aware of demand.

Mixed farmer reaps rewards of environmental grants

Over the past three years, a Derbyshire farmer has successfully capitalised on over £15,000 of funding from Severn Trent’s environmental schemes, to protect water quality and improve farm efficiency.

New report highlights key to success for Scottish livestock farmers

Improving economic and environmental sustainability is key to the success of Scotland’s livestock industry, according to a new report by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Grass-based system going for gold

Salisbury farmer Mark Hoskins is one of six dairy businesses in the running for the 2020 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. Farmers Guide finds out more.

Government must rethink balance on new Trade Commission, say vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss to raise serious concerns over the balance of expertise on the new Trade and Agriculture Commission, pointing to the fact that only one member of the 16-strong group is a veterinary surgeon.

BBC upholds complaint over ‘biased’ documentary

The BBC has upheld a complaint about impartiality in its documentary Meat: A Threat to our Planet, which aired on BBC One last November.

Online Dairy Business and Policy Conference to Address Future Farming Issues

Dairy farmers will get the opportunity to hear about future farming policy and quiz Government Minsters and experts in a free series of webinars organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF).  

Lamb sector under-threat in event of ‘no deal’, CLA warns

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents 30,000 rural businesses in England and Wales, has today issued a stark warning to the government on the impact that no-deal would have on Britain’s competitiveness in EU agricultural markets.

Further free range egg expansion “unnecessary and unsustainable”

According to the British Free Range Egg Producers Association, if the free range egg sector continues to expand at the current rate it will create a significant oversupply situation, driving down the price paid to farmers and reducing profitability yet further.

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