Significant improvements noticed in herd health and milk quality

Farmers have made significant improvements in dairy herd fertility, production, and somatic cell counts, according to the National Milk Records’ latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) report. 

Penalty notices introduced for animal health and welfare offences

Offences include keeping animals in a poor living environment, repeated overdue TB testing or breaching avian flu housing orders.

Dairy farmers “caught in crossfire” as financial pressures intensify

With the gap between farmgate milk and retail prices promising no let-up and high input costs putting significant strain on the sector, British dairy farmers are facing a tough six months ahead, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has warned.

First UK sheep embryos shipped to the US in 35 years

The first UK ovine embryos have been shipped to the United States following the lifting of a long-term ban in 2021 on sheep and lamb imports from countries previously affected by BSE.

Vets call for greater support for dairy farmers as milk prices plummet

In a letter to MPs, farm vets from VetPartners are calling on the government to address the volatility of the milk market at a time when farmers are facing increased labour costs and the price of fuel, equipment, energy and rents have risen.

Dairy industry business course opens for applications

The industry-renowned dairy course ‘Entrepreneurs in Dairying’, run by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) and sponsored by HSBC UK, is set to return this October and is open to anyone interested in a career in the dairy sector.

Buyers learn about sustainable British red meat at Great Yorkshire Show

More than 10 buyers from Asia, the Middle East and North America met farmers and UK exporters at the Great Yorkshire Show to learn about high-quality meat production in the UK and discuss new trade opportunities.

Livestock farmers will soon need vet signed declarations to export to EU

From 13th December 2023, UK livestock farmers who are not members of an approved farm assurance scheme will need to provide a veterinary attestation following an annual farm visit in order to be able to export animal products to the EU.

Global buyers to learn about UK red meat at Great Yorkshire Show

A trade mission led by AHDB is set to showcase British red meat to buyers from Asia, the Middle East and North America, who will meet with farmers and UK exporters at the Great Yorkshire Show to discuss potential business opportunities.

Dairy farmers plead for government intervention to alleviate labour crisis

Following feedback from 46 producers, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has urged the government to address the escalating labour situation in the sector in its latest submission of evidence to the Migration Advisory Council (MAC).

Prices for 2022 wool affected by ‘inflation’ and ‘consumer confidence’, British Wool says

Having confirmed payments for last year’s wool clip, British Wool acknowledged the prices will be disappointing to members and said the organisation is doing everything it can to navigate what is currently a ‘very challenging environment’ for raw material suppliers.

Figures show farmers favouring the live sales ring over other market outlets

Latest throughput figures released this week by the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) show that more farmers across England and Wales are favouring the live sales ring to secure the true value of their livestock, with margins under greater pressure from increased production costs.

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