Farmlytics

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Market Update

Farm prices are continuing to come under pressure across markets, the latest  World Bank pink sheet data gives beef prices for August 18% down on August 2014, sheep meat prices down 21%, and soyabeans down 17%. Milk prices have also fallen again. The FAO Dairy Price Index for August was down[…]

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Prices and Protests

Dairy farmers across the EU have hit the headlines in recent weeks with protests against falling farm gate milk prices. In the UK some farmers protested by leading cows into supermarket aisles to highlight the losses made per litre of milk produced, and the fact that the retail price of[…]

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New Zealand vets aim to phase out antibiotic use in livestock

The threat of antibiotic resistance to human and veterinary medicine from the excessive use of antibiotics in livestock is moving up the agenda. In March McDonald’s unveiled their Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals.  Key goals for this vision include aiming to eliminate the use of medically important antimicrobial (defined[…]

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Currency Volatility Impacts on Agricultural Trade

The debt crisis in the Euro zone, and volatility in other major currencies is likely to have a significant impact on agricultural trade during 2015. Euro depreciation will have a positive impact on EU agricultural exports, with improved prospects for exports of beef, arable crops and pig meat. This is[…]

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GM Wheat Trial Results

The results of controversial field scale GM wheat trials in the UK have been published this week. The experiment conducted in 2012 and 2013 aimed to show that wheat with a genetic modification to produce aphid disrupting pheromone EßF could play an important role in aphid control. EßF is an[…]

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SRUC Launches New Programme for Agriculture Professionals

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural University College) has launched a new course aimed at agricultural professionals.  The course is designed to  meet current demand for well trained and suitably qualified personnel within the agricultural industry, and a need for specialists who not only have an understanding of their sector, but have the skills to interact[…]

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Positive outlook for wool

With the shearing underway on UK sheep farms, The British Wool Marketing Board reports a positive outlook for UK wool in 2015, with wool prices set to increase for most breed types. UK wool prices have risen over the past decade, with producers in 2015 expecting to receive over a[…]

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US continues to battle Avian Influenza

The US continues to battle Avian Influenza, with 15 States now reporting outbreaks of the Highly Pathogen H5N2 virus within domestic poultry, and another 5 reporting the presence of the disease in wild birds.  Four more outbreaks were confirmed in the last week. Some States are taking drastic action to[…]

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Dairy Market Update

New dairy data from the USDA shows the extent to which milk prices have fallen in the US and elsewhere in recent months, as increased production and higher stocks of processed products are putting pressure on prices.  The farm gate price for class III milk (for cheese) in March was[…]

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EU Aims to Compromise on GM Crops

The European Union is to apply the principle of “subsidiarity” and allow individual member states a greater say on the regulation of GM Crops. The move will allow member states to decide whether or not GM crop varieties can be grown or used for food and feed on their territories.[…]

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