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Scottish Agriculture and the TTIP

If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the US and the EU come to a successful conclusion then they could have a profound impact on cross Atlantic trade; and the future direction of Scottish and UK Agriculture. The talks which are aiming to make trade easier between the[…]

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TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Deal Signed

On Tuesday 6th October in Atlanta representatives of 12 countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a free trade deal which seeks to cut tariffs and introduce common standards across the Pacific region. The deal covers key developed countries including the US,  Japan, Canada, Australia as well as emerging nations[…]

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Lamb survival and group size

It is estimated that over 10 million lambs in Australia die each year within 48 hours of birth. These are worth over $700 million to the industry, not to mention an animal welfare concern; however on average lamb survival rates have not changed in 20 years. The Lamb Survival Initiative[…]

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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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