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Livestock Committee Chairman's Blog - 30 July 2015

Putting away lambs this week will see you get not much over £50 each. This price is the lowest we have seen in July for year and the situation is truly desperate for farmers who need the confidence to invest as we enter the challenges of the new Common Agricultural Policy.



NFUS and Graham’s Family Dairy Meet to Discuss Milk Pricing Cuts

NFU Scotland met with Graham’s the Family Dairy on Tuesday 28 July to discuss the recent pricing cuts announced by the firm.



Impact of Poor Weather on Livestock Farmers Evident During Caithness Visit by NFUS President

The challenges facing farmers due to adverse weather in some parts of Scotland was witnessed first-hand by NFU Scotland President on a visit to Caithness this week.



Union Calls for Change of Mindset on EU Natural Environment Legislation

NFU Scotland has written to the European Commission to make the case for a different mind-set in EU nature legislation.



Shoppers Urged to Love Scotch Lamb

Scotland’s sheep producers are enduring their worst season for five years and are urging consumers to get behind Scotch lamb.



Rules Re-Written on Rodenticide Use

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that new rules on the purchase and use of professional rodenticide bait to control rats and mice will come into force next year.  However, the UK farming unions have secured the option for farmers to use their farm assurance scheme membership as proof of competence until at least the end of 2017.



Farming with Dyslexia Campaign Marks One Year Anniversary Celebrating Achievements So Far

NFU Scotland’s Farming with Dyslexia campaign is celebrating its first year anniversary by setting objectives to continue to develop the successful initiative for the future.



Dairy Farmers Face Blow Following Milk Price Cut by Graham’s The Family Dairy

Scotland’s dairy producers have received yet another blow following an announcement by Graham’s the Family Dairy to cut the price paid to its supplying farmers.



Farming Unions Seek Cross-Government Recognition of Land-Based Renewables Potential

Following a recent meeting in Birmingham, the UK Farming Unions are calling upon the UK Government and devolved administrations to do all they can to unlock the huge potential contribution of land-based renewables to UK energy security – including solar, wind, mini-hydro, anaerobic digestion and other forms of sustainable bioenergy.



Union Calls for Clarity on Species Debate

Faced with a number of calls for large scale predators including bears, wolves and lynx to be introduced to the Scottish countryside, the Union is looking to Scotland’s politicians and the lead agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), to show stronger leadership in this area.


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