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Farmers and Hauliers Issue Joint Call for Government Action on Fuel

NFU Scotland and the Road Haulage Association (Scotland) have called on the UK Government to act now to reduce the burden that record fuel prices and associated taxation are imposing on their respective industries.



SAMW and Union Propose Separate Meat Inspection System for Scotland

Outline proposals for the setting up of a separate meat inspection system for Scotland have been prepared jointly by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) and NFU Scotland. 



Union Proposes Measures to Support Pigs Sector

NFU Scotland has proposed a package of measures to ease the severe pressure on the nation’s pig sector caused by imports of cheaper, lower welfare pigmeat from continental Europe and the persistent high cost of grain. While the cost of cereals has eased in the last few days, prices are still at a level that is challenging for the pig sector.



The Future for FMD Control in The UK

Ten years on from the worst FMD outbreak in UK history, scientific experts and industry representatives have attended a landmark conference held at Moredun Research Institute near Edinburgh today (Tues, 15 March) to discuss the significant role that vaccination could play in any future outbreak of disease. 



Animal Health Budget Deal Welcome

NFU Scotland has welcomed today’s announcement that Scotland’s share of the Animal Health and Welfare Budget is to be devolved, but has cautioned that it will take time for the relative merits of the deal to become clear.



Asulam Ban Reprieve

The potential ban on Asulam (marketed as Asulox) came to a standstill yesterday (Thursday 10 March) as the Commission chose to withdraw the proposal from today’s vote. 



More Land Could Be Let After Holyrood Vote

NFU Scotland has warmly welcomed a vote by a Scottish Parliament Committee which is intended to help bring more land to let onto the market.  The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and the Environment Committee approved changes to the Public Services Reform (Agricultural Holdings) (Scotland) Order 2011 yesterday (Wednesday 9 March).



One Week to Save Vital Bracken Control Agent

With one week to go until the EU makes a decision on whether to remove bracken control agent Asulam (marketed as Asulox) effectively from the market, NFU Scotland has written to Scotland’s MEPs to urge them to do everything they can to ensure that the product continues to be licenced for use.



Grant Scheme Opportunity for Small Farmers

NFU Scotland has secured a short window of opportunity for small farmers in crofting areas to submit final applications to the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grant Scheme (CCAGS).  



New Union President Sits Down with Cabinet Secretary

NFU Scotland’s new President, Nigel Miller, has used his first formal meeting with Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, to map out the Union’s views and concerns around the planned reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.


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