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NFU Scotland is fighting for a bright and profitable future for Scotland’s Livestock farmers. Thousands of farms and crofts in Scotland are responsible for the production and management of the national cattle herd and sheep flock.

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Jimmy Ireland
Livestock Committee Chairman

To contact Jimmy, please email john.armour@nfus.org.uk

John Armour
Livestock Policy Manager
T:  0131 472 4005
M:  07920 018621
E:  john.armour@nfus.org.uk.

John is on Twitter at @NFUSJohn

Penny Johnston

Penny Middleton
Animal Health & Welfare, Pigs & Poultry
Policy Manager
T:  0131 472 4021
M: 07818 612615
E:  penny.middleton@nfus.org.uk

 
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Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board
AHDB's role is to help improve the efficiency and competitiveness of various agriculture and horticulture sectors within the UK. Its statutory functions encompass meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; cereals and oilseeds in the UK.
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Blackface Sheep Breeders Association
The Blackface Sheep Breeders Association aims to encourage the breeding of Blackface Sheep and to further the interests of its members and of the breed in all possible ways.
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British Cattle Movement Service
The British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) is the body responsible for entering details of cattle registrations, movements and deaths onto the database. This site provides access to teh Cattle Tracing System On Line.
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British Veterinary Association
We are the national representative body for the veterinary profession with over 11,500 members. Our main functions are developing and delivering policy affecting the profession, promoting and protecting the profession in matters proposed by government and other external bodies, provision of services to our members.
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Cattle Information Service
The CIS is farmer-owned and farmer-controlled. Involving all the leading cattle organisations, our objective is to improve standards of service, accuracy and value throughout all dairy herd management information practices.
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Moredun Research Institute - Battle of the Bugs – Bringing key biosecurity messages to life
Following the success of the War of the Worms, Moredun were delighted to join forces once again with animator Selina Wagner (Blobina Animations) to create another engaging short film.  Battle of the Bugs highlights the key biosecurity messages that are a critically important part of disease prevention and control. It focuses on sheep scab and BVD as examples of biosecurity in practice and its importance to farm profitability.
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Moredun Research Institute - Parasitic Worms
Parasitic gastroenteritis (PGE), caused by infection of the gut with parasitic nematodes, is one of the most important diseases for both Scottish sheep and beef cattle farmers from both a financial and a welfare perspective. The parasitic nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta is endemic in temperate regions of the world and is currently the major cause of parasitic PGE in sheep in the UK. Ostertagia ostertagi  is the major pathogenic species affecting cattle.
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Quality Meat Scotland
QMS's core function is to work with the Scottish red meat industry to improve its efficiency and profitability and to maximise its contribution
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Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF)
RMIF's aim is to help everybody involved in the red meat supply chain to adapt their businesses to all the inevitable challenges ahead, particularly post CAP reform and in the face of growing globalisation.
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Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland


The Society was founded in 1784 to promote the regeneration of rural Scotland, as well as the preservation of its poetry, language and music. Today, in the 21st century, the Society is for people who value the rural areas of Scotland. It is for people who enjoy the finest products of our land-based and allied industries. And it is for everyone who supports the very best standards in agriculture, forestry and stewardship of the countryside, which are such an essential part of our heritage - and our future.
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The NFU Scotland Livestock Committee are active at considering and lobbying on all issues relevant to Livestock farming in Scotland.

In this section, you can find the latest on NFU Scotland’s work on Livestock – including Business Guide Updates, News, and more.

Ensuring that Livestock producers receive support

Requesting that support scheme requirements are clear

Working with industry to boost sales of Scottish Beef and Lamb

Promoting the needs of the livestock sector through the Brexit process

Reinforcing the high health status of Scottish Livestock

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Government policy environmental legislation and associated grant schemes have led to there being increasing amounts of material being offered...

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18-06-2019

Application are open for Scottish Governments CARES (Community and Renewable Energy Scheme) funding The current window for applications for loans and...

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European Health Regulation proposes impossible TB controls – Member Action Needed Urgently

14-06-2019

The European Commission are drafting a new European Health Regulation (EHR) which includes a new measure for dealing with TB...

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Proposed Protection of Livestock Bill Response

15-05-2019

NFU Scotland (NFUS) represents over 8,500 farmers and crofters in Scotland Many NFUS members are livestock keepers and a significant...

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A prolonged three-year low in the beef price is seriously impacting the incomes of farms and crofters across the country warns...

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