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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 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

Comprehensive Spending Review – NFU Scotland Submission

25-09-2020

Like all sectors of the economy in the wake of COVID-19 Scottish agriculture will have to change and adapt to a...

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NFU Scotland Response to the UK Government/BEIS White Paper on the UK Internal Market

14-08-2020

The UK Internal Market is critical to the interests of Scottish agriculture and the vitally important food and drinks sector it...

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Call for Evidence on Public Sector Procurement of Food

13-08-2020

NFU Scotland believes that the UK should use future public procurement strategies to make the public sector the flag-bearer of a...

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Export Health Certificates – Preparing for Brexit

30-07-2020

The way in which you apply for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) has changed with the introduction of a new digital...

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Related News
Farmers Must Be Protected by Livestock Worrying Legislation

23-09-2020

Giving evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee today (Wednesday 23 September) NFU Scotland Vice President Charlie Adam spoke about...

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United Call on Farmers to Play it Safe at Marts as Autumn Sales Get Underway

25-08-2020

Farmers are being urged to strictly observe public health physical distancing guidelines as the Autumn sales in Scotland’s livestock marts get...

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Scotland’s Livestock Industry Must Move to Healthier Footing as it Resets, Restarts and Recovers

09-06-2020

As Scotland slowly eases its lockdown restrictions Scotland’s beef and lamb producers are looking to move to a heathier footing as...

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Union Welcomes Member’s Bill on Livestock Worrying Moving to the Next Stage

19-05-2020

NFU Scotland has welcomed tough new measures to tackle livestock worrying being brought forward by Emma Harper MSP through a member’s...

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Scotland Takes Another Step Towards BVD Eradication

12-05-2020

Scotland’s bid to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from its cattle herd takes another step forward next week (18 May) when...

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Beef Prices Continue to Give Cause for Concern

22-04-2020

Market disruption caused by Covid-19 continues to see farmgate prices for prime Scotch beef languish at an unsustainable level ...

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Related Blogs
Livestock Policy Manager's Blog - 23 June 2020

23-06-2020

Covid-19 may have delayed the transition to new arrangements for recording births and movements of cattle and ultimately the introduction of...

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Livestock Policy Manager's Blog - 19 June 2020

19-06-2020

With food and drink such a huge part of the Highland Show success story the opportunity to meet supermarkets at this...

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Livestock Policy Manager's Blog - 22 January 2020

22-01-2020

This year we expect to see Scottish cattle movement recording move from BCMS CTS Online to ScotEID with the hope that...

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Industry Guidance on Shearing

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