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

John is on Twitter at @NFUSJohn

Charlie Adam
Livestock Committee Chairman

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

Bovine TB – Proposal to Introduce Changes to Compensation Arrangements in Scotland

21/09/2017

Scotland achieved Officially Tuberculosis Free (OTF) status in 2009 in recognition of its low incidence of TB in Scottish herds. ...

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Phase Five: Scotland’s BVD Eradication Programme

30/08/2017

Scotland’s BVD eradication programme is heading into its 7th year and 5th phase.  The programme was introduced as a ‘phased...

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Key Links
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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British Wool Marketing Board
The British Wool Marketing Board operates a central marketing system for UK fleece wool with the aim of achieving the best possible net returns for farmers.
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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

Pushing for simplification of animal movement requirements

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

Immigration Inquiry – NFU Scotland Submission

28-08-2017

In 2016 NFU Scotland (NFUS) submitted evidence laying out 10 key priorities for Scottish agriculture including:
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Brisket tags

20-07-2017

It has recently come to light that there are a number of keepers in Scotland who are using brisket tags as...

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BVD Reminder – Buying Cattle from Untested Herds

10-07-2017

Under the Scottish BVD eradication plan breeding herds must continue to test for BVD every year using one of the...

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Distribution of 2017 Beef Efficiency Scheme Tags

02-06-2017

The Scottish Government has informed participants of the Beef Efficiency Scheme that it is offering early calf selections where calving data...

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#LOVELAMBWEEK is Back!

01-09-2017

The week long online promotion coincides with Quality Meat Scotland’s Wham Bam Thank You Lamb campaign this year....

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Ewe Hogg Scheme to Open this Week but Rules to Stay the Same

29-08-2017

NFU Scotland is reminding Scottish hill sheep farmers that the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS) opens for applications this Friday...

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Union Requests Changes to Ewe Hogg Scheme

28-07-2017

NFU Scotland has formally requested that the Scottish Government consider urgently required changes to the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS)...

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Top Panel to Debate Brexit at Turriff Show

26-07-2017

A leading panel of speakers from across the UK will debate the impact of Brexit at a major event in North...

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Changes Welcome To Tissue Tagging For Beef Efficiency Scheme

02-06-2017

Following continued pressure by NFUS to make changes to the administration of the scheme to make it more workable and remove...

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Joined Up Approach To Tackle Livestock Worrying

30-05-2017

NFUS Police Scotland Ranger Service and Local Authority deliver joint message on need for responsible dog ownership...

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