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It seems you cannot watch the news these days without seeing pictures of starlings forming a ‘murmuration’ before settling down for the night.

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Whether it’s beef from the Scottish highlands or our world famous Welsh lamb, British food has a well-earned reputation for being produced to the highest standards of animal welfare, quality and safety.
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I am not sure where summer has disappeared to, but as I write, the nights are getting darker, breeding sheep sales are in full swing and time is flying by faster than ever.

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Opinion - Value of auction marts is proven

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Chris Dodds, executive secretary, Livestock Auctioneers Association

Livestock markets throughout Great Britain are once again proving to be the cornerstone of competitive and fair trade in the red meat sector.


I have been in the livestock auctioneering business for more than 35 years and I have never seen prime lambs regularly achieving more than £90 per head throughout August and into September.


The live ring has provided producers with an unrivalled trading platform for nearly 200...

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Opinion - We have no choice but to protest

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David Handley, Farmers For Action (FFA) chairman

 

Judging by comments on social media, there has been overwhelming support for the recent action taken against milk processor Muller, by Farmers For Action (FFA).

 

There are also those out there who do not agree with this type of action and who will no doubt be questioning the reasoning behind this.

 

FFA is consistently monitoring the dairy markets and gathering information on where farmgate prices should be, we then make ...

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Andrew Loftus, Director of Sellmylivestock.co.uk and a member of the NFU national livestock board

 

Perhaps farmers are not best placed to determine the ideal weight and spec of a beef carcase. They are just too far removed from final consumer.


We might reasonably expect the procurement teams of large processors to understand customer demands better. We might therefore be inclined to take their claims that changes in weight/spec are made in ‘response to consumer demand’ at ...

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Can the British agricultural brand provide a more stable future for our farmers?

The commoditisation of British food has, for many farmers, been one of the most dispiriting aspects of recent retail strategies.

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How much consumers pay for their goods remains one of the core issues debated in UK agriculture

It is not often you go to an NFU press conference and come away thinking about the very essence of farming and how it shapes its future, but this is what seemed to happen to me this week.

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Our Autumn work is backing up and the rain is not helping my mood!

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