NFU Scotland’s Brexit survey, released at Royal Highland Show, shows ongoing uncertainty is eroding confidence levels
Jun20

NFU Scotland’s Brexit survey, released at Royal Highland Show, shows ongoing uncertainty is eroding confidence levels

Ongoing uncertainty around the Brexit process and a lack of clarity and direction on future policy and funding is eroding the confidence of Scotland’s farmers and crofters. The results of a Brexit confidence survey, launched by NFU Scotland in mid-May, were released on the first day of the 2019 Royal Highland Show – a date that marks almost three years since the historic referendum on membership of the European Union on June 23,...

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Forecasts suggests a drop in beef production according to Regency Purchasing Group
Jun19

Forecasts suggests a drop in beef production according to Regency Purchasing Group

The ‘Brexit effect’ has said to have hit beef production in the UK, which could potentially put more pressure on farmers while being good news for diners, according to procurement business, The Regency Purchasing Group. The Regency Purchasing Group, a UK procurement businesses serving the hospitality and catering industry, has reported that while producers may see their income drop because of reduced production, prices seem set to be...

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BMPA 2019 conference told ‘Europe preparing for a no deal’ and US/UK trade deal ‘not going to happen’
Jun06

BMPA 2019 conference told ‘Europe preparing for a no deal’ and US/UK trade deal ‘not going to happen’

A US/UK trade deal is ‘not going to happen’ and Brexit is a ‘lose/lose’ position for all, were some of the key messages at this year’s BMPA conference in Stationers’ Hall, London yesterday. Addressing meat industry executives, former deputy director of the European Commission’s agricultural department (DG Agri), Lars Hoelgaard, told delegates that a free trade deal, such as that outlined by US President, Donald Trump in his visit to...

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NPA claims UK pork producers suffering mounting debts as processors pocket millions
May28

NPA claims UK pork producers suffering mounting debts as processors pocket millions

According to the National Pig Association (NPA), UK pork producers are losing out on millions of pounds each month as pig prices fail to move in line with clear global trends. NPA said that what it regards as a kick in the teeth from UK pork processors comes during a prolonged period when pig producers have been losing money on every pig they produce. Figures from AHDB show margins turned red in the second half of 2018. In the last...

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Uncertainty looms following PM resignation and EU elections – industry reaction
May28

Uncertainty looms following PM resignation and EU elections – industry reaction

As widely predicted, Secretary of State at Defra, Michael Gove, has thrown his hat into the ring seeking to take over as Prime Minister from Theresa May, who resigned on Friday. Gove was the eighth Tory MP to signal his intentions by joining a growing list of candidates, including the favourite Boris Johnson and the previous Brexit Minister Dominic Raab. The PM’s resignation came on the Friday prior to the EU election results which...

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Easter and Brexit delay has helped sheep market
Apr23

Easter and Brexit delay has helped sheep market

The Easter market and the decision to delay Brexit has helped to support the prime sheep market over the past few weeks, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Despite the recent strengthening, producer prices remain 10-15% lower than last year. The first of the new season lambs are also beginning to arrive on the market in similar numbers to last year. However, in line with normal seasonal trends, the...

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