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NEW PM UNDER PRESSURE TO MAKE GOOD ON “SIGNIFICANT COMMITMENTS”

The National Farmers' Union Scotland have challenged incoming British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to follow through on commitments he made to them during the Conservative Party leadership campaign. In correspondence to NFUS, Mr Johnson said his ambitions for farmers north of the border included a post Brexit trade deal with the European Union which minimises [...]

AYRSHIRE NEW POTATOES ELEVATED TO PROTECTED STATUS

Potato growers in the west of Scotland are celebrating after the Ayrshire Early Potatoes brand, also known as 'Ayrshire New Potatoes', was awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. PGI protection is a European Union protection, which it is hoped will be maintained in the event that Brexit takes place, which ensures food and drink products [...]

FARM IN NORTH ENGLAND LATEST VICTIM OF ILLEGAL SHEEP BUTCHERING

A farmer in Northumberland has become the latest south of the border to find that a number of his sheep stock had been illegally butchered. 14 sheep were slaughtered at Park End Farming, with criminals making off with the meat and leaving the flock's remains in the field to be found by the farmer's wife [...]

EDINBURGH’S ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW ATTRACTS RECORD CROWDS

This year's Royal Highland Show attracted its record attendance in the show's 179-year history as 195,400 turned up for the four day event. The annual event, which was held between Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd June is estimated to have benefitted the Scottish economy to the tune of £65m. Among the biggest spectacles at this [...]

SCOTTISH FARMERS WORRIED BY PROPOSED SKY LANTERNS FESTIVAL

The National Farmers’ Union in Scotland has called on local authorities in Edinburgh and the Lothians to cancel a proposed sky lanterns festival from taking place in or around the Scottish capital in the coming months. The planned event is organised by an American company, The Lights Fest, who run similar events across the United [...]

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Farmers’ Union in England & Wales appoint first female president

The National Farmers Union south of the border has a first female president in its 110 years of existence following the election of Minette Batters at a recent meeting of the union in Birmingham. She replaces outgoing Meurig Raymond who announced he would step down last November. Batters, a beef, sheep and arable farmer from [...]

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National Farmers Union leads #BuyMyTurkey campaign across UK

Thursday 21st December   This year the National Farmers’ Union have backed their membership with a #BuyMyTurkey campaign, an initiative to encourage the British public to buy turkeys from local farms. The campaign includes a ‘turkey finder’ search engine on the Union’s website where users can find their nearest turkey supplier by typing in their [...]

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Farmers voice concern at Lynx trial reintroduction following sheep deaths

Thursday 21st December 2017   Plans to reintroduce the lynx back into the British countryside have caused concern among some in the farming community following the deaths in November of several sheep that it has been claimed were killed by a lynx which had escaped from a local wildlife park. The animal was eventually shot [...]

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Sheep worrying a ‘big issue’ in Scottish and British farming

Thursday 14th December 2017   Last month’s incident on the Channel island of Jersey - where five Manx sheep were chased over a cliff to their deaths by dogs - underlines the importance of dog-owners keeping their animal under control whilst walking in the countryside. It happened in the afternoon on Saturday 19th November on the [...]

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Scottish farming community responds to RBS announcement

Monday 11th December 2017   On Friday 1st December The Royal Bank of Scotland announced that they would be closing a total of 259 of their branches across the United Kingdom in 2018, with 197 of them (under the name NatWest) in England & Wales and 62 north of the border. The bank said the [...]

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