Agriculture

Agriculture
Monday, September 1st 2014 - 16:44 UTC

EU support for dairy farmers to alleviate Russian restrictions on imports

The Private Storage Aid for butter and SMP covers daily costs of storing these products for 3-7 months. The support is until the market improves.

The European Commission opened Private Storage Aid for butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses in order to alleviate the impact of Russian restrictions on imports of EU dairy products and to limit the negative effects on the internal market.

Monday, September 1st 2014 - 13:57 UTC

Tasmania farmer catches the world woolliest sheep: Merino with 20 kilo fleece

“He couldn't see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed him,” Peter Hazell said.

Two Australian farmers from Tasmania have found what they hope to prove is the world's woolliest sheep. Peter Hazell said he had no trouble capturing the animal, which was wandering with its vision obscured by wool in scrubland on his property in Tasmania's Midlands on Sunday.

Monday, September 1st 2014 - 10:52 UTC

Paraguay becomes world's eight exporter of beef; Argentina drops to position 11

The Paraguayan Rural Association plans to double cattle slaughtering by 2020

Paraguay has moved to eighth world exporter of beef and is planning to double the number of cattle slaughtered by 2020, according to the country's Rural Association, ARP. Last year 2.2million head of cattle were slaughtered in Paraguay, and 73% of the beef was exported while the rest was domestic consumption.

Monday, September 1st 2014 - 10:43 UTC

Uruguay's main agro-business show opens on Wednesday at the Prado greens

During ten days a major display of the best of Uruguay's livestock and agriculture supplies

Next Wednesday Uruguay's main agro-show at the Prado's greens will open to receive over 2.277 livestock among which will be selected the top cattle (meat and dairy), sheep (wool and lambs), horses and swine of the country, in a display of advanced genetics.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 20:42 UTC

Falkland Islands resident off to Oxford University with a Chevening scholarship

Clare Cockwell has been offered a full scholarship to study for an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Hertford College.

A Falkland Islands resident is off to the University of Oxford later this year, after being announced as the Falkland Islands' newest Chevening Scholar. Clare Cockwell has been offered a full scholarship under the UK Government's Chevening programme to study towards an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Hertford College.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 08:04 UTC

Argentina suspends beef exports 15-days to contain domestic prices

Schiariti said the measure represents the “same ineffectiveness and ignorance over the (beef) sector” that ex Domestic Trade Secretary Guillermo Moreno had

The Argentine government has decided to restrict beef exports for a 15-day period seeking to stem the rise of prices in the domestic market. The decision was confirmed by Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich and sparked criticism by business leaders in the sector with some voices saying the strategy will have “no positive effects.”

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:57 UTC

Cattle rustling an everyday issue in Uruguay, claim farmers

Cattle is usually shot and slaughtered in the field, and later sold to local butchers or turned into sausages or minced meat

Cattle rustling in Uruguay has become a daily issue and it's unfair that farmers should be forced to change of activity because “justice is lenient” when and if the perpetrators are caught, claimed the president of Uruguay's Rural Association, ARU, Ruben Echeverria.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:51 UTC

Uruguay's 2014/15 wool clip estimated in 30 million kilos

The current flock of Uruguay in 2011 was down to 7.8 million with not much prospects of increasing

Uruguay's 2014/15 wool clip has been estimated at 30 million kilos, a volume similar to that of 2013/14, according to numbers discussed in a recent meeting of sheep farmers, government and regional officials to address prospects for the industry.

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 09:40 UTC

FAO July Food Price Index at its lowest level since January 2014

While meat prices rose for the fifth consecutive month and sugar remained firm, there were sharp declines in grains, oilseeds and dairy quotations

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 203.9 points in July 2014, down 4.4 points (2.1 percent) from a revised value in June and 3.5 points (1.7 percent) below July 2013. While meat prices rose for the fifth consecutive month and sugar remained firm, sharp declines in grains, oilseeds and dairy quotations pushed down the FAO Food Price Index to its lowest level since January 2014.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 08:10 UTC

Rousseff claims EU has yet to agree on a proposal to exchange with Mercosur

“Stop blaming us because we are ready, we have our proposal ready”, Rousseff told the lobby of Brazilian farmers

President Dilma Rousseff claimed before the Brazil's farmers lobby that the trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union is stalled and is not fulfilled because of the 'resistance' from several European countries, and specifically named France, Hungary and Ireland.

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