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Country Smallholding - - April News -

Call for clar­ity over im­pact of Brexit

The Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union has called for clear and ac­cu­rate an­swers from the Govern­ment about what a Brexit would mean for UK agri­cul­ture. Farm­ers and landown­ers say they are be­ing ‘kept in the dark’ over the likely im­pact of a Bri­tish exit. Defra sec­re­tary Liz Truss has ad­mit­ted her depart­ment has ‘No Plan B’ for the farm­ing in­dus­try if the UK votes to leave the EU.

One in five dairy farms un­der threat

One in five dairy farms in the UK could be forced to close this year as farm­ers’ debt reaches cri­sis lev­els, it is claimed. The Royal As­so­ci­a­tion of Dairy Farm­ers says farms are cur­rently clos­ing at the rate of around five a week, and this is ex­pected to rise. Farm­ers are be­ing paid as lit­tle as 19p for a litre of milk, which costs 28p to pro­duce, so they are op­er­at­ing at a loss, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union.

Boost for or­ganic food

A new study shows that or­ganic milk and meat con­tain around 50% more ben­e­fi­cial omega-3 fatty acids than non- or­ganic. The nu­tri­tional dif­fer­ences also ap­ply to or­ganic dairy prod­ucts. The study led by New­cas­tle Univer­sity and an in­ter­na­tional team of ex­perts was pub­lished in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Nutri­tion.

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