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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Agriculture: Technology (7 April 2014)

David Willetts: ...Ambassador for agri-tech, has undertaken the following activities to raise the UK's reputation in agri-tech; to support inward investment and exports: 2013 London— 18 April. Met Hamish Renton, UK dairy specialist, in advance of visit to Qatar in May 2013. London— 29 April. Met the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Business of the House: Bovine TB (3 April 2014)

Owen Paterson: ...the most pressing animal health problem in the UK, and the crisis facing our cattle farmers, their families and communities cannot be overstated. It is a devastating zoonosis that threatens our cattle industry and presents risks to other livestock and wildlife species such as badgers, domestic pets and humans. In 1979 only 0.01% of British cattle tested as infected. The disease has now...

Written Answers — Health: Livestock: Diseases (1 April 2014)

Jane Ellison: ...species is April 2012 to March 2014. Liver fluke is a common parasitic disease of both cattle and sheep in the United Kingdom, caused by the parasite Fasciola hepatica, and is estimated to cost the cattle industry 23 million annually (source: National Animal Disease Information Service). In cattle, infection is more commonly encountered in beef cows grazing poor wet pasture but...

Immigration Bill — Committee (5th Day) (17 March 2014)

Lord Rosser: ...at the lower end, with migrants from the EU’s A8 accession countries of 2004 constituting the largest single group of agency workers. In certain sectors, such as the meat and poultry processing industry, there are examples of British workers facing difficulty registering for work, with some agencies supplying only migrant workers, generally eastern European nationals. While it is not...

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Daniel Kawczynski: ...a lot of emotional issues with constituents, but in the nine years for which I have been the Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury, one of the most emotional experiences I have faced was meeting a dairy farmer in the village of Snailbeach in the southernmost part of my constituency. I went to see him and spent the day on his farm, where I saw at first hand the terrible suffering that he had...

[John Robertson in the Chair] — Backbench business — Women’s Contribution to the Economy (6 March 2014)

Pauline Latham: ...their products. In the context of the wider local economy, she ensures that all her staff are trained ambassadors for the town of Belper, which is within the world heritage site of the Arkwright mills, where the industrial revolution began. They all can recommend local businesses to those who visit the town. Another business headed up by one of my dynamic female constituents is Jack...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Milk Cup:  Sponsorship (4 March 2014)

Arlene Foster: The first thing to say is that it will remain the Milk Cup. That is a very important point to make. I pay tribute to the Dairy Council for being with the Milk Cup for so long and providing a lot of sponsorship. When the Dairy Council decided that it was no longer going to sponsor the Milk Cup, it was very clever of it to approach Dale Farm, because of course the tournament...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Spring Supplementary Estimates 2013-14 and Vote on Account 2014-15 (10 February 2014)

Declan McAleer: ...food producers, who are part of the integrated food supply chain, by providing them with finance through loans. The scheme was to start off by giving funding to broiler producers, before moving on to the dairy sector and producers of pig meat and red meat. At the scheme's launch, Minister Foster acknowledged that there were difficulties for the industry to access finance and...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (29 January 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Joan McAlpine: ...regional office is in Dumfries and Galloway, which is one of the reasons why CAP funding is of particular interest to me. The region of Dumfries and Galloway has roughly 40 per cent of Scotland’s dairy herd, 19 per cent of its beef cattle and 15 per cent of its sheep, but only 3 per cent of Scotland’s people. In 2011, according to research by the Crichton Institute,...

Water Bill — Second Reading (27 January 2014)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, the Water Bill has very much to commend it, and has been commended around the House. I will start by declaring my interest, albeit a very minor one, as a dairy farmer. I am very aware of the price rises that have come through in recent years, and due to my experience in the dairy industry I am not at all surprised that a milk co-operative of farmers is leading the way in some of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Agriculture (20 January 2014)

Michelle O'Neill: I do not think that any of us has room to be protectionist. The Member will be aware that I raised this issue with Simon Coveney and sought some assurances that our industry would not be disadvantaged. It is unfortunate to say the least, because we are all targeting an export market; that is where the growth potential is. I am in an ongoing conversation with Minister Coveney...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (16 January 2014)

Owen Paterson: ...the Agriculture Council on the progress of its proposal to revise the national emissions ceilings directive. Germany was concerned by the potential impact of ammonia emission ceiling reductions on Europe’s agricultural industry. I supported the request. The Commission noted that the impacts on agriculture were fully considered within the Commission. Organic agriculture The Commission...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: EU: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (16 January 2014)

Lord de Mauley: ...to Agriculture Council on the progress of its proposal to revise the National Emissions Ceilings Directive. Germany was concerned by the potential impact of ammonia emission ceiling reductions on Europe’s agricultural industry. I supported the request. The Commission noted that the impacts on agriculture were fully considered within the Commission. Organic agriculture The Commission...

Backbench Business — Rural Communities (9 January 2014)

Glyn Davies: ..., but I want to touch on the impact of bovine TB on farming communities, which is not properly understood. This has always been a difficult issue for me. I have a good understanding of the farming industry, but I have always been involved in the local Wildlife Trust and understand the implications and sensitivities. We must, however, have a policy that deals with the issue. Most of my...

Public Bill Committee: Water Bill: Clause 16 - Charges schemes (10 December 2013)

Thomas Docherty: I am most grateful. If nothing else, we have had some enlightenment from the Minister on that critical topic. I raise the issue of the dairy industry because the Select Committee took evidence on it when we looked at de-averaging in the last Session. The Water Industry Commission for Scotland said this: “If a dairy in a rural community were to [identity an alternative source of water...

Written Answers — Health: School Milk (10 December 2013)

Daniel Poulter: As part of the consultation process we engaged with a wide range of stakeholders including parents, childcare providers and milk producers. We also engaged specifically with representatives of the dairy industry and local government to seek their views on how they might be affected by the options proposed in the consultation. A decision on the future operation of the nursery milk scheme will...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Milk: Prices (26 November 2013)

George Eustice: DEFRA continues to support the UK dairy industry's work in a number of key areas. We have given our full support to the dairy industry's Code of Best Practice for Contractual Relations. The Code already covers in excess of 85% of raw milk production in the UK and is helping to improve contractual relationships between farmers and milk buyers. The Government is also providing 5 million...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Cattle (22 November 2013)

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many cattle in the English and Welsh beef industry were slaughtered due to (a) fertility issues, (b) mastitis, (c) infectious bovine rhinotracheities, (d) bovine viral diarrhoea, (e) Johne's disease, (f) liver fluke, (g) nutrition, (h) calf pneumonia, (i) calf scour, (j) parasitic gastroenteritis or lungworm and...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming: Dorset (18 November 2013) See 1 other result from this answer

Robert Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures his Department has put in place to help the dairy industry in Dorset; and if he will make a statement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council: Plenary (12 November 2013)

Martin McGuinness: We certainly had a discussion on the National Dairy Council (NDC) campaign at the meeting, and the Irish Government listened very carefully to what we had to say. We expressed our concerns that the National Dairy Council campaign is an abuse of country of origin labelling. The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment raised that issue with the Irish Competition Authority and...

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