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Wednesday 22nd June 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
Editor


MSD Animal Health

EU Referendum: What Would Brexit Mean for Farming?

Tomorrow, the people of the UK have a big decision to make about whether the country should remain part of the European Union, or leave and go it alone. But what has been said throughout the campaign about the impact on farming?

A number of academic studies highlighted the uncertainties involved in a leave vote. An early February report from Professor Wyn Grant of the University of Warwick and the Farmer-Scientist Network said it was it was hard to see any advantage to British farmers in leaving the EU, due to a lack of planning for Brexit making it difficult for farmers to plan for their future business.

UK farming ministers are divided on the issue, with Environment Secretary Liz Truss on the remain side, but Minister for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment George Eustice campaigning to leave.

A Brexit would also have an impact on farming in other countries. CME analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner said this week the vote has the potential to dramatically impact broader financial markets, causing significant changes in currency values and affect short term growth projections for the global economy.

They said the most important implication in the short term for US livestock producers is what happens to the value of the US dollar and the effect this has on the relative price of US products sold overseas.

Read our summary of what different industry stakeholders have had to say about the vote.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Randall Lineback Cattle - The Breed that Saved America
The Randall Lineback is among the oldest breeds of cattle in the US with origins back to the Pilgrim Fathers. The Randall family in Sunderland, Vermont had sustained this heritage breed since 1912, writes John Wilkes.

Company News

Best of British Breeding on Show at Livestock Event
UK - The best of British genetics are scheduled to be showcased in front of a line-up of judges and the country’s largest audience of farmers from throughout the UK and beyond at the Livestock Event, staged at The NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.
NUTRIAD present at World Mycotoxin Forum
CANADA - International feed additives producer Nutriad was present in Winnipeg (Canada) where the 9th World Mycotoxin Forum (WMF) combined with the 14th IUPAC, to create the world's largest mycotoxin event with the purpose of increasing awareness of human and animal health risks due to mycotoxin contamination.
Market Reports

UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2016
AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 21 June 2016

Global Beef Industry News

   Global

EU Referendum: What Would Brexit Mean for Farming?
Five-Year Strategic Plan Approved by GRSB in Chicago
High Demand for Beef, Poultry Meat and Eggs in Africa Creates Opportunities

   United States

CME: More Cull Cows Expected to Come to Market
CME: Brexit Impact on US Dollar Important for Livestock Markets
CME: Lower US Beef, Chicken Prices Push Down Meat Retail Prices
Researchers Investigate Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farms
CME: Concern About Beef Price Outlook Heading into Summer
Meat and Poultry Industry 'Essential to US Economy'

   United Kingdom

Scottish Beef Herd Expands as Sheep Flock Shrinks

   Australia

Australian Vets Call for Review of Live Exports After Abuse Scandal

   Canada

New Sustainable Beef Verification Programme Launched in Canada

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