Sheep farmers are likely to be the hardest hit of all British producers under a no-deal Brexit, resulting in clear knock-on implications for New Zealand sheep meat exporters, according to a new report from the Britain’s Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.
New Zealand Suffolk genetics have helped Scottish farmer Donald Macdonald achieve a lambing percentage of more than 170% and a weaning figure of 156% on his highly exposed, wet and windy farm near Thurso in the far north of the country.
French farm leaders are taking a cautious approach towards the European Union’s ongoing free-trade negotiations with New Zealand and Australia.
The country’s main farmers’ union, FNSEA, is already less than enthusiastic about the EU’s fledgling free-trade deal with Canada (CETA) while being hugely negative over the EU’s approach to securing a similar agreement with the Mercosur countries.
The viability of beef and sheep production in Scotland is being threatened by a Scottish government climate change bill that includes a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target.
Quality Meat Scotland is targeting Canada as a new export destination for Scotch lamb, setting ambitious sales goals that will put Scottish traders in direct competition with New Zealand exporters.