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Earthworms contribute to crop disease biocontrol
With the move towards less-intensive cultivation practices, some have asked whether it’s time to revisit the guidance and look at disease management from a different angle. A research team from SRUC and The University of Nottingham has studied whether dragging blades through soil is good for earthworms, which may have implications for crop diseases. Earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris) provide well-documented benefits to soil health. Yet, their role as a naturally occurring…
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11% increase in UK sheep kill figures for March 
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says that there has been an increase of 11% in UK sheep kill figures during March, with the figure just over one million head. According to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the increase in throughput is due to the fact that there were fewer sheep available due to Brexit. AHDB senior analyst, Rebecca Wright says the key theme so far…
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UK national sheep flock increased by 3% in 2021 
The UK national sheep flock stood at 14.5 million head on 1 December, showing an increase of 3% for the period of 2021. According to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) the figures were collated by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). AHDB’s Rebecca Wright says “some growth in the breeding ewe numbers was expected based upon optimism in the industry and low ewe-slaughter figures during…
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Small recovery of UK sheepmeat exports earlier this year
UK exports of fresh and frozen sheepmeat staged a slight recovery in January this year. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said that figures from the HMRC show that exports of sheepmeat increased by 489 tonnes on the same period in 2021. Volumes during the month totalled just over 4,000 tonnes, which was 13% higher than year earlier levels the AHDB said. However, volumes were significantly below pre-Brexit levels in both…