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Agribusiness News Audio May 2024: A spotlight on pigs, Scottish hemp production for fibre products, straw alternatives and managing winter forages

Along with our regular monthly updates on policy briefs, arable, beef, sheep and milk, In this edition we are also bringing you sector overviews on sector overviews on pigs and Scottish hemp production for fibre products. We will also be bringing you news on straw alternatives and managing winter forages.

Show Notes 

00:43 – News in Brief
02:45 Policy Briefs – Agricultural Reform Route Map update
08: 19 Arable- Wet weather leaves 2024 crop yield uncertain.
13:33 Beef – Finished price rising; dairy-beef trends.
17:50 Sheep – Gap widens between import prices & record UK prices.
20:49 Sector Focus – Pig update.
26:42 Milk – Volumes down and grass growth poor.
31:58 Sector focus – Scottish hemp production for fibre products
36:35 Management Matters – Straw alternatives
41:41 Inputs – Managing winter forages

FAS Resources

Agribusiness News May 2024 | Information helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (

Other Links:

Plant Health Centre website

The consultation on cattle identification and traceability in Scotland 

Progressing to Net Zero

Mark Bowsher-Gibbs

Feed and forage calculator | AHDB.


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