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May 2024: A spotlight on pigs, Scottish hemp production for fibre products, straw alternatives and managing winter forages
10th May 2024 • Agribusiness News • Farm Advisory Service
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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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Facebook: @FASScot 


National Advice Hub 

Phone: 0300 323 0161 






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