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Glyphosate latest in EU, Scottish farm payments report, Cow psychology

Glyphosate latest in EU, Scottish farm payments report, Cow psychology

The EU's non-decision on the future of glyphosate, the controversial herbicide. Having ducked voting on the issue, the chemical currently won't be licenced for use beyond the end of June. The UK's four farming unions have joined forces to express their concern, while France says whatever happens it will look at banning the use of glyphosate.

Scotland has a new Farming Minister, Fergus Ewing replaces Richard Lochead who stood down before the SNP cabinet was reshuffled. He takes over at a time when his department is facing up to the publication of a damning report into the Scottish Government's handling of EU farm payments. Audit Scotland says the IT system has left a £400 million hole in the country's rural economy.

Also, to work with cows you need to understand their herd mentality and pecking order - that's according to Miriam Parker, an animal handling specialist.

Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Mark Smalley.

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