News from United Kingdom

16-07-2014 09:11 AM
Agriculture is no longer a man’s world, says Ruth Brown
Nearly nine-in-ten female farmers are optimistic about their future in agriculture, according to results from a Barclays poll. In the survey of 1,4...
16-07-2014 09:09 AM
Careless walkers put cattle in peril
Cattle had to be rescued from sewage sludge after their heard was allowed to escape from their field by ramblers who left a gate open. Now farmer R...
15-07-2014 10:08 AM
A pig-farming family with a difference
Meet the O’Rorkes: one couple, three children and 31 pigs. Not for this family a Sunday morning lie-in. Today, we’re playing Chase the Pig on their fa...
15-07-2014 09:56 AM
Reydon cattle escape halted by Southwold
A community nurse awoke to find a herd of escaped cattle trotting past her house heading for a seaside town in Suffolk. Cathy Ryan saw between 20 a...
10-07-2014 10:23 AM
Neonicotinoids linked to recent fall in farmland bird numbers
New research has identified the world’s most widely used insecticides as the key factor in the recent reduction in numbers of farmland birds. The f...
10-07-2014 10:20 AM
Cattle farmers have plenty to beef about
Last week saw Defra's Farming Minister, George Eustice, chair a so called "Beef Summit" with a view to dealing with the desperate situation the Britis...
07-07-2014 09:11 AM
Cut use of antibiotics in livestock, veterinary experts tell government
Vets and MPs have urged the government and pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for animals to avoid the growing human resistance to antibiot...
07-07-2014 09:06 AM
Highland cattle help survival chances of rare butterfly
A herd of shaggy four-legged conservation heroes is helping an upland farm in the Lake District to become a haven for some of the country’s most endan...
03-07-2014 08:50 AM
'Ahimsa' slaughter-free dairy farm set up in Groby, Leicestershire
Britain's first slaughter-free dairy farm run to "revolutionary" welfare standards is being established in Leicestershire. Male calves born to dair...
03-07-2014 08:43 AM
Tuberculosis threat requires mass cull of cattle, not badgers, study reveals
A mass cull of cattle, not badgers, is the only large-scale action that can end the scourge of tuberculosis in England’s livestock, according to new s...
01-07-2014 07:55 AM
UK future food security threatened by complacency, MPs warn
The UK’s ability to feed itself is threatened by “complacency” over the extreme weather driven by climate change and increasing competition for food a...
01-07-2014 07:53 AM
Demand for farmland property is strong
George Alder of Stags Farm Agency looks at the summer market for farms this year. With some fine weather finally now upon us, many South West farme...
01-07-2014 07:52 AM
US farmers plant record soybean crop, less corn
The nation's farmers planted the largest soybean crop on record this year by devoting millions of acres of land to the crop that had been used for gro...
30-06-2014 08:26 AM
UK faces 10 per cent shortfall in farmland by 2030
The UK faces an agricultural land shortfall of two million hectares within 15 years, according to a new report. The country may be unable to provide 1...
23-06-2014 01:24 AM
Nearly 60 jobs go as South West dairy plant is axed
Almost 60 jobs will be lost after dairy bosses said they will close a major dairy plant in the south west. The UK's largest milk supplier and dist...
17-06-2014 02:15 AM
'Unclear' if badger jabs cut TB in cattle in Wales
It is unclear whether vaccinating badgers in west Wales has cut TB in cattle, the chief vet has said. The Welsh government is more than halfway thr...
16-06-2014 02:57 AM
Weatherwatch: Wheat stressed out in the sunshine
Take a walk in the countryside and you may well pass a shimmering field of wheat, each head nodding in the breeze and each ear of wheat swollen and re...
13-06-2014 04:29 AM
North Wales farmland rush sparks bidding war
Farmland across North Wales is selling like gold dust – with one plot realising almost £25,000-an-acre. Auctioneers Jones Peckover held auctions ...
13-06-2014 04:26 AM
GM crops in England next year
Anti-GM campaigners reacted with fury last night after the Government backed an EU vote that could lead to weedkiller-resistant maize being sowed in E...
13-06-2014 04:24 AM
Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review dismissed
An animal charity has lost its challenge to a planned 1,000-cow dairy in Powys in the High Court. The case over the planning decision for the dairy...
13-06-2014 04:21 AM
Unlocking the power of women farmers
Women are the backbone of the rural economy in developing countries and are responsible for 60-80% of food production. They also tend to be the most k...
12-06-2014 01:37 AM
Relief for farmers as food crops included in payments criteria
Details of how farmers will continue to qualify for subsidy payments for so-called ‘greening’ measures have been greeted with relief by the industry f...
12-06-2014 01:25 AM
Changes to EU subsidies 'will support Scottish farmers'
A package of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy will support Scottish farmers and improve the way EU payments are distributed, according to the...
10-06-2014 02:15 AM
Somerset farmers say beef industry faces crisis
Farmers, butchers and NFU are meeting in Somerset today to discuss what they claim is a crisis facing the beef industry. Stuart Clatworthy, beef fa...
10-06-2014 02:10 AM
Summit to protect Durham's farmland
A summit aimed at stopping vital natural resources being lost into rivers and streams will be held next week (Wednesday, June 18). The Environment ...
09-06-2014 01:41 AM
Dunloy slurry death: Robert Christie 'gentle wee character'
The eight-year-old boy who died in a slurry tank accident at a County Antrim farm was "a gentle natured wee fella", his school principal has said. ...
05-06-2014 01:48 AM
Price of beef could soar as farmers quit
The roast beef of old England – the meat on which the nation has dined for centuries – could soon be priced out of the reach of the average consumer, ...
04-06-2014 02:22 AM
U.S. dairy farmers threaten to oppose Pacific trade deal
U.S. dairy farmers and milk processors on Wednesday threatened to oppose a Pacific trade deal if Japan and Canada do not agree to accept substantially...
04-06-2014 02:18 AM
Farmers on the Somerset Levels encouraged to apply for grants
Farmers affected by flooding on the Somerset Levels are being urged to apply for government grants to restore their land before the £10m Government fu...
04-06-2014 02:17 AM
Aldi’s MGM deal a ‘huge boost’ to poultry sector
Premium free-range and locally produced Scottish whole chickens will shortly be available to buy from the shelves of discount supermarket chain Aldi. ...
02-06-2014 00:36 AM
Scottish independence: Scots farmers voice concern
Fears independence could harm Scottish farmers’ ability to sell in supermarkets south of the Border have been raised following claims their produce wo...
30-05-2014 01:15 AM
24,000 chicks die in poultry shed fire at Marford
Twenty four thousand chicks have perished in a fire at a poultry shed near Wrexham, says the fire service. A man also suffered burns to his face an...
30-05-2014 01:11 AM
The hi-tech future of the dairy sector
The world's largest fresh milk dairy was opened by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson yesterday. European co-operative Arla has invested £150 mill...
29-05-2014 01:34 AM
Corporate stranglehold of farmland a risk to world food security, study says
The world's food supplies are at risk because farmland is becoming rapidly concentrated in the hands of wealthy elites and corporations, a study has f...
26-05-2014 00:09 AM
High demand for Ayrshire farmland
The average price achieved for good ploughable farmland in Ayrshire was £4000 per acre, figures from one rural sales company have revealed. Special...
22-05-2014 01:22 AM
Somerset Levels dredged silt to be stored on farmland
Large amounts of silt dredged from the rivers Parrett and Tone are set to be stored on farmland on the Somerset Levels if planning consent is obtained...
22-05-2014 01:19 AM
More beef farmers quit as the price plunges
The NFU has warned that what it calls “opportunism and short-term thinking” from some in the meat trade over the recent dramatic fall in farm gate bee...
22-05-2014 01:16 AM
Botulism outbreak kills cattle at Carmarthenshire farm
More than 150 cows have died following an outbreak of botulism on a farm in Carmarthenshire. It is believed the disease came from the carcass of a ...
16-05-2014 01:43 AM
150,000 litres of fuel leak into Marlborough farmland as thieves target pipeline
Up to 150,000 litres of fuel leaked into farmland in Marlborough after thieves drilled through a major Esso pipeline. The attack on the pipeline ru...
15-05-2014 01:02 AM
Dorset farmer sells dairy herd as milk prices returns 'not worth the effort'
There has been a dairy herd at North Mead Farm for 54 years, averaging about 50 head – but it now numbers just 16 cows, as ill health and unrealistic ...
14-05-2014 02:44 AM
Government to slash subsidies for large scale solar farms
The government has unveiled proposals to limit the subsidies paid to large solar farms from next April. Owners of installations bigger than 5 megaw...
13-05-2014 01:42 AM
Oklahoma wheat harvest suffering from drought, late freeze
Monday's rain is welcome for farmers, but is too little, too late for Oklahoma's wheat crop. This year's crop is expected to be one of the worst produ...
13-05-2014 01:34 AM
Scottish dairy reveals plans to expand south of border
Scotland's largest independent dairy company Graham’s The Family Dairy is set for further expansion south of the border thanks to a £20m cash boost. ...
12-05-2014 01:57 AM
Graham's The Family Dairy secures funding for expansion
A Scottish dairy firm has announced plans to expand after securing £20m in funding support from Royal Bank of Scotland. Graham's The Family Dairy, ...
09-05-2014 02:08 AM
Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market named best in UK
The twice-monthly market beat much bigger city rivals, including East London’s Brockley Market and St George’s Market in Belfast. Its wares include...
09-05-2014 02:03 AM
Campaign over 'consistency' of cattle weight for beef finishers
NFU Scotland is to work with the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) to ensure beef finishers receive clear and consistent messages on the...
08-05-2014 00:26 AM
Plans for 255 Teignmouth farmland houses deferred
Plans to build 255 homes on the outskirts of a Devon town have been put on hold after objections by residents. Teignbridge District Council's Plann...
08-05-2014 00:24 AM
Aberystwyth Farmers' Market crowned UK best
A farmers' market in mid Wales has been crowned the UK's best, beating rivals from London and Belfast. Aberystwyth came top in the best food market...
08-05-2014 00:23 AM
Farmer cleared of manslaughter after rambler dies in cattle field
A farmer has been cleared of manslaughter following the death of a walker in a field of cattle. Prosecutors had alleged a bull belonging to Paul Wa...
06-05-2014 00:25 AM
Farming Matters: Protesting about HS2
Farmers collected in London on Monday last week ahead of the second reading of the HS2 London to Birmingham Hybrid Bill. They were there to meet MP...