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United Kingdom | 9 February 2016
UK poultry farmers still using antibiotics linked to rise of drug-resistant bacteria

UK poultry farmers have increasingly been using antibiotics linked to the development of drug-resistant bugs, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) has revealed. Industry...


United Kingdom | 2 February 2016
Funds big buyers in corn and wheat

Good Morning! Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am. Grain markets are lower as investors are concerned about weak Chinese economic data, Russia holding expo...


United Kingdom | 2 February 2016
Beef forum set up in UK to tackle volatility

Farmers and industry experts have come together to make practical solutions to issues facing the industry. Irish farmers have over the past year looked with envy at the prices their counterparts in...


United Kingdom | 14 January 2016
Dairy farmers forced out of business

Falling milk prices pushed more than 30 Scottish dairy farmers out of business last year. According to figures released from the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association (SDCA), 34 farmers left the sector...


United Kingdom | 13 January 2016
Farmers to kill 40,000 chickens amid new bird flu scare

A case of H5N1 avian influenza – potentially fatal to both birds and humans – was discovered at Craigies Poultry Farm in Fife. The cull is to take place today and strict controls have been placed o...


United Kingdom | 11 January 2016
Bird flu strain found at farm in Fife

A suspected case of bird flu has been identified in chickens at a poultry farm in Fife. Birds at the site will now be culled and a 1km control zone has been set up around the premises in Dunfermlin...


United Kingdom | 7 January 2016
Jersey farmers see crops ruined due to warm weather

Jersey farmers are battling the unique winter conditions which are ruining crops, including daffodil and cauliflower harvests. The warm weather is causing many flowers to bloom early, meaning they ...


United Kingdom | 6 January 2016
Farmers are key to fighting climate change

The United Kingdom aims to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, and scientists think farmers can play a key role in achieving that target. A new study finds that if farmers...


United Kingdom | 18 December 2015
What is life really like as a dairy farmer?

Billions of pints of milk have flooded the market, causing prices to plummet. So after another difficult year, Sarah Freeman reports from down on one Yorkshire dairy farm. Every morning at 5am Elli...


United Kingdom | 14 December 2015
Land Reform Bill could affect all farmers

The Land Reform Bill currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament will not get an easy passage. That’s the verdict of Andrew McCornick, NFU Scotland vice-president, who warned that, no mat...


United Kingdom | 11 December 2015
Farming community warned after rise in rural crime

The farming community is being warned to be extra vigilant after a rise in rural crime. Two trailers, red diesel and a chainsaw have been stolen from the Bala area since the start of October and a ...


United Kingdom | 11 November 2015
Campaigners demand more rights for tenant farmers

Campaigners have gathered at Holyrood to demand the Scottish government does more to protect the rights of tenant farmers. Among them was Andrew Stoddart, who faces eviction and losing his liveliho...


United Kingdom | 10 November 2015
Rustling crimewave sees 10,000 cattle stolen in three years

Almost 10,000 cattle have been stolen across Northern Ireland in the last three years - with the vast majority never seen again. Shocking figures reveal the extent of the cattle rustling crimewave ...


United Kingdom | 30 October 2015
Fertiliser helps grower to claim record wheat yield

Northumberland grower Rod Smith is claiming a new world wheat yield record of 16.52t/ha due partly to his decision to use a stabilised urea fertiliser that is proving its worth in the North of England...


United Kingdom | 6 October 2015
Glencore shares surge on agriculture asset sale hopes

Shares in beleaguered trader and miner Glencore Plc rose on Monday on hopes it was on track with its debt-cutting plans with a sale of a stake in its agricultural assets. Glencore's share price has...


United Kingdom | 2 October 2015
Sheep rustler stole livestock worth £35k

A stockman rustled sheep worth £35,000 from farms on both sides of the Pennines including the farm where he worked, a jury heard. Thomas Redfern, 26, had denied theft and burglary but was found gui...


United Kingdom | 30 September 2015
'Badger baiting' claims: Five men go on trial

Five men have gone on trial in connection with alleged badger baiting offences over three years ago. The men face a number of animal cruelty charges over an alleged incident near Carrowdore, County...


United Kingdom | 23 September 2015
Northern Ireland bans GMO crops

The politics of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) are being redrawn in Europe, where a near complete disapproval persisted until earlier this year. Now, it’s up to individual nations to say whether ...


United Kingdom | 18 September 2015
Dairy farming needs more women, says industry chiefs

Farming needs women – and more of them. This was the overriding message from the UK’s first Women in Dairy conference, which saw women of all ages come together for an exchange of opinion and experien...


United Kingdom | 17 September 2015
How automation could benefit agriculture

Intelligent automation now means that a dairy herd can be fed, cared for and milked by just one or two people. Robert Veitch has a dairy farm near Glasgow that uses one of the most advanced robotic...


United Kingdom | 17 September 2015
Farming family retire after nearly 80 years on land

A farming family are waving goodbye to the farmland they have looked after over three generations since 1936. Checkley Wood Farm near Hockliffe is being vacated by farmer Peter Shirley, 63, and his...


United Kingdom | 2 September 2015
80% of rented farmland acres belong to a non-farmer

Rented farmland acres usually belong to a non-farmer, results of the 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land survey show. In total, ag producers rented and farmed 353.8 million ...


United Kingdom | 25 August 2015
Battle to protect countryside from 200 homes

Two local environmental campaign groups are joining forces to fight a proposal to build 200 new homes on a greenfield site in the heart of the Ouse Valley. Friends of Lewes and the South Downs Soci...


United Kingdom | 14 August 2015
Owner in pig farm inferno hails staff and firefighters

One of the owners of a Co Tyrone pig farm where almost 450 animals died in a blaze has paid tribute to his staff and firefighters, saying that without them the loss could have been even greater. Hu...


United Kingdom | 13 August 2015
Warning of ‘crisis’ for farming industry

Farming leaders are calling for a “seismic change” in the way food is sold in the UK, and warn that there could be dire consequences for the farming industry and rural economy if no action is taken. ...


United Kingdom | 3 August 2015
Dreich weather no help for farmers

Many Scottish farmers are mentally very tired and feeling low and fragile as a result of the appalling weather, low prices and uncertainty about what the future holds. The cold late spring and extr...


United Kingdom | 31 July 2015
Dairy farmers want to meet Cameron on milk price crisis

Northern Ireland farming leaders are seeking direct talks with David Cameron over the crisis forcing family-run dairy farms out of business. A formal request for a face-to-face meeting with the Pri...


United Kingdom | 30 July 2015
Chailey solar farm application rejected

Controversial plans to build a huge solar farm in an East Sussex village have been rejected by councillors. Lewes District Council officers had recommended approval of the scheme to install 20,000 ...


United Kingdom | 30 July 2015
Too much biofuel crops puts human health at risk

Growing too much biofuel crops too close to human settlements may put human health at risk as well as jeopardise food production, a new study has found. According to a team from the University of ...


United Kingdom | 29 July 2015
Funds flow into agriculture as El Nino threatens crops

Funds are flowing back into agricultural commodities for the first time since 2012 as investors look to capitalize on cheap prices, bullish demand and the threat of crop damage from an El Nino weather...