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World News: United Kingdom
17 April 2014
Farmers pack church to bid fond farewell to a farming firebrand

Westcountry farmers bade a fond farewell to one of their own on Friday last week, at a memorial service for Ian Pettyfer, who died two weeks ago at the age of 85. There was standing room only at th...


16 April 2014
Defra increases grants for flood-hit farms to £35,000

Recovery grants for farmers hit by flooding are to be increased from £5,000 to £35,000. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson made the announcement from Muchelney on the Somerset Levels, which was ma...


15 April 2014
Asia drives Jersey milk demand

Record quantities of Jersey milk are being shipped to China to satisfy demand from Chinese consumers worried about the safety of local produce. Farmers say the growth is an economic lifesaver as do...


11 April 2014
Scottish agriculture ‘behind game’ in CAP planning

The Scottish Government came under heavy criticism yesterday over the lack of detailed information available for farmers and their professional advisers making decisions on the next Common Agricultura...


11 April 2014
9,000 farmers sign petition against meat plant proposals

Farmers in Fermanagh have been leading a Province-wide campaign opposing a plan by meat plants to introduce financial penalties for cattle who do not conform to strict specifications which they plan t...


8 April 2014
Ulster farm accidents toll is 67

Almost 70 people have died in farming-related accidents in Northern Ireland over the last decade. Five of the victims were children aged under 11, research by the Health and Safety Executive Northe...


1 April 2014
Farmers suffering huge fall in average income

Scottish farmers have seen their average income fall by one-third in the last year, according to new figures. Rising costs for items such as feed, the wettest June on record two years ago and the b...


28 March 2014
California drought delays cattle herd building

California’s recent rains brought only short-term relief to the state which is suffering its worst drought in a century, leaving cattle rancher Kevin Kester to stick to his strategy of salvaging as mu...


26 March 2014
Exeter poultry farm to battle back after 7,000 chickens killed

A large poultry farm on the outskirts of Exeter is starting the long haul back after a terrible blaze killed nearly 7,000 chickens. The free range laying hens were killed when a fire destroyed the ...


25 March 2014
Banham Poultry worker treated for tuberculosis

A worker at a chicken factory in Norfolk has received treatment for tuberculosis, it has been revealed. The case, at Banham Poultry near Attleborough, was reported to Public Health England (PHE) so...


25 March 2014
Poultry fire farm recovery 'will take 12 months'

A poultry farmer who lost nearly 7,000 chickens in a shed fire, has said it will take a year for his business to recover. The free range laying hens were killed when a fire destroyed the Rosamondfo...


17 March 2014
The Welsh dairy farmers who bought 320 buy-to-let properties in Sweden

Their search for a better alternative to a traditional pension took three south Wales farmers to Lithuania, and from there to Sweden. Now they are so certain they have found the key to a reliable, ...


14 March 2014
It's time for GM crops, adviser tells David Cameron

Genetically modified crops could be more nutritious than natural produce, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser has told the Prime Minister. Sir Mark Walport has written to David Cameron recomm...


12 March 2014
MP in plea over farmland sell-off

An MP has called on the Co-operative Group to ensure its farmland in Stoughton is sold to an agricultural user, not a developer. The Co-op announced last month it is to sell off its 9,000 acres of ...


11 March 2014
Basingstoke market traders criticise farmers' market move

Stall owners in Basingstoke have said they have been forced to stop trading on their most lucrative day to make way for a farmers' market. The council said the current town centre market was "not t...


5 March 2014
Farmers fear milk price war after Tesco slashes price

Dairy farmers fear a price war is about to break out amongst the big four supermarkets after Tesco reduced the price of four pints of milk to £1. Despite assurances that it had no intention of star...


5 March 2014
Concern voiced over loss of high-grade farmland taken for housing

Fears have been voiced over the future of top-quality farmland at Felixstowe as pressure mounts to find sites for nearly 2,000 new homes. Planners say there is not enough brownfield land for the ho...


28 February 2014
Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review date set for June

A High Court judicial review over a Powys farmer's plans to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been set for early summer. An animal welfare charity was given the go-ahead for judges to review the Welsh go...


27 February 2014
Borderway Dairy Expo cements its place as top spring showcase

Exhibitors from around the UK have pushed livestock entries to record numbers for this year’s Borderway UK Dairy Expo, the leading spring showcase and celebration of the dairy sector. Now in its th...


27 February 2014
Co-op Group to sell farms business

The Co-operative Group has announced plans to sell its farms business and is considering a sale of its pharmacy chain as it faces a reported loss of more than £2bn. Britain's biggest mutually owned...


26 February 2014
58% of Britain's best farming land at risk from flooding

The head of National Farmers' Union said a "major rethink" was needed in how flood defence spending was allocated. "We must stop sacrificing our productive farmland to crazy, rampant and thoughtles...


26 February 2014
Maize farmers must take some of the flood blame

The National Farmers' Union doesn't appear to grasp the seriousness of soil structural damage (compaction or squeezing the life out of soil) and its implications for water movement in the environment....


19 February 2014
How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

It has the force of a parable. Along the road from High Ham to Burrowbridge, which skirts Lake Paterson (formerly known as the Somerset Levels), you can see field after field of harvested maize. In so...


18 February 2014
Scots bid to end slipper farming wins EU support

The Scottish Government’s solution to slipper farming yesterday got the thumbs up from Brussels – and cabinet secretary Richard Lochead also got the backing to take his request to the UK government fo...


18 February 2014
Farming students use Twitter to collect flood aid for Somerset

Farming students have rallied to a call made on social media by one of their graduates to get aid to farmers affected by flooding in Somerset. The Royal Agricultural University students are support...


14 February 2014
UK floods pose threat to animal welfare, farm investment

The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment despite continu...


13 February 2014
UK storms: Aid effort under way for deluged farmers

Farmers have been among those worst hit by the effects of devastating flooding in Somerset. On Tuesday David Cameron announced a £10m fund to support their recovery, but other practical offers of help...


10 February 2014
Action urged for flood-hit farmers

Significant investment is needed to protect farmers living near rivers and coasts from flooding, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president said. The total flood damage bill across the country h...


7 February 2014
500 cattle evacuated ‘before they drown’ as water levels rise

A farmer launched a major operation to evacuate 500 cattle as water levels surged in flood-hit parts of Somerset. Friends and neighbours rallied around to help James Winslade shift livestock from W...


3 February 2014
National Trust digs deep to attract young farmers

The rain is pelting down and a cold wind whistles off the hills. Snowdon is – apparently – somewhere over there but cloaked today in thick cloud. It is the sort of morning that would persuade even the...