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United Kingdom | 2 May 2014
Cattle export bar's impact on Guernsey minimal, says vet

A ban on exporting cattle from the Channel Islands to the European Union has a "minimal impact" on Guernsey, according to the States vet. Following changes to EU disease testing rules in October, t...


United Kingdom | 30 April 2014
Scottish independence: How might a 'Yes' vote impact on farmers?

When it comes to running a farm, like most businesses, the main issues around the referendum are whether they'll have more or less money. But unlike other businesses, farmers are often primarily co...


United Kingdom | 29 April 2014
Livestock sector ‘must keep up pressure on CAP’

The livestock and meat industry must keep up the pressure on the UK government for increased coupled support to help reverse the downward trend in the national suckler cow herd and sheep flock, Alan M...


United Kingdom | 23 April 2014
Dairy farmer says it's time to expand to overseas markets

Expanding markets mean Dorset’s produce is being sold as far away as China and Nigeria, says a Dorchester dairy farmer. Simon Banfield, who farms 160 hectares and 160 cows at Admiston Farm, believe...


United Kingdom | 22 April 2014
The great British farmland boom

Cash rolls down the beautiful green hills of England and right into the pockets of Britain’s Co-operative Group. Farmland is now one of the UK’s greatest money makers… Our very own Floyd Brown also...


United Kingdom | 21 April 2014
Farmer uses drone to scare pigeons

Richard Maddever, 27, is able to fly the six-rotor helicopter by remote control at 40mph over his fields. The £1,000 “bird of prey” is fitted with LED lights which resemble eyes and a siren to scar...


United Kingdom | 21 April 2014
Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop

Scientists are warning that wheat is facing a serious threat from a fungal disease that could wipe out the world’s crop if not quickly contained. Wheat rust, a devastating disease known as the “polio ...


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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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, ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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....


United Kingdom | 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...