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United Kingdom | 22 May 2014
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. The Environment Agency has put in three appli...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2014
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 beef prices will damage the long-term relationships p...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2014
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 rotting animal in the grass silage the cattle at C...


United Kingdom | 16 May 2014
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 running through the estate of the late multi-million...


United Kingdom | 15 May 2014
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 prices are forcing Helen Webb to sell up. Milk ...


United Kingdom | 14 May 2014
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 megawatts (MW) will have to compete with other renewabl...


United Kingdom | 13 May 2014
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 produced in our state in decades. With wheat having ...


United Kingdom | 13 May 2014
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. Sales at the 75-year-old Bridge of Allan-based f...


United Kingdom | 12 May 2014
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, which is based in Bridge of Allan near Stirling, w...


United Kingdom | 9 May 2014
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 delicacies such as stinging nettle cheese, beetro...


United Kingdom | 9 May 2014
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 weight and specification of cattle that are neede...


United Kingdom | 8 May 2014
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 Planning Committee deferred the plans for a report on a...


United Kingdom | 8 May 2014
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 category in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awar...


United Kingdom | 8 May 2014
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 Waterfall attacked and killed 63-year-old Roger Free...


United Kingdom | 6 May 2014
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 MPs and to explain how this montrous vanity project ...


United Kingdom | 6 May 2014
China further restricts foreign dairy brands

The Chinese government has imposed new limits on foreign brands of milk powder and infant formula sold in China, according to reports on Monday by the state-run news media. The restrictions appear ...


United Kingdom | 2 May 2014
Market for young farmers in pipeline

Plans are being unveiled to revamp Ruswarp’s sheep and cattle sale market in a bid to get more young farmers involved. It is hoped that more of the area’s young farmers can get involved in the bigg...


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...