News from United Kingdom

23-04-2014 03:45 AM
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 1...
22-04-2014 01:55 AM
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 great...
21-04-2014 01:05 AM
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 ...
21-04-2014 00:54 AM
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. Whea...
17-04-2014 00:41 AM
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 th...
16-04-2014 02:13 AM
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 f...
15-04-2014 01:30 AM
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. Far...
11-04-2014 00:22 AM
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 advise...
11-04-2014 00:19 AM
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 ...
08-04-2014 02:39 AM
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, ...
01-04-2014 04:35 AM
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, ...
28-03-2014 02:12 AM
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 ...
26-03-2014 00:53 AM
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 ...
25-03-2014 00:49 AM
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 Attleborou...
25-03-2014 00:39 AM
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 hen...
17-03-2014 05:44 AM
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 ...
14-03-2014 02:27 AM
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. Si...
12-03-2014 02:42 AM
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 announce...
11-03-2014 03:33 AM
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 coun...
05-03-2014 01:42 AM
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. D...
05-03-2014 01:38 AM
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 ...
28-02-2014 01:01 AM
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 gi...
27-02-2014 05:14 AM
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...
27-02-2014 05:06 AM
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 m...
26-02-2014 02:12 AM
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 pr...
26-02-2014 02:11 AM
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 i...
19-02-2014 00:42 AM
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 c...
18-02-2014 01:37 AM
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 b...
18-02-2014 01:32 AM
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 ...
14-02-2014 00:37 AM
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 ...
13-02-2014 02:40 AM
Yorkshire farmers donate flood aid to Somerset farms
Farmers in Yorkshire have donated animal fodder and bedding to flood-hit farms in Somerset. Two tractors pulling trailers loaded with 15 tonnes of ...
13-02-2014 02:36 AM
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 ...
10-02-2014 02:43 AM
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. ...
07-02-2014 01:08 AM
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 ar...
03-02-2014 04:49 AM
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 i...
31-01-2014 07:40 AM
Ploughable sensors help farmers get more crop per drop
At the end of March several small bundles of electronics will be ploughed into a field in Cheshire, UK. The sensors will measure soil temperature and ...
31-01-2014 07:39 AM
Dairy Crest closes in Whitland for second time
A dairy in Carmarthenshire is closing less than a year after it was taken over by a company which closed its site there twenty years earlier. Dairy...
31-01-2014 07:34 AM
Drought forcing local ranchers to sell off cattle
As this year’s extreme drought continues day after day, ranchers are selling off large percentages of their cattle and calculating how long they can h...
29-01-2014 00:31 AM
Common Agricultural Policy destroying environment
For a lapwing, the RSPB’s nature reserve at Vane Farm beside Loch Leven, near Kinross, is a pretty friendly location. There are many places to nest, t...
29-01-2014 00:28 AM
Powys 'mega dairy' plan put on hold by judicial review
A farmer's plan to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been put on hold after an animal welfare group was granted a High Court judicial review. The World S...
27-01-2014 01:40 AM
Halting cattle movements could prove disaster for forest
A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle, the Court of Verderers ...
23-01-2014 02:06 AM
Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow
The world today faces a complex challenge – improving nutrition for all. Contrary to how malnutrition is often portrayed in western media, it is not a...
22-01-2014 10:02 AM
Signs warn dog owners of killer disease
Signs are to be put up in the New Forest warning dog owners about a mysterious disease that has killed 13 dogs across Britain in recent months. The...
21-01-2014 02:53 AM
Bovine TB tests could halt movement of cattle in New Forest
A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle. Under proposals draw...
17-01-2014 10:38 AM
Farmers demand sea eagle curbs
Farmers are seeking curbs on the growing sea eagle population because of their deadly impact on sheep and other wildlife which they fear threatens to ...
15-01-2014 02:45 AM
Farmers in Wales handed new payment system
Farmers will fall into one of three new payment strands as part of a radical change to the financial support they receive to help them produce food. ...
05-01-2014 14:08 PM
Farming business fined £200,000 after manager killed
A farming business in Lincolnshire has been fined more than £200,000 after a farm manager was killed by a forklift truck. Peter Barney, who was fif...
05-01-2014 13:57 PM
Farming subsidies are not just for farmers these days
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is changing once again. First of all, farmers are going to see subsidies cut, although the strength of the pou...
29-12-2013 15:39 PM
A year of weather extremes for Northern Ireland
It has been a remarkable year for Northern Ireland weather. We endured the coldest spring for more than three decades, we finally enjoyed a barbecu...
23-12-2013 10:30 AM
Call to protect farmers in snow after sheep deaths
A call has been made to avoid a repeat of the problems faced by hill farmers whose sheep died during heavy snow. Deep snow hit parts of north Wales...