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United Kingdom | 12 September 2013
New vet school dairy farm opens at Bristol University

A new £2m dairy farm for the training of vets has opened at Bristol University's School of Veterinary Sciences. The college's 250-acre Wyndhurst Farm at Langford, North Somerset, has been modernise...


United Kingdom | 10 September 2013
Delabole couple trapped between 'aggressive bulls'

Two walkers have described their terror at being trapped between two aggressive "snorting bulls" in Cornwall. Jennifer O'Malley and Dave Alden, from Delabole, were walking near Altarnun when the in...


United Kingdom | 10 September 2013
Young farmers look for pastures new

Richard Dayment taught me how to milk cows in a beautiful corner of Cumbria. It was fascinating helping Richard out. The cows all wandered in at their allotted time ready to unburden themselves af...


United Kingdom | 10 September 2013
How 'gleaners' are helping farmers target food waste

The issue of food waste has become a hot topic over recent years, with claims that up to half of the world's food is wasted on the journey from field to fork. The growing gleaning movement aims to mak...


United Kingdom | 9 September 2013
Queen star Brian May joins badger patrol at Eldersfield

Rock star Brian May joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a walk through one of the pilot areas. The Queen guitarist got a warm round of applause when he met around 50 people taking part ...


United Kingdom | 9 September 2013
Is a badger cull the only answer to bovine TB?

Two trial badger culls have started in Somerset and Gloucestershire, provoking strong opinions. Protesters have gathered at the sites and the cost of policing alone - estimated at £2m in each area ...


United Kingdom | 6 September 2013
Quality Meat Scotland warns of beef price 'threat' to processors

Promotional body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has urged retailers to move towards a "more realistic" beef price, warning that the viability of processors is under threat. QMS chairman Jim McLaren cl...


United Kingdom | 5 September 2013
Climate change 'driving spread of crop pests'

Climate change is helping pests and diseases that attack crops to spread around the world, a study suggests. Researchers from the universities of Exeter and Oxford have found crop pests are moving ...


United Kingdom | 5 September 2013
Sharing the risks, costs of biomass crops

Farmers who grow corn and soybeans can take advantage of government price support programs and crop insurance, but similar programs are not available for those who grow biomass crops such as Miscanthu...


United Kingdom | 5 September 2013
Muller buys Nom Dairy UK for undisclosed sum

Food giant Muller has announced it has bought fellow dairy business Nom UK for an undisclosed sum. The UK arm of Austrian company Nom was set up in Telford in 2006 and has an annual turnover of £43...


United Kingdom | 4 September 2013
Dairy farmers plan protest over milk price freeze

Protests are to be staged in Derbyshire after farmers say they will be given no increase in the price they are paid for their milk. Producers in Derbyshire say they have been told that they will be...


United Kingdom | 4 September 2013
'New village' planned on farmland in Worcester

A new village featuring hundreds of homes could be built on farmland to the west of Worcester, under fresh plans. Malvern Hills District Council is considering an application to build the 800 prope...


United Kingdom | 3 September 2013
Britain’s crops brace for invasion by hundreds of exotic pests and pathogens

Britain should expect “many hundreds” more pests and pathogens to invade the country in the coming years, endangering vast volumes of food production, the author of a new report has warned. Crop-da...


United Kingdom | 30 August 2013
Farmers complain over dead phone lines in rural areas

Crackly or dead phone lines in rural areas have been highlighted as an on-going problem by farming union members. The Farmers' Union Wales (FUW) said the issue had put rural businesses at a disadva...


United Kingdom | 22 August 2013
Frustration over farmer pay cuts

A local MLA has hit out at what he describes as stricter regulations that are cutting farmers EU payments by up to 50%. The UUP’s Tom Elliott, himself a keen farmer, spoke this week about how the Euro...


United Kingdom | 20 August 2013
Farmers face driving hours restrictions

A mighty spanner might be thrown into the working patterns of farm workers with next summer with major restrictions introduced that could limit the number of hours drivers can sit on their tractor sea...


United Kingdom | 15 August 2013
Human MRSA strain 'originated in livestock'

A type of MRSA found in humans originated in cattle at least 40 years ago, new research has claimed. Edinburgh researchers said they had "clear evidence" that livestock was the original source of a...


United Kingdom | 14 August 2013
Lincolnshire farmers fear 'worst harvest in 20 years'

Lincolnshire farmers fear they are facing their worst harvest in 20 years due to an outbreak of the black grass weed. Farmers said the extent of the weed, which depletes crops by drawing essential ...


United Kingdom | 14 August 2013
Poultry company Moy Park makes £24m profit

Northern Ireland's largest private sector employer, Moy Park, made a pre-tax profit of £24m in 2012. The figure is £20m more than it made in 2011, largely because of a big boost in sales to superma...


United Kingdom | 13 August 2013
Late autumn 'to bring bumper fruit crop' for wildlife

A late autumn is set to bring a bumper crop of fruits and berries for wildlife in the UK countryside, experts say. Fruiting is expected to be delayed after a late spring but the recent warm weather...


United Kingdom | 12 August 2013
Science proves the worth of GM crops to Scotland

The spotlight has returned to the issue of genetically modified (GM) crops over the past weeks – this he weekend was no exception, with MidScotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser calling on GM crops to be ...


United Kingdom | 9 August 2013
Growth of farming bubble threatens £5trn catastrophe

The threat posed to agriculture by environmental hazards such as climate change and water scarcity is now so great that it could wipe as much as £5 trillion off the value of the world’s farm land, equ...


United Kingdom | 7 August 2013
Where’s the beef? It’s in the lab

The world’s first-ever lab-grown hamburger made its culinary debut in London on Monday, and according to the team of elite scientific taste testers assembled in a TV kitchen studio, it actually looked...


United Kingdom | 6 August 2013
Shropshire farmers find new ways to combat rural crime

Spitting llamas, loudspeakers and security paint are just some of the ways Shropshire farmers are trying to combat rural crime. Countryside theft across Shropshire is costing hundreds of thousands ...


United Kingdom | 5 August 2013
Wales' struggling farmers need cash to pay for food and heating

Grants to help struggling farmers pay for food and heating increased SIX-FOLD because of Spring’s Arctic weather conditions, we can reveal. In the first half of this year the Royal Agricultural Ben...


United Kingdom | 2 August 2013
Rare breed number surpass 100

An ancient breed of cattle with red ears which was on the verge of dying out is thriving again. Wild Chillingham Cattle, which have white skin and red ears, have lived for more than 800 years near ...


United Kingdom | 31 July 2013
Adding value to arable

Here are huge opportunities for arable by-products and co-products in the global chemical industry according to the Homegrown Cereals Authority, which is investing £250,000 in projects aimed at cracki...


United Kingdom | 31 July 2013
Boy (10) is killed in Co Down farming accident

A 10-year-old boy has died following a farming accident in Co Down. A spokesman from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the boy had fallen off farm machinery shortly before 2.30pm at the p...


United Kingdom | 30 July 2013
'Record crowds' visit Southern Agricultural Show in the Isle of Man

"Record crowds" visited the 99th Southern Agricultural Show in the Isle of Man, according to the show's secretary. About 10,000 people attended the weekend event in which hundreds of animals are en...


United Kingdom | 30 July 2013
Farmers and shoppers must join forces

Cutting household waste is as important as changing our agriculture practices to ensure we can feed our growing world, says Davy McCracken. It may have escaped your notice, but the recent launch of...