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United Kingdom | 19 June 2013
Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. An...


United Kingdom | 18 June 2013
Tractor theft leads farmer to spend £10,000 on security

A Suffolk farmer has spent £10,000 on security because of fears "organised criminals" are targeting his business. Thieves took Colin Clifton-Brown's tractor from his farm near Haverhill. It was lat...


United Kingdom | 14 June 2013
Careless farming could cost us benefits of GM crops

Resistance is far from futile. Agricultural pests are evolving immunity to the toxins in genetically modified crops that are meant to kill them, according to a global review. That is dismaying, but...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2013
Young and old gather to celebrate sheep farming

From fleece competitions to sheepdog sales and hundreds of woolly wonders... anything and everything to do with sheep was on show at Moortown Barton, Knowstone, near South Molton yesterday. Sheep S...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2013
Farmers fail to feed nation after extreme weather hits wheat crop

The wettest autumn since records began, followed by the coldest spring in 50 years, has devastated British wheat, forcing food manufacturers to import nearly 2.5m tonnes of the crop. "Normally we e...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2013
Countryside bodies warn dog walkers of cattle danger

Dog walkers have been urged by countryside organisations to take care around cattle. The warning follows the death of 65 year-old dog walker Mike Porter last month. He was trampled by a herd of cow...


United Kingdom | 12 June 2013
Is the rise in antibiotic use on farms a threat to humans?

The use of some of the most potent antibiotics available has surged among British farmers in the last decade, stoking fears that the burgeoning number of factory farms could greatly increase the risk ...


United Kingdom | 11 June 2013
Ease curbs on GM food, says Willetts

Controls on ‘Frankenstein Food’ crops should be slimmed down to clear the way for commercial cultivation, according to Britain’s science minister. David Willetts, who has been heavily lobbied by GM...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2013
Warning to ramblers about aggressive foreign cattle

The imported cattle have already been held responsible for a number of attacks on herdsman, including Lawrence Haygarth, who suffered 17 broken ribs and severe organ damage after being attacked by a B...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2013
More concerns raised in dairy sector

More concerns are being raised about the uneven debt burden in the dairy sector. The issue's being highlighted in a Ministry of Primary industries outlook report.


United Kingdom | 6 June 2013
It's time we challenged agricultural hegemony

The dam is beginning to crack, faster than I would have believed possible. Britain, one of the world's most zoophobic nations, is at last considering the return of some of its extinct and charismatic ...


United Kingdom | 6 June 2013
Land ownership ‘obsession’ is stalling best use progress

An ‘obsession’ with who owns the land rather than the best use of it halts progress, Buccleuch Estates’ boss told a seminar in Edinburgh last week. Buccleuch’s chief executive John Glen was speakin...


United Kingdom | 6 June 2013
Less than one in 100 are farmers, census shows

A report from the Office for National Statistics analysing censuses from 1841 to 2011 found that the proportion of workers who are in agriculture and fishing in England and Wales fell to 0.9pc - or 20...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2013
Sir James Paice: 'Treasury doesn't understand farming'

There can be few politicians who understand the world of farming better than Conservative Cambridgeshire MP and farmer Sir James Paice. That's why he's played a key role in overseeing agriculture a...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2013
MPs call for transparency on land deals to protect smallholders

MPs on the international development committee have expressed concern about the purchase of large areas of land in poor countries cultivated by smallholder farmers, calling for UK-domiciled companies ...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2013
Work starts on new £5m agriculture base at Stoneleigh Park

Work has started on a a new £5million building which will see Stoneleigh Park transformed into an internationally-renowned centre for agriculture, rural business, science and innovation. LaSalle In...


United Kingdom | 3 June 2013
If GM crops are bad, show us the evidence

It is nearly 20 years since the first GM crops were grown. Some 28 countries cultivate them on a commercial scale, and many hundreds of millions of people now safely eat GM food – directly or indir...


United Kingdom | 30 May 2013
1,000 tonnes of fodder imported to Northern Ireland farms

Almost 1,000 tonnes of fodder has been imported into Northern Ireland to help farmers feed their livestock, after one of the worst spells of weather to hit the industry. On Wednesday, the Agricultu...


United Kingdom | 30 May 2013
Migrant jobs squeeze alarms UK fruit farmers

Kent apple farmers say loss of seasonal Eastern European pickers will raise prices and bring industry to its knees. The rise of Ukip is having unexpected consequences for Britain's countryside. Far...


United Kingdom | 29 May 2013
CAP reform delay a ‘threat to EU’s health’

A leading European farming leader warned yesterday that, far from a “health check”, the common agriculture policy (CAP) could need major surgery. Farming leaders warned that if no reform of the CAP...


United Kingdom | 24 May 2013
For dairy producers, size does matter

With a public sympathy for small family dairy farms, a suggestion was made yesterday that some method of keeping them in business – possibly with financial inducements – should be considered. Ironi...


United Kingdom | 23 May 2013
Why Britain's barren uplands have farming subsidies to blame

Even before you start reading the devastating State of Nature report, published today, you get an inkling of where the problem lies. It's illustrated in the opening pages with two dramatic photographs...


United Kingdom | 23 May 2013
Farmers have to pay for disposal of snow killed livestock

Farmers will have to foot some of the bill for disposing of livestock killed during the freak snowstorms earlier this year. Around 10,000 sheep are believed to have perished in snow drifts on the L...


United Kingdom | 23 May 2013
Farmers 'betrayed' by Welsh government, says industry leaders

Farmers' leaders say members feel "betrayed" by the Welsh government and are calling for more help. The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) say they hope to have frank discussions with ministers later abo...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2013
Farmer provides 'life-saving' help to weather-hit farms

A Lincolnshire farmer has set up a scheme to help stricken farms in other parts of the country. Andrew Ward, from Leadenham, set up the Forage Aid Initiative after heavy snow in March left many far...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2013
Frustration grows over dairy farm housing plan

People living in Ewhurst’s Somersbury Lane are growing increasingly frustrated at what they see as the lack of action to bring an end to the unauthorised use of farm buildings. They are backed by b...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2013
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill in ash disease warning

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has emphasised the need to be alert to the threat posed by the tree disease Ash Dieback. Urging people to report any suspect symptoms to her Department, the mi...


United Kingdom | 21 May 2013
Vaccine for Schmallenberg virus 'available this summer'

A vaccine to protect sheep and cattle from a virus spread by midges has been approved by government vets. The virus, which emerged in the Netherlands and Germany in 2011, can lead to sheep and catt...


United Kingdom | 21 May 2013
New schmallenberg vaccine given go-ahead

A vaccine targeting the Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which can cause serious deformities in new-born lambs and calves, has been given the go-ahead. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of the U...


United Kingdom | 21 May 2013
Legislation may be needed to protect dairy farmers

A voluntary code to protect farmers from cuts to milk prices is the best option, but the industry must adhere to it, according to a report published by the Welsh Affairs Committee. MPs also say the Go...