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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


17 May 2013
Scottish dairy herd free of Schmallenberg virus

So FAR so good but watch out in the future was the message from the NFUS yesterday after it reported no positive samples in a survey as to whether the Schmallenberg virus had entered Scottish dairy fa...


15 May 2013
Call to end milk quota system

MOVES in Brussels that would fund short-term supply problems in the milk sector in Europe were yesterday attacked by both Scottish and English NFUs as only adding to bureaucracy and helping competitor...


14 May 2013
Farming: Unanimity is lacking in EU

THERE was unanimous support for only one issue yesterday at the EU Agricultural Council yesterday and that was a need to have all the main bones of the next common agricultural policy (CAP) settled by...


9 May 2013
Strabane jobs announced by Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has confirmed that her department will open an office in the County Tyrone town. It will provide a 'one-stop shop' service for farmers to do business transacti...


7 May 2013
Scotland hit with £8m fine from EU

SCOTLAND was yesterday hit with a fine of almost £8 million over a long-running dispute regarding the implementation and regulation of European Union support. The fine relates to inspections carrie...


2 May 2013
Roadshows intended to shape the future of SRDP

IN A separate move yesterday, the Scottish Government announced a series of roadshows intended to shape the future of the Scottish rural development programme (SRDP). The current programme distribu...


30 April 2013
Man dies in County Londonderry farming accident

A 71-year-old man has died in a farming accident in County Londonderry. It is understood the victim, who has been named locally as Benny Foster, was attacked by a bull. The incident happened on ...


30 April 2013
Dairy Partners of Wales tipped as possible buyer for Saputo

Talks are under way with a buyer for a Carmarthenshire cheese factory, which is in danger of closing. It was announced in February that Canadian company Saputo wanted to close its plant at Aberarad...


30 April 2013
Fen Blow phenomenon: Farmers count cost of 'perfect storm'

A weather phenomenon known as the Fen Blow has caused damage to spring crops, farmers in the east have said. Top soil was whipped off fields during high winds in mid-April, reducing visibility and ...


24 April 2013
Adam and the JLS pop star

This week Adam Henson offers some farming advice to JB - Jonathan Benjamin Gill – from the pop group JLS. The 26-year-old singer has decided to farm some animals on his ten acre smallholding in Ke...


19 April 2013
Land 'grabs' expand to Europe as big business blocks entry to farming

Vast tracts of land in Europe are being "grabbed" by large companies, speculators, wealthy foreign buyers and pension funds in a similar way to in developing countries, according to a major new report...


17 April 2013
Welsh Government: No compensation for sheep farmers hit by heavy snow

The Welsh Government says sheep farmers devastated by the recent heavy snow will not be compensated with cash aid to cover their losses. On Tuesday, Natural Resources and Food Minister Alun Davies ...


17 April 2013
Foxes foiled by alpacas

A HERD of five foot high alpacas are on duty in a village field protecting tiny new born lambs from marauding foxes. Foxes were brazenly swaggering, by daylight, through the field in Hurst where pa...


17 April 2013
Agriculture department officials at Stormont over snow crisis

Officials from the Department of Agriculture will face a Stormont committee on Tuesday to explain their response to last month's severe weather. Tens of thousands of homes were left without power w...


16 April 2013
Restating the case for modernising smallholder farming

It is widely known that smallholder farmers in developing countries use too few modern inputs and technologies, which often results in low yields and poor quality crops. The USAid Feed the Future, Par...


16 April 2013
Isle of Man livestock burial rules relaxed

Laws preventing the burial of livestock on private land have been temporarily relaxed as farmers deal with thousands of casualties from the heavy snow. The government said suspension of the rules w...


12 April 2013
Government minister sees scale of Cumbria livestock disaster

A top Government minister is in Cumbria today to meet farmers who have faced catastrophic levels of animal fatalities in the recent snow storms. Farming Minister David Heath has made a special jour...


11 April 2013
Northern Ireland farmers still recovering from snow

Nearly three weeks after the spring blizzard the department of agriculture says it has collected the carcasses of almost 10,000 sheep and 300 cattle from farms across Northern Ireland. In the Glens...


10 April 2013
Veterinary drug bute found in Asda corned beef

Supermarket chain Asda said on Tuesday that it was recalling its range of budget corned beef after low levels of the veterinary pain killer phenylbutazone – known as bute – were detected. The Food ...


10 April 2013
Snow-hit farmers allowed more time to bury dead animals

Farmers who lost livestock in the recent heavy snow have been allowed another week to bury dead animals. The Welsh government has relaxed EU rules which require farmers to pay others to remove carc...


9 April 2013
Sheep farmers urged to lodge details of losses

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has said Tyrone farmers affected by the recent snow storms will be included in a £5 million rescue package announced last week. The minister was speaking on a ...


8 April 2013
Farmers attack Welsh Assembly over animal burials

Thousands of sheep, lambs and calves are thought still to be missing under deep drifts which some farmers claim have wiped out half of their livestock. The Welsh Assembly agreed to temporarily lift...