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United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 7 April 2013
Potatoes in short supply as big freeze hits crops

The rain, snow and ice this year has led to the lowest yielding and poorest quality crops since the drought of 1976. One of the wettest winters and coldest springs on record has meant that crops of...


United Kingdom | 7 April 2013
Britain 'running out of wheat' owing to bad weather

Britain will become a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade this year because of bad weather, the National Farmers' Union has said. NFU president Peter Kendall said more than two mil...


United Kingdom | 5 April 2013
Farmers left counting cost as dead animals collected

One man left clearing up the aftermath of the recent lethal freeze has described just how tough the task is. Liam Campbell, one of the men working hands-on to clear the countryside of carcasses, ha...


United Kingdom | 5 April 2013
Agriculture minister to meet farmers in the Sperrins

The Agriculture Minister, Michelle O'Neill, is to meet farmers in the Sperrin Mountains following concerns over the aid package for those affected by recent snowfall. She said she wanted to assure ...


United Kingdom | 4 April 2013
Wiltshire dairy farmer builds facility to educate others

A farmer in Wiltshire is hoping to inspire bank managers and land agents with a new view of his milking parlour. Gavin Davies has overseen a project to build a viewing gallery and classroom at Penn...


United Kingdom | 4 April 2013
‘Hands off our land’ say farmers over park proposal

Farmers living in and around Benevenagh fear that their livelihoods will be threatened by further bureaucracy if proposals to include the area as part of a National Park go ahead. The idea of desig...


United Kingdom | 4 April 2013
Farmers plead for snow emergency aid to Welsh government

Farming minister Alun Davies will hear calls later for emergency aid for farmers after the heavy snow that has hit north and mid Wales. Farmers have been struggling to look after their stock with r...


United Kingdom | 3 April 2013
UK crop failures lead to farming losses

Herefordshire farmer Steve Deakins describes himself as "one of the lucky ones". People in other professions would probably disagree. In the last few days Mr Deakins confirmed that he had lost h...