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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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


2 April 2013
Farmers in Devon and Cornwall facing 'perfect storm'

Farmers are suffering severe hardship as prolonged cold weather, animal disease and soaring feed prices combine to produce a "perfect storm" of problems, industry experts have warned. Families are ...


1 April 2013
Snow impact on Wales farmers 'urgent'

The Welsh government says dealing with the effects of a devastating March snowstorm on livestock farmers has been elevated to an "urgent priority." Natural Resources and Food Minister Alun Davies s...


1 April 2013
Pig farmer's devastation after blaze

A close friend of a Dorset farmer who lost 975 pigs in a blaze has told how the ordeal has left the family "devastated." Jonathan French said friend Jeremy Barber spent about 40 years building up h...


1 April 2013
Grazing returns to Chailey Common

Grazing will return to Chailey Common in April, despite eight sheep being killed by dogs last season and residents likening the sound of cars going over cattle grids to the “noise of a pounding oil ri...


28 March 2013
UK developing livestock vaccine that may ease shortage

Scientists in the U.K. are developing a vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease in livestock that may be safer to produce than current inoculations that use the live virus, according to research. Th...


28 March 2013
Dairy Crest signs up 175 farmers to new milk contract

Dairy Crest has signed up 175 farmers under its new milk contract which links farmgate milk prices to production costs and retail milk prices. Launched earlier this month, the contract was devised ...


28 March 2013
Herefordshire apple farmers to plant 350,000 trees

About 1,000 acres (404 hectares) of new orchards are to be planted in Herefordshire as part of a £2.5m investment in the local cider industry. Birmingham-based Aston Manor said it had agreed 25-yea...


28 March 2013
NI agriculture committee to hold emergency weather meeting

The assembly agriculture committee is to hold an emergency meeting to assess the damage caused to NI farms by the severe weather. The committee will be briefed by the department of agriculture's pe...


26 March 2013
Bad weather leaves farmers facing financial ruin

The wave of Arctic weather has come at the worst possible time, and it could take up to two years for farmers to recover, it is said. Blizzard conditions are claiming the lives of new born lambs an...


26 March 2013
Sheep farmers' 'heartbreaking' lamb losses in snow

"The situation's desperate," said sheep farmer Malcolm Roberts. "Ewes are wandering off to give birth in quiet little nooks in the field, meaning we can't find them. The lambs are being born overni...


25 March 2013
My war against GM crops

In the late 1990s while on a visit to the USA I saw my first GM crop - herbicide tolerant soybeans. As a farmer it was of great interest to see the latest agricultural technology being made available ...