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World News: United Kingdom
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 ...


21 March 2013
Farming fears after second Schmallenberg case found

A second case of the devastating livestock disease -Schmallenberg - has been confirmed at a farm in Co Down, according to the Ulster Farmers Union. The disease that can cause foetal abnormalities a...


21 March 2013
Britain's farming crisis: 'People don't realise how tough everything is'

A few hours before I arrived at Kit Dean's dairy farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, near where North Yorkshire smudges into Cumbria, he took a call from his animal feed supplier. "...


21 March 2013
Cattle vaccine 'could take over ten years'

A vaccine to curb the spread of tuberculosis in cows that is ruining Westcountry farming could take more than the ten years previously forecast to come to fruition, a minister has signalled. In Jan...


20 March 2013
Farmers risk creating superbugs

Health minister Anna Soubry said that in order to protect public health farmers, vets and drug companies need to put a stop to the policy. The drugs are given to livestock as a preventative measure...


19 March 2013
Wisbech poultry factory could cut 300 jobs

News that up to 300 jobs may be axed at a Cambridgeshire poultry products factory came as an "enormous shock" to staff, says the Unite union. Unite officer Mark Plumb said the 350 staff at Moy Park...


19 March 2013
British farmers to count cost of rain well into 2014

The impact of last year's record rains will squeeze Britain's farmers of livestock and arable crops well into 2014 and force makers of bread and biofuels to buy more costly imports. Production of w...


14 March 2013
Burton-upon-Trent farm loses dairy herd to bovine TB

A couple who farm in Staffordshire are "completely devastated" as a herd of 150 dairy cows have to be slaughtered following the detection of bovine TB. Gillian and Louis Bothwell, who farm in Newch...


14 March 2013
MEPs produce ‘mixed bag’ of CAP reform

Scottish farming leaders and politicians described the final set of proposals for the next common agricultural policy (CAP) coming out of the European Parliament yesterday as a mixed bag with some goo...


13 March 2013
Channel Island farmers feel brunt of weather

Channel Island farmers have been hit hard by the worst weather conditions we've seen in a generation. Dairy farmers have been forced to move their herds indoors and vegetable growers are unable to ...


13 March 2013
Home front: is farmland a good investment?

Even before the horsemeat scandal caused Britons to scrutinise cheap and cheerless grub more carefully, rising demand for decent food by a growing population had propelled agricultural property prices...


12 March 2013
Farmer attacked by dairy cow

The incident happened in the farmyard at High Post Farm in Hurdle Drove near West Row on Friday evening. The 52-year-old man slipped and fell and was subsequently attacked by the cow, which was pro...


11 March 2013
Paterson 'to call for EU to allow more GM crops to be sold'

Only two GM crops have so far been approved for human consumption by the EU, though their use is much more widespread in the US and China. But proponents of the technology argue that Europe could s...


11 March 2013
Beef found in Scots ‘lamb’ curries

The discovery of beef in lamb curries tested in Scottish restaurants raises new issues over public trust in the food chain, experts have warned. Food officials found one in three dishes tested cont...


8 March 2013
Sheep farm raiders strike twice

Police are investigating the theft of 78 sheep worth more than £14,000 in two raids on farmland in southern Scotland. In the first incident, at land near High Mains just north of Loch Ettrick at Cl...


8 March 2013
Farmer vow in cow probe

A farmer has insisted he is caring for his cattle – despite shocking pictures showing the emaciated animals in a muddy field. Stuart Wilson said his cows were being fed, as local residents voiced t...


7 March 2013
Dairy firm wins Russia cheese deal

One of Northern Ireland's leading dairy producers has landed a one million euro (£861,500) deal to supply cheese to Russia. Dale Farm secured the order from retailers in St Petersburg at an interna...


7 March 2013
Pension funds join forces to invest in farmland

Major asset managers, cowed by the cost, the risk and the controversy involved in investing in farmland, are joining forces to increase investment in the historically under-capitalised sector. In o...


6 March 2013
Fall in funding for bovine TB vaccine research forecast

Funding for research into vaccines to combat bovine TB has seen an overall downward trend which is set to continue in the coming years, according to official figures. This is likely to spark concer...


6 March 2013
Farmers urged to try European funding source

Farmers thinking of investing in agriculture and rural business projects should consider applying through the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation for a new tranche of European funding, says land agency ...


5 March 2013
Why farmers are turning to festivals

We’ve got 15,000 people coming for the weekend in August. Getting that organised has kept me pretty busy for the past couple of months, but it’s actually not much different from organising any party a...


1 March 2013
Livestock virus found on 1,500 farms

A virus that causes stillbirths and birth defects in lambs and calves has spread to more than 1,500 UK farms, new government figures show. Cases of Schmallenberg have now been reported in all the c...


1 March 2013
Scotland’s birdlife the victim of stock decline

There has been a major erosion of livestock in the hills and remote areas of the country since subsidies linked to numbers of cattle and sheep were removed a decade ago. As a result of the 16 per c...


27 February 2013
Tribunal cuts Tesco's fine over dairy price fixing to £6.5m

Tesco will pay a reduced £6.5m fine for its part in a dairy price fixing scandal after an appeal ruling that ends a more than decade-long investigation. The penalty is substantially less than the init...


27 February 2013
Northern Ireland farmers 'lose' fields in mapping error

Thousands of farmers in Northern Ireland found they had lost fields after an error in the government maps used to process an EU subsidy. Maps are sent to farmers applying for the Single Farm Paymen...


22 February 2013
Viewpoint: Farm virus spreads to deer

Evidence of extensive Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection of wild deer populations has far-reaching significance - not least for the future control of this devastating pathogen. SBV emerged in nort...


22 February 2013
Pesticide battle rages on

The battle over the future of a range of pesticides intensified this week, with Alyn Smith MEP claiming some of his parliamentary colleagues were just “parroting what is in effect lobbying propaganda ...


21 February 2013
Sheep warning for Isle of Man dog owners

Isle of Man dog owners whose animals disturb livestock during the lambing season have been warned they could face legal action or compensation claims. A government spokesman said penalties could be...


20 February 2013
How UK sheep farmers are fleeced in supermarket price war

Prices at the farm gate have been falling and the National Sheep Association (NSA) say the value of a single lamb is now up to £30 less than a year ago, a drop of around 30 per cent. Supermarkets a...