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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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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. "...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...