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World News: United Kingdom
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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...