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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...


19 February 2013
Cattle TB vaccine 'is years away', MP is told

A West County MP has been told a vaccine for cattle against bovine TB is at least 10 years away. Liberal Democrat MP David Heath said Defra officials are lobbying the EU to try to speed up the appr...


19 February 2013
Farmers accuse the Duke of Northumberland as rents rocket

The Duke of Northumberland’s Estates have been accused of a “get rich quick” attitude to the region’s farmers after hitting hundreds of them with inflation-busting rent rises. Land agents working o...


18 February 2013
Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world

People in the rich world should become "demitarians" – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, i...


18 February 2013
Farmers push to lift ban on GM-fed hens

Farmers are pressing supermarkets to give them permission to feed the nation’s millions of egg laying hens a ‘Frankenstein Food’ GM diet. Currently most supermarkets ban their suppliers from giving...


15 February 2013
East of England: Farmland prices reach record levels

The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Rural Land Market Survey found that the average price per acre for farmland in the region increased to £7,250 during the second half of 2012....


13 February 2013
Primary school children rear pigs to send to butcher

Primary school children in Suffolk are rearing three pigs to be killed for meat, to teach them the "provenance of food". The piglets, due to be named Ham, Bacon and Pork, are being raised by the 25...


13 February 2013
Sussex livestock at risk from crippling virus

Farmers across Sussex are bracing themselves for the return of a crippling virus as the lambing season begins. The county has been one of the worst hit areas in the country for Schmallenberg, which...


13 February 2013
Barclays halts agriculture trading with hedge funds

Barclays is halting agricultural trading with hedge funds in a move to burnish its reputation amid a major overhaul, but will still market index-linked investment products in the sector. The Britis...


12 February 2013
Brian May upsets farmers with his latest plan to save badgers

The former Queen guitarist has bought 115 acres of land near Wareham, Dorset to turn into an “ecological sanctuary” for wildlife. The land around the village of Bere Regis is surrounded by dairy fa...


12 February 2013
Staffordshire farmers meet over HS2 route plans

About 200 farmers have met to discuss the proposed route of the second phase of the HS2 high-speed rail line. Under proposals unveiled last month, the £32bn scheme would go through rural parts of S...


8 February 2013
Schmallenberg virus cases increase in Welsh lambs

A virus that leads to birth defects in lambs is being increasingly detected in Wales, say farmers and vets. The Schmallenberg virus is carried by insects and was first detected in Germany 18 months...


8 February 2013
Scottish farmers 'optimistic about future'

Scottish farmers remain optimistic about the industry's future despite two years of wet weather-hit harvests and rising costs, according to a report. The annual Bank of Scotland Agricultural Report...


6 February 2013
Rising farming land values leading to costly divorce

A regional specialist in family law has called for farmers to ensure their plans regarding the ownership of their land and properties are legally documented to protect their family business in the eve...


4 February 2013
Move over sheep? Cumbria to host North West's first ever British Alpaca Society Show

THE first British Alpaca Society Championship Show to be held in the North West will be staged in Cumbria. Livestock auctioneers, Harrison and Hetherington, will host the event on Saturday April 6,...