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World News: United Kingdom
United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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....


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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,...


United Kingdom | 4 February 2013
Organic farm under threat from rail plan

One of the region’s top organic farms has vowed to fight plans for a high speed rail line to be built through the heart of its land. Bosses at Swillington Organic Farm near Leeds were shocked this ...


United Kingdom | 3 February 2013
Dairy industry pushes for immigration reform

Federal immigration reform is taking center stage in Wisconsin. State farming groups are joining a national movement to allow foreign workers to work on farms year-round. Opponents of the plan...


United Kingdom | 3 February 2013
Farmer set to lose half of lambs to virus

A farmer from Leicestershire says he is expecting to lose 40 per cent of his flock of lambs due to a virus that causes severe abnormalities. Schmallenberg virus is cause by insects biting pregnant ...


United Kingdom | 3 February 2013
Chickens to be ‘superfrozen’ to kill food bug

Food safety experts plan to “superfreeze” chickens to halt the rise of campylobacter food poisoning. The Food Standards Agency is currently looking into a procedure which involves exposing the surface...


United Kingdom | 2 February 2013
Thousands of NI farmers could be forced out of business

Thousands of farmers in Northern Ireland could be forced out of business because of a collapse in their personal income. Last year was the worst for agriculture in recent memory with shocking figur...


United Kingdom | 1 February 2013
Appointment of grocery adjudicator welcomed

AGRICULTURE Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA has welcomed the appointment of a Groceries Code Adjudicator to enforce the Groceries Code of Practice. Minister O’Neill, pictured, said: “I welcome the an...


United Kingdom | 24 January 2013
Farm double payments clear hurdle

Farmers could be paid twice for measures to protect the environment under a European Parliament deal. The Agriculture Committee agreed that EU rules forbidding double payments should be waived to h...


United Kingdom | 23 January 2013
Bacterial supplement could help young pigs fight disease

In a study of 36 weanling-age pigs, researchers found that a dose of lipid-producing Rhodococcus opacus bacteria increased circulating triglycerides. Triglycerides are a crucial source of energy for t...


United Kingdom | 23 January 2013
Police on the hunt for 'poultry thieves'

Police are appealing for information after 20 chickens were stolen from an allotment in Curdridge, Hampshire. The raid took place some time between last Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at Recreat...


United Kingdom | 22 January 2013
Farmers could get paid twice over for 'greening'

Plans to force Europe’s farmers to earn their subsidies by protecting the environment are under attack by MEPs. The European Commission is attempting to reform the EU’s agriculture policy, under wh...


United Kingdom | 15 January 2013
Müller claims £17m dairy boost

Scottish dairy farmers are set to benefit from a £17 million investment in what will become Britain’s largest butter plant, announced yesterday by German dairy giant, Müller. The company’s chief ex...