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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...


United Kingdom | 15 January 2013
Author attacked on GM crops 'reversal'

An Oxford environmental author who renounced his opposition to genetically modified (GM) crops has hit back at “lunatic” critics. Wolvercote’s Mark Lynas says he has been subjected to a raft of cri...


United Kingdom | 15 January 2013
Channel Islands' wet weather 'demoralising' for farmers

"Wall to wall rain" over several months has been "demoralising", according to the Guernsey Farmers Association. Dairy farmers have had to keep cattle under cover almost every day since October, spo...


United Kingdom | 14 January 2013
East of England farmers could be hit by 'super dairies'

Small dairy farms in the east of England could be replaced by industrial-scale "super dairies", a farm economist has told BBC Inside Out. Once there were thousands of dairy farms across the region....


United Kingdom | 10 January 2013
Hovis abandons British-only wheat pledge after heavy rain

The bread maker, which is owned by Premier Foods, is expected to start using EU grain this weekend and is likely to cut its British wheat buying by a third over the course of this year. The move is...


United Kingdom | 9 January 2013
Dairy farmers vow to tackle water use

Twelve major UK dairy companies have pledged to significantly cut their water footprints, as part of a government and industry-backed taskforce managed by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRA...


United Kingdom | 9 January 2013
Fenstanton dairy ceases production after 86 years

A milk factory which has been at the heart of a Cambridgeshire village for 86 years will cease production later. The decision to close the Dairy Crest plant in Fenstanton resulted in all 248 employ...


United Kingdom | 8 January 2013
Roslin Institute granted £10m for livestock research

Scientists researching ways to improve the health of Scotland's livestock are to receive £10m in government aid. The Roslin Institute in Midlothian has been awarded the funds to help develop an int...


United Kingdom | 8 January 2013
Lincolnshire farmers ploughing on despite wettest year

The wettest year on record has sowed the seeds of havoc for farmers in Lincolnshire. Annual rainfall figures have revealed 2012 was the wettest year on record in Lincolnshire, with 841mm of rain fa...


United Kingdom | 7 January 2013
GM crops in spotlight in battle against hunger

Last week's Oxford Farming Conference pushed the GM (genetic modification) debate back into the headlines. It first became a hot topic in the UK about 15 years ago when Tony Blair's government deci...


United Kingdom | 4 January 2013
Farmland prices forecast to rise 5pc in 2013

Prices rose by almost 3pc in 2012 to £6,214 per acre according to Knight Frank’s Farmland Index, driven by a fall in the supply of good farms for sale, and increased demand from private investors. ...


United Kingdom | 4 January 2013
Bad weather prompts farmers to consider GM use

The extreme weather of 2012 has turned British farmers on to genetically modified crops, with calls from farming leaders to start using the technology as a way to help combat the effects of climate ch...


United Kingdom | 3 January 2013
Owen Paterson says GM crops represent an opportunity

Genetically modified crops offer “great opportunities” for meeting the world’s growing food demand, while the public needs to be reassured that varieties are safe, according to Owen Paterson, the U.K....


United Kingdom | 2 January 2013
Governments must defend GM crops against the naysayers

People everywhere are increasingly vulnerable to the use of what Nobel Prize-winning chemist Irving Langmuir dubbed “pathological science” – the “science of things that aren’t so” – to justify governm...


United Kingdom | 28 December 2012
Chillingham wild cattle: Surviving another winter

Richard Marsh is prepared for winter snows and his charges, a herd of 100 rare Chillingham wild cattle, are ready too. They have been weathering winters in the 360 acre Chillingham Castle park in N...


United Kingdom | 27 December 2012
Sow stall ban looms with EU in denial

The European Commission is facing another debacle in the New Year as a result of its failure to impose new animal welfare rules which are due to come into force on 1 January. Only five of the 27 me...


United Kingdom | 24 December 2012
This GM breakthrough could be the first of many

An American licence to permit the commercial development and sale of genetically modified salmon could open the door on a new era of GM animals designed for human consumption, although at present ther...


United Kingdom | 21 December 2012
Dairy farmers blockade Muller Wiseman factory

Dozens of dairy farmers blockaded a factory in Worcestershire as part of a campaign for a better deal on the price they are paid for milk. They demonstrated at Muller Wiseman Dairies in Droitwich S...


United Kingdom | 20 December 2012
'Biggest threat' to livestock since Foot and Mouth outbreak

Farmers across the region are concerned a disease that is said to be the biggest threat to livestock since foot and mouth, will spread to their farms. The virus Schmallenberg was discovered last ye...


United Kingdom | 19 December 2012
Farmers set for anxious lambing season

Farmers are facing an anxious season for new lambs and calves, as most of the sheep flocks and cattle herds in England and Wales are now thought to be infected with Schmallenberg virus, an emerging li...


United Kingdom | 18 December 2012
Warning after 29 sheep killed in Gloucestershire

For the second time in just a few days Gloucestershire Police are appealing to dog owners to be responsible when walking their pet across farm land. Today's plea follows the death of two sheep in a...


United Kingdom | 17 December 2012
Fears raised about falling lamb prices

Confidence must be maintained within the sheep industry if it is to exploit the strong global demand for British lamb, farmers’ leaders say. Sheep producers have endured a challenging year due to a...


United Kingdom | 17 December 2012
Omega secures Chinese approval for food allergy test

Medical testing kit maker Omega Diagnostics has secured approval from China’s Food and Drug Administration to sell its food allergy test in the world’s second-largest economy. The Alva-based firm s...