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World News: United Kingdom
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...


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....