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World News: 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...


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...


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. ...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


14 December 2012
Milk prices may double in January with ‘dairy cliff’

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (NY-D), in a Dec. 12 press release, warned that consumers could see milk prices at grocery stores increase 100 percent beginning in January, as a result of the U.S. House ...


12 December 2012
UK livestock sector warned of 2013 Schmallenberg risk

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued a warning to those in the animal health sector over the possible return of the Schmallenberg virus in 2013. DEFRA chief vet...


12 December 2012
BSE testing on cattle slaughtered 'no longer necessary'

BSE testing on carcasses of healthy cattle slaughtered for food should end, the Food Standards Agency has advised ministers. The agency board says the regime is no longer necessary as other safegua...


10 December 2012
Food minister Owen Paterson backs GM crops

Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, made the remarks as ministers prepare to relax controls on the cultivation of GM crops, which he said had “real environmental benefits”. Some senior Govern...


6 December 2012
1,400 badgers vaccinated against bovine TB

The Welsh Government has now vaccinated more than 1,400 badgers in the Intensive Action Area, Environment Minister John Griffiths has announced. The first year of the badger vaccination programme a...


3 December 2012
Farmers struggle to keep their heads above water

Scottish farmers are struggling to cope with the aftermath of an incredibly wet summer and extreme volatility in the prices they receive for their produce and pay for their inputs. The anger expres...


30 November 2012
Storm clouds gathering over farming sector

Wet weather has caused a drop in the area of cereal and potato crops grown in Northern Ireland over the last year while livestock numbers have increased, according to the latest government figures. ...


30 November 2012
Wheat gene research hailed

A new genetic blueprint of bread wheat could aid efforts to feed an increasingly hungry world, accor­ding to a team of experts led by a University of Liverpool professor. Scientists hope it will le...


30 November 2012
TB link between badgers and cattle established

Farmers have long blamed badgers for spreading TB between herds, but until now there has been direct evidence that the infection can be transmitted between the two species. Now researchers have dem...


29 November 2012
1400 badgers vaccinated

The Welsh Government says it has vaccinated over 1400 badgers in Pembrokeshire where it is trying to eradicate TB in cattle. Badgers are thought to spread the disease. Vaccination began in May aft...


28 November 2012
Farmers to share £180m subsidy before Christmas

Around 80% of the 2012 Single Farm Payments will be credited to farmers' bank accounts before Christmas, the agriculture minister has said. Michelle O'Neill explained £180m of the £245m overall tot...


27 November 2012
Agriculture minister O'Neill response to TB criticised

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has been accused of delaying too long in taking action over badgers infected with bovine tuberculosis. Stormont’s agriculture committee called on her departmen...


26 November 2012
Number of UK women farmers grows

The work is hard, the hours are long and for some, this year has been a financial disaster. Farming as a career choice might seem unpopular, but figures obtained by the BBC suggest that more women are...


26 November 2012
UK government consults over agricultural wages board future

The UK government has held another consultation its plans to scrap a panel that sets farming wages despite opposition from ministers in Wales. The Welsh government claims Westminister cannot abolis...


21 November 2012
Milk processors facing challenge

Northern Ireland milk and milk products generated a turnover of over £900m last year; second only to the business generated by beef and sheep meat of nearly £950m. These two sectors, together, acco...