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World News: United Kingdom
United Kingdom | 10 October 2012
Premium beef breed scheme set to expand

A beef premium scheme which has put new life into one of the oldest beef breeds in the country has received a further boost, with supermarket giant Morrisons seeking to increase its weekly kill of Bee...


United Kingdom | 9 October 2012
Potato imports threaten UK crop

No sooner does the risk of importing exotic diseases such as dickeya in seed potatoes appear to be receding than another potential source of harm to the health of the UK crop has reared its head. B...


United Kingdom | 8 October 2012
Vaccine breakthrough may mean no more badger culls

British scientists have made a breakthrough which may enable cattle to be vaccinated against TB, doing away with the need to cull the badgers believed to be infecting them. Currently, vaccinating c...


United Kingdom | 5 October 2012
Scotland's fish farming faces stricter controls

Scotland's fish farming industry could face stricter regulation through new legislation. Holyrood's Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse believed the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill would support fa...


United Kingdom | 5 October 2012
Farming 'shortcomings' undermines case for badger cull

A catalogue of failures in how England's farmers prevent their cattle spreading TB between herds was uncovered by an official European Commission inspection, the Guardian has learned, undermining the ...


United Kingdom | 4 October 2012
Farmers hail code of practice deal over milk price

The code of practice designed to ensure dairy farmers are given fairer contracts has finally been approved, with industry experts warning that the price paid still needs to rise in order to maintain p...


United Kingdom | 3 October 2012
Peat supplier blames summer rains for shortage

Britain's biggest peat supplier has warned that the awful summer could leave garden centres struggling to grow enough plants, after admitting it had been unable to harvest the nation's waterlogged bog...


United Kingdom | 3 October 2012
Eurozone crisis blow to Ulster farmers' grants

Northern Ireland's agricultural industry will lose out on £20m worth of European money this year as a result of the troubles in the Eurozone banking system. The woes of Greece, Spain and Italy have...


United Kingdom | 2 October 2012
Moy Park's profits hit by hike in grain prices

Despite breaking through a £1bn turnover milestone, profits at poultry giant Moy Park in 2011 plunged by £25m, around 82%, with the company blaming soaring grain prices. One of the biggest employer...


United Kingdom | 1 October 2012
Peterborough farmers fight council's solar panel farm

Farmers near Peterborough have launched a campaign against a council's plan to build solar farms. Peterborough City Council is proposing to build renewable energy parks on three sites near the city...


United Kingdom | 1 October 2012
Badger cull could be delayed as opponents intensify campaign

Protesters have upped the ante by posting warning notices across the area earmarked for the cull, telling families to keep their children and pets inside, while at least one farmer has already pulled ...


United Kingdom | 28 September 2012
Badger cull will reduce cattle TB infections slightly

Farming groups claim that the proposed badger culls will reduce the incidence of TB in cattle by 30% or more. Critics of the plan say that the impact on TB rates is so small that the scheme is not wor...


United Kingdom | 27 September 2012
Honey suffers after bad year for bees

It has been a disastrous year for British honey, with bee farmers reporting heavy yield losses. After the worst honey crop in years, could some of Britain's most distinctive flavours be at risk? "I...


United Kingdom | 26 September 2012
Livestock disease confirmed

A virus affecting cattle, sheep and goats has been detected for the first time in Wales, the Welsh Government has confirmed. Schmallenberg virus (SBV) antibodies have been discovered in three cows ...


United Kingdom | 25 September 2012
100,000 sign badger cull e-petition

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition against a cull of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle, in a bid to prompt a parliamentary debate on it. The e-petition was launched by Queen gui...


United Kingdom | 20 September 2012
Farming 'at risk' from lack of well-trained workers

A shortage of well-trained workers is threatening the future of farming in the East, industry figures have warned. Easton and Otley College has trained generations of agricultural workers but said ...


United Kingdom | 20 September 2012
Overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture endangers humans

The overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and medicine is putting human lives at unnecessary risk and driving up medical costs, according to a group of group of 150 scientists that includes a f...


United Kingdom | 18 September 2012
Saboteurs aim to wreck first badger cull

Natural England issued the first licence for a pilot cull yesterday, the start of a controversial attempt to tackle tuberculosis in cattle by shooting thousands of badgers, which are blamed for spread...


United Kingdom | 17 September 2012
Tragedy highlights the dangers faced by farmers

The tragedy that cost the lives of three members of the Spence family in Co Down last Saturday evening highlights once again how dangerous farming can be as a profession. Twenty two people died in ...


United Kingdom | 17 September 2012
First large scale badger cull in England gets the go-ahead

The first large-scale badger cull in England is to be given the go-ahead from today, it was reported last night. The Government is expected to issue its first culling licence as part of a controver...


United Kingdom | 14 September 2012
British pig farmers finding it tough to bring home the bacon

Three years ago, it was so different. Pig farmers in Britain enjoyed good prices, leading to spending on new sheds and equipment. Since then, feed prices have risen inexorably, putting most, if not al...


United Kingdom | 14 September 2012
Bringing pig grading into the 21st century

A new grading system for pork to identify superior eating quality is to be investigated by Britain’s largest pig breeding company, JSR Genetics. Managing director Dr Grant Walling told the company’...


United Kingdom | 6 September 2012
Farmers air concerns at heated event

Dozens of farmers worried about plans to sell off their land took part in a heated meeting with council chiefs this week. Around 100 people attended a meeting at Thorney Golf Club on Tuesday over t...


United Kingdom | 5 September 2012
Organic farming faces tough tests to beat recession

It’s been a tough few years for the organic movement. In the face of falling sales and waning interest by big supermarkets, some British farmers have turned their backs on organic cultivation. But...


United Kingdom | 5 September 2012
Schmallenberg virus ‘to hit all of Britain’

Experts have warned that the Schmallenberg virus could spread across the whole of Britain this year. The virus, which causes severe birth defects and miscarriages in livestock, first appeared in th...


United Kingdom | 5 September 2012
Abergavenny cattle market: public meeting over its future

A public meeting is being held later to discuss the future of Abergavenny's livestock market. There is opposition to Monmouthshire council's plan to relocate the market 10 miles (16km) away near Ra...


United Kingdom | 4 September 2012
Dairy firm set to pay farmers more for their milk

A leading dairy processor has announced an increase in the amount it pays farmers for their milk, with a new code of conduct for the industry expected to be published today. Farmers supplying Arla ...


United Kingdom | 4 September 2012
Agriculture department to relocate

Eight hundred Department of Agriculture staff are to move to a former military barracks at Ballykelly in Co Londonderry. The headquarters will shift from Dundonald House at Stormont by 2015, minist...


United Kingdom | 3 September 2012
Farm tenant arrested after burglars shot

The man is believed to have grabbed a legally owned gun after they were disturbed by the break-in early yesterday. He is understood to have fired at the intruders who then fled the isolated house a...


United Kingdom | 30 August 2012
UK's 'green and pleasant' farmland snapped up

It is not just the wide brown farming land of Australia where purchasing by cashed-up foreign buyers is a vexed issue. Green and pleasant English farmland has trebled in value over the past decade and...