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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...


United Kingdom | 30 August 2012
Livestock killed as barn destroyed by fire

An investigation will be conducted after a huge fire destroyed a barn, killing up to 20 sheep. Firefighters were called to Brookhams Farm in White Cross, Hallatrow – opposite the Temple Bridge Busi...


United Kingdom | 30 August 2012
30% rise in rural crime in North Wales

Worried farmers have voiced alarm over plans to “downgrade” the Farm Watch scheme – just as a rural crime wave sweeps Wales. Shocking new NFU Mutual figures show a 30% jump in the rural crime rate ...


United Kingdom | 29 August 2012
First Milk: 100 dairy farmers are thinking of selling

More than 10 per cent of Scottish milk producers are actively considering changing their allegiance and moving towards selling their milk to the UK’s largest farmer owned co-operative. Yesterday, F...


United Kingdom | 29 August 2012
The farmers' hell after the heavens opened

If David and Stuart Piccaver look a bit shell-shocked, it’s hardly surprising. For the past six months, they’ve been engaged in trench warfare. The father and son team run the 1,500-acre family far...


United Kingdom | 22 August 2012
MEPs back campaign over sheep identification

Scottish sheep farmers will have to hope that the politicians in Brussels get through the mountain of proposals for reforming the Common Agricultural Policy in order to unearth ones aimed at bringing ...


United Kingdom | 20 August 2012
Woman dies after farming incident in Guyhirn

A woman has died after being involved in a farming incident in Guyhirn. Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were called to a field on Saturday (August 18) at 10am to an incident report...


United Kingdom | 17 August 2012
Grazing cattle could protect priority habitat in Sheffield

Highland cattle could be introduced to help manage a piece of rare and threatened habitat in Sheffield. Cows from the Graves Park Animal Farm would be used for conservation grazing at Loxley and Wa...


United Kingdom | 17 August 2012
Farm lending tops £1.6bn in Scotland

Scottish farmers have again increased their bank borrowing, with the end of May 2012 figure reaching £1.67 billion, some £56 million, or 3.5 per cent, higher than a year ago. But the chief executiv...


United Kingdom | 7 August 2012
Agriculture hit with £52m bill as thieves target sites

Thieves cost the UK farming industry £52.7m last year with the poor state of the economy leading criminals to target farms, it has been claimed. Statistics show a six per cent overall increase in s...


United Kingdom | 3 August 2012
Buy British and save our bacon say farmers

Around 100 farmers are likely to leave the industry this year, according to a new survey of the industry by the National Pig Association. The rising cost of feed, mostly maise and GM soy from abroa...


United Kingdom | 1 August 2012
Arable plant species disappearing

Some of the most well-loved flowers of the British countryside are disappearing from arable fields, conservationists warned today. Cornflowers, corn marigolds, pheasant's eye and, in some areas, po...


United Kingdom | 1 August 2012
How dirty tricks are ruining country shows

The big Hereford bull is buffed and fluffed, and heading for the show ring as though he has just walked out of a George Stubbs painting. This is some beast – 1 ton in weight, horns gleaming, haunches ...


United Kingdom | 27 July 2012
Tourists flocking to see Britain's yellow fields

A tour company is taking Japanese to visit rape fields in Britain after they started to become intrigued by the crop, which turns a bright yellow in spring. Around 1,000 people have toured the fiel...