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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...


United Kingdom | 26 July 2012
Sentamu attacks ‘derisory’ prices for farmers

The Archbishop of York has launched an attack on UK consumers and supermarket industry, accusing both of paying too little for food and failing to recognise the contribution farmers make to national l...


United Kingdom | 25 July 2012
Warning after sheep rustling in north Antrim

Farmers have been urged to be vigilant after more than 200 sheep were stolen from a field in County Antrim. It has emerged 75 ewes, 137 lambs and two rams were taken from a farm at Kilraughts near ...


United Kingdom | 24 July 2012
47% of dairy farms lost in Gloucestershire in ten years

"Large processor buyers have ruthlessly exploited their dominant relationship and pinned the dairy farmer to the wall." These are the words of Gloucestershire National Farmers Union (NFU) chairman ...


United Kingdom | 24 July 2012
Taxman has his eye on farm investments

Investors who buy farmhouses and land in order to avoid inheritance tax (IHT) could face a visit from the taxman, accountants and other specialists have warned. Farmland and attached properties can...


United Kingdom | 23 July 2012
Farmers back out in protests over milk prices

Leicestershire farmers have taken part in a second protest in their dispute with dairies over the amount they are paid for milk. They joined hundreds of fellow farmers from across the Midlands at t...


United Kingdom | 23 July 2012
Welsh sheep and cattle exports hits record high

Welsh sheep and cattle exports have hit a record high of almost a quarter of a billion pounds, it was revealed today at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd. Figures released by red meat promotion ag...


United Kingdom | 20 July 2012
Milk price cuts will see collapse of dairy farming in Britain

Andrew Hemming, the vice chairman for Farmers For Action, said that the collapse will see more than a billion litres of milk taken out of the market – ultimately leading to higher prices and more impo...


United Kingdom | 20 July 2012
Shooting badgers will cost farmers more

Rejection of the Badger Trust Judicial Review is a tragic result for badgers, cattle, farming and tourism. Thousands of healthy badgers will now be killed or maimed, and probably totally exterminat...


United Kingdom | 19 July 2012
Dairy farmers are being skimmed alive

Dairy farmers are not sentimental creatures. But when Rosalind Gott says goodbye to Snowy, a pure white cow born the first Christmas Day she spent with her husband on their farm, she admits she might ...


United Kingdom | 11 July 2012
UK farm land sees decade of annual growth

UK farmland values are on course for a tenth consecutive year of annual growth following a 3.9% increase for all land types during the first six months of 2012 according to Savills research. In the...


United Kingdom | 11 July 2012
Agriculture minister doesn't know the price of milk

The agriculture minister has admitted he does not know how much a pint of milk costs, telling the BBC his wife "buys most of it". Jim Paice's comments come as smaller milk producers plan a protest ...


United Kingdom | 8 July 2012
Rain making life increasingly difficult

I have measured over 110mm of rain at Poolham Hall Farm in June and at the time of writing, there is still a week until the end of the month. This excess of rain has done my crops no good whatsoeve...