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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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


8 July 2012
Time running out for badgers in England

The pluvial mist of English July wraps Warren Farm in the Mendip Hills, as James Small prepares for a morning testing his cattle for TB. His beef herd is under "restriction" after two cows showed sign...


5 July 2012
TB infected badgers face cull to tackle cow diseases

The Agriculture Minister has announced a plan to wipe out badgers that have bovine tuberculosis. Michelle O’Neill has announced tests will be conducted into how badgers infected with bovine TB, whi...


4 July 2012
It’s make or break time for Scottish cereal growers

For Scottish cereal growers, the next four weeks will be critical in determining the yield and quality of the crops they harvest and there is a desperate need for higher than average sunshine levels i...


2 July 2012
Badger cull 'could spread cattle tuberculosis'

A proposed badger cull could result in the further spread of tuberculosis in cattle. That is the claim of the Badger Trust, an organisation which is fighting a high court battle to try to halt the ...


2 July 2012
Young farmers call for action over rural road deaths

Nineteen-year-old Tamsin Cook is looking through some of her brother Tristan's things. Belts, photos, a hoodie - she says they help her remember him after he died in a car crash on a country road. ...


14 June 2012
EU biofuel aid 'inflates food cost'

European Union support for biofuel production could force the price of food crop staples up by as much as 36% by the end of the decade, a report has warned. Development charity ActionAid warned tha...


14 June 2012
New deterrent for cattle thefts in Greene County

Cattle thefts are on the rise in the Ozarks, and in Greene County, the sheriff's office and local businesses are joining forces to try and catch cattle rustlers in a modern way. There are many tool...


12 June 2012
Mines pollution fear investigated

Scientists are to investigate whether severe flooding near Aberystwyth has contaminated land with harmful metals from abandoned mines. River banks that have stored toxic metals such as lead, zinc a...


8 June 2012
Farmer dies in slurry tank fall

A father-of-two who died after he fell into a slurry tank while working on his farm has been described by those who knew him as “a decent, hardworking man”. It is understood the victim — named loca...


8 June 2012
Tesco cancels meat contract over cattle claims

The environmental charity claims to have tracked cattle from illegal farms in the Brazilian rainforest to slaughter houses and processing plants used by the exporter JBS. Volunteers in the UK then ...


8 June 2012
Santos report may benefit Scots farmers

Members of the European Parliament agriculture committee are continuing to express their unhappiness with the commissions’ proposals on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), writes Andrew Ar...


6 June 2012
Burden of TB red tape landed on farmers

The Devon County Show was a great success, with high visitor numbers, very impressive livestock areas and an exciting line-up of entertainment and attractions, topped by the magnificent displays given...