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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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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. ...