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United Kingdom | 20 November 2012
Farmers fear poultry litter may be source of botulism

Farmers in County Armagh have expressed concern that poultry litter may have been the source for the botulism which killed some of their cattle. A few weeks ago, I took a call from a farmer who had...


United Kingdom | 14 November 2012
Twin price rises on horizon for dairy suppliers

Dairy farmers who supply Muller Dairy and Robert Wiseman Dairies are to see their milk prices rise in two stages to 30.5 pence per litre (ppl) by February 1. The first farm-gate price rise of 0.5pp...


United Kingdom | 9 November 2012
Guernsey organic milk production suspended

Guernsey Dairy has suspended the production of organic milk and will import Jersey milk due to a shortfall. In October the Guernsey Farmers' Association announced a fall in milk yields due to susta...


United Kingdom | 9 November 2012
Higher feed costs to drive up meat prices in 2013

A surge in the cost of feed grain after the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has stripped many livestock farmers of profit and set off a chain of events that threatens to drive up world ...


United Kingdom | 8 November 2012
Tesco agrees £25m deal with beef and pork farmers

Tesco has announced a £25 million annual deal with beef and pork farmers, promising them better prices and longer contracts. The supermarket giant - which has previously attracted criticism from fa...


United Kingdom | 1 November 2012
Shetland fish farm moves to protect stock from seals

A Shetland fish farm is investing nearly £100,000 in a project designed to protect stock from seals. Balta Island Seafare Ltd is to install two new electronic seal scarers and introduce stronger ne...


United Kingdom | 1 November 2012
Traces of Schmallenberg Virus found

A virus that causes fever in cattle and sheep has been detected for the first time in Northern Ireland. The Department of Agriculture said tests on a malformed calf in Co Down had found traces of S...


United Kingdom | 29 October 2012
Poor farmers 'face worst crisis since foot-and-mouth'

Environmental factors such as poor harvests, the spread of TB, summer downpours and flooding, combined with the harsh economic climate, have created a “perfect storm” for those working in the sector. ...


United Kingdom | 26 October 2012
Milk prices row: Farmers meet with Muller dairy owners

Farmers are meeting bosses of Muller UK to discuss the price the firm pays them for milk. About 300 farmers staged a blockade of its factory in Market Drayton in Shropshire on Monday after talks ab...


United Kingdom | 25 October 2012
Badger cull delay: Farmer 'may give up' cattle farming

A Gloucestershire beef farmer has said he may have to give up farming cattle because a pilot cull of badgers has been postponed. David Barton, from near Cirencester, said it was "outrageous" that T...


United Kingdom | 24 October 2012
Super dairy plan in Powys rejected by councillors

Plans for a controversial "super dairy" with 1,000 cows at a farm have been rejected by Powys councillors. The vote is the latest twist in the debate about the dairy near Welshpool, which councillo...


United Kingdom | 24 October 2012
Farmer: 'The only real winner here is the disease'

Dairy farmer Paul Griffith was celebrating his herd being passed as TB-free when he heard the news. "This was upsetting and very disappointing," said Mr Griffith, who milks 140 British Friesian and...


United Kingdom | 18 October 2012
Farmers hit out at Sainsbury's logo decision

The distinctive red logo, which was introduced 12 years ago, was designed to assure shoppers in all supermarkets that the meat, dairy and other produce they buy has been made to high animal welfare st...


United Kingdom | 18 October 2012
Badger cull costs greater than financial benefits

The economic costs of carrying out the proposed badger cull to prevent TB in cattle will be greater than the financial benefits, and the taxpayer will pick up the bill, experts have concluded in an ec...


United Kingdom | 16 October 2012
Bail refused in NI cattle dealer kidnap case

A cattle dealer kidnapped in an alleged £320,000 extortion plot was lured to NI to view a meat factory, a High Court bail application has heard. Prosecutors claimed the victim was passed to an arme...


United Kingdom | 15 October 2012
Badger culls might increase cattle TB cases say professors

A group of professors from leading universities and zoological institutions across the UK have urged the Government to reconsider plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine TB. More than 30 of the UK...


United Kingdom | 15 October 2012
Devon farmers 'despair' over rain and poor harvest

A bad summer and poor harvest has left the farming community in Devon in a "desperate" state, according to a rural church worker. Andy Gerrard, a West Devon Methodist, said for many farmers the rai...


United Kingdom | 12 October 2012
Shropshire dairy farmer 'positive' about farm future

A Shropshire dairy farmer has said changes to milk prices due to come into force next week could make all the difference to the survival of his family farm. Thirty one-year-old Richard Downes is th...


United Kingdom | 11 October 2012
Dairy farms adapt milk businesses

The price paid to farmers for their milk has been a hot topic in recent months, with many saying the money they receive is less than the cost of production. At some farms in Hampshire and the Isle ...


United Kingdom | 10 October 2012
Farmers on alert as livestock virus may spread to Scotland

NFU Scotland is warning livestock producers north of the Border to be on high alert after Schmallenberg virus (SBV) was found in the north of England. SBV is a new virus that spread via midges thro...


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...