05-03-2014 01:42 AM
Farmers fear milk price war after Tesco slashes price
Dairy farmers fear a price war is about to break out amongst the big four supermarkets after Tesco reduced the price of four pints of milk to £1.
05-03-2014 01:38 AM
Concern voiced over loss of high-grade farmland taken for housing
Fears have been voiced over the future of top-quality farmland at Felixstowe as pressure mounts to find sites for nearly 2,000 new homes.
28-02-2014 01:01 AM
Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review date set for June
A High Court judicial review over a Powys farmer's plans to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been set for early summer.
An animal welfare charity was gi...
27-02-2014 05:14 AM
Borderway Dairy Expo cements its place as top spring showcase
Exhibitors from around the UK have pushed livestock entries to record numbers for this year’s Borderway UK Dairy Expo, the leading spring showcase and...
27-02-2014 05:06 AM
Co-op Group to sell farms business
The Co-operative Group has announced plans to sell its farms business and is considering a sale of its pharmacy chain as it faces a reported loss of m...
26-02-2014 02:12 AM
58% of Britain's best farming land at risk from flooding
The head of National Farmers' Union said a "major rethink" was needed in how flood defence spending was allocated.
"We must stop sacrificing our pr...
26-02-2014 02:11 AM
Maize farmers must take some of the flood blame
The National Farmers' Union doesn't appear to grasp the seriousness of soil structural damage (compaction or squeezing the life out of soil) and its i...
19-02-2014 00:42 AM
How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes
It has the force of a parable. Along the road from High Ham to Burrowbridge, which skirts Lake Paterson (formerly known as the Somerset Levels), you c...
18-02-2014 01:37 AM
Scots bid to end slipper farming wins EU support
The Scottish Government’s solution to slipper farming yesterday got the thumbs up from Brussels – and cabinet secretary Richard Lochead also got the b...
18-02-2014 01:32 AM
Farming students use Twitter to collect flood aid for Somerset
Farming students have rallied to a call made on social media by one of their graduates to get aid to farmers affected by flooding in Somerset.
14-02-2014 00:37 AM
UK floods pose threat to animal welfare, farm investment
The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic ...
13-02-2014 02:40 AM
Yorkshire farmers donate flood aid to Somerset farms
Farmers in Yorkshire have donated animal fodder and bedding to flood-hit farms in Somerset.
Two tractors pulling trailers loaded with 15 tonnes of ...
13-02-2014 02:36 AM
UK storms: Aid effort under way for deluged farmers
Farmers have been among those worst hit by the effects of devastating flooding in Somerset. On Tuesday David Cameron announced a £10m fund to support ...
10-02-2014 02:43 AM
Action urged for flood-hit farmers
Significant investment is needed to protect farmers living near rivers and coasts from flooding, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president said.
07-02-2014 01:08 AM
500 cattle evacuated ‘before they drown’ as water levels rise
A farmer launched a major operation to evacuate 500 cattle as water levels surged in flood-hit parts of Somerset.
Friends and neighbours rallied ar...
03-02-2014 04:49 AM
National Trust digs deep to attract young farmers
The rain is pelting down and a cold wind whistles off the hills. Snowdon is – apparently – somewhere over there but cloaked today in thick cloud. It i...
31-01-2014 07:40 AM
Ploughable sensors help farmers get more crop per drop
At the end of March several small bundles of electronics will be ploughed into a field in Cheshire, UK. The sensors will measure soil temperature and ...
31-01-2014 07:39 AM
Dairy Crest closes in Whitland for second time
A dairy in Carmarthenshire is closing less than a year after it was taken over by a company which closed its site there twenty years earlier.
31-01-2014 07:34 AM
Drought forcing local ranchers to sell off cattle
As this year’s extreme drought continues day after day, ranchers are selling off large percentages of their cattle and calculating how long they can h...
29-01-2014 00:31 AM
Common Agricultural Policy destroying environment
For a lapwing, the RSPB’s nature reserve at Vane Farm beside Loch Leven, near Kinross, is a pretty friendly location. There are many places to nest, t...
29-01-2014 00:28 AM
Powys 'mega dairy' plan put on hold by judicial review
A farmer's plan to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been put on hold after an animal welfare group was granted a High Court judicial review.
The World S...
27-01-2014 01:40 AM
Halting cattle movements could prove disaster for forest
A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle, the Court of Verderers ...
23-01-2014 02:06 AM
Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow
The world today faces a complex challenge – improving nutrition for all. Contrary to how malnutrition is often portrayed in western media, it is not a...
22-01-2014 10:02 AM
Signs warn dog owners of killer disease
Signs are to be put up in the New Forest warning dog owners about a mysterious disease that has killed 13 dogs across Britain in recent months.
21-01-2014 02:53 AM
Bovine TB tests could halt movement of cattle in New Forest
A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle.
Under proposals draw...
17-01-2014 10:38 AM
Farmers demand sea eagle curbs
Farmers are seeking curbs on the growing sea eagle population because of their deadly impact on sheep and other wildlife which they fear threatens to ...
15-01-2014 02:45 AM
Farmers in Wales handed new payment system
Farmers will fall into one of three new payment strands as part of a radical change to the financial support they receive to help them produce food.
05-01-2014 14:08 PM
Farming business fined £200,000 after manager killed
A farming business in Lincolnshire has been fined more than £200,000 after a farm manager was killed by a forklift truck.
Peter Barney, who was fif...
05-01-2014 13:57 PM
Farming subsidies are not just for farmers these days
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is changing once again.
First of all, farmers are going to see subsidies cut, although the strength of the pou...
29-12-2013 15:39 PM
A year of weather extremes for Northern Ireland
It has been a remarkable year for Northern Ireland weather.
We endured the coldest spring for more than three decades, we finally enjoyed a barbecu...
23-12-2013 10:30 AM
Call to protect farmers in snow after sheep deaths
A call has been made to avoid a repeat of the problems faced by hill farmers whose sheep died during heavy snow.
Deep snow hit parts of north Wales...
19-12-2013 10:44 AM
Farming: No meeting of minds over CAP cash
Scottish rural affairs minister Richard Lochhead admitted yesterday that the short consultation on how much cash should be transferred to the environm...
18-12-2013 10:03 AM
Farmers owed large sums by failed butcher
Livestock farmers, auctioneers and a host of suppliers have been caught up in the spectacular collapse of what was once the West Country's foremost bu...
18-12-2013 10:00 AM
£10m EU grant to look at animal production
The future of modern animal production will be the subject of an in-depth review by experts from Newcastle University.
Their Prohealth consortium, ...
17-12-2013 11:07 AM
Peckish pigeons pose threat to sprout crops
It is an essential part of the annual Christmas dinner, if also one of Britons' least favourite vegetables. But the much-maligned sprout is under surp...
11-12-2013 10:31 AM
Wind turbines on farms 'can help UK meet food and energy needs'
Allowing farmers to use renewable energy technology on their land will help the nation meet its future food and energy needs, experts suggest.
10-12-2013 12:56 PM
Dairy Crest closure plan in Whitland puts 31 jobs at risk
A dairy in Carmarthenshire could close with the loss of 31 jobs, only nine months after being taken over.
Proper Welsh Milk in Whitland was taken o...
09-12-2013 11:01 AM
Rustlers take Belgian Blue cattle costing Cornish farmer £250k
Cattle rustlers have cost a Cornish farmer an estimated £250,000 after 17 of his Belgium blue cross herd were stolen in the dead of night.
06-12-2013 10:20 AM
2 Sisters poultry firm says rescue plan 'could create jobs'
A poultry company behind plans to cut 200 staff at its Perth and Kinross processing plant has said a proposed rescue plan could create jobs.
04-12-2013 09:47 AM
Prime farmland is the wrong place for solar panels
A solar farm should not be build between Little Clacton and Great Holland, according to two councillors.
Little Horkesley-based Push Energy wants t...
04-12-2013 09:45 AM
Is Prince William set to study farming at Cambridge University?
Prince William, 31, is rumoured to be considering a post-graduate course in Land Economy at Cambridge University next year.
It is said he hopes the...
02-12-2013 07:10 AM
Time to support your local livestock market
Chris Berry bemoans the drop in number of butchers who attend livestock markets but finds that one market in particular is thriving anyway.
One of ...
29-11-2013 09:32 AM
Schmallenberg livestock virus came to UK from windblown insect
The Schmallenberg virus that first appeared in U.K. livestock in late 2011 probably was carried by infected midges blown across the English Channel fr...
29-11-2013 09:29 AM
Livestock market move from Abergavenny 'crucial,' union says
A £5m livestock market, opening after opponents dropped a legal challenge and a long campaign, is "crucial" for the industry's future, says a union ch...
29-11-2013 09:26 AM
2 Sisters poultry plant plans hit farmer's contracts
Poultry farmers who supply the 2 Sisters processing plants in Perth and Kinross and Angus have been told their contracts will be cancelled.
21-11-2013 05:42 AM
More than 200 jobs set to go at poultry processing factory
More than 200 jobs are expected to go at a poultry processing factory in Scotland.
The 2 Sisters Food Group announced the proposed staff cuts at it...
21-11-2013 05:41 AM
Herd of rare cattle 'move to Isle of Man Jurassic Park'
A herd of cattle has been introduced to the Isle of Man as part of a project to nurture and protect rare breeds from extinction.
Fourteen in-calf W...
19-11-2013 02:08 AM
Milk smuggling 'risks livelihoods of NI dairy farmers'
Milk smuggling risks the livelihoods of dairy farmers in Northern Ireland, an industry spokesman has warned.
Dairy UK and the Ulster Farmers' Union...
19-11-2013 01:50 AM
Robot used to round up cows is a hit with farmers
Robots could be used in the future to round up cows on dairy farms, according to researchers.
A four-wheeled device, known as Rover, has been teste...
13-11-2013 02:47 AM
UK needs 'mega farms' to keep food prices down, say experts
Britain needs more "mega farms" housing hundreds or thousands of animals to keep food prices down and improve animal welfare, according to a group of ...