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World News: United Kingdom
United Kingdom | 11 December 2014
How HS2 is punishing farmers and holiday-let owners

A group of MPs is fighting for farmers, rural business owners and holiday-let operators whose properties will be demolished to make way for the controversial High Speed 2 rail link, but won't benefit ...


United Kingdom | 9 December 2014
Peta anti-dairy advert removed after complaints

A sexually suggestive advert by an animal rights group has been removed following complaints it was misogynistic and not family-friendly. The anti-dairy poster by People for the Ethical Treatment o...


United Kingdom | 4 December 2014
Why killing wolves might not save livestock

In late August, a government sharpshooter in a helicopter hovering above a wooded eastern Washington hillside killed the lead female wolf of the Huckleberry Pack. The aim was to end attacks by the wol...


United Kingdom | 27 November 2014
Dairy industry 'so desperate' that farmers turn to Samaritans

Dairy farmers are turning to suicide prevention charity the Samaritans because the industry is in a “desperate” state, MPs have heard. The milk price crisis is so profound more than 400 dairy farme...


United Kingdom | 21 November 2014
Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

The EU’s de facto ban on genetically modified (GM) crops may have caused more harm than good, according to the UK’s chief scientist. Sir Mark Walport told MPs on the Science and Technology committe...


United Kingdom | 14 November 2014
Three seek top Scottish farming union post

Three candidates are seeking election to the post of president of the National Farmers Union Scotland. Borders farmer Nigel Miller has reached the end of his term having served in the position for ...


United Kingdom | 13 November 2014
Five cows die after Nottinghamshire A46 tractor crash

Five cows have been killed in a collision between a tractor and a cattle lorry on a main road. Two animals escaped after the crash, which led to the closure of the A46 at Widmerpool, Nottinghamshir...


United Kingdom | 6 November 2014
Antibiotic-resistant hospital germ traced to U.K. livestock

A strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals can be traced back to livestock, a new study says. The results highlight the need for strict antibacterial safeguards in the food industry, an...


United Kingdom | 5 November 2014
MRSA bug linked to livestock is found in hospitals

A University of Edinburgh study has suggested that an MRSA bug in UK hospitals can be traced back to a type of bacteria found in farm animals. Researchers say a drug-resistant bacteria carried by s...


United Kingdom | 27 October 2014
Fireworks threat to livestock, MLA

Local MLA Robin Swann is calling on the community to help stamp out the threat to livestock from “young, irresponsible thugs throwing fireworks at farm animals during the Halloween period”. The Ass...


United Kingdom | 17 October 2014
U.S. farmers seen cutting fertiliser use as crop prices slide

U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertiliser this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt fr...


United Kingdom | 16 October 2014
'I was a good dairy farmer - but I'm not sorry I quit'

After a brief spike in milk prices dairy farmers are again having a difficult time. One of those who got out of the sector wondered if he would regret his decision. But Brindley Hosken believes that t...


United Kingdom | 10 October 2014
Fracking protesters' banned from Lancashire drill sites

An energy firm has won a court order to stop campaigners trespassing on land near two sites where it plans to drill for shale gas. Manchester High Court granted Cuadrilla and local farmers an exten...


United Kingdom | 8 October 2014
Dairy firm ‘pressurised council’ over housing plan

Campaigners have criticised Scotland’s leading dairy firm for saying the creation of 450 jobs was dependent on being granted permission to build houses on controversial green belt land. Graham’s th...


United Kingdom | 3 October 2014
Why are chicken, lamb, pork and beef the 'normal' meats?

Rabbits, goats and horses are familiar animals to those in the UK and the US but rarely appear on a meat-eater's plate. Why is there so much conservatism when it comes to eating particular meats? A...


United Kingdom | 2 October 2014
What do African farmers want? More manure

An expanding charity initiative is helping African agricultural entrepreneurs one at a time. The Guardian Project Foundation’s initiative: The Shit Starts Here (SSH) works as a pay-it-forward sche...


United Kingdom | 1 October 2014
Farmland birds hit by habitat degradation in UK

Wildlife populations around the world have more than halved in just four decades in the face of unsustainable human consumption, a report has warned. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish h...


United Kingdom | 30 September 2014
The government is giving farmers $52m to market their produce

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to put $52 million toward local and organic farming through farmers markets and organic research. Local farmers are having difficulty marketing...


United Kingdom | 29 September 2014
Flood-hit Scunthorpe farmer loses £120k

A farmer claims he has lost £120,000 in crops after his land was hit by floods. Farmer Philip Marshall, who lives on Holme Lane in Scunthorpe and owns part of the Bottesford Beck, said flooding has...


United Kingdom | 25 September 2014
Good communication between farmers and cattle buyers crucial

Good communication flow between beef cattle producers and buyers is important all year round, as highlighted in the recent Beef 2020 Report — but it is particularly vital at this time of year, accordi...


United Kingdom | 19 September 2014
Farmer's son in court over alleged stabbing

A farmer’s son has been remanded in custody after appearing at court accused of stabbing his father and holding his mother against her will. Lewis Clapp, aged 29, made no application for bail when ...


United Kingdom | 19 September 2014
India's farmers beating climate change with technology

It's the end of the monsoon season in India. But it's not been a good year. During the sowing and planting season, when water was needed the most, rain was largely absent. Now it's nearly harves...


United Kingdom | 19 September 2014
Vale of Glamorgan vet's suicide after cattle illness

A vet killed himself with his shotgun after battling depression brought on by an illness from cattle, an inquest in Cardiff has heard. Father-of-two Huw Davey, 58, of Treoes, Vale of Glamorgan, cau...


United Kingdom | 15 September 2014
Scottish yes campaign struggles to win over farming communities

At Whitfmuir farm, by West Linton, Heather Anderson is working out her percentages. The campaigner for Farming for Yes estimates: "Here in the Borders, we need to get yes up to 40%, then the rest of t...


United Kingdom | 11 September 2014
Cumbrian farmer loses cattle to rare mycoplasma disease

A Cumbrian farmer says he is faced with culling his herd of cows after a two year battle against a rare disease. Duncan Maughan from Cumrew, near Brampton has already lost 125 cows. He says the los...


United Kingdom | 2 September 2014
Greenhouse gas fear over increased levels of meat eating

Global consumption of meat needs to fall - to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment - a study says. Research from Cambridge and Aberdeen universities estimate...


United Kingdom | 26 August 2014
Farmers urged to cast vote for Yes

Independence would provide Scotland's rural and farming communities with "incredible opportunities", Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said. Mr Lochhead said farming had a key role in Scotla...


United Kingdom | 25 August 2014
Farmers in debt and despair as dairy market collapses

British dairy farmers are threatening to take matters into their own hands as fears grow that volatile markets for their milk, butter and cheese products could jeopardise their livelihoods. Some large...


United Kingdom | 21 August 2014
Plan targets decline in livestock

Experts have published an action plan to tackle livestock declines and low profitability in the beef industry. Beef cow numbers have fallen by 50,000 since the last reform of the European Union's (...


United Kingdom | 19 August 2014
£10m for Africa agriculture project

A university research group will receive £10.8 million from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) to help make the latest agricultural technology available across 10 African countri...