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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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 (...


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...


19 August 2014
Trewithen Dairy finds cleaning product in milk and cream

Cleaning product has been found in a Cornish dairy's milk and cream after customers complained about the taste. Trewithen Dairy, based at Lostwithiel, said a "small amount of industry-standard clea...


19 August 2014
U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning

Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. But this year, Wiechert is doing big business after harvest: cleaning ...


28 July 2014
Scottish farmers wary of arguments for independence

Bullocks and heifers emptied quietly from trailers and trucks into the holding pens at Dumfries mart for the Wednesday sale. Inside, banter filled the air in the canteen, helped along by ebullient auc...


23 July 2014
Investing in land could reap big rewards

The average value of farmland in the UK rose by 3% in the second quarter of 2014, to £7,517 per acre, continuing the upward trend of land values. During the past year values have increased on avera...


23 July 2014
Dairy farming company fined for dumping mud

A dairy farming company in Swindon has been fined more than £550 for dumping mud onto a highway, which later caused a Road Traffic Collision. Joseph Enterprises were found guilty of depositing mud ...