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World News: United Kingdom
13 May 2014
Oklahoma wheat harvest suffering from drought, late freeze

Monday's rain is welcome for farmers, but is too little, too late for Oklahoma's wheat crop. This year's crop is expected to be one of the worst produced in our state in decades. With wheat having ...


13 May 2014
Scottish dairy reveals plans to expand south of border

Scotland's largest independent dairy company Graham’s The Family Dairy is set for further expansion south of the border thanks to a £20m cash boost. Sales at the 75-year-old Bridge of Allan-based f...


12 May 2014
Graham's The Family Dairy secures funding for expansion

A Scottish dairy firm has announced plans to expand after securing £20m in funding support from Royal Bank of Scotland. Graham's The Family Dairy, which is based in Bridge of Allan near Stirling, w...


9 May 2014
Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market named best in UK

The twice-monthly market beat much bigger city rivals, including East London’s Brockley Market and St George’s Market in Belfast. Its wares include delicacies such as stinging nettle cheese, beetro...


9 May 2014
Campaign over 'consistency' of cattle weight for beef finishers

NFU Scotland is to work with the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) to ensure beef finishers receive clear and consistent messages on the weight and specification of cattle that are neede...


8 May 2014
Plans for 255 Teignmouth farmland houses deferred

Plans to build 255 homes on the outskirts of a Devon town have been put on hold after objections by residents. Teignbridge District Council's Planning Committee deferred the plans for a report on a...


8 May 2014
Aberystwyth Farmers' Market crowned UK best

A farmers' market in mid Wales has been crowned the UK's best, beating rivals from London and Belfast. Aberystwyth came top in the best food market category in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awar...


8 May 2014
Farmer cleared of manslaughter after rambler dies in cattle field

A farmer has been cleared of manslaughter following the death of a walker in a field of cattle. Prosecutors had alleged a bull belonging to Paul Waterfall attacked and killed 63-year-old Roger Free...


6 May 2014
Farming Matters: Protesting about HS2

Farmers collected in London on Monday last week ahead of the second reading of the HS2 London to Birmingham Hybrid Bill. They were there to meet MPs and to explain how this montrous vanity project ...


6 May 2014
China further restricts foreign dairy brands

The Chinese government has imposed new limits on foreign brands of milk powder and infant formula sold in China, according to reports on Monday by the state-run news media. The restrictions appear ...


2 May 2014
Market for young farmers in pipeline

Plans are being unveiled to revamp Ruswarp’s sheep and cattle sale market in a bid to get more young farmers involved. It is hoped that more of the area’s young farmers can get involved in the bigg...


2 May 2014
Cattle export bar's impact on Guernsey minimal, says vet

A ban on exporting cattle from the Channel Islands to the European Union has a "minimal impact" on Guernsey, according to the States vet. Following changes to EU disease testing rules in October, t...


30 April 2014
Scottish independence: How might a 'Yes' vote impact on farmers?

When it comes to running a farm, like most businesses, the main issues around the referendum are whether they'll have more or less money. But unlike other businesses, farmers are often primarily co...


29 April 2014
Livestock sector ‘must keep up pressure on CAP’

The livestock and meat industry must keep up the pressure on the UK government for increased coupled support to help reverse the downward trend in the national suckler cow herd and sheep flock, Alan M...


23 April 2014
Dairy farmer says it's time to expand to overseas markets

Expanding markets mean Dorset’s produce is being sold as far away as China and Nigeria, says a Dorchester dairy farmer. Simon Banfield, who farms 160 hectares and 160 cows at Admiston Farm, believe...


22 April 2014
The great British farmland boom

Cash rolls down the beautiful green hills of England and right into the pockets of Britain’s Co-operative Group. Farmland is now one of the UK’s greatest money makers… Our very own Floyd Brown also...


21 April 2014
Farmer uses drone to scare pigeons

Richard Maddever, 27, is able to fly the six-rotor helicopter by remote control at 40mph over his fields. The £1,000 “bird of prey” is fitted with LED lights which resemble eyes and a siren to scar...


21 April 2014
Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop

Scientists are warning that wheat is facing a serious threat from a fungal disease that could wipe out the world’s crop if not quickly contained. Wheat rust, a devastating disease known as the “polio ...


17 April 2014
Farmers pack church to bid fond farewell to a farming firebrand

Westcountry farmers bade a fond farewell to one of their own on Friday last week, at a memorial service for Ian Pettyfer, who died two weeks ago at the age of 85. There was standing room only at th...


16 April 2014
Defra increases grants for flood-hit farms to £35,000

Recovery grants for farmers hit by flooding are to be increased from £5,000 to £35,000. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson made the announcement from Muchelney on the Somerset Levels, which was ma...


15 April 2014
Asia drives Jersey milk demand

Record quantities of Jersey milk are being shipped to China to satisfy demand from Chinese consumers worried about the safety of local produce. Farmers say the growth is an economic lifesaver as do...


11 April 2014
Scottish agriculture ‘behind game’ in CAP planning

The Scottish Government came under heavy criticism yesterday over the lack of detailed information available for farmers and their professional advisers making decisions on the next Common Agricultura...


11 April 2014
9,000 farmers sign petition against meat plant proposals

Farmers in Fermanagh have been leading a Province-wide campaign opposing a plan by meat plants to introduce financial penalties for cattle who do not conform to strict specifications which they plan t...


8 April 2014
Ulster farm accidents toll is 67

Almost 70 people have died in farming-related accidents in Northern Ireland over the last decade. Five of the victims were children aged under 11, research by the Health and Safety Executive Northe...


1 April 2014
Farmers suffering huge fall in average income

Scottish farmers have seen their average income fall by one-third in the last year, according to new figures. Rising costs for items such as feed, the wettest June on record two years ago and the b...


28 March 2014
California drought delays cattle herd building

California’s recent rains brought only short-term relief to the state which is suffering its worst drought in a century, leaving cattle rancher Kevin Kester to stick to his strategy of salvaging as mu...


26 March 2014
Exeter poultry farm to battle back after 7,000 chickens killed

A large poultry farm on the outskirts of Exeter is starting the long haul back after a terrible blaze killed nearly 7,000 chickens. The free range laying hens were killed when a fire destroyed the ...


25 March 2014
Banham Poultry worker treated for tuberculosis

A worker at a chicken factory in Norfolk has received treatment for tuberculosis, it has been revealed. The case, at Banham Poultry near Attleborough, was reported to Public Health England (PHE) so...


25 March 2014
Poultry fire farm recovery 'will take 12 months'

A poultry farmer who lost nearly 7,000 chickens in a shed fire, has said it will take a year for his business to recover. The free range laying hens were killed when a fire destroyed the Rosamondfo...


17 March 2014
The Welsh dairy farmers who bought 320 buy-to-let properties in Sweden

Their search for a better alternative to a traditional pension took three south Wales farmers to Lithuania, and from there to Sweden. Now they are so certain they have found the key to a reliable, ...