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United Kingdom | 10 July 2014
Cattle farmers have plenty to beef about

Last week saw Defra's Farming Minister, George Eustice, chair a so called "Beef Summit" with a view to dealing with the desperate situation the British Beef Industry finds itself in. In the last year ...


United Kingdom | 7 July 2014
Cut use of antibiotics in livestock, veterinary experts tell government

Vets and MPs have urged the government and pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for animals to avoid the growing human resistance to antibiotics. The call follows warnings from David Camer...


United Kingdom | 7 July 2014
Highland cattle help survival chances of rare butterfly

A herd of shaggy four-legged conservation heroes is helping an upland farm in the Lake District to become a haven for some of the country’s most endangered butterflies. A herd of Luing cattle has b...


United Kingdom | 3 July 2014
'Ahimsa' slaughter-free dairy farm set up in Groby, Leicestershire

Britain's first slaughter-free dairy farm run to "revolutionary" welfare standards is being established in Leicestershire. Male calves born to dairy cows are normally killed or sold for meat, while...


United Kingdom | 3 July 2014
Tuberculosis threat requires mass cull of cattle, not badgers, study reveals

A mass cull of cattle, not badgers, is the only large-scale action that can end the scourge of tuberculosis in England’s livestock, according to new scientific research that represents a heavy blow to...


United Kingdom | 1 July 2014
UK future food security threatened by complacency, MPs warn

The UK’s ability to feed itself is threatened by “complacency” over the extreme weather driven by climate change and increasing competition for food as the world’s population grows, MPs warned on Tues...


United Kingdom | 1 July 2014
Demand for farmland property is strong

George Alder of Stags Farm Agency looks at the summer market for farms this year. With some fine weather finally now upon us, many South West farmers are busy making hay and silage, and it will not...


United Kingdom | 1 July 2014
US farmers plant record soybean crop, less corn

The nation's farmers planted the largest soybean crop on record this year by devoting millions of acres of land to the crop that had been used for growing corn, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said...


United Kingdom | 30 June 2014
UK faces 10 per cent shortfall in farmland by 2030

The UK faces an agricultural land shortfall of two million hectares within 15 years, according to a new report. The country may be unable to provide 10 per cent of the necessary farmland by 2030, the ...


United Kingdom | 23 June 2014
Nearly 60 jobs go as South West dairy plant is axed

Almost 60 jobs will be lost after dairy bosses said they will close a major dairy plant in the south west. The UK's largest milk supplier and distributor Müller Wiseman has confirmed it is closing...


United Kingdom | 17 June 2014
'Unclear' if badger jabs cut TB in cattle in Wales

It is unclear whether vaccinating badgers in west Wales has cut TB in cattle, the chief vet has said. The Welsh government is more than halfway through a £4.6m five-year programme to immunise badge...


United Kingdom | 16 June 2014
Weatherwatch: Wheat stressed out in the sunshine

Take a walk in the countryside and you may well pass a shimmering field of wheat, each head nodding in the breeze and each ear of wheat swollen and ready to flower. For farmers the weather at this ...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2014
North Wales farmland rush sparks bidding war

Farmland across North Wales is selling like gold dust – with one plot realising almost £25,000-an-acre. Auctioneers Jones Peckover held auctions in Anglesey and Denbighshire that banked around £...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2014
GM crops in England next year

Anti-GM campaigners reacted with fury last night after the Government backed an EU vote that could lead to weedkiller-resistant maize being sowed in England next year. Other European countries can ...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2014
Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review dismissed

An animal charity has lost its challenge to a planned 1,000-cow dairy in Powys in the High Court. The case over the planning decision for the dairy owned by Fraser Jones at Leighton, near Welshpool...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2014
Unlocking the power of women farmers

Women are the backbone of the rural economy in developing countries and are responsible for 60-80% of food production. They also tend to be the most knowledgeable about crop varieties. However, the...


United Kingdom | 12 June 2014
Relief for farmers as food crops included in payments criteria

Details of how farmers will continue to qualify for subsidy payments for so-called ‘greening’ measures have been greeted with relief by the industry for taking less land out of food production than fe...


United Kingdom | 12 June 2014
Changes to EU subsidies 'will support Scottish farmers'

A package of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy will support Scottish farmers and improve the way EU payments are distributed, according to the Scottish government. They include the removal ...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2014
Somerset farmers say beef industry faces crisis

Farmers, butchers and NFU are meeting in Somerset today to discuss what they claim is a crisis facing the beef industry. Stuart Clatworthy, beef farmer, says "We've taken a 25% cut in prices, which...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2014
Summit to protect Durham's farmland

A summit aimed at stopping vital natural resources being lost into rivers and streams will be held next week (Wednesday, June 18). The Environment Agency and the Wear Rivers Trust are worried soil,...


United Kingdom | 9 June 2014
Dunloy slurry death: Robert Christie 'gentle wee character'

The eight-year-old boy who died in a slurry tank accident at a County Antrim farm was "a gentle natured wee fella", his school principal has said. Robert Christie was overcome by slurry gases on Sa...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2014
Price of beef could soar as farmers quit

The roast beef of old England – the meat on which the nation has dined for centuries – could soon be priced out of the reach of the average consumer, a leading butcher has warned. As beef farmers s...


United Kingdom | 4 June 2014
U.S. dairy farmers threaten to oppose Pacific trade deal

U.S. dairy farmers and milk processors on Wednesday threatened to oppose a Pacific trade deal if Japan and Canada do not agree to accept substantially more dairy imports. In a letter to the U.S. Tr...


United Kingdom | 4 June 2014
Farmers on the Somerset Levels encouraged to apply for grants

Farmers affected by flooding on the Somerset Levels are being urged to apply for government grants to restore their land before the £10m Government fund closes on June 27. Ian Bell, director of the...


United Kingdom | 4 June 2014
Aldi’s MGM deal a ‘huge boost’ to poultry sector

Premium free-range and locally produced Scottish whole chickens will shortly be available to buy from the shelves of discount supermarket chain Aldi. In a deal worth more than £400,000 a year, thre...


United Kingdom | 2 June 2014
Scottish independence: Scots farmers voice concern

Fears independence could harm Scottish farmers’ ability to sell in supermarkets south of the Border have been raised following claims their produce would no longer be branded British. The prospect ...


United Kingdom | 30 May 2014
24,000 chicks die in poultry shed fire at Marford

Twenty four thousand chicks have perished in a fire at a poultry shed near Wrexham, says the fire service. A man also suffered burns to his face and arms in the blaze at Marford and was taken to ho...


United Kingdom | 30 May 2014
The hi-tech future of the dairy sector

The world's largest fresh milk dairy was opened by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson yesterday. European co-operative Arla has invested £150 million in the plant at Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. ...


United Kingdom | 29 May 2014
Corporate stranglehold of farmland a risk to world food security, study says

The world's food supplies are at risk because farmland is becoming rapidly concentrated in the hands of wealthy elites and corporations, a study has found. Small farmers, the UN says, grow 70% of t...


United Kingdom | 26 May 2014
High demand for Ayrshire farmland

The average price achieved for good ploughable farmland in Ayrshire was £4000 per acre, figures from one rural sales company have revealed. Specialists in rural sales and land management, CKD Galbr...