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World News: United Kingdom
United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 23 July 2014
Beef is 10 times more damaging to the environment than poultry, dairy, eggs or pork

A new study has revealed that beef production is 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other type of livestock. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sc...


United Kingdom | 22 July 2014
Tumbling beef prices hitting Shropshire and Mid Wales farmers

They are being paid up to £300 less per breast than they were just a year ago, Meat Promotion Wales warned as the Royal Welsh Show got under way today. The price has dropped from an average of £4.0...


United Kingdom | 22 July 2014
Two hurt after cow flees from cattle market

A runaway cow brought chaos to a Yorkshire town after escaping from a cattle market. The cow broke free from the market on Gargrave Road, Skipton, at about 10.30am yesterday. Two people were inj...


United Kingdom | 16 July 2014
Agriculture is no longer a man’s world, says Ruth Brown

Nearly nine-in-ten female farmers are optimistic about their future in agriculture, according to results from a Barclays poll. In the survey of 1,410 farmers, 88% said they were optimistic about th...


United Kingdom | 16 July 2014
Careless walkers put cattle in peril

Cattle had to be rescued from sewage sludge after their heard was allowed to escape from their field by ramblers who left a gate open. Now farmer Richard Green is warning walkers to take more care....


United Kingdom | 15 July 2014
A pig-farming family with a difference

Meet the O’Rorkes: one couple, three children and 31 pigs. Not for this family a Sunday morning lie-in. Today, we’re playing Chase the Pig on their farm in Hampshire. The ears of the runaways flap fra...


United Kingdom | 15 July 2014
Reydon cattle escape halted by Southwold

A community nurse awoke to find a herd of escaped cattle trotting past her house heading for a seaside town in Suffolk. Cathy Ryan saw between 20 and 30 animals travelling along Lowestoft Road in R...


United Kingdom | 10 July 2014
Neonicotinoids linked to recent fall in farmland bird numbers

New research has identified the world’s most widely used insecticides as the key factor in the recent reduction in numbers of farmland birds. The finding represents a significant escalation of the ...


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...