News from United Kingdom

17-12-2014 09:38 AM
Cow researchers find meanings behind moos
Researchers have recorded and analysed the ways cows communicate with their young, to translate the meanings behind the "moos". They identified two...
11-12-2014 01:02 AM
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 contro...
09-12-2014 01:05 AM
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-...
04-12-2014 00:26 AM
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 Huckl...
27-11-2014 00:21 AM
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 pri...
21-11-2014 01:15 AM
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 Walpo...
14-11-2014 00:16 AM
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 ...
13-11-2014 00:28 AM
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 th...
06-11-2014 00:08 AM
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...
05-11-2014 00:30 AM
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. Rese...
27-10-2014 00:01 AM
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 far...
17-10-2014 02:03 AM
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, deale...
16-10-2014 01:01 AM
'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...
10-10-2014 01:33 AM
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 ...
08-10-2014 00:49 AM
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 house...
03-10-2014 06:10 AM
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 conservat...
02-10-2014 01:53 AM
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 Shi...
01-10-2014 03:04 AM
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. ...
30-09-2014 02:49 AM
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...
29-09-2014 00:52 AM
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 o...
25-09-2014 01:51 AM
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 i...
19-09-2014 01:04 AM
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 ...
19-09-2014 00:59 AM
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, ...
19-09-2014 00:58 AM
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-tw...
15-09-2014 05:04 AM
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...
11-09-2014 02:19 AM
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 B...
02-09-2014 03:01 AM
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...
26-08-2014 02:51 AM
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. ...
25-08-2014 03:41 AM
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 produ...
21-08-2014 03:45 AM
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 50,0...
19-08-2014 02:10 AM
£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 agricultu...
19-08-2014 02:09 AM
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 Lostwithi...
19-08-2014 02:07 AM
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, Wiech...
28-07-2014 01:19 AM
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...
23-07-2014 09:37 AM
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. D...
23-07-2014 09:29 AM
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. Josep...
23-07-2014 09:26 AM
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, publishe...
22-07-2014 09:51 AM
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...
22-07-2014 09:47 AM
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, ...
16-07-2014 09:11 AM
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 1,4...
16-07-2014 09:09 AM
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 R...
15-07-2014 10:08 AM
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 fa...
15-07-2014 09:56 AM
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 a...
10-07-2014 10:23 AM
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 f...
10-07-2014 10:20 AM
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 Britis...
07-07-2014 09:11 AM
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 antibiot...
07-07-2014 09:06 AM
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 endan...
03-07-2014 08:50 AM
'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 dair...
03-07-2014 08:43 AM
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 s...
01-07-2014 07:55 AM
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 a...