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World News: United Kingdom
United Kingdom | 31 January 2014
Drought forcing local ranchers to sell off cattle

As this year’s extreme drought continues day after day, ranchers are selling off large percentages of their cattle and calculating how long they can hold on before selling their entire herds. The s...


United Kingdom | 29 January 2014
Common Agricultural Policy destroying environment

For a lapwing, the RSPB’s nature reserve at Vane Farm beside Loch Leven, near Kinross, is a pretty friendly location. There are many places to nest, to feed and to raise youngsters, in the company of ...


United Kingdom | 29 January 2014
Powys 'mega dairy' plan put on hold by judicial review

A farmer's plan to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been put on hold after an animal welfare group was granted a High Court judicial review. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has be...


United Kingdom | 27 January 2014
Halting cattle movements could prove disaster for forest

A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle, the Court of Verderers was told. Under proposals drawn up by the Gover...


United Kingdom | 23 January 2014
Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow

The world today faces a complex challenge – improving nutrition for all. Contrary to how malnutrition is often portrayed in western media, it is not a separate problem for the poor (undernutrition) an...


United Kingdom | 22 January 2014
Signs warn dog owners of killer disease

Signs are to be put up in the New Forest warning dog owners about a mysterious disease that has killed 13 dogs across Britain in recent months. The Forestry Commission notices tell owners to take t...


United Kingdom | 21 January 2014
Bovine TB tests could halt movement of cattle in New Forest

A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle. Under proposals drawn up by the Government, animal owners will have to...


United Kingdom | 17 January 2014
Farmers demand sea eagle curbs

Farmers are seeking curbs on the growing sea eagle population because of their deadly impact on sheep and other wildlife which they fear threatens to get out of control. Representatives from the ­f...


United Kingdom | 15 January 2014
Farmers in Wales handed new payment system

Farmers will fall into one of three new payment strands as part of a radical change to the financial support they receive to help them produce food. Payments which come from the EU's Common Agricul...


United Kingdom | 5 January 2014
Farming business fined £200,000 after manager killed

A farming business in Lincolnshire has been fined more than £200,000 after a farm manager was killed by a forklift truck. Peter Barney, who was fifty eight, was walking from his car to a potato she...


United Kingdom | 5 January 2014
Farming subsidies are not just for farmers these days

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is changing once again. First of all, farmers are going to see subsidies cut, although the strength of the pound against the euro might slightly cushion the blo...


United Kingdom | 29 December 2013
A year of weather extremes for Northern Ireland

It has been a remarkable year for Northern Ireland weather. We endured the coldest spring for more than three decades, we finally enjoyed a barbecue summer, and winter storms battered the coast. ...


United Kingdom | 23 December 2013
Call to protect farmers in snow after sheep deaths

A call has been made to avoid a repeat of the problems faced by hill farmers whose sheep died during heavy snow. Deep snow hit parts of north Wales in March and farmers reported losing hundreds of ...


United Kingdom | 19 December 2013
Farming: No meeting of minds over CAP cash

Scottish rural affairs minister Richard Lochhead admitted yesterday that the short consultation on how much cash should be transferred to the environment and development part of the next common agricu...


United Kingdom | 18 December 2013
Farmers owed large sums by failed butcher

Livestock farmers, auctioneers and a host of suppliers have been caught up in the spectacular collapse of what was once the West Country's foremost butchery chain. Documents lodged at Companies Hou...


United Kingdom | 18 December 2013
£10m EU grant to look at animal production

The future of modern animal production will be the subject of an in-depth review by experts from Newcastle University. Their Prohealth consortium, made up of representatives from 11 countries, has ...


United Kingdom | 17 December 2013
Peckish pigeons pose threat to sprout crops

It is an essential part of the annual Christmas dinner, if also one of Britons' least favourite vegetables. But the much-maligned sprout is under surprise attack this year on the eve of the festive se...


United Kingdom | 11 December 2013
Wind turbines on farms 'can help UK meet food and energy needs'

Allowing farmers to use renewable energy technology on their land will help the nation meet its future food and energy needs, experts suggest. By generating on-farm electricity, farmers would be ab...


United Kingdom | 10 December 2013
Dairy Crest closure plan in Whitland puts 31 jobs at risk

A dairy in Carmarthenshire could close with the loss of 31 jobs, only nine months after being taken over. Proper Welsh Milk in Whitland was taken over by Dairy Crest in March this year. Dairy Cr...


United Kingdom | 9 December 2013
Rustlers take Belgian Blue cattle costing Cornish farmer £250k

Cattle rustlers have cost a Cornish farmer an estimated £250,000 after 17 of his Belgium blue cross herd were stolen in the dead of night. Farmer Tony Weaving was awoken by the sound of a calf bawl...


United Kingdom | 6 December 2013
2 Sisters poultry firm says rescue plan 'could create jobs'

A poultry company behind plans to cut 200 staff at its Perth and Kinross processing plant has said a proposed rescue plan could create jobs. The news comes two weeks after the 2 Sisters food group ...


United Kingdom | 4 December 2013
Prime farmland is the wrong place for solar panels

A solar farm should not be build between Little Clacton and Great Holland, according to two councillors. Little Horkesley-based Push Energy wants to install 46,000 panels on a section of Sladburys ...


United Kingdom | 4 December 2013
Is Prince William set to study farming at Cambridge University?

Prince William, 31, is rumoured to be considering a post-graduate course in Land Economy at Cambridge University next year. It is said he hopes the studies will help him take over his father’s 134,...


United Kingdom | 2 December 2013
Time to support your local livestock market

Chris Berry bemoans the drop in number of butchers who attend livestock markets but finds that one market in particular is thriving anyway. One of the myriad of thoughts in households up and down t...


United Kingdom | 29 November 2013
Schmallenberg livestock virus came to UK from windblown insect

The Schmallenberg virus that first appeared in U.K. livestock in late 2011 probably was carried by infected midges blown across the English Channel from France and Belgium, according to an Oxford Univ...


United Kingdom | 29 November 2013
Livestock market move from Abergavenny 'crucial,' union says

A £5m livestock market, opening after opponents dropped a legal challenge and a long campaign, is "crucial" for the industry's future, says a union chief. The new Monmouthshire livestock market is ...


United Kingdom | 29 November 2013
2 Sisters poultry plant plans hit farmer's contracts

Poultry farmers who supply the 2 Sisters processing plants in Perth and Kinross and Angus have been told their contracts will be cancelled. It comes after workers at the chicken processing plant in...


United Kingdom | 21 November 2013
More than 200 jobs set to go at poultry processing factory

More than 200 jobs are expected to go at a poultry processing factory in Scotland. The 2 Sisters Food Group announced the proposed staff cuts at its Coupar Angus plant in Perthshire as part of a "r...


United Kingdom | 21 November 2013
Herd of rare cattle 'move to Isle of Man Jurassic Park'

A herd of cattle has been introduced to the Isle of Man as part of a project to nurture and protect rare breeds from extinction. Fourteen in-calf White Park cows were brought to Ballaloaghtan farm ...


United Kingdom | 19 November 2013
Milk smuggling 'risks livelihoods of NI dairy farmers'

Milk smuggling risks the livelihoods of dairy farmers in Northern Ireland, an industry spokesman has warned. Dairy UK and the Ulster Farmers' Union claimed EU surplus quota milk was being smuggled ...