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United Kingdom | 18 February 2014
Farming students use Twitter to collect flood aid for Somerset

Farming students have rallied to a call made on social media by one of their graduates to get aid to farmers affected by flooding in Somerset. The Royal Agricultural University students are support...


United Kingdom | 14 February 2014
UK floods pose threat to animal welfare, farm investment

The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment despite continu...


United Kingdom | 13 February 2014
UK storms: Aid effort under way for deluged farmers

Farmers have been among those worst hit by the effects of devastating flooding in Somerset. On Tuesday David Cameron announced a £10m fund to support their recovery, but other practical offers of help...


United Kingdom | 10 February 2014
Action urged for flood-hit farmers

Significant investment is needed to protect farmers living near rivers and coasts from flooding, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president said. The total flood damage bill across the country h...


United Kingdom | 7 February 2014
500 cattle evacuated ‘before they drown’ as water levels rise

A farmer launched a major operation to evacuate 500 cattle as water levels surged in flood-hit parts of Somerset. Friends and neighbours rallied around to help James Winslade shift livestock from W...


United Kingdom | 3 February 2014
National Trust digs deep to attract young farmers

The rain is pelting down and a cold wind whistles off the hills. Snowdon is – apparently – somewhere over there but cloaked today in thick cloud. It is the sort of morning that would persuade even the...


United Kingdom | 31 January 2014
Ploughable sensors help farmers get more crop per drop

At the end of March several small bundles of electronics will be ploughed into a field in Cheshire, UK. The sensors will measure soil temperature and moisture content, then transmit those measurements...


United Kingdom | 31 January 2014
Dairy Crest closes in Whitland for second time

A dairy in Carmarthenshire is closing less than a year after it was taken over by a company which closed its site there twenty years earlier. Dairy Crest prompted an outcry when it closed its Whitl...


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 ...