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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...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


19 November 2013
Robot used to round up cows is a hit with farmers

Robots could be used in the future to round up cows on dairy farms, according to researchers. A four-wheeled device, known as Rover, has been tested by a team at Sydney University. It was used to m...


13 November 2013
UK needs 'mega farms' to keep food prices down, say experts

Britain needs more "mega farms" housing hundreds or thousands of animals to keep food prices down and improve animal welfare, according to a group of influential farming experts. Speaking at a conf...


13 November 2013
Prince Charles defies critics to make new plea for organic farming

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has made a fresh appeal for more organic farming, insisting his approach was based on science rather that "a quirk" and dismissing those who would prefe...


11 November 2013
Changes in red diesel rules to help farmers clear snow

Rules over the use of red diesel in machines used to clear snow from the roads have been relaxed. Goverrnment rules over the use of agricultural diesel have formerly prohibited farmers and contract...


6 November 2013
The world's insatiable hunger for phosphorus

Is it the biggest looming crisis that you have never heard of? Since 1945, the world's population has tripled to seven billion, and feeding that population has relied increasingly on artificial fer...


6 November 2013
Grow more beef and lamb, farmers urged

British beef and sheep producers need to increase production or risk losing out on the growing opportunities being opened up to them on the global export market. That was the view of Jean-Pierre Ga...


5 November 2013
Initiative aimed at helping Scots farmers launched

A major new initiative aimed at helping farmers across Scotland improve productivity and increase uptake of new technologies and production methods was launched yesterday. “Planning for Profit, a j...


5 November 2013
Fears for Scottish salmon farming after China targets missed

The Scottish salmon farming industry is struggling to meet a controversial target to rapidly increase production to help feed China's growing appetite for fresh and smoked salmon. The Guardian has ...


4 November 2013
‘Scotland a danger to CAP share’ - Byrne

A successful CAP implementation agreement plan is now vital for Northern Ireland Agriculture, the SDLP’s spokesperson for agriculture, Joe Byrne has said. He continued: “The CAP headline figures ha...


4 November 2013
Spanish slugs on way to eat crops

Entomologist and gardener Dr Ian Bedford warns Hannah Stephenson that we must be vigilant now if we want to stop the invasion of Spanish slugs changing the face of British gardens forever. Imagine ...


1 November 2013
Fire destroys farmer's dairy building and 3,000 litres of milk

A farmer has been left “devastated” after an electrical fault sparked a blaze which destroyed his dairy building and 3,000 litres of milk. By the time that Merfyn Roberts got to his farmyard at Hen...


1 November 2013
Powys 'mega dairy' plan gets go-ahead after public inquiry

A farmer's plan to build a 1,000-cow dairy next to a school has been given the go-ahead despite the public inquiry inspector saying it should be refused. Planning Minister Carl Sargeant said the ec...


1 November 2013
Badger gassing bid lands dairy farmers with fines

A father and son have been fined after pleading guilty to blocking badger setts on their farm and piping car exhaust fumes into the soil to gas to death the animals inside. David Bown, 67, of Batco...


31 October 2013
Sheep worth £40k stolen from four Perthshire farms

The Tayside Division of Police Scotland today appealed for information about four incidents of sheep rustling in Perthshire in the last two months in which more than £40,000 of livestock has been stol...


31 October 2013
Healthy Livestock Project saves farmers millions

A three-year initiative to cut disease in cattle in the South West has saved farmers more than £16m a year, project leaders have said. The Healthy Livestock Project offered more than 8,000 farmers ...


25 October 2013
Bishop Burton College to move agricultural campus

A £13.5m new agricultural college looks set to be built at the Lincolnshire Showground, just north of the city. Bishop Burton College currently runs courses from the campus at Riseholme but its lea...


24 October 2013
Farmers unite to call for greater funding to preserve landscapes

Two Yorkshire farmers have joined 26 counterparts from other parts of the country at Westminster to lobby MPs for extra funding to be dedicated to protecting threatened species, landscapes and heritag...


23 October 2013
Cheshire farmers in bovine TB crackdown call

Farmers are calling for tougher regulations to stop bovine TB spreading into less infected areas in the north of England. Tightening testing and loopholes in the law while constraining illegal cat...


22 October 2013
Seventy sheep rescued from flooded farmland in Buckton

Seventy sheep have been rescued from flooded farmland in Herefordshire. The sheep, in Buckton, were rescued within half an hour after the fire service was alerted at about 15:40 BST, the fire servi...


22 October 2013
Cheshire farmers in bovine TB crackdown call

Farmers are calling for tougher regulations to stop bovine TB spreading into less infected areas in the north of England. Tightening testing and loopholes in the law while constraining illegal catt...


18 October 2013
GM agriculture is not the answer to seed diversity – it's part of the problem

For thousands of years, farmers across the globe have skilfully observed, saved and bred a wealth of seed diversity, cultivating ever more crop varieties to deal with the challenges of farming. Th...


18 October 2013
Farmers looking for additional revenue sources leads to end of year wind-turbine rush

A dramatic fall in income, coupled with rising energy costs, has led to increasing numbers of farmers turning to wind turbines as an additional source of revenue ahead of looming energy regulator dead...


16 October 2013
Robert Wiseman dairy fire in Droitwich: Engineer injured

A large electrical fire has closed a dairy in Worcestershire. At its height, 60 firefighters tackled the blaze at Robert Wiseman Dairies in Hampton Lovett near Droitwich on Monday evening. An engin...


16 October 2013
Agricultural firm fined £10k over hazardous chemicals

A Lincolnshire agricultural machinery manufacturer has been fined £10,000 after employees were put at risk of developing asthma through the spraying of a hazardous chemical. Grantham Magistrates’ C...


16 October 2013
Snow-hit Manx farmers could take four years to recover

A farmer who lost more than 40% of his flock during March's heavy snow in the Isle of Man has said it could take four years to fully recover. According to the National Farmers Union about 17,000 an...


14 October 2013
Owen Paterson: ‘Animal groups are condemning badgers to a long, unpleasant death... It is shameful’

He is a pro-fox hunting, anti-gay marriage, climate change sceptic who really doesn’t like the European Union. So it is strange to be sitting opposite the combative right-wing Tory Environment Secreta...