News from United Kingdom

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...
01-07-2014 07:53 AM
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 farme...
01-07-2014 07:52 AM
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 gro...
30-06-2014 08:26 AM
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 1...
23-06-2014 01:24 AM
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 dist...
17-06-2014 02:15 AM
'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 thr...
16-06-2014 02:57 AM
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 re...
13-06-2014 04:29 AM
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 ...
13-06-2014 04:26 AM
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 E...
13-06-2014 04:24 AM
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...
13-06-2014 04:21 AM
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 k...
12-06-2014 01:37 AM
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 f...
12-06-2014 01:25 AM
Changes to EU subsidies 'will support Scottish farmers'
A package of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy will support Scottish farmers and improve the way EU payments are distributed, according to the...
10-06-2014 02:15 AM
Somerset farmers say beef industry faces crisis
Farmers, butchers and NFU are meeting in Somerset today to discuss what they claim is a crisis facing the beef industry. Stuart Clatworthy, beef fa...
10-06-2014 02:10 AM
Summit to protect Durham's farmland
A summit aimed at stopping vital natural resources being lost into rivers and streams will be held next week (Wednesday, June 18). The Environment ...
09-06-2014 01:41 AM
Dunloy slurry death: Robert Christie 'gentle wee character'
The eight-year-old boy who died in a slurry tank accident at a County Antrim farm was "a gentle natured wee fella", his school principal has said. ...
05-06-2014 01:48 AM
Price of beef could soar as farmers quit
The roast beef of old England – the meat on which the nation has dined for centuries – could soon be priced out of the reach of the average consumer, ...
04-06-2014 02:22 AM
U.S. dairy farmers threaten to oppose Pacific trade deal
U.S. dairy farmers and milk processors on Wednesday threatened to oppose a Pacific trade deal if Japan and Canada do not agree to accept substantially...