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World News: United Kingdom
11 October 2013
Farmers reap bumper harvest after sun shines on Scotland's crops

Farmers are reporting a bumper year for crops thanks to this year’s fine summer weather, with yields of some cereals up by 15 per cent on last year. Nearly three million tonnes of cereal and oilsee...


11 October 2013
Southfield Farm near Louth investigated over 'stench'

A cattle farm in Lincolnshire is being investigated over complaints of an "overpowering stench". Southfield Farm in Louth is home to almost 3,000 cattle but residents say the smell makes them feel ...


11 October 2013
Gassing badgers may stop cattle TB, admits minister

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it was being considered after 300,000 “otherwise healthy cattle” had been slaughtered because of TB in the last 10 years. Mr Paterson, who this week said ba...


10 October 2013
Census shows farmers hit hard by harsh weather

Harsh weather last winter hit Scotland's farmers hard, official statistics have revealed. Fewer winter crops, such as wheat, potatoes and oilseed rape, were planted and there was also a fall in liv...


4 October 2013
Bees' foraging for flowers 'hampered by diesel exhaust'

Honeybees' ability to find flowers could be hampered by a chemical in diesel exhaust, say scientists. Tests showed that exhaust degraded some floral scent chemicals the bees "home in on" when they ...


4 October 2013
Police seize 700 sheep in cross-border crime crackdown

Almost 700 sheep have been seized by police and Department of Agriculture officials in County Fermanagh. Police have said the 670 animals were seized in the Bellanaleck and Derrylin area on Tuesday...


4 October 2013
Suffolk farmer Eric Moss fined over illegal meat sales

A farmer who unlawfully slaughtered cattle and sold meat illegally across Suffolk has been fined £15,000 and will have £83,000 seized by prosecutors. Eric Moss, 71, of Botany Farm, Farnham, pleaded...


3 October 2013
Call for ‘revolution’ on land use

If Scotland is to fully benefit from its land then there is a need to cast aside the old set of values with closed thinking and be more creative in future. That is the message that will be given ou...


2 October 2013
Farmers face fight to stay on family land

About 100 Scottish farmers are facing a legal battle to stay on land their families have toiled sometimes for decades as the impact of a Supreme Court decision on landlords and tenants' rights begins ...


2 October 2013
Farmers feel the force of Berlusconi's antics

It's not often you get to write about Silvio Berlusconi and Northern Ireland's weather-beaten farmers in the same sentence. Now, before you get over-excited at the idea that the Italian statesman/loth...


1 October 2013
NI agriculture minister 'to block fracking' on department land

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has said she will attempt to block any plans to use "fracking" on land owned by her department. Fracking is a controversial method of extracting gas from shale...


27 September 2013
Manx farmers back 'Noah's Ark' plan for rare breeds

Guernsey Goats, Northern Dairy shorthorn cows and Portland ewes are just some of the farm animals at risk from extinction. Paul Davis, a farmer on the Isle of Man, wanted to do something to help. ...


20 September 2013
‘Madness’ of opposition to GM crops says Glover

Opposition to the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on alleged scientific grounds was yesterday dismissed as “a form of madness” by the chief scientific adviser to the president of the Europe...


20 September 2013
Investors should work with farmers, not grab their land

Land grabbing has become a hot topic in the international development community and beyond. The term usually refers to the acquisition of large areas of land by powerful investors, without respecting ...


19 September 2013
Borders sheep ‘worth hundreds of thousands’ stolen

Thousands of sheep have been stolen across Scotland by thieves who butcher the animals and sell the meat on the black market. The modern day “reivers” – named after the sheep and cattle rustlers wh...


19 September 2013
Fracking sparks food safety concern as expert warns of serious risk to livestock

Fracking for gas and oil in the British countryside poses such a significant risk to livestock that a moratorium should be imposed on the industry until its impact on food safety can be assessed, a le...


19 September 2013
Agriculture minister warns of HS2 rail link's risk to woods

A senior minister warned today that the proposed £42.6bn HS2 high-speed rail line could damage irreplaceable ancient woodland. David Heath, the minister for agriculture, said other environmental im...


18 September 2013
'Super grass' could vastly reduce agriculture emissions, say scientists

Scientists will call for a major push this week to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture through the use of a modified tropical grass. Brachiaria grasses have been found to...


18 September 2013
Is fracking a mortal threat to our livestock?

Close to the Sussex village of Fernhurst lies a body of brackish water which attests to the ravages of industrialisation. Surrounded by trees, it is a large “furnace pond” dug out of the countryside a...


17 September 2013
Potash mine construction delayed over environmental concerns

Plans to build a £1.2bn potash mine in the North York Moors national park have been delayed by at least a year over environmental concerns. Sirius Minerals, the British company behind the controver...


13 September 2013
Muller Wiseman plant blocked by farmers in milk protest

Dozens of farmers blockaded the Müller Wiseman processing plant in Shropshire in protest over the price of milk. Although farmers now receive a higher price per litre than last year, the protesters...


13 September 2013
Counting the cost of infection in our cattle

Bovine TB is rarely out of the news at the moment. I know only too well of the devastating effect it has on otherwise healthy cattle, plus the knock on effect on the farm business. The first case o...


12 September 2013
New vet school dairy farm opens at Bristol University

A new £2m dairy farm for the training of vets has opened at Bristol University's School of Veterinary Sciences. The college's 250-acre Wyndhurst Farm at Langford, North Somerset, has been modernise...


10 September 2013
Delabole couple trapped between 'aggressive bulls'

Two walkers have described their terror at being trapped between two aggressive "snorting bulls" in Cornwall. Jennifer O'Malley and Dave Alden, from Delabole, were walking near Altarnun when the in...


10 September 2013
Young farmers look for pastures new

Richard Dayment taught me how to milk cows in a beautiful corner of Cumbria. It was fascinating helping Richard out. The cows all wandered in at their allotted time ready to unburden themselves af...


10 September 2013
How 'gleaners' are helping farmers target food waste

The issue of food waste has become a hot topic over recent years, with claims that up to half of the world's food is wasted on the journey from field to fork. The growing gleaning movement aims to mak...


9 September 2013
Queen star Brian May joins badger patrol at Eldersfield

Rock star Brian May joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a walk through one of the pilot areas. The Queen guitarist got a warm round of applause when he met around 50 people taking part ...


9 September 2013
Is a badger cull the only answer to bovine TB?

Two trial badger culls have started in Somerset and Gloucestershire, provoking strong opinions. Protesters have gathered at the sites and the cost of policing alone - estimated at £2m in each area ...


6 September 2013
Quality Meat Scotland warns of beef price 'threat' to processors

Promotional body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has urged retailers to move towards a "more realistic" beef price, warning that the viability of processors is under threat. QMS chairman Jim McLaren cl...


5 September 2013
Climate change 'driving spread of crop pests'

Climate change is helping pests and diseases that attack crops to spread around the world, a study suggests. Researchers from the universities of Exeter and Oxford have found crop pests are moving ...