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World News: United Kingdom
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 ...


5 September 2013
Sharing the risks, costs of biomass crops

Farmers who grow corn and soybeans can take advantage of government price support programs and crop insurance, but similar programs are not available for those who grow biomass crops such as Miscanthu...


5 September 2013
Muller buys Nom Dairy UK for undisclosed sum

Food giant Muller has announced it has bought fellow dairy business Nom UK for an undisclosed sum. The UK arm of Austrian company Nom was set up in Telford in 2006 and has an annual turnover of £43...


4 September 2013
Dairy farmers plan protest over milk price freeze

Protests are to be staged in Derbyshire after farmers say they will be given no increase in the price they are paid for their milk. Producers in Derbyshire say they have been told that they will be...


4 September 2013
'New village' planned on farmland in Worcester

A new village featuring hundreds of homes could be built on farmland to the west of Worcester, under fresh plans. Malvern Hills District Council is considering an application to build the 800 prope...


3 September 2013
Britain’s crops brace for invasion by hundreds of exotic pests and pathogens

Britain should expect “many hundreds” more pests and pathogens to invade the country in the coming years, endangering vast volumes of food production, the author of a new report has warned. Crop-da...


30 August 2013
Farmers complain over dead phone lines in rural areas

Crackly or dead phone lines in rural areas have been highlighted as an on-going problem by farming union members. The Farmers' Union Wales (FUW) said the issue had put rural businesses at a disadva...


22 August 2013
Frustration over farmer pay cuts

A local MLA has hit out at what he describes as stricter regulations that are cutting farmers EU payments by up to 50%. The UUP’s Tom Elliott, himself a keen farmer, spoke this week about how the Euro...


20 August 2013
Farmers face driving hours restrictions

A mighty spanner might be thrown into the working patterns of farm workers with next summer with major restrictions introduced that could limit the number of hours drivers can sit on their tractor sea...


15 August 2013
Human MRSA strain 'originated in livestock'

A type of MRSA found in humans originated in cattle at least 40 years ago, new research has claimed. Edinburgh researchers said they had "clear evidence" that livestock was the original source of a...


14 August 2013
Lincolnshire farmers fear 'worst harvest in 20 years'

Lincolnshire farmers fear they are facing their worst harvest in 20 years due to an outbreak of the black grass weed. Farmers said the extent of the weed, which depletes crops by drawing essential ...


14 August 2013
Poultry company Moy Park makes £24m profit

Northern Ireland's largest private sector employer, Moy Park, made a pre-tax profit of £24m in 2012. The figure is £20m more than it made in 2011, largely because of a big boost in sales to superma...


13 August 2013
Late autumn 'to bring bumper fruit crop' for wildlife

A late autumn is set to bring a bumper crop of fruits and berries for wildlife in the UK countryside, experts say. Fruiting is expected to be delayed after a late spring but the recent warm weather...


12 August 2013
Science proves the worth of GM crops to Scotland

The spotlight has returned to the issue of genetically modified (GM) crops over the past weeks – this he weekend was no exception, with MidScotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser calling on GM crops to be ...


9 August 2013
Growth of farming bubble threatens £5trn catastrophe

The threat posed to agriculture by environmental hazards such as climate change and water scarcity is now so great that it could wipe as much as £5 trillion off the value of the world’s farm land, equ...