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United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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. ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...