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27 September 2016 | Meat Processing,News,Produce,Sheep,Supermarkets

Marks and Spencer's to source lamb from British farms for a further six weeks in 2017
Marks and Spencer's to source lamb from British farms for a further six weeks in 2017



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27 September 2016 | Finance,News,Organic
Welsh government announces Glastir Organic payments for farmers

The Welsh government has today revealed news about the window for Expressions of Interest to Glastir Organic. The announcement has been made by the...


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27 September 2016 | Animal Health,News,Rural Life
Farmers and conservation groups work together in Oxfordshire to help threatened bird species

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and local farmers in Oxfordshire are celebrating the completion of a pilot project to protect an ...


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27 September 2016 | Animal Health,Government,News
Safeguarding animal health and welfare 'at the heart' of veterinary Brexit priorities

The veterinary sector has called on the UK government to ensure existing animal health and welfare protection standards are 'at least maintained' when...


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27 September 2016 | Agri Safety,Meat Processing,News,Sheep
Sheep stolen and killed for their meat prompts police to issue warning about contamination

Northamptonshire police have issued a warning about contaminated meat after sheep were stolen and killed for their meat on the county border with Rutl...


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27 September 2016 | Arable,Crops and Cereals,News,Organic,Top Tips
'Innovative Farmers' look for alternatives to glyphosate to terminate cover crops

Agricultural purchasing group Anglia Farmers are running a new field lab through the Innovative Farmers network, investigating alternative ways to ter...


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27 September 2016 | Finance,News,Shows and Events
18 year old Jack travels over 1000 miles and raises £7316 for rural charities

In July, 18 year old Jack Walton, a budding auctioneer from Worcestershire, set off on his charity fundraiser, travelling over 1,000 miles, to raise m...


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27 September 2016 | News,Pigs
Pig industry 'surprised' by government figures showing increase in English pig herd

Government figures from the English pig survey show an increase in the total pig herd, with reported numbers up 2%, to 3.9 million head. AHDB Pork ...


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27 September 2016 | Dairy,News
Smaller herd and reduced milk yield reasons for decrease in British milk production

British milk production from January to July 2016 was 247m litres lower than over the same period last year, after adjusting for the leap year, new st...


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27 September 2016 | Meat Processing,News,Produce,Sheep,Supermarkets
Marks and Spencer's to source lamb from British farms for a further six weeks in 2017

Retailer Marks and Spencer’s has announced that they will be extending their UK sourcing of lamb by a further six weeks in 2017. The move has been ...


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27 September 2016 | Agri Safety,News
Firefighters across Somerset tend to large farm fire

Firefighters across Somerset have had to tend to a large fire on a farm in Othery, Somerset last night. Six fire engines arrived at the farm to rep...


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27 September 2016 | News,Rural Life
Charity shock as Shetland pony is stolen from Essex centre - police seek information

Staff from Redwings Horse Sanctuary have spoken of their shock after a Miniature Shetland Pony was stolen from its Ada Cole centre near Harlow in Esse...


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27 September 2016 | Agri Safety,News,Rural Life
Yorkshire to be better protected from floods this winter thanks to new £17m defence upgrade

The Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has announced new pumps for York's Foss Barrier - providing a 66% increase in capacity. The Foss Barrier...


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26 September 2016 | Animal Health,News,Renewables,Shows and Events
UN's Committee on Agriculture focuses on innovation to achieve food security and sustainable development

The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has told the farming sector to "transform itself" to help battle worldwide issues. The ...


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26 September 2016 | Arable,Crops and Cereals,News,Top Tips
Attention to detail can add value to maize silage, says experts

As farmers look to harvest their maize crops, attention to detail will pay dividends, guaranteeing a good looking crop in the field and resulting in a...


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26 September 2016 | Government,News
'Our EU partners are very important to us': Wales' Rural Secretary meets officials in Brussels

The Rural Secretary of Wales has met EU officials in Brussels today to discuss how Wales can continue working with partners across the continent to co...


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26 September 2016 | Finance,Government,News,Rural Life
Scotland's Rural Secretary writes to UK government demanding 'urgent decisions' for rural communities

'Urgent decisions' must be made by the government on a number of crucial food and farming issues to protect rural communities, Scotland's Rural Econom...


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26 September 2016 | Finance,Government,News,NFU
Banking will play a 'key role' in farming's post-Brexit future

Risk management and capital investment underpinned by supportive agricultural banking will be "critical" as UK farming moves towards a post-Brexit fut...


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26 September 2016 | Cattle,Meat Processing,News,Produce,Shows and Events
Australia wins World Steak Challenge 2016 for second year running

Australia has been announced as the world’s best steak producer at the World Steak Challenge. Jack’s Creek, the family owned ranch in New South Wal...


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26 September 2016 | Animal Health,Cattle,News,Rural Life,Shows and Events
Labour pledge to end badger cull: 'Government ignores scientists'

Labour will end the badger cull and prioritise ending bovine TB, Shadow Defra secretary Rachael Maskell has said. Speaking during the party confere...


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26 September 2016 | Agri Safety,Animal Health,News,Sheep
Farmer found guilty after sheep blinded by horn

A farmer has been fined £200 for letting a lamb's horns grow too long and curl into its own eyes blinding it. After a trial at Aberystwyth Justice ...


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26 September 2016 | News,Poultry,Produce,Shows and Events,Supermarkets
Asda takes crown of the British Turkey Retailer of the Year

Last night Asda took the crown of British Turkey Retailer of the Year at the annual British Turkey Awards once again. The celebrated industry award...


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26 September 2016 | News,Pigs,Property News
Upton pig farm application approved despite mass opposition

Plans for a new pig farm in Lincolnshire have been approved, despite mass opposition from local residents and animal rights campaigners determined to ...


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26 September 2016 | News,Rural Life
No shale gas wells to be fracked in the UK this year

The industry has confirmed that no shale gas wells will be drilled in Britain this year. As a key fracking decision nears, the government will deci...


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26 September 2016 | Arable,Machinery and Equipment,News,Products
Costs and benefits of precision technologies 'poorly understood', new review says

Barriers to the adoption and development of precision farming technologies within the cereals and oilseeds sector have been identified in an AHDB revi...


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26 September 2016 | Cattle,Husbandry,News
Scotland announces significant changes to cattle movements

The Scottish government has announced that significant changes to Scotland’s system of recording cattle movements are to be introduced at the end of t...


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24 September 2016 | Arable,Crops and Cereals,Education,News
Launch of Shanghai crop laboratory bolsters UK-China scientific collaboration

The Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS) will be formally opened today in Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP, the UK Minister for Scie...


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24 September 2016 | Animal Health,Cattle,Government,News
Welsh Assembly reminded of the importance to tackle bovine TB effectively

Welsh Assembly Members have been reminded of the importance of tackling bovine TB effectively. The Farmers’ Union Wale reminder comes five days bef...



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