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20 February 2017 | News,Poultry,Supermarkets

Marks and Spencer gives financial commitment to free range egg producers in 'high risk' zones
Marks and Spencer gives financial commitment to free range egg producers in 'high risk' zones

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20 February 2017 | Agri Safety,News
Devon farmer dies after tractor overturns

A farmer from Devon has died after his tractor overturned killing him. Timothy Stewart Green was killed at his farm in East Portlemouth in the Sout...


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20 February 2017 | News,Property News,Rural Life
HS2 'land grab' plans reach end of the line

Powers which allow HS2 Ltd to buy up land not related to the railway for lucrative development will be removed from the High Speed Rail Bill by the Ho...


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20 February 2017 | News,Poultry,Supermarkets
Marks and Spencer gives financial commitment to free range egg producers in 'high risk' zones

Marks and Spencer has pledged to support free range egg producers who are forced to continue housing their birds after the end of February. The ret...


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20 February 2017 | Animal Health,Education,News,Poultry
Egg-free surrogate chickens produced in bid to save rare breeds

Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds. The advance – using gene-editing ...


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20 February 2017 | News,Organic,Produce,Supermarkets
Strongest growth in demand for organic produce in over a decade

Organic foods in Britain are experiencing the strongest growth in customer demand for over a decade, according to major retailers. In the last year...


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20 February 2017 | Government,News
UK cautious over EU's youth-orientated Solidarity Corps initiative aimed at improving rural environment

The UK Government has given a cautious welcome to an EU-funded project which aims to get young people to volunteer in Europe's rural environment. L...


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20 February 2017 | Forestry,News
An industry worth half a billion: Wales launches forestry inquiry

The National Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into forestry and woodland policy in Wales. ...


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20 February 2017 | News,Rural Life
Farm businesses told to prepare for shake-up of the water market

Farm businesses in England have been told to prepare for a shake-up of the water market. From 1 April 2017, farm businesses will be able to choose ...


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20 February 2017 | Government,News,Rural Life,Sheep,Shows and Events
Brexit: Future of Welsh upland farming 'hanging in the balance'

The Brexit vote has led to the future of upland farming in Wales 'hanging in the balance', according to the sector. Organisers of a conference will...


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20 February 2017 | Arable,Crops and Cereals,Education,News
Can crops build roots in space? School experiment sends plants to zero-gravity

The first school experiment to test if plant cuttings build roots in zero gravity has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS). The trial...


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20 February 2017 | Finance,News,Rural Life
CLA sets out action plan for Ministers to avert rates crisis in rural areas

Rural organisation the CLA has set out an action plan for ministers to avert the 'impending business rates crisis'. The organisation says businesse...


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20 February 2017 | Appointments,News,Rural Life
26-year-old Edward Ford elected Chairman of National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

For the first time in six years the Chairman of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is an ‘active’ farmer and will lead the organi...


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19 February 2017 | Finance,News,Rural Life
€4.6 billion EU farm support payments for Scotland ‘under threat by a hard Brexit’

The Scottish Government has warned that a ‘hard Brexit’ would wipe out funding for rural areas, potentially devastating Scotland’s farming and food se...


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19 February 2017 | Agri Safety,News,Rural Life
'Simply unacceptable': Northern Irish farmers remain soft targets for criminals, according to new figures

Latest crime statistics in Northern Ireland has prompted farmers to explain that rural businesses and the countryside remain soft targets for criminal...


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19 February 2017 | Agri Safety,Animal Health,Cattle,News
Scientists breed hornless cows which are unable to gore farmers or threaten dog walkers

Scientists are breeding hornless cows which are unable to gore farmers or threaten dog walkers. Animal geneticist Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, of the U...


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18 February 2017 | Animal Health,News,Poultry
Public spot 1,000 little chicks on the loose near Peterborough

The RSPCA was called on Friday (17 February) by members of the public who spotted around 1,000 little chicks running around Crowland, near Peterboroug...


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18 February 2017 | Finance,News,Rural Life
New business rates will 'cripple many rural businesses', union warns

The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) has said new business rates will 'cripple' rural businesses. From April 2017, many businesses will see their busin...


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18 February 2017 | Meat Processing,News,Sheep,Supermarkets
Marks and Spencer commits to supplying 100 per cent Scotch lamb this year

Retailer Marks & Spencer has committed to supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the year. A new market has opened up for as many as 12,000 ext...


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18 February 2017 | Meat Processing,News,Pigs,Produce
UK pig meat exports hit 17-year high in 2016

UK pork exports are the highest they have ever been since 1999, according to new figures by AHDB Pork. In December, the volume of UK pig meat expor...


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18 February 2017 | Agri Safety,Animal Health,News,Sheep
Eighteen sheep dead in East Sussex after being panicked onto road by dogs

Eighteen sheep have died after apparently being panicked into running on to a road by dogs in a suspected sheep worrying incident. The sheep, all e...


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18 February 2017 | Meat Processing,News
PGI Welsh Beef supporting grassroots rugby by offering teams new equipment

PGI Welsh Beef is supporting grassroots rugby by offering youth teams in Wales the chance to win brand new equipment and a training session with legen...


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17 February 2017 | Crops and Cereals,News,Produce
Mechanising the future of apple growing: AHDB research finds ways to mitigate reliance on human labour

Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems could make mechanising pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce c...


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17 February 2017 | Animal Health,Cattle,News
Foot and mouth vaccinations can stop crisis and save millions, says research

Future outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) can be controlled effectively and quickly with vaccinations, saving millions of pounds, according to ...


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17 February 2017 | Meat Processing,News,Produce,Supermarkets
Morrisons to recruit more British suppliers in self-sufficiency drive

Morrisons supermarket has announced it is aiming to recruit more than 200 British suppliers after it called on the UK to be more self-sufficient. A...


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17 February 2017 | Agri Safety,Arable,Crops and Cereals,News
UK farmers warned to expect large numbers of pests in the future

UK farming industry is warned to expect large numbers of the pests in future, delegates at an AHDB Horticulture workshop heard. Research at Rothams...


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17 February 2017 | Agri Safety,Animal Health,News,Property News,Rural Life,Sheep
'I won't hesitate in shooting dogs' says farmer after sheep worrying attack

Recent rises in sheep worrying cases caused by dogs has led one farmer in Herefordshire to say that he won't 'hesitate in shooting in future'. Post...


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17 February 2017 | Government,News
Farm leaders call for more centralised UK farm policy after Brexit

British farmers may be happier to have agricultural policy centralised to avoid differences between devolved parts of the union, National Farmers' Uni...