News from United Kingdom

05-08-2013 03:26 AM
Wales' struggling farmers need cash to pay for food and heating
Grants to help struggling farmers pay for food and heating increased SIX-FOLD because of Spring’s Arctic weather conditions, we can reveal. In the ...
02-08-2013 03:27 AM
Rare breed number surpass 100
An ancient breed of cattle with red ears which was on the verge of dying out is thriving again. Wild Chillingham Cattle, which have white skin and ...
31-07-2013 03:05 AM
Adding value to arable
Here are huge opportunities for arable by-products and co-products in the global chemical industry according to the Homegrown Cereals Authority, which...
31-07-2013 02:57 AM
Boy (10) is killed in Co Down farming accident
A 10-year-old boy has died following a farming accident in Co Down. A spokesman from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the boy had fallen...
30-07-2013 02:22 AM
'Record crowds' visit Southern Agricultural Show in the Isle of Man
"Record crowds" visited the 99th Southern Agricultural Show in the Isle of Man, according to the show's secretary. About 10,000 people attended the...
30-07-2013 02:15 AM
Farmers and shoppers must join forces
Cutting household waste is as important as changing our agriculture practices to ensure we can feed our growing world, says Davy McCracken. It may ...
29-07-2013 03:56 AM
Highland Wagyu beef firm in expansion drive
A Perthshire firm has set its sights on becoming Europe's largest producer of the world's most expensive beef, after announcing major expansion plans....
25-07-2013 02:22 AM
Slurry fumes suspected as boy aged six dies on dairy farm
A six-year-old boy who died in a farm accident in Northern Ireland has been named as Harry Starrett. Ambulance personnel were called to the farm at...
24-07-2013 02:53 AM
Farming minister resolute about badger cull despite death threats
Farming minister David Heath has vowed not to be intimidated by opponents of the badger cull after revealing he has received death threats for his par...
24-07-2013 02:47 AM
GM crops: Public fears over 'Frankenstein food' may be easing
More people support rather than oppose the growing of genetically modified crops and more of them are prepared to buy and eat GM foods than not, accor...
24-07-2013 02:38 AM
Dairy farmers boost prospects by selling own ice cream
Dairy farmers across Wales have been struggling in recent years - with the costs of running their farms outstripping the price they are paid for their...
23-07-2013 02:22 AM
Warning ‘brutal’ start to year will haunt struggling farmers
Farmers will be counting the costs of a “brutal” start to 2013 for years to come, according to new research released today. A survey by the Prince’...
23-07-2013 02:20 AM
Wheat area in Britain down 19 percent - HGCA survey
Britain's wheat harvest area is expected to be down 19 percent this year at 1.61 million hectares, the Home-Grown Cereals Authority said on Monday, is...
23-07-2013 02:07 AM
Food industry boost set to unite farmers and retailers
The Government will on Monday pledge millions of pounds to boost the research, investment and commercial development of food production with the launc...
22-07-2013 01:26 AM
Farming technology to get £160m government investment
Farming technology in the UK is to receive a £160m boost, the government has announced. It says the cash will help meet the challenges of global de...
22-07-2013 01:14 AM
Cattle too can suffer from sunstroke
Police have joined vets in warning dog owners of the danger of leaving their pets in locked cars in the current extreme heatwave. A PSNI spokesman...
22-07-2013 01:10 AM
Majority of British people know little about farmers, survey finds
The study, commissioned by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, revealed that 5 per cent of those who took part realised that the freezing conditions betwee...
18-07-2013 03:59 AM
Farm wages: AMs pass powers bill using emergency rules
Emergency legislation to protect the wages of more than 13,000 farm workers in Wales has been passed by AMs. Welsh ministers introduced the bill to...
18-07-2013 03:48 AM
Agriculture has to appeal to the next generation
It won't come as a surprise to anyone that 2013 has represented another tough time for farmers, with high feed prices, poor weather, Schmallenberg dis...
17-07-2013 00:36 AM
Security warning after Borders farm thefts
Police in the Borders have issued a security warning after a number of thefts from farms in the region. It follows a spate of incidents on the Berw...
17-07-2013 00:22 AM
Dairy Crest to use cheese leftovers to make baby food
The company was created by the Milk Marketing Board in the 1950s to turn Britain’s leftover milk into cheese and butter, but now plans to use its own ...
15-07-2013 01:45 AM
Farmer who used shotgun loses licence
A farmer accused of attempted murder after catching an intruder red-handed has been banned from keeping firearms - despite being cleared of any crime....
12-07-2013 01:20 AM
Driver dies in livestock lorry crash
The driver of a lorry carrying livestock has died after a crash in Co Londonderry. The smash happened on the Mayogall Road in Magherafelt on Thursd...
12-07-2013 01:12 AM
Shropshire farmer, 74, killed by falling hay bales
A Shropshire farmer has been killed after being crushed under falling bales of hay. Tributes have been paid to Bill Dunn, who was working on his fa...
12-07-2013 01:11 AM
Council criticised after taking farmer to court over loud chickens
Anthony Block, 52, laughed when Braintree District Council first informed him he had to appear in court over his free range chicken farm near Finching...
11-07-2013 02:36 AM
Water shortages for farmers ‘will make Britain dependent on imported crops’
Farmers face a severe water shortage that could put a considerable extra strain on the nation’s resources and make Britain increasingly reliant on imp...
11-07-2013 02:34 AM
Farming 'needs image change to boost recruitment'
Public perceptions of farming in England must change if the industry is to attract newcomers, a report says. The "pastoral" image of farming as low...
05-07-2013 00:46 AM
Paterson talking 'nonsense' about GM crops, claims Zac Goldsmith
Mr Paterson argued last month that GM crops would improve human health and the environment. He also claimed that had the deployment of “golden rice...
05-07-2013 00:39 AM
UK farming subsidies shortchange the public, study says
UK farming subsidies are shortchanging the public that pay them by billions of pounds a year in lost environmental and social benefits, according to a...
28-06-2013 11:10 AM
EU agri-food deal 'curate's egg' for Northern Ireland farmers
The completion of the combined Common Agricultural Policy Reform and Budget deal in Europe will directly affect farm incomes in Northern Ireland up to...
28-06-2013 11:03 AM
Nick Clegg calls for caution on GM crops
Nick Clegg has said he does not knowingly give his children GM food. Despite a lack of evidence of any effect on human health from eating food cont...
24-06-2013 10:15 AM
Rising beef prices turn meat-eaters on to Quorn
Kevin Brennan said he expects the proportion of non-vegetarians to rise to two-thirds within the next ten years because of health concerns and "dramat...
20-06-2013 09:41 AM
After Schmallenberg and Bluetongue, expert warns of new diseases
Britain faces a wave of deadly new animal and plant diseases that threaten to wipe out crops and livestock as a direct result of global warming, the W...
20-06-2013 09:26 AM
GM farming 'would save countryside' says minister
Britain should lead the way in producing genetically modified food because it would lower prices and free up the countryside, Owen Paterson will argue...
19-06-2013 09:23 AM
Britain should reap the rewards of GM crops
In an era of plenty, we risk forgetting the importance of the harvest. Once, its failure would have been devastating, ushering in a period of penury a...
19-06-2013 09:16 AM
Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside
A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farm...
18-06-2013 09:05 AM
Tractor theft leads farmer to spend £10,000 on security
A Suffolk farmer has spent £10,000 on security because of fears "organised criminals" are targeting his business. Thieves took Colin Clifton-Brown'...
14-06-2013 12:04 PM
Careless farming could cost us benefits of GM crops
Resistance is far from futile. Agricultural pests are evolving immunity to the toxins in genetically modified crops that are meant to kill them, accor...
13-06-2013 09:33 AM
Young and old gather to celebrate sheep farming
From fleece competitions to sheepdog sales and hundreds of woolly wonders... anything and everything to do with sheep was on show at Moortown Barton, ...
13-06-2013 09:23 AM
Farmers fail to feed nation after extreme weather hits wheat crop
The wettest autumn since records began, followed by the coldest spring in 50 years, has devastated British wheat, forcing food manufacturers to import...
13-06-2013 09:22 AM
Countryside bodies warn dog walkers of cattle danger
Dog walkers have been urged by countryside organisations to take care around cattle. The warning follows the death of 65 year-old dog walker Mike P...
12-06-2013 10:31 AM
Is the rise in antibiotic use on farms a threat to humans?
The use of some of the most potent antibiotics available has surged among British farmers in the last decade, stoking fears that the burgeoning number...
11-06-2013 08:47 AM
Ease curbs on GM food, says Willetts
Controls on ‘Frankenstein Food’ crops should be slimmed down to clear the way for commercial cultivation, according to Britain’s science minister. ...
10-06-2013 08:54 AM
Warning to ramblers about aggressive foreign cattle
The imported cattle have already been held responsible for a number of attacks on herdsman, including Lawrence Haygarth, who suffered 17 broken ribs a...
10-06-2013 08:51 AM
More concerns raised in dairy sector
More concerns are being raised about the uneven debt burden in the dairy sector. The issue's being highlighted in a Ministry of Primary industries ...
06-06-2013 09:07 AM
It's time we challenged agricultural hegemony
The dam is beginning to crack, faster than I would have believed possible. Britain, one of the world's most zoophobic nations, is at last considering ...
06-06-2013 09:06 AM
Land ownership ‘obsession’ is stalling best use progress
An ‘obsession’ with who owns the land rather than the best use of it halts progress, Buccleuch Estates’ boss told a seminar in Edinburgh last week. ...
06-06-2013 09:01 AM
Less than one in 100 are farmers, census shows
A report from the Office for National Statistics analysing censuses from 1841 to 2011 found that the proportion of workers who are in agriculture and ...
05-06-2013 08:55 AM
Sir James Paice: 'Treasury doesn't understand farming'
There can be few politicians who understand the world of farming better than Conservative Cambridgeshire MP and farmer Sir James Paice. That's why ...
05-06-2013 08:53 AM
MPs call for transparency on land deals to protect smallholders
MPs on the international development committee have expressed concern about the purchase of large areas of land in poor countries cultivated by smallh...