News from United Kingdom

10-09-2013 03:20 AM
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 t...
10-09-2013 03:02 AM
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 ...
09-09-2013 02:17 AM
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 ...
09-09-2013 02:16 AM
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 ...
06-09-2013 07:10 AM
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 processo...
05-09-2013 03:01 AM
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 E...
05-09-2013 02:59 AM
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 ...
05-09-2013 02:46 AM
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...
04-09-2013 01:56 AM
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 De...
04-09-2013 01:51 AM
'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...
03-09-2013 05:18 AM
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,...
30-08-2013 02:31 AM
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) sa...
22-08-2013 02:24 AM
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...
20-08-2013 01:55 AM
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 nu...
15-08-2013 03:26 AM
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 evi...
14-08-2013 04:39 AM
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 th...
14-08-2013 04:28 AM
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, ...
13-08-2013 02:51 AM
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 delay...
12-08-2013 02:54 AM
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 an...
09-08-2013 03:01 AM
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 tr...
07-08-2013 01:51 AM
Where’s the beef? It’s in the lab
The world’s first-ever lab-grown hamburger made its culinary debut in London on Monday, and according to the team of elite scientific taste testers as...
06-08-2013 01:04 AM
Shropshire farmers find new ways to combat rural crime
Spitting llamas, loudspeakers and security paint are just some of the ways Shropshire farmers are trying to combat rural crime. Countryside theft a...
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...