16-04-2013 09:30 AM
Restating the case for modernising smallholder farming
It is widely known that smallholder farmers in developing countries use too few modern inputs and technologies, which often results in low yields and ...
16-04-2013 09:26 AM
Isle of Man livestock burial rules relaxed
Laws preventing the burial of livestock on private land have been temporarily relaxed as farmers deal with thousands of casualties from the heavy snow...
12-04-2013 09:30 AM
Government minister sees scale of Cumbria livestock disaster
A top Government minister is in Cumbria today to meet farmers who have faced catastrophic levels of animal fatalities in the recent snow storms.
11-04-2013 08:24 AM
Northern Ireland farmers still recovering from snow
Nearly three weeks after the spring blizzard the department of agriculture says it has collected the carcasses of almost 10,000 sheep and 300 cattle f...
10-04-2013 08:46 AM
Veterinary drug bute found in Asda corned beef
Supermarket chain Asda said on Tuesday that it was recalling its range of budget corned beef after low levels of the veterinary pain killer phenylbuta...
10-04-2013 08:41 AM
Snow-hit farmers allowed more time to bury dead animals
Farmers who lost livestock in the recent heavy snow have been allowed another week to bury dead animals.
The Welsh government has relaxed EU rules ...
09-04-2013 09:01 AM
Sheep farmers urged to lodge details of losses
Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has said Tyrone farmers affected by the recent snow storms will be included in a £5 million rescue package annou...
08-04-2013 09:42 AM
Farmers attack Welsh Assembly over animal burials
Thousands of sheep, lambs and calves are thought still to be missing under deep drifts which some farmers claim have wiped out half of their livestock...
07-04-2013 10:21 AM
Potatoes in short supply as big freeze hits crops
The rain, snow and ice this year has led to the lowest yielding and poorest quality crops since the drought of 1976.
One of the wettest winters and...
07-04-2013 10:12 AM
Britain 'running out of wheat' owing to bad weather
Britain will become a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade this year because of bad weather, the National Farmers' Union has said.
05-04-2013 09:37 AM
Farmers left counting cost as dead animals collected
One man left clearing up the aftermath of the recent lethal freeze has described just how tough the task is.
Liam Campbell, one of the men working ...
05-04-2013 09:32 AM
Agriculture minister to meet farmers in the Sperrins
The Agriculture Minister, Michelle O'Neill, is to meet farmers in the Sperrin Mountains following concerns over the aid package for those affected by ...
04-04-2013 09:26 AM
Wiltshire dairy farmer builds facility to educate others
A farmer in Wiltshire is hoping to inspire bank managers and land agents with a new view of his milking parlour.
Gavin Davies has overseen a projec...
04-04-2013 09:11 AM
‘Hands off our land’ say farmers over park proposal
Farmers living in and around Benevenagh fear that their livelihoods will be threatened by further bureaucracy if proposals to include the area as part...
04-04-2013 09:10 AM
Farmers plead for snow emergency aid to Welsh government
Farming minister Alun Davies will hear calls later for emergency aid for farmers after the heavy snow that has hit north and mid Wales.
03-04-2013 09:53 AM
UK crop failures lead to farming losses
Herefordshire farmer Steve Deakins describes himself as "one of the lucky ones".
People in other professions would probably disagree.
In the las...
02-04-2013 09:49 AM
Farmers in Devon and Cornwall facing 'perfect storm'
Farmers are suffering severe hardship as prolonged cold weather, animal disease and soaring feed prices combine to produce a "perfect storm" of proble...
01-04-2013 10:37 AM
Snow impact on Wales farmers 'urgent'
The Welsh government says dealing with the effects of a devastating March snowstorm on livestock farmers has been elevated to an "urgent priority."
01-04-2013 10:32 AM
Pig farmer's devastation after blaze
A close friend of a Dorset farmer who lost 975 pigs in a blaze has told how the ordeal has left the family "devastated."
Jonathan French said frien...
01-04-2013 10:30 AM
Grazing returns to Chailey Common
Grazing will return to Chailey Common in April, despite eight sheep being killed by dogs last season and residents likening the sound of cars going ov...
28-03-2013 09:12 AM
UK developing livestock vaccine that may ease shortage
Scientists in the U.K. are developing a vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease in livestock that may be safer to produce than current inoculations tha...
28-03-2013 09:08 AM
Dairy Crest signs up 175 farmers to new milk contract
Dairy Crest has signed up 175 farmers under its new milk contract which links farmgate milk prices to production costs and retail milk prices.
28-03-2013 09:01 AM
Herefordshire apple farmers to plant 350,000 trees
About 1,000 acres (404 hectares) of new orchards are to be planted in Herefordshire as part of a £2.5m investment in the local cider industry.
28-03-2013 08:59 AM
NI agriculture committee to hold emergency weather meeting
The assembly agriculture committee is to hold an emergency meeting to assess the damage caused to NI farms by the severe weather.
The committee wil...
26-03-2013 06:43 AM
Bad weather leaves farmers facing financial ruin
The wave of Arctic weather has come at the worst possible time, and it could take up to two years for farmers to recover, it is said.
26-03-2013 06:42 AM
Sheep farmers' 'heartbreaking' lamb losses in snow
"The situation's desperate," said sheep farmer Malcolm Roberts.
"Ewes are wandering off to give birth in quiet little nooks in the field, meaning w...
25-03-2013 08:45 AM
My war against GM crops
In the late 1990s while on a visit to the USA I saw my first GM crop - herbicide tolerant soybeans. As a farmer it was of great interest to see the la...
21-03-2013 09:38 AM
Farming fears after second Schmallenberg case found
A second case of the devastating livestock disease -Schmallenberg - has been confirmed at a farm in Co Down, according to the Ulster Farmers Union.
21-03-2013 09:37 AM
Britain's farming crisis: 'People don't realise how tough everything is'
A few hours before I arrived at Kit Dean's dairy farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, near where North Yorkshire smudges into Cumbri...
21-03-2013 09:30 AM
Cattle vaccine 'could take over ten years'
A vaccine to curb the spread of tuberculosis in cows that is ruining Westcountry farming could take more than the ten years previously forecast to com...
20-03-2013 06:52 AM
Farmers risk creating superbugs
Health minister Anna Soubry said that in order to protect public health farmers, vets and drug companies need to put a stop to the policy.
19-03-2013 09:07 AM
Wisbech poultry factory could cut 300 jobs
News that up to 300 jobs may be axed at a Cambridgeshire poultry products factory came as an "enormous shock" to staff, says the Unite union.
19-03-2013 09:04 AM
British farmers to count cost of rain well into 2014
The impact of last year's record rains will squeeze Britain's farmers of livestock and arable crops well into 2014 and force makers of bread and biofu...
14-03-2013 07:51 AM
Burton-upon-Trent farm loses dairy herd to bovine TB
A couple who farm in Staffordshire are "completely devastated" as a herd of 150 dairy cows have to be slaughtered following the detection of bovine TB...
14-03-2013 07:29 AM
MEPs produce ‘mixed bag’ of CAP reform
Scottish farming leaders and politicians described the final set of proposals for the next common agricultural policy (CAP) coming out of the European...
13-03-2013 08:59 AM
Channel Island farmers feel brunt of weather
Channel Island farmers have been hit hard by the worst weather conditions we've seen in a generation.
Dairy farmers have been forced to move their ...
13-03-2013 08:56 AM
Home front: is farmland a good investment?
Even before the horsemeat scandal caused Britons to scrutinise cheap and cheerless grub more carefully, rising demand for decent food by a growing pop...
12-03-2013 08:54 AM
Farmer attacked by dairy cow
The incident happened in the farmyard at High Post Farm in Hurdle Drove near West Row on Friday evening.
The 52-year-old man slipped and fell and w...
11-03-2013 06:49 AM
Paterson 'to call for EU to allow more GM crops to be sold'
Only two GM crops have so far been approved for human consumption by the EU, though their use is much more widespread in the US and China.
11-03-2013 06:46 AM
Beef found in Scots ‘lamb’ curries
The discovery of beef in lamb curries tested in Scottish restaurants raises new issues over public trust in the food chain, experts have warned.
08-03-2013 08:47 AM
Sheep farm raiders strike twice
Police are investigating the theft of 78 sheep worth more than £14,000 in two raids on farmland in southern Scotland.
In the first incident, at lan...
08-03-2013 08:40 AM
Farmer vow in cow probe
A farmer has insisted he is caring for his cattle – despite shocking pictures showing the emaciated animals in a muddy field.
Stuart Wilson said hi...
07-03-2013 08:41 AM
Dairy firm wins Russia cheese deal
One of Northern Ireland's leading dairy producers has landed a one million euro (£861,500) deal to supply cheese to Russia.
Dale Farm secured the o...
07-03-2013 08:35 AM
Pension funds join forces to invest in farmland
Major asset managers, cowed by the cost, the risk and the controversy involved in investing in farmland, are joining forces to increase investment in ...
06-03-2013 09:01 AM
Fall in funding for bovine TB vaccine research forecast
Funding for research into vaccines to combat bovine TB has seen an overall downward trend which is set to continue in the coming years, according to o...
06-03-2013 08:57 AM
Farmers urged to try European funding source
Farmers thinking of investing in agriculture and rural business projects should consider applying through the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation for a ...
05-03-2013 08:34 AM
Why farmers are turning to festivals
We’ve got 15,000 people coming for the weekend in August. Getting that organised has kept me pretty busy for the past couple of months, but it’s actua...
01-03-2013 08:45 AM
Livestock virus found on 1,500 farms
A virus that causes stillbirths and birth defects in lambs and calves has spread to more than 1,500 UK farms, new government figures show.
01-03-2013 08:42 AM
Scotland’s birdlife the victim of stock decline
There has been a major erosion of livestock in the hills and remote areas of the country since subsidies linked to numbers of cattle and sheep were re...
27-02-2013 09:14 AM
Tribunal cuts Tesco's fine over dairy price fixing to £6.5m
Tesco will pay a reduced £6.5m fine for its part in a dairy price fixing scandal after an appeal ruling that ends a more than decade-long investigatio...