News from United Kingdom

22-05-2013 09:19 AM
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill in ash disease warning
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has emphasised the need to be alert to the threat posed by the tree disease Ash Dieback. Urging people to rep...
21-05-2013 09:43 AM
Vaccine for Schmallenberg virus 'available this summer'
A vaccine to protect sheep and cattle from a virus spread by midges has been approved by government vets. The virus, which emerged in the Netherlan...
21-05-2013 09:33 AM
New schmallenberg vaccine given go-ahead
A vaccine targeting the Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which can cause serious deformities in new-born lambs and calves, has been given the go-ahead. T...
21-05-2013 09:32 AM
Legislation may be needed to protect dairy farmers
A voluntary code to protect farmers from cuts to milk prices is the best option, but the industry must adhere to it, according to a report published b...
17-05-2013 09:52 AM
Scottish dairy herd free of Schmallenberg virus
So FAR so good but watch out in the future was the message from the NFUS yesterday after it reported no positive samples in a survey as to whether the...
15-05-2013 10:17 AM
Call to end milk quota system
MOVES in Brussels that would fund short-term supply problems in the milk sector in Europe were yesterday attacked by both Scottish and English NFUs as...
14-05-2013 09:54 AM
Farming: Unanimity is lacking in EU
THERE was unanimous support for only one issue yesterday at the EU Agricultural Council yesterday and that was a need to have all the main bones of th...
09-05-2013 10:43 AM
Strabane jobs announced by Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has confirmed that her department will open an office in the County Tyrone town. It will provide a 'one-stop ...
07-05-2013 09:19 AM
Scotland hit with £8m fine from EU
SCOTLAND was yesterday hit with a fine of almost £8 million over a long-running dispute regarding the implementation and regulation of European Union ...
02-05-2013 09:20 AM
Roadshows intended to shape the future of SRDP
IN A separate move yesterday, the Scottish Government announced a series of roadshows intended to shape the future of the Scottish rural development p...
30-04-2013 06:48 AM
Man dies in County Londonderry farming accident
A 71-year-old man has died in a farming accident in County Londonderry. It is understood the victim, who has been named locally as Benny Foster, wa...
30-04-2013 06:47 AM
Dairy Partners of Wales tipped as possible buyer for Saputo
Talks are under way with a buyer for a Carmarthenshire cheese factory, which is in danger of closing. It was announced in February that Canadian co...
30-04-2013 06:40 AM
Fen Blow phenomenon: Farmers count cost of 'perfect storm'
A weather phenomenon known as the Fen Blow has caused damage to spring crops, farmers in the east have said. Top soil was whipped off fields during...
24-04-2013 09:27 AM
Adam and the JLS pop star
This week Adam Henson offers some farming advice to JB - Jonathan Benjamin Gill – from the pop group JLS. The 26-year-old singer has decided to fa...
19-04-2013 09:07 AM
Land 'grabs' expand to Europe as big business blocks entry to farming
Vast tracts of land in Europe are being "grabbed" by large companies, speculators, wealthy foreign buyers and pension funds in a similar way to in dev...
17-04-2013 15:47 PM
Welsh Government: No compensation for sheep farmers hit by heavy snow
The Welsh Government says sheep farmers devastated by the recent heavy snow will not be compensated with cash aid to cover their losses. On Tuesday...
17-04-2013 15:28 PM
Foxes foiled by alpacas
A HERD of five foot high alpacas are on duty in a village field protecting tiny new born lambs from marauding foxes. Foxes were brazenly swaggering...
17-04-2013 15:14 PM
Agriculture department officials at Stormont over snow crisis
Officials from the Department of Agriculture will face a Stormont committee on Tuesday to explain their response to last month's severe weather. Te...
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. Fa...
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. Farmers hav...
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. Laun...
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. Birm...
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. Blizzard cond...
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. The drug...
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. Unite...