Farmer's despair as cattle lost to bovine TB

South West Farmer: Cow trapped

10:50am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Dorset dairy farmer Paul Gould is facing the prospect of losing nearly a quarter of his closed dairy herd after the animals reacted positively at his latest routine bovine TB test.

Collaboration key to meeting growing dairy demand

South West Farmer: Meurig Raymond

10:31am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

The agriculture industry needs to work together to take full advantage of the growth in demand in the dairy sector, NFU President Meurig Raymond said today.

Wet Winter Could Mean More Fluke

South West Farmer: Animal research centre in Truro to close

10:44am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Farmers should be aware of the risk of liver fluke infection when they turn out their cattle this spring following the mild and exceptionally wet winter according to Lynda Maris, Brand Manager with Merial Animal Health. “Making the most of grass is key to the profitability of most cattle farmers,” says Lynda, “So it is really important that cattle get the full benefit from it and maximise their growth potential.”

Dairy farmers lost a penny on every litre of milk produced in past year

South West Farmer: Hampshire dairy industry hit by collapse of milk co-operative

11:11am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Dairy farmers lost over a penny on every litre of milk produced last year, as costs of production soared due to the appalling wet weather.

Today's south west weather

8:28am Monday 9th September 2013


Europe's dairy farmers welcome CAP deal

6:00am Friday 28th June 2013

The European Dairy Association (EDA) has said it is happy with the political agreement on the CAP Reform that was reached on Wednesday between the Council and the European Parliament.

Surge of interest in pasture after horse meat scandal

3:33pm Wednesday 8th May 2013

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) has experienced a surge in interest since horse meat DNA was confirmed in some processed foods on sale in British supermarkets.

Risk-based trading report shows flow of TB information is vital

12:00am Thursday 2nd May 2013

Farmers are being encouraged by the NFU to get behind a scheme that would see TB information supplied with cattle at the point of sale.

Dairy Coalition asks minister to ‘call in’ non-code compliant processors

3:01pm Wednesday 1st May 2013

The dairy coalition has called on Defra Farming Minister David Heath to call in milk buyers failing to implement the voluntary code.

Dairy Crest to pay farmers more

8:41am Monday 29th April 2013

Dairy Crest has today announced a 1.5 ppl increase from 1 June 2013 for farmers on standard liquid contracts.

More than 300 at Holsworthy milk protest meeting

8:17am Thursday 25th April 2013

More than 300 dairy farmers attended a meeting at Holsworthy, Devon, last night to protest against their share of milk prices.  The meeting, organised by Farmers For Action, heard calls for milk processors and supermarkets to give a higher percentage of the retail price to producers.

Farmers For Action to protest milk prices at Holsworthy meeting

9:11am Tuesday 23rd April 2013

Hundreds of South West dairy farmers are expected to attend a meeting at Holsworthy Memorial Hall tomorrow (Wednesday) to protest about milk prices.

More dairy farmers plan to quit, says survey

2:12pm Thursday 18th April 2013

A DairyCo survey has found that almost one in 10 dairy farmers are considering quitting the sector in the next two years.

NADIS disease alert

3:54pm Tuesday 16th April 2013

Among the conditions to be on the lookout for this month are; displaced abomasums and hypocalcaemia (milk fever) in cows and coccidiosis in lambs.

Daily milk deliveries decline

9:58am Tuesday 16th April 2013

Daily milk deliveries in Britain continue to decline – down nearly 11% for the same period last year.

Soil Association rejects call for organic boycott over badger cull

12:19pm Friday 12th April 2013

The Soil Association has rejected a call from Care for the Wild to boycott farmers involved in the proposed badger cull.

Organic food producers urged to fight badger cull

11:01am Thursday 11th April 2013

 Organic food companies need to make a stand and refuse to use products from badger-cull farms, say a wildlife charity. The move could help boost the sector financially, while also acknowledging the animal welfare concerns of customers.

Scientists fear MRSA link to cattle

3:28pm Monday 8th April 2013

Cambridge scientists have linked two human cases of infection with the antibiotic–resistant superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to farms in Denmark. The results of the study suggest the MRSA bacteria was transmitted from the livestock to the farmers. The study also raises questions about whether cows could be a reservoir for new strains of MRSA.

Europe's dairy farmers in milk protest

3:15pm Monday 8th April 2013

Dairy farmers from across Europe will be travelling to Germany this week to protest against milk prices not covering costs of production and to demand more flexibility in the milk supply chain.

Slurry lagoon decision postponed

2:19pm Friday 5th April 2013

Torridge planners have postponed until June a decision about a retrospective planning application  for a slurry lagoon almost the size of a football pitch.

Devon farmer prosecuted for dirty milking parlour

12:22pm Thursday 4th April 2013

A North Devon dairy farmer has been ordered to pay costs of £1,665 after he admitted having a dirty milking parlour.

Farmers invited to volunteer for badger spy cameras

11:55am Thursday 4th April 2013

Infrared surveillance cameras monitoring badger visits to cattle farms will be used in a new study to determine the risk faced by individual farms of badgers entering buildings.

FSA drops raw milk prosecution of Selfridges

3:41pm Tuesday 2nd April 2013

The Food Standards Agency has dropped its legal proceedings against Selfridges for allegedly selling raw milk in its London store.

Tesco milk price rises to 32.77p/litre next month

5:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013

Tesco is adding 1.19p/litre to its sustainable dairy group price, paying members 32.77p/litre from 1 April.

Dairy Daughters raise red nose cash

9:58am Tuesday 19th March 2013

Staff at cattle breeding company, Dairy Daughters, have entered into the spirit of Red Nose Day this yeaer by selling cherry Bakewells at Sedgemoor Livestock Market and dressing for the occasion.  They plan to continue to collect at today’s Lady Day Collective Sale (19 March) when donations from visitors will be gratefully received.

Court date for Selfridges raw milk prosecution

9:00am Tuesday 19th March 2013

A Food Standards Agency prosecution over the sale of raw milk is due to be heard in court later this month.

Mega-dairy public inquiry ends

8:45am Tuesday 19th March 2013

A public inquiry into plans for a 1,000-cow dairy next to a village primary school in Wales has ended.

Milk production plummets

1:12pm Friday 15th March 2013

Milk production fell by more than 80 million litres in February, compared with the previous year, according to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

Bovine TB claimed more than 38,000 cattle last year, says Defra

4:40pm Wednesday 13th March 2013

Defra has today published figures showing that more than 38,000 cattle were slaughtered because of bovine TB in Britain in 2012.

Plans for 1,000-cow dairy scrutinised at public inquiry

11:27am Tuesday 5th March 2013

Plans to house 1,000 dairy cows in a milking unit in Powys are due to be scrutinised at a public inquiry today (Tuesday).

Moo Man to feature at second US film festival

12:52pm Tuesday 26th February 2013

A documentary about a British farmer who rejects corporate agribusiness, and his relationship with his Sussex dairy herd, is to feature at another US film festival this weekend.

Yeo Valley doubles profits

8:49am Tuesday 26th February 2013

Annual pre-tax profits have more than doubled at Somerset yoghurt and dairy products manufacturer Yeo Valley, despite strong competition and growing commodity prices.

Dairy farmers urged to go to auction to get best prices

3:40pm Saturday 23rd February 2013

Dairy farmers are being advised to take surplus stock to live auction markets to ensure the best possible prices. Meg Elliott, pedigree dairy auctioneer for Bagshaw’s and Leek Auctions, said prices for heifers, cows and calves have remained buoyant since 2012. “It’s worth remembering that if someone comes to your farm to buy stock then they are there for their benefit – not yours. So, unless you’re lucky, you won’t see the prices being realised at market in a private treaty deal.” She said taking stock to market required time and effort, but this would be rewarded in the current climate.

Developing systems for the future

11:30am Saturday 2nd February 2013

Bruce Forshaw has many year’s experience within the farming industry and over the years has been involved with some of the most prestigious dairy herds in the South West.

Ground-breaking milk price formula a step closer for farmers supplying Dairy Crest

7:00am Friday 1st February 2013

Dairy Crest and DCD have confirmed their intention to offer farmers on standard Liquid contracts the opportunity to move to a groundbreaking formula based milk price from April 1, 2013.

Cheddar maker adopts voluntary code of practice

7:00am Monday 21st January 2013

SOMERSET Cheddar maker Cricketer Farm are the first South West organisation to voluntarily adopt the new “Dairy Industry Voluntary Code of Best Practice”, introduced by Dairy UK and the National Farmers Union.

Salt levels in cheese survey 'inaccurate' says dairy council

3:50pm Thursday 17th January 2013

A CASH (Consensus Action on Salt and Health) survey on the levels of salt in cheese paints an incomplete picture, according to the Dairy Council.

Wyke Farms to build anaerobic digester plant in Bruton

2:00pm Monday 14th January 2013

SOMERSET-based Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, has been granted permission to build an anaerobic digester plant near their farms in Bruton.

Milk quota system to disappear for dairy farmers

11:00am Sunday 13th January 2013

DAIRY farmers will be aware that the milk quota system is planned to be phased out in 2015.

Work on the hoof to prevent lesions

South West Farmer: Roger Blowey, right, at a talk in Taunton alongside farmers and vets

7:00am Sunday 13th January 2013

LEADING veterinarian Roger Blowey has addressed farmers at a meeting organised by Provita in Taunton on the growing challenge of hoof related problems on dairy farms and the ways by which farmers can get on top of this problem.

South West dairy farmers need help now

7:40am Thursday 10th January 2013

IMMEDIATE price rises and improved milk contracts must be put in place by milk buyers, as struggling dairy farmers grow impatient, the Dairy Coalition has warned.

Dairy fund open to south west dairy farmers

2:10pm Wednesday 9th January 2013

The Dairy Fund is now open for applications from eligible projects that will deliver transformational change to multiple south west dairy farm businesses. Grants are available from £25,000 to circa £1million.

Mole Valley customer wins trip to Bruges

South West Farmer: Martyn and Verlie Ann Hookway are off to the ancient city of Bruges in Belgium

4:51pm Monday 17th December 2012

North Devon dairy farmers Martyn and Verlie Ann Hookway are off to the ancient city of Bruges in Belgium for a luxury weekend as winners of the Bekina Wellington boot competition held during the Livestock Event in Birmingham.

Dairy farmers given greater clout

9:35am Tuesday 11th December 2012

Dairy farmers will have greater clout in the marketplace under plans to boost industry collaboration launched by Farming Minister David Heath today.

Cheese makers see profits rise

8:50am Tuesday 27th November 2012

Somerset based Wyke Farms, the UK's largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, have announced yearly sales figures showing a sustained 26 per cent year on year growth.

Cull decison 'responsible and right' according to NFU

1:14pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Today’s announcement delaying the two badger cull pilots expected this autumn was exceptionally difficult but on balance is responsible and right said the NFU.

Badger cull plans set to be placed on hold

9:26am Tuesday 23rd October 2012

It appears the planned UK badger cull is to be delayed for a year after another Government u-turn.

New Bovine TB eradication group for England formed

8:00am Tuesday 31st July 2012

A new Bovine TB Eradication Advisory Group for England (TBEAG) has been formed to help to develop a long-term strategy to stop the spread of Bovine TB and move towards its eradication.

NFU welcomes news of milk price reversals

10:01am Friday 27th July 2012

The NFU has welcomed moves by dairies to reverse planned milk price cuts from August 1 but warned that the coalition’s fight to deliver a more sustainable future for British dairying goes on.

Retailer's milk price rise is a clear signal

10:13am Monday 23rd July 2012

News that a major retailer is to increase the price it pays its dairy farmers is a clear signal to other buyers, according to the NFU.

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