11:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014
West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, says he is encouraged by the "good progress" being made in the project to roll out a badger vaccine in West Cornwall. The aim is to tackle the problems of bovine tuberculosis in the local cattle herd; a project he originally proposed last year and in which he has collaborated with the Zoological Society of London.
10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014
More of the British public think positively about farmers and farming than last year according to a recent OnePoll survey commissioned by the NFU. Following the launch of the Back British Farming campaign, the latest survey results reveal 67 per cent of people think favourably about farmers, a five per cent increase continuing an upward trend from 2012
6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that mobile networks will be made to improve phone signals in rural areas, At the Conservative Party Conference, Mr Javid criticised the current situation where large areas still only receive poor mobile phone signal and promised to ensure network operators would improve it.
11:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014
4:30pm Monday 29th September 2014
Emergency use of the crop protection product Insyst has been authorised to protect winter oilseed rape from further damage by cabbage stem flea beetle following growing pressure from farmers who have seen significant damage to their crops.
9:00am Saturday 27th September 2014
Cornwall’s leading installer of biomass boilers has increased its turnover from £150,000 to £1.2 million and trebled its staff numbers in the last 12 months. Wendron Biomass cites the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which offers financial rewards for investing in renewable heat, as the trigger for this steep growth.
3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014
10:00am Friday 26th September 2014
12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014
7:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014
The Rural Payments Agency has announced a package of measures to help farmers get online for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) including the launch of regional digital support centres offering appointments for one to one sessions for those most in need.
1:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Dairy farmers are invited to come along to a series of evening meetings being hosted by Innovation for Agriculture (IFA) and Keenan. These evening meetings will focus on maximising yields over winter with a forage based diet and will provide farmers with an opportunity to hear excellent advice on the subject.
3:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014
Results from the Farming Against BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea)survey were presented by an independent expert panel at Novartis Animal Health headquarters on September 18 2014, giving valuable insight into dairy and beef farmers current practices, attitudes and understanding of BVD.
3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014
Britain’s latest apple sensation has gone on sale - a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh. The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.
9:00am Sunday 21st September 2014
The days are shortening, harvest and autumn sowing is mostly done, so now is the time to turn your attention to the winter and your stock. You must ask yourself how you intend to help them come through it, says Charlie Maclaren, board member of The National Beef Association (NBA).
2:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014
The European Commission in Brussels has published its proposed package for revised legislation for veterinary medicines and medicated feed. The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) welcomes its publication. It fully supports the Commission’s aim of improving the availability of veterinary medicines throughout Europe.
9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014
6:00am Friday 19th September 2014
Efforts to secure a more promising future for hen harriers in England moved a little closer this week as an e- petition calling for Defra to publish its Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan achieved more than 10,000 signatures. This means that Defra is now obliged to respond in writing about their response.
9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014
Agricultural businesses are being invited to hear the latest updates following the first approval in Cornwall for a residential barn conversion under permitted development rights at a joint seminar to be held on Thursday, October 2 in St Austell.
8:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014
2:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014
10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014
7:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
The Prince's Countryside Fund provides funding towards projects operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that clearly contribute towards one or more of The Prince’s Countryside Fund's objectives. It is now open for applications but be quick because applications need to be in by October 23 2014 We want our funding to have a long-term positive effect on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside, by tackling key rural issues.
11:00am Monday 15th September 2014
8:00am Saturday 13th September 2014
A new research paper from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published today shows that steep targets for the amount of land councils must allocate for housing are opening the door to major housing developments in the countryside.
1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014
The CLA has backed Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis’ calls to prioritise the building of bungalows for older people, freeing up larger family homes. The organisation said for a number of years it has highlighted the lack of housing available in rural areas for older generations, leaving many with no choice but to relocate to towns.
12:02pm Thursday 11th September 2014
6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014
The National Beef Association [NBA] has just announced the appointment to its Board, commercial expert in animal nutrition and management, Charlie Maclaren. Based in Dumfries in the Borders, he owns and runs MVT Scotland, a specialist animal health company with a science-based focus on minerals, vitamins.
7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014
Rural theft, including theft of expensive farming vehicles, fertilizers and livestock, is on the rise in the UK, with the figures for 2013 up 5.2 per cent on 2012. According to the latest data from NFU Mutual, which insures three quarters of UK farmers, 2013 was the worst year on record for livestock theft and the cost of crime to the UK’s rural economy reached £44.5m.
12:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014
5:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014
3:00pm Monday 8th September 2014
The Soil Association has launched 2014’s Organic September campaign – the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic, which takes place in a year which saw the organic market return to growth and scientific evidence showed nutritional differences in organic vegetables, fruit and cereals.
12:50am Saturday 6th September 2014
6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014
Dairy farmers are set for a difficult six months as milk prices look set to fall again. However, producers are being advised to explore feeding options and consider the role of liquids fully before making hasty cost-saving decisions.
9:07am Friday 5th September 2014
2:20pm Thursday 4th September 2014
WORK on adding a further 5,000 tonnes of storage capacity to the existing 20,000 tonnes at Devon Grain’s Cullompton site, is all but finished in time for this harvest, according to store manager Duncan Lyon.
1:59pm Thursday 4th September 2014
8:00am Thursday 4th September 2014
The new code of practice on Sky Lanterns doesn’t go far enough, say event organisers who are calling for a national ban. The National Outdoor Events Association has already branded Sky Lanterns as dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.
4:17pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Cutting edge practical information, plenty of content from producers working in the field and interactive sessions to ensure delegates get their views across. That is the promise from organisers of the 2014 Sheep Health and Welfare Conference, designed for people running sheep enterprises of all sizes, large and small, on Wednesday 26th November at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire.
12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
1:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014
7:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014
For the first time this year’s Somerset Honey Show will be held at Long Sutton Village Hall near Langport on Saturday, September 20. The historic show, which dates back to 1885, will attract beekeepers from all over the county competing in 52 classes for the best honey, hive products and honey cookery.
8:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014
The NFU has commented on the Trading Standards Institute's new code of practice for sky lanterns and is calling for total ban. The code offers guidance for those designing, manufacturing, distributing, retailing or using sky lanterns -which have been the subject of sustained NFU lobbying because of the risks they pose, both to crops and livestock
1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014
Network Rail is reminding farmers and farmworkers of the importance of level crossings safety as they gather their crops this harvest. There are hundreds of user-worked crossings on farmland in Britain, which see a marked increase in traffic during the harvest season. Figures collated over the past ten years reveal that the number of collisions and near misses at these types of crossings also sharply increases over the harvest months.
9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014
The Exmoor Hill Farming Network are offering another round of courses following on from our first round in June. The day will consist of class room based training and the online assessment will be taken at the end of the day (multiple choice questions) you will be given up to an one hour to complete.
7:00pm Friday 29th August 2014
Frome's annual show, the Cheese Show as it’s been known locally for many years, is fast becoming one of the South West’s most important one day agricultural events. The Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show, to give it its full name, has long been a major showcase for farm machinery manufacturers and dealers making it a ‘must visit’ event for farmers, breeders and others involved in the agricultural industry.
2:50pm Friday 29th August 2014