3:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014
The RSPB has called on Defra to make “every pound count” in a new wildlife-friendly farm scheme as official figures reveal another huge drop in the number of bird species, such as turtle dove, skylark and yellowhammer, reliant on farmed landscapes
1:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014
The Court of Appeal has accused the Government of acting unlawfully by giving the latest badger culls the go ahead without an independent expert panel (IEP) to monitor whether the animals are being killed in a humane way.
8:20am Wednesday 29th October 2014
7:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014
West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, showed Parliamentary colleague Baroness Kate Parminter how the Penwith badger vaccination project is progressing on Saturday 25th October. Baroness Parminter is a former executive of the RSPCA and former Chair of the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals and has a strong interest in environmental and animal protection matters.
9:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014
Results from a new poll on the controversial badger cull show that nine out of ten people who express an opinion (89 per cent) want the UK government to stop culling badgers and follow the Welsh by combatting bovine TB (bTB) through cattle measures alone.
5:00pm Monday 27th October 2014
10:00am Monday 27th October 2014
It’s time to put a fresh perspective on the essential role pesticides play in safeguarding our food supply, protecting the environment and improving our way of life. That’s the message from the Crop Protection Association (CPA) in a new leaflet aimed at providing the public with an introduction to crop protection - explaining the benefits of pesticides and why they’re safe for consumers and the environment.
7:00am Friday 24th October 2014
Agricultural workers can get an insight into animal psychology as part of efforts to improve farm safety while handling cattle. Agriculture continues to have one of the highest fatality rates in UK industry, with 27 of the 133 workers killed in 2013-14 employed in the sector. Of those, seven died as a result of coming into contact with cattle. Many others have been injured.
10:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014
A poignant video of a farming couple from the Somerset Levels coming to terms with being flooded last winter highlights why the Government must urgently invest to fill the £500m shortfall in the nation’s flood defence funding, the NFU said today.
10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
12:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014
The NFU said today that weight increases proposed by Department for Transport (DfT) are a step in the right direction but need to go further in the next phase to realise the maximum improvement in farm transport efficiency.
9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014
2:00pm Monday 20th October 2014
The Somerset branch of the UK's leading wildlife charity has raised almost £1,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), a charity dedicated to supporting farm-workers and their families through difficult times.
9:40am Monday 20th October 2014
11:00am Saturday 18th October 2014
Find out more about water catchment management on the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate to include talks about land management considerations; working in partnership, and moorland site management to slow down water in the upper catchment.
12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014
1:30pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
THINK! is launching a new campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads. Sixty per cent of people killed on Britain’s roads die on rural roads, and new research shows many more drivers are needlessly putting themselves at risk of an accident.
2:45pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
Culm Valley Young Farmers Club recently held their annual Harvest Supper at Culmstock Village Hall to celebrate the end of another successful year. The evening highlights included a very entertaining speech from guest speaker Chris Berry, Devon YFC Chairman.
11:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014
Technology has changed the way the world operates and farming is no exception. The day-to-day running costs involved in farming are phenomenal before even considering the impact of floods, disease or sudden switches in agricultural trends. With farming still in recovery following the impact of the flood crisis in early 2014, British farmers are looking to invest in the latest equipment and technology in order to visualise a profitable future for future farming generations.
2:00pm Monday 13th October 2014
An exclusive wine tasting and auction held at the Caledonian Club in London has raised more than £15,000 for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). Over 50 people attended the event, which took place on the evening of Wednesday October 1. The proceeds from the auction will go towards funding the GWCT’s vital and ground-breaking scientific research, aimed at conserving the British countryside for generations to come.
1:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014
9:22am Wednesday 8th October 2014
11:10am Tuesday 7th October 2014
9:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014
8:50am Tuesday 7th October 2014
Figures released by rural insurance company NFU Mutual have revealed that livestock thefts have increased on British by 24 per cent in the last year. It is estimated that around 90,000 animals (mostly sheep along with cattle and pigs) were stolen last year costing farmers £6.5m. The consequences of this crime can have terrible consequences if diseases are spread and can even affect the health of the customers who buy illegal meat.
8:40am Tuesday 7th October 2014
The RSPB has recruited the help of some unusual volunteers to help restore heathland and give nature a home on one of its reserves. For the first time the charity has introduced a herd of six Mangalitsa pigs to ‘pig out’ at its Arne nature reserve, in Dorset, to help restore a seven hectare site back to its natural healthland through wild grazing.
8:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014
The Badger Trust will take its legal challenge over the lack of independent monitoring of the badger culls currently being undertaken in Somerset and Gloucestershire to the Court of Appeal on Thursday October 9. This follows a hearing on 11 September where the Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal agreed that the Badger Trust had a real prospect of success in its appeal.
12:00pm Monday 6th October 2014
Exmoor Hill Farming Network is hosting a research and review project to help deliver improved water quality in the Upper Exe. Working with local farmers, land managers and landowners, the team will develop an Action Plan that could feed into a programme of activity to be rolled out in the Upper Exe catchment over the next five years.
7:00am Monday 6th October 2014
A new mobile app, designed to help farmers and growers value the nutrients found in manures, has been nominated for an award with the Soil Association. The Farm Manure Management Application, informally called the “FarmCrapApp” has been developed by the SWARM Knowledge Hub, a project run by the Rural Business School at Duchy College.
Former NFU President Peter Kendall has been named as the Farming Champion for 2014 at the Farmers Weekly awards. Mr Kendall, who stepped down from the role as president at the NFU in February after eight years at the helm, was nominated for his on-going contribution to British farming.
8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014
Investigation into two cases of E. coli O157 with possible connection to unpasteurised drinking milk leads to product recall
5:40pm Friday 3rd October 2014
Public Health England (PHE) is working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and local authority environmental health officers on an investigation into two cases of E. coli O157 which may be linked to supply of unpasteurised or “raw” milk from a farm in Devon (Barton Farm Dairy, Kentisbury, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4NQ).
European Commission ignores scientists’ warnings over routine use of antibiotics in farmed animals, says Soil Association
8:00am Friday 3rd October 2014
European Commission proposal,s published on September 10, for updating regulations on farm antibiotic use ignore advice from the Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission to phase out routine preventative use, according to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.
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.