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11:00am Saturday 7th December 2013
The new £6 million Agri-Business Centre in Holsworthy, Torridge, is on track to open in the spring following the completion of the structure’s steel frame, according to leading UK construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall.
6:00am Saturday 7th December 2013
12:08pm Friday 6th December 2013
Cuts to farm animal health surveillance could risk new diseases going undetected and jeopardise public health, warns The Royal College of Pathologists
2:50pm Thursday 5th December 2013
The Royal College of Pathologists warns today that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) plan to down-size its network of laboratories and reduce animal post-mortems puts at risk the health of livestock, including cattle, sheep and pigs, and means new and re-merging infections could be missed. These diseases may be transmitted to humans so the health risks are shared by the public and this could hit consumer confidence in a livestock industry worth over £10 billion.
2:18pm Thursday 5th December 2013
8:43am Thursday 5th December 2013
10:43am Wednesday 4th December 2013
The search is on for the best and most inspiring farmers in Devon, as the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) joins forces with leading farming charity, the Addington Fund and award-winning South West lawyers Stephens Scown LLP, to launch the Devon Farm Business Awards.
8:19am Wednesday 4th December 2013
8:14am Wednesday 4th December 2013
An NFU delegation will call for the UK government to back the biofuels industry, worth an estimated £700 million at the farm gate, when it meets with Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport for the first time this week.
10:00am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
9:48am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
The dry summer followed by significant rain in October and November has led to a large late gutworm challenge. The NADIS December Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health warns that large numbers of inhibited larvae may lead to an increased risk of scour in cattle this winter, particularly among young stock which do not receive a worming dose at housing.
8:20am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
The failure of the controversial badger cull in Gloucestershire to come close to its target means it is "very likely" that the risk of tuberculosis in cattle has gone up, not down, according to a leading scientist.
3:13pm Monday 2nd December 2013
12:54pm Monday 2nd December 2013
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10:00am Saturday 30th November 2013
Forestry Commission figures released today reveal that more than half (64 per cent) of the 100,000-plus woodlands across southern England were likely to have been affected by the St Jude storm in some way but very few woodlands should suffer long term damage.
6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013
3:02pm Friday 29th November 2013
8:56am Friday 29th November 2013
8:37am Friday 29th November 2013
Oxford University scientists have provided insights into the Schmallenberg virus that causes birth defects in sheep and cattle, and confirmed that it was carried to the UK by midges blown over from French and Belgian farms.
8:27am Friday 29th November 2013
News that the Government will launch a review of Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) for small scale anaerobic digestion (AD) in January has been described as a possible ‘lifeline’ by the NFU and comes after a sustained period of united industry lobbying.
4:47pm Thursday 28th November 2013
A petition to protect badgers from culling which was launched on the Cornwall Council website earlier this year is now being used as part of a national petitioning campaign called ‘Operation Badger’ which extends from Cumbria to Kent and from Northumberland to Cornwall.
10:00am Thursday 28th November 2013
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7:52am Wednesday 27th November 2013
7:42am Wednesday 27th November 2013
5:00am Wednesday 27th November 2013
With only days to go before restrictions on crop protection products begin, the NFU has described the lack of an EU impact assessment to determine the effect on pollinators and crop production as ‘alarming’.
9:42am Tuesday 26th November 2013
8:23am Tuesday 26th November 2013
8:17am Tuesday 26th November 2013
12:49pm Monday 25th November 2013
8:50am Monday 25th November 2013
The average value of farmland in England rose by 4% in the third quarter of 2013 to £6,678/acre, according to the results of the Knight Frank Farmland Index. This was the strongest performance in a three-month period since Q2 2010 and takes growth over the past 12 months to 7%.
2:04pm Sunday 24th November 2013
3:16pm Thursday 21st November 2013
3:11pm Thursday 21st November 2013
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2:30pm Monday 18th November 2013
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9:00am Saturday 16th November 2013
Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, won the Sustainable Manufacturer Award at The Made in the South West Awards last night. The family-run cheesemaker has been recognised for its ongoing commitment in reducing its carbon output and becoming a 100% sustainable business, which sources all of its power from renewable energy sources.
6:00am Saturday 16th November 2013
8:52am Friday 15th November 2013
Henry Robinson, who farms 1,000 acres in Gloucestershire and previously served as the Association’s Deputy President and Vice-President, was elected as the new President at the CLA's Annual General Meeting, held at Kensington Town Hall, London.
8:45am Friday 15th November 2013
“It was awesome- thank you” and “It was brilliant- no improvements could be made” these were just some of the comments made by local students from Westfield Academy and Wadham School following a fantastic day taster day at Rushywood Farm, Crewkerne kindly hosted by Neil Baker.
8:42am Friday 15th November 2013
Exmoor is sharing some of the inspirational work taking place on upland farms, to demonstrate new opportunities for tomorrow’s farmers. An afternoon conference being held by the Exmoor Hill Farm Project at Raleghs Cross Inn on 27th November will highlight the innovation and adaptation required to address today’s challenges – whether practical, economic or environmental.
10:30am Thursday 14th November 2013
12:43pm Wednesday 13th November 2013
11:50am Tuesday 12th November 2013
Rural businesses across the UK are set to benefit from a major innovation, with a new campaign from Source for Business – the business support service from South West Water – which highlights how to save money on water pumping costs, through the use of natural water sources.
2:26pm Monday 11th November 2013
Chris Packham, who presented the AutumnWatch programmes last week, was found to have breached BBC guidelines by tweeting about his views on the eve of Government trials to control the spread of tuberculoisis in cattle by shooting badgers.
10:12am Monday 11th November 2013