Agriculture in the news - January 26

A round up of farming news from across the UK and the world.

Farmers ‘disappointed’ as badger cull in parts of Derbyshire is put on hold until at least 2013

A BADGER cull in parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire will not happen until next year at the earliest, says the National Farmers Union.

Richard Hezlet, the NFU’s East Midlands director, was speaking after the Government rejected his union’s bid for the area to be included in trial culls this year.

Derby Telegraph

S Americatrade deal ‘will hit beef farmers’

A TRADE deal which might adversely impact on beef producers in the European Union has been strongly criticised by MEP George Lyon.

Speaking in a European parliamentary debate, Lyon described the European Commission’s new plans to compensate farmers affected by trade deals as a “poisoned chalice” and said it should be rejected.

The Scotsman

Irish Dairy Board hopes to break into new markets after €350m loan

THE Irish Dairy Board (IDB), the company behind Kerrygold butter and Dubliner cheese, has raised €350m in loans from international banks to expand into emerging markets.

The new deal includes an innovative structure that allows suppliers to access parts of the loan to help drive their individual efforts to boost exports.

Irish Independent

Importance of precision farming driven home at seminar

The ability of precision farming to cut fertiliser bills for farmers and reduce agricultural pollution were highlighted in Moray yesterday.

Dave Cowe, of Soilquest Precision Agronomy, used a seminar to underline the importance of techniques which let farmers assess soil pH as well as phosphate and potash needs.

The Press and Journal

Boom times for Wynnstay Group

AGRICULTURAL group Wynnstay, Llansantffraid, has revealed its strongest ever set of annual results.

In the year ending October 31, revenues rose 42% to £346.18m, driven by farm inputs inflation and the group’s acquisition strategy – both Wrekin Grain and Woodheads Seeds were bought in the preceding 18 months.

Daily Post

Farmer ‘needs Prozac to beat turbine stress’

A farmer living close to a wind farm said he had been put on Prozac anti-depressants to help him deal with the effect of noise coming from the massive turbines.

Nick Williams, 53, has been prescribed the drug by his GP after suffering insomnia and depression he blames on noise from towering Fullabrook Wind Farm, several hundred yards from his Christmas tree farm in North Devon.

Western Morning News

New FUW animal welfare committee up and running

SHEEP scab and bovine TB were on the agenda when Wales chief vet Christianne Glossop attended the inaugural meeting of the FUW’s new animal health and welfare committee.

First job for the committee was to elect a chairman, with FUW Carmarthenshire vice chairman Catherine Nakielny getting the nod.

Daily Post

‘Good progress’ of injured vet

A VET who was hospitalised after a freak accident where a cow kicked a metal gate into his face is making good progress in his recovery.

Jereme Darke, 45, who is well known across Martock, Crewkerne and Chard, was blood testing beef cattle at a farm in Donyatt when the freak accident occurred at 3.10pm on Monday, January 9.

Western Gazette

Farmer defends plans for controversial wind turbines

A PLANNING application for two turbines at a farm near Woolacombe has angered people living nearby.

Two meetings have been held in a bid to stop the turbines being erected. But the farmer who has submitted the application to put up the turbines says he is doing his bit for the environment.

North Devon Journal

Rescue animals facing slaughter

THE lives of more than 600 animals could be at risk after the owner of an animal sanctuary near Evesham was given an eviction notice.

Janet Taylor, aged 71, started the sanctuary at Manor Orchard Farm, Middle Littleton, 14 years ago after she was offered the farm as a “gift” from animal charity supporter Patricia Bernie.

Evesham Journal

Anger over high rural delivery charges

MORE than 3000 people from rural parts of Scotland have complained about unfair delivery charges being imposed on them after a charity launched a survey into the problem.

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) said it had received thousands of responses to its survey since it was launched in November, and the scale of responses showed the “intensity” of feeling about the issue. Complaints include online companies claiming they offer free delivery but then charging “substantial” fees for people in rural areas, or refusing to deliver at all to certain areas they class as “too remote”.

Herald Scotland

New fund will stimulate tourism in rural areas

The Government aims to increase the contribution made by rural tourism to the economy, MPs have been told.

Tourism is already a significant contributor to the rural economy and it has the potential for further growth, said Defra minister Richard Benyon.

Lincolnshire Echo

Blessing for plough

BLESSINGS have been given to a plough, a milk churn and livestock at a special service.

The Rev Veronica James led the ceremony at St Michael’s and All Angels Church at Guiting Power. The annual tradition, organised by Moreton Show Society, celebrates the start of the agricultural calendar.

Gloucestershire Echo

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