Agriculture in the national news - January 20

A DAILY look at how agriculture has caught the headlines across the country (Wednesday, January 20).

Thieves target Norfolk farm gates
Police are warning land owners to security mark metal gates where possible following a series of thefts across south Norfolk.

In the past week galvanised steel gates have been stolen from fields and premises in isolated areas of Burgh St Peter and Haddiscoe.

While officers say it can sometimes be difficult to secure gates they are advising owners to paint a business name or post code on gates and use additional chains and locks to keep them secure.

Eastern Daily Press

Swamp fever found in two horses imported into UK
Two horses imported into Britain from Romania have tested positive for swamp fever, in the first case of the virus entering the UK for more than 30 years.

The horses, in Wiltshire, are to be put down, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced.

BBC Online

Farming Heroes at conference
FARMING Heroes was the theme of The Pershore Conference when a top line-up of speakers told how they managed their businesses.

The conference at the Frank Parkinson Centre was chaired by Dr David Hall, a former principal at the Pershore College, who said the conference, now in its 13th year, had established itself as an important event in the regional farming calendar, always topical and attracting top speakers.

Evesham Journal

Newmarket horse racing threatened by housing, MP says
Newmarket’s famous horseracing industry could be ruined if a development gets the go-ahead, a Suffolk MP has claimed.

Racehorse owner Lord Derby wants to build about 1,200 houses, a hotel, park and ride and a retail park on the 160-acre Hatchfield Farm site.

BBC Online

The rise of the micro-pig
They’re tiny, can be house-trained, keep themselves clean - and oink. But is it wrong to have pigs as pets?

Paris Hilton has one, the Beckhams have two and it’s been widely reported that the goody bags at the Golden Globe include vouchers for a micro-pig of one’s own.

Standing as little as 12 inches high at maturity, these pocket-sized porcines are the latest celebrity pet craze.

BBC Online

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