Agriculture in the news - January 20

A round up of farming news from across the UK.

Badger cull: Animal rights activists could target Somerset site

Animal rights activists are expected to descend on two areas in the West next autumn after they were chosen as the sites for controversial badger cull trials.

As the Daily Press predicted this week, one pilot is in Gloucestershire and the other in Somerset, both bovine TB hotspots.

Western Daily Press

Teagasc: Agri-business to stay flat in 2012 but pig sector will enjoy lift

IRISH agriculture is set to consolidate its position in 2012, following two years of impressive growth, according to a new Teagasc study.

The Teagasc Outlook 2012 report finds that prospects for Irish agriculture, while still broadly positive, are not as good as they were this time 12 months ago — though the pig sector is likely to enjoy a considerable uplift.

Irish Examiner

A dram fine thing for barley growers

BOOMING export demand for Scotch whisky is creating opportunities for Scottish arable farmers to grow more malting barley.

Maltsters will snap up the expected increase in this year’s spring barley crop and prices are expected to remain firm, SAC rural business consultant, Julian Bell, told farmers attending a grain growing and marketing seminar yesterday at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, organised by SAC and the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA).

The Scotsman

Vet fights for life after farm accident

A leading vet was in a critical condition in hospital yesterday after he suffered a brain haemorrhage when a cow kicked a metal gate into his face.

Experienced Jereme Darke, 45, fell backwards and cracked his head on the concrete floor after the heifer bucked the swinging cattle gate straight into him.

Western Morning News

Dog killed farmer by knocking his tractor into action

A SHERIFF has ruled that a leading north-east farmer was killed by his own dog in a tragic accident.

Cattle breeder Harry Emslie was crushed to death by a tractor at his farm in Aberdeenshire after he stepped in front of the machine to load animal feed. Sheriff William Summers has now ruled that the 67-year-old’s Border collie – which he had left in the cab – knocked forward a lever in the tractor, which then moved forward and crushed him against a wall.

The Press and Journal

Rider dragged along after tractor spooked horses

A FARMER was fined after his tractor spooked a group of horses, causing one rider to fall off and be dragged along the road.

Northumberland Gazette

Farmer to lodge €10,000 over neglected animals

A FARMER who neglected his animals has been ordered to lodge €10,000 with the court as a guarantee that he will improve his farming facilities.

Irish Times

Countess is show’s bicentenary patron

Border Union Agricultural Society (BUAS) has launched the countdown to its bicentenary celebrations in 2013 with the announcement that the Countess of Wessex has agreed to be the patron for the year.

The Southern Reporter

Appeal set for dispute on house

A SPECIAL hearing will take place in Swansea next month to try to settle a planning dispute.

Glyn Lewis had applied to Swansea Council for permission to build an “agricultural worker’s dwelling” on Cwmcyrnach Uchaf Farm, Graig y Pal, Glais in the Swansea Valley. The request was turned down by the local authority with the ruling: “The applicant has failed to demonstrate an agricultural or overriding economic or social need for this residential development in the open countryside.”

South Wales Evening Post

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