Agriculture in the news - January 24

A round up of farming news from across the UK.

Secrecy pledge to badger cull farmers in fear of extremists

Farmers who agree to take part in a pilot programme of badger culls will remain anonymous to protect them from animal rights activists.

The Telegraph

Minister fears farm reforms ‘will be more complicated’

Ministers are fighting to avert a future fiasco in delivering vital subsidies to farmers after warning that Brussels reforms are too “complex”.

West country farmers had hoped to end the misery of late payment of grants, which pushed many into hardship, after the Government finally got to grips with the hapless Rural Payments Agency.

Western Morning News

Vets on alert after sheep hit by virus

Vets have been put on alert after the discovery of debilitating new livestock virus in England.

Sheep on four farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and East Sussex have been confirmed as carrying the Schmallenberg virus (SBV). It has up to now only previously been reported in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, where it has been found in cattle, sheep and goats since August last year.

The Press and Journal

Positive future for dairy farmers

WITH demand for dairy products growing around the world at a rate of up to 3 per cent a year, DairyCo believes Welsh dairy farmers are more valued than they think.

DairyCo chairman, and Carmarthenshire farmer, Tim Bennett, said he sees a positive future ahead for the Welsh dairy industry, when he addressed NFU Cymru council members.


Mystery ‘attacks’ on stallions

IN the third of a series of horrific attacks in less than a fortnight, the body of dead and mutilated stallion has been found in Devon.

Sammy, a 11.2hh Welsh/ Arab pony, was missing his right eye and his tongue and genitals had been cut. The RSPCA has ruled out foul play, suggesting the injuries were post-mortem.

Daily Post

Labour is failing our farmers in Europe, says Plaid

PLAID Cymru has raised what it calls “serious questions” about whether the Labour Welsh Government is representing the views and interests of Wales’ farming industry at the highest level in Europe.

It says Labour’s Welsh MPs voted to reduce CAP payments at Westminster in London last Thursday.


Farmers in ‘good’ health despite a lack of exercise

It should be one of the healthiest jobs, but Irish farmers are not doing enough exercise.

That’s the conclusion of a study which looked at the health of Irish farmers and found only one in two were involved in physical activity in their leisure time.

Irish Independent

Angry farmer is ordered to remove lighting poles

A PENSIONER farmer has been rapped by a judge for defying council orders to remove street lights near his home in Stanton-by-Dale.

A court was told the columns are still in place, even though Mornington Webster lost an appeal against Erewash Borough Council which said they had to be removed from Barnwood Farm in Dale Road.

Ilkeston Advertiser

New scheme to combat rural quad bike thefts in Gloucestershire

FARMERS are being encouraged to embrace a new high- tech scheme aimed at dealing with the thefts of quad bikes.

Police and union leaders have secured a discount for an initiative that tags the vehicles to make them identifiable permanently. An average of four quad bikes are stolen from county farms every month and it is hoped that by introducing the Construction and Agricultural Equipment Security and Registration (Cesar) system the number will be reduced.

Gloucestershire Echo

Farmer faces eviction from Devon home of 50 years

A Devon farmer was set to be evicted from his home of 50 years yesterday following a long-running legal battle.

Brian Potter, aged 64, a sheep farmer and mechanic, grew up at Little Heath Farm, Cruwys Morchard, near Tiverton, and farmed its 45 acres for years. Two decades ago, Diana How, a local philanthropist, purchased Little Heath to assure the future of Mr Potter but the estate was acquired from a trust fund by London-based developer Stephen Dyer six years ago, who has sought the tenant’s eviction.

Mid Devon gazette

Genetic data to play vital role in breeding

Cattle breeding in this country is about to take a massive step forward through the use of masses of new genetic information that is now becoming available.

And the good news for producers is that they will benefit financially as a result of being able to choose sires that deliver specific traits to suit their requirements.

The Scotsman

Wiltshire’s first wind farm bid breezes past first hurdle

A green energy company has overcome the first hurdle in a bid to create Wiltshire’s first wind farm on land near Trowbridge.

REG Windpower won permission from council planners to be allowed to erect a 16m high monitoring mast, to measure wind speed, at a site on Grange Farm in West Ashton.

This is Bath

Shire horse stroke victim raises hospital cash

HOURS after organising a successful showcase for Shire horses, ardent enthusiast Vic Land suffered a devastating stroke.

Mr Land, from Llanfairfechan, was taken to Ysbyty Bangor’s stroke unit for months of rehabilitation. A long-standing committee member of North Wales Shire Horse Society, he helped arrange its annual open day at Bodelwyddan Castle last August.

After he was nursed back to health, society members decided to donate £500 to the unit by way of thanks.

Daily Post

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