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News - Farming UK

News updates on farming across the UK.

Second tranche of environment scheme now open for NI farmers


The second tranche of an environmental scheme which seeks to address biodiversity and water concerns is now open for Northern Irish farmers. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has confirmed that the second tranch...<br />

Farmers reminded not to feed food waste to pigs following ASF in China


Pig farmers and keepers have been reminded not to feed kitchen or catering waste to pigs to help prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the UK. It follows news of the Chinese government announcing 88 pigs had died from highly-contagiou...<br />

Welsh farmers urged to speak up on proposals to end direct farm support


A farming union is urging all Welsh farmers to think carefully and respond to a government proposal to end direct farm support. The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is urging farmers to attend one of its information evenings and hear about the Welsh ...<br />

Acreage of English winter barley down more than 6% this year


The acreage of English winter barley was down more than six per cent this year, according to government statistics. Provisional arable crop figures released by Defra showed that the area of winter barley in England fell by 6.2 per cent between 201...<br />

Two Kunekune pigs found mistreated now looking for new farm


Two Kunekune pigs which were found severely injured in bad living conditions are now looking for a new farm to call home. Ava and Doris are two fully grown female Kunekune pigs who are believed to be around 10 or 11 years old. The Kunekune is a...<br />

UK farming 'lagging behind' in race to be more sustainable


The UK is lagging behind developing countries in the process of making agriculture more sustainable, according to a new global assessment. The research paper, published in the Nature Sustainability, shows that more than 163 million farms world-wid...<br />

UK beef on sale in Philippines 'could become major trade opportunity'


The first consignment of UK beef has now cleared customs in the Philippines and has the potential to become a major trade opportunity for the local beef industry. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced t...<br />

Activists lose court case to stop Defra's decision to extend badger cull zones


Badger activists have lost a High Court case to stop the government's decision to extend cull zones to nine new areas. Ecologist Tom Langton, who is also a member of the animal welfare charity Badger Trust, challenged aspects of the government's b...<br />