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News - Farming UK

News updates on farming across the UK.

'Left behind': NFU calls for fairer police funding for rural areas

https://www.farminguk.com/news/-Left-behind-NFU-calls-for-fairer-police-funding-for-rural-areas_48645.html

Rural communities are being "left behind" despite rising levels of concern about crime, according to details of likely force grants contained in a provisional Home Office report. Police funding plans would continue to provide almost 24% less per h...<br />


Figures show bumper year for UK lamb exports but show EU reliance

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Figures-show-bumper-year-for-UK-lamb-exports-but-show-EU-reliance_48644.html

The latest UK trade figures show that 2017 was a bumper year for lamb exports, but also highlight the industry’s reliance on EU markets, according to figures. Newly released export data from HMRC show that the volume of sheepmeat exported was up b...<br />


Ready to diversify? Loans help make the leap

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Ready-to-diversify-Loans-help-make-the-leap_48643.html

It’s no secret that farming is hitting some tough financial times, with the pressure to provide lower and lower customer prices, farmers are feeling the squeeze. Prices for livestock and produce are falling, and money coming in is falling as a res...<br />


Dorset Agricultural Society elects first female chair in 178-year history

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Dorset-Agricultural-Society-elects-first-female-chair-in-178-year-history_48642.html

Dorset Agricultural Society has elected its first female chair for the first time in its 178-year history. Rebecca Hill has taken over the role as chair of the society for 2018 and 2019, while Nicola Ralph has become the first female vice-chair. ...<br />


Suffolk farmer sentenced to eight weeks in prison for mistreating pigs

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Suffolk-farmer-sentenced-to-eight-weeks-in-prison-for-mistreating-pigs_48641.html

A farmer has been sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment after admitting the mistreatment of pigs at a farm in east Suffolk. 24-year-old Christopher Maskery, from Spexhall, Haleswoth appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court on earlier this month. H...<br />


Proposed regulation change 'potential threat' to sheep welfare standards

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Proposed-regulation-change-potential-threat-to-sheep-welfare-standards_48640.html

A proposed five-fold increase in licence fees for farmers to dispose of waste water after dipping sheep is a "potential threat" to the UK's high animal welfare standards. According to he National Sheep Association (NSA), treating with organophosph...<br />


Act fast to benefit from Countryside Productivity grant, experts advise

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Act-fast-to-benefit-from-Countryside-Productivity-grant-experts-advise_48639.html

Farmers should assess finances now to make use of the new Countryside Productivity grant to boost efficiencies and improve production, according to financial planners. The Rural Development Programme for England launched the latest grant scheme fo...<br />


New fruit variety created with 'exceptional quality' and 'high productivity'

https://www.farminguk.com/news/New-fruit-variety-created-with-exceptional-quality-and-high-productivity-_48638.html

A new raspberry variety has been announced with "exceptional fruit quality" and "high productivity", according to a crop research team. The finding was presented at the Scottish Society for Crop Research and Bulrush Soft Fruit Information Day and ...<br />