Barbers Rural News

  • Who owns our land?

    21st JanuaryPosted by Mike Taylor

    Who owns our land?

    The UK farming area is approximately 17.2 million hectares, consisting of roughly 212,000 farming holdings, each with an average area size of 77 hectares and receiving an average of £13,500 in EU support annually.  Around 70% of the UK land area is actively farmed either as arable or pasture.  In England there are over nine million hectares of farmland, 30% of which is occupied on tenancies or leases of one year or more. About half of the tenanted...

  • Local cheese producer increases export to USA.

    6th FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Belton Cheese, based in Whitchurch Shropshire, has seen sales to the United States grow by 39% compared with last year, according to the Farmers Guardian.

    According to sales manager, Phil Jones, it is the local provenance which is one of the primary reasons for the brand's success.  The firm has been promoting its range at North America's largest speciality food and beverage event, the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco recently.

  • Sheep Shearing at the Olympics?! Only the New Zealanders could think of it!

    19th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the Farmers Guardian the New Zealand Farmers Federation is campaigning for sheep shearing to be included in future Olympic Games.

    Calling for sheep shearing to become an Olympic sport, the federation claims wool clippers are world-class athletes and that sheep shearing is now a bona fide sport which deserves international recognition.

    Speaking ahead of the World Shearing Championships, due to be held on New Zealand’s North Island in March, federation...

  • East Cheshire bucks the trend to promote new entrants into farming.

    18th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    A report in the Farmers Guardian says that  while the pressure is on councils to sell off their farms to raise revenue, one local authority has outlined its commitment to bolster them.

    UK farming has suffered under the regime of reduced Government subsidies and now the industry is to take a further hit in a round of local authority cost-cutting.

    But Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet member for prosperity, Councillor Jamie Macrae, is confident...

  • Key role of agricultural shows.

    11th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Report from Farmers Guardian.

    THE role agricultural shows play in rural Britain has probably never been more important. That was the finding of a Farmers Guardian survey of readers into what makes a good agricultural show. David Boderke reports.

    The past 10 years have seen major upheaval for the agricultural show scene, so Farmers Guardian decided to ask readers for their views on what shows have to offer today and which ones are doing the...

  • TB restrictions on increase in Wales.

    11th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the Farmers Guardian the number of Welsh herds under bovine TB restrictions is on the rise and compensation payments are falling, according to the latest Welsh Government figures. 

    The figures show a proportionately higher incidence of TB in 2011 than 2010, highlighted by the fact that in the first eight months of 2011 the number of Welsh herds under restrictions stood at 1,119 (140 per month) in comparison to 114 per month in 2010 and 103 per month in 2009.

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  • Shadow Defra Secretary says sale of council farms is 'short sighted'.

    9th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Shadow Defra Secretary, Mary Creagh, told journalists at the Oxford Farming Conference that the decision by a number of county coucils to sell off their starter farms will have a massive knock-on-effect on the industry.

    “What I am worried about is because of the current financial crisis and the huge cut that has been hoisted onto councils by central Government, it is forcing councils to take short term decisions that will have a long term impact on agriculture in this country,”...

  • Shadow Defra Secretary says sale of council farms is 'short sighted'.

    9th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Shadow Defra Secretary, Mary Creagh, told journalists at the Oxford Farming Conference that the decision by a number of county coucils to sell off their starter farms will have a massive knock-on-effect on the industry.

    “What I am worried about is because of the current financial crisis and the huge cut that has been hoisted onto councils by central Government, it is forcing councils to take short term decisions that will have a long term impact on agriculture in this country,”...

  • Capital value of farmland forecast to grow.

    9th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Savills have reported that the capital value growth of UK farmland is forecast to outperform many commodities markets, residential property, UK gilts and West End offices.  They expect the average value of farmland in the five years from 2012 to increase by 36%, with average growth of 5% in the first 12 months.

    This forecast growth follows a substantial rise in average farmland values over the past five years (138 per cent), which was significantly greater than that recorded for...

  • Badger culls will not be kept secret.

    5th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the Farmers Guardian Jim Paice has warned farmers planning to sign up sign up to local badger cull policies in England that there is virtually no prospect the areas will be kept secret.

    The NFU and National Beef Association are in ongoing discussions with Natural England to ensure as little information as possible is released about the precise location of the areas where culling will take place.

    Natural England will be responsible for issuing badger cull...

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