Barbers Rural News

  • Bees could help boost crop production.

    17th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Bees are often underestimated, but apiculture experts warn that if farmers don't take care of them, they could end up being stung.

    Experts report that there are three types of bee and they all play a vital role in pollunating many crops, particularly fruit, so having hives on a farm can act as an 'insurance policy'.

    Speak at a CLA event recently, bee expert Clive de Bruyn explained how bee-keepers and farmers could work together as the role bees play in pollinating fruit crops...

  • Farm wage to rise by 2.8%.

    17th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Under proposals made by the Agricultural Wages Board, the standard farm wage will increase by nearly 3% in England and Wales.  Following negotiations in Northanmptonshire, the board recommended that the minimum hourly pay for Grade 2 standard rate should increase by 2.8% from October 1st.  This will see the grade rise from £6.40 to £6.58 per hour.  Higher grades are recommended to increase by the same percentage, while the Grade 1 minimum rate is proposed to rise by 2.4% to £5.95 per hour....

  • Reaseheath College (Nantwich, Cheshire) opens new dairy technology training centre.

    14th JunePosted by Mike Taylor

    Reaseheath College (Nantwich, Cheshire) has opened a new dairy technology centre which has been hailed as the 'start of a new era for the industry' by Dairy UK.  The Eden International Dairy Academy at Reaseheath College is the produce of collaboration of Dairy UK, dairy companies including Aria Foods UK, Robert Wiseman Dairies, First Milk, Milk Link, Muller Dairy and Dairy Crest, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing and Reaseheath College.


    The new...

  • Wool producers set to gain from price rises.

    14th JunePosted by Dan Bowden

    Sheep producers are set to receive a 'significantly higher' wool cheque from the British Wool Marketing Board to reflect a record breaking demand which has pushed wool prices to their highest level for over a decade.  Based on recent prices achieved at auctions held at the BWMB's Bradford headquarters there is every indication that next year will also see a considerable price increase.  Read more...



  • Welsh Assembly has suspended badger cull.

    14th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    The Welsh Assembly Government has decided to suspend the start of its planned West Wales badger cull until the outcome is known of the Badger Trust initiated High Court appeal.  Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, said on Friday that the High Court had already rejected the Badger Trust application for a judicial review, comprehensively dismissing its four grounds of challenge.  Read more...


  • Feed-in Tariffs for solar power could inspire new generation.

    14th JunePosted by Mike Taylor

    Solarcentury, the British solar power company, says that the recently announced arrival of Feed-in Tariffs has shortened the payback period for photo-voltaic panels.  This could mean that the average barn roof could be earning more than £20,000 a year by generating electricity.


    A big barn roof with PV panels totalling 400sq m can produce up to 60kW in idea conditions, according to Solarcentury.  Averaged over a year, that would amount to 51,000 kWh  of electricity.  The...

  • Young Female Farmer achieves lifelong ambition - Ladies Organic Milk.

    11th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Farming might still be a male dominated profession but JESS VAUGHAN has achieved her childhood dream of running her own enterprise by setting up Ladies Organic Milk.  Jess shares the tenancy on the farm in Hardwick, just south of Gloucester, with her father, Mike Vaughan, and is the third generation to make a living from it.  Jess jokes that she may as well tell people she is an alient when she first tells people that she is a 'young female farmer'. 


  • Bob Oakes takes to his bike!

    11th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    For those of you following the progress of Bob Oakes' recovery from his recent operation you will be delighted to hear that Bob has ridden his bike to work this morning!  Look out if you are out and about on the roads in Drayton - he might seem like a good target but give him a wide berth!

  • Wales to press ahead with badger cull.

    11th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Despite a fresh legal challenge from conservationists, Wales will press ahead with plans for a badger cull to control bovine tuberculosis in cattle.  The Welsh Assembly Government said it would continue with preparations even though it faces opposition from the Badger Trust.  The trust has been granted permission to appeal a High Court decision that the plan to implement a cull of badgers in West Wales is lawful.  Read more....




  • DEFRA task force to look at ways of reducing red tape on UK farms.

    10th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Richard MacDonald, former NFU director general, is to chair a DEFRA task force to look at ways of reducing red tape on UK farms.

    Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice, made the announcement at the Cereals Event yesterday morning and explained that the Task Force on Farming Regulation will identify ways to reduce the regulatory burden througha review of the relevant regulations and their implementation, as well as advise on how best to achieve a risk-based system of...