Rural Matters

BREXIT - In or Out?

8th MarchPosted by Mike Taylor

The gloves are off and the date has been set.  On 23rd June we will decide whether we stay in the EU or not.  Both sides are looking to discredit the other and we now quit the phoney war and move to an intensive debate over the next three and a half months about what it will really mean.

I feel sure that David Cameron wishes he had never been forced into the manifesto pledge to offer a referendum , but win or lose there is no going back now.  The campaign to stay in is, not...

Barbers Auctions introduce new Dairy Sales

1st MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

Barbers Rural sister company, Barbers Auctions, are delighted to announce that from tomorrow (02 March 2016) they will be providing a new and improved dairy sale service.  This new venture is between Barbers Auctions and Hassall Brothers and the exclusive partnership draws on the market-leading strengths of both companies, using their complementary services and capabilities to provide a comprehensive and modern market service.  Both parties believe that their partnership firmly demonstrates...

Who owns the land?

9th FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Who owns our land?

Mike Taylor reports on the background and developments in land ownership in Europe

The UK farming area is approximately 17.2 million hectares, made up of roughly 212,000 farming units, or holdings, each with an average size of 77ha and receiving an average of £13,500 in EU support.

In England there are just over nine million hectares of farmland, 30% of which is occupied on tenancies or leases of one year or more and...

Is fracking cracking the planning process?

21st JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Is fracking cracking the planning process?
Objectors in the North West were celebrating in July last year as Lancashire County Council refused planning consent for energy firm Cuadrilla to start fracking for shale gas on a site near Fylde. This was despite a recommendation for approval by the Council’s own planning officers and despite advice from the Council’s own barrister that any attempt to block the application would be unreasonable and likely to be costly....

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.

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.


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,”...


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