40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

According to research commissioned by fast-food giant McDonald’s, almost half of UK farmers are prioritising animal welfare over other investments. Retailers and consumers are increasingly demanding high-welfare food and becoming more interested about where their food comes from and the farming practices used to produce it. The survey, carried out by the National Farm Research…

PM Theresa May Visits Dairy Farm

PM Theresa May Visits Dairy Farm

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Fairview Farm, a dairy farm in Bangor this month. She was shown by owners Stephen and Susanne Jackson. After her tour of the farm, Mrs May met with representatives of the Ulster Farmers’ Union for lunch in the farmhouse. They discussed their concerns within the agriculture industry and talked about…

40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

More UK Pork Cleared for China

Seven additional meat processors across England and Northern Ireland have now been cleared by the Chinese to export their pork to China. This announcement follows a long and thorough accreditation process which involved Chinese inspections of plants by China’s Certification and Accreditation (CNCA) agency and visits to China by several agriculture ministers from Northern Ireland.…

Vertical farming

Investors Sinking Millions into Vertical Farming

Vertical farming startup Plenty has, so far, attracted $200 million in agriculture-tech investment and plans to use this money to set-up more farms around the world and make the concept of indoor farming more viable and accessible. This huge investment has created more interest around the vertical farming technique which grows food in hanging modules…

Environment Secretary Backs Post-Brexit Seasonal Workers Scheme

Agriculture Workers Among Healthiest Workforce in UK

According to a survey of over 2,000 adults conducted by IronmongeryDirect, those working in the agriculture sector, including farm managers, technicians, mechanics and administrators are among the healthiest workers in the UK. The average agricultural worker is active for four and a half hours per day, with many in the industry being physically active for…

The Rise of Drones in UK Agriculture

While the use of commercial drones has recently generated interest in the national press, the increasing use of drones in UK agriculture has largely flown under the radar. Agricultural businesses are utilising drones for a wider range of purposes than ever before. From soil and field analysis to the monitoring of arable and pastoral stock,…

Herds of Women Taking up Farming

Recent figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that the number of women running farms in the UK jumped by nearly 10% between 2010 and 2013. This trend has continued in the years since and now over 25,000 UK farms are now run by women. What’s more, 28% of the…

UK Pig Farmers Reduce Antibiotic Use

UK Pig Farmers Reduce Antibiotic Use

The UK pig sector is making ‘significant’ strides in reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock. Figures released show that less than 18% of all feed for young pigs in 2016 contained antibiotics, compared to 37% in 2014. The Pig Veterinary Society has applauded the news and praised the efforts of vets who work with…