Planning Rules Relaxed for Farm Buildings

Planning Rules Relaxed for Farm Buildings

Recent changes to permitted development rights (PDRs) mean that farmers will be allowed to increase the size of buildings on their land and convert more buildings to housing. PDRs allow particular building works and changes to be completed without the need to apply for full planning permission. Announced by Dominic Raab, Housing Minister, last month,…

Would a Super-Monster Wolf Protect your Farm?

Would a Super-Monster Wolf Protect your Farm?

A robot wolf designed to protect farms has proved hugely successful in Japan. So much so that it is going into mass production next month. The aptly named “Super Monster Wolf” was designed to keep wild boar away from chestnut and rice crops in Japan. The 65cm-long and 50cm-tall robotic wolf was deployed in trials…

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…