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New project to improve pig welfare

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Animal welfare scientists are helping Sainsbury’s identify ‘good mums’ for free farrowing systems on their pig farms. It is hoped the results will encourage more of their farmers to switch to higher welfare systems where the pregnant sow can be kept loose during and after the birth of her piglets.

Soil Association Awards deadline extended

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The Soil Association has announced that the deadline for their Innovation Awards has been extended until Tuesday 26th August. Now in their second year, the awards showcase the most innovative approaches to sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.

Insect populations impacted by climate change

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The appearance of new insect species, particularly grasshoppers and crickets, on the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) Allerton Project research farm in Leicestershire indicates that climate change is having an impact on wildlife.

NFU responds to Defra’s CAP greening guidance announcement

News Last edited 14/08/14
The NFU is set to continue its roadshow meetings to support farmer members as they get to grips with the new Common Agriculture Policy, and particularly the greening measures.

Information released on new £15 billion Common Agricultural Policy

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Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has today announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers, while calling on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three-crop rule.

New directors announced for Oxford Farming Conference

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Three highly entrepreneurial farmers will join The Oxford Farming Conference board (OFC) as its new directors in January 2015.

Man jailed for causing suffering to livestock

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A man from Barnard Castle has been jailed for 16 weeks for three offences under the Animal Welfare Act after 350 dead and dying animals were found at the farm he rented.

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