Plea to help first generation farmers

Council's in the East are being encouraged to combat the problem of rising agricultural prices by renting land to first generation farmers.

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Essex strawberry race raising money for charity

The Tiptree Strawberry Race is an annual event Credit: ITV News Anglia

Teams of strawberry pickers will be hoping to be the quickest, as they take part in the Tiptree Strawberry Race near Colchester in Essex, which starts at 9am this morning.

The annual event raises money for charity, with many turning up in fancy dress. This years theme is the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

All money raised this year will go towards providing a special summer lunch for Tiptree pensioners.

Farmer tells of dog attacks on his sheep

A farmer is urging dog owners to be more responsible after a number of his animals were left killed or injured in a series of attacks.

Peter Gear says attacks on lambs, ewes and geese on his land in Hertfordshire are starting to threaten his livelihood.

Police say they believe domestic dogs on the loose are to blame and have launched an investigation.

Click below to watch our report from Sarah Beecroft. You may find some of the images disturbing.

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Cost of farmland reaches all time high

Farmland now at £7,625 an acre Credit: PA

The price of farmland has hit an all time high according to new figures. During the second half of last year the average cost of an acre in our region rose from £7250 to £7,625. It is now at the highest level since records began in 1995.

Food producers win regional awards

Three food producers in the region have won the East of England Co-op's Producer of the Year awards.

Colin Gray, Director of Rossi Ice Cream
Colin Gray, Director of Rossi Ice Cream

Rossi Ice Cream from Southend have scooped the Essex award. Buxton Potato Company have won for Norfolk and Lane Farm Country Foods from Brundish, near Woodbridge, have been voted producer of the year for Suffolk.

Tim Briscoe from Buxton Potato Company
Tim Briscoe from Buxton Potato Company

All three producers now go through to the national finals.

The Whitehead family from Lane Farm Country Foods
The Whitehead family from Lane Farm Country Foods

Rural crime warning

Farmers are being urged to be on their guard against rural crime
Farmers are being urged to be on their guard against rural crime Credit: ITV Anglia

Farmers are being warned to step up their security to counter an expected rise in rural crime.

The Country Land and Business Association says October and November are statistically the two months of the year when crime in the countryside is at its highest.

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New agri-tech project launched

The new project aims to take the lab to the land
The new project aims to take the lab to the land Credit: ITV Anglia

A new multi million pound project to help scientists and farmers work on new agri-tech projects is being launched.

The Norwich-Cambridge Agri-Tech Cluster aims to harness the scientific research that already exists in the region with the food and farming sector.

Backers of the scheme say it will take the lab to the land and translate agricultural research into improved productivity on the region's farms.

Warning for walkers after man is trampled by cattle

by Matthew Hudson

A warning for dog walkers has been issued after a man was trampled by a herd of cows in Cambridgeshire. He is now fighting for his life in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Paramedics were called to a field at St Neots on Bank Holiday Monday after a man in his 60s was found with serious injuries. Two people have been killed and a third seriously injured in similar incidents in the past five years.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Advice to walkers about cattle after man is trampled

The National Farmers' Union has issued advice to walkers after a man was seriously injured when he was trampled by a herd of cows.

The incident happened at St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Where footpaths cut through fields with cattle, the NFU says people should walk calmly and quietly and avoid going near the cows.

Click below to watch an interview with the NFU's Adam Scott

Man crushed by herd of cows

A man has been crushed by a herd of cows at St Neots, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's been seriously injured after being trampled by a herd of cows in Cambridgeshire.

Paramedics were called to the incident in a field in St Neots. The man believed to be in his 60s was taken to the specialist trauma centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

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