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Charity offers health checks because farmers "notoriously bad" at visiting doctors

Heather Dawes, a nurse from the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network

Heather Dawes - a nurse who works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network - says farmers are notoriously bad for not going to the doctors because of their busy lifestyles.

Because of this she offers health screening as part of the charity's work.

The charity says there has been a 20 per cent increase in farmers contacting the charity - some threatening to take their lives.

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Charity says farmers are threatening to commit suicide over industry decline

Alison Twiddy works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth Credit: Kate Hemingway

A support charity for farmers in Lincolnshire says its recently helped at least five depressed farmers who were so down they were threatening to take their own lives.

The Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth says its seen a 20 percent year on year increase in farmers contacting it over the last two years. The charity is expecting more calls at the end of the summer as a result of the bad weather and the threat of diseases like bovine TB.

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Tesco vows to source meat from Britain

Tesco today announced it would be sourcing more meat from UK producers, as supermarkets came under pressure to sell more British food in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

The supermarket giant's chief executive Philip Clarke told the National Farmers' Union annual conference:

Where it is reasonable to do so, we will source from British producers.

As a first step I announce that from July all of our fresh chicken must come from UK farmers. No exceptions.

And we will move over time to make sure all our chicken in all our products, fresh or frozen, is from the British Isles.

– Philip Clarke
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1,000 farmers attend NFU conference in Birmingham

1,000 farmers have gathered at the NFU conference in Birmingham to discuss what has been described as "a diabolical year".

Farmers across the region have been facing a whole number of problems - drought, floods, tuberculosis, HS2 running through their farms and the horse meat scandal.

They've heard how more food will have to be produced in England instead of being imported from other countries, because our population could increase by the equivalent size of "four Birmingham's" in the next eight years.

Farmers from across the Midlands have been talking to ITV News Central.

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NFU: Consumers want more British meat

More than three-quarters of consumers wants supermarkets to stock more food from British farms, according to a National Farmers' Union survey:

  • 78% said supermarkets should sell more food from British farms
  • 43% said they were more likely to buy traceable food from farms in Britain following the horsemeat scandal

A thousand people were polled by the union.

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NFU boss: Farmers 'furious' about horsemeat scandal

The head of the NFU has called for better labelling of British meat Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The head of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) has said farmers are "furious" about the horsemeat scandal.

Peter Kendall said that shorter supply chains and better labelling of British meat would help prevent a repeat.

He added: "Our research also demonstrates the strong demand for British-farmed products, and so retailers, processors and food service companies have a responsibility to ensure there is clear country of origin labelling on the products that consumers purchase."

Tesco boss Phillip Clarke, who today unveiled measures to guard against future scandals, is due to speak at the NFU annual conference today.

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