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Sheep attack farmers say 'Keep dogs on leads'

by Malcolm Shaw

Farmers on the South Downs are asking dog owners to keep their pets on their leads when they are around sheep, after a number of serious attacks.

At this time of year, many ewes are pregnant and may miscarry their lambs if they feel stressed. Police are warning the dog owners that they could face prosecution if their animals are out of control around livestock. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are: Tim Armour, a farmer; and Jan Knowlson - a ranger for the South Downs National Park.

Pig farmer's anger at 'poor standards' of EU competitors

Many years ago pig farmers in Britain spent a fortune on improving animal welfare standards because EU laws demanded it.

Now it turns out that many farmers in Europe failed to do the same. It meant their pork was cheaper and British farmers lost out.

So what's the EU going to do to force European farmers to adopt the standards it recommended 14 years ago?

David Johns reports and speaks to pig farmer David Brown from Meopham, Richard Ashworth MEP and butcher Ian Chatfield. Video footage courtesy of Animal Aid and the EU.

How will farm floods affect our weekly shop?

Last year's record rainfall destroyed millions of pounds worth of crops on our farms. There are fears that this year's harvests could also be severely reduced, triggering food price rises.

The Met Office says we could be facing ten years of increasing rainfall. Fred spoke to Richard Dodd from the British Retail Consortium earlier - and asked him how all this will affect our weekly shop.

Food price alert after rains

by John Ryall

There are warnings that we will all have to pay a little more for our food at supermarkets over the coming year because of last year's heavy rainfall.

The bad weather had a severe impact on farming with the rain destroying millions of pounds of crops in the South-east alone, leaving behind fears that this year's _harvests could be largely reduced, triggering shortages of some foods.

Farmers are being warned that they need to develop new growing methods - or face the problems, financial and otherwise that could follow more bad weather. John Ryall reports.

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