General News

General News

Managing sucklers to maximise returns from rough grazing.

The Farmer Network has been monitoring grass quality and cattle growth rates on 10 farms across Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales where cattle were grazed on rough upland pastures over the past season. They will report headline findings so far and focus on how one of the graziers,Alan Tallentire, manages his suckler herd and the rougher grazing at High Griseburn.

Alan’s cattle are commercial Simmental crosses and he has also been breeding some pure Simmentals since the 1980s.

Flood recovery: Information meetings for farmers All welcome

The NFU is convening four open meetings around Cumbria to share information about flood recovery including the Farming Recovery Fund.

Tues 19th Jan - Kendal: NWA Junction 36,  7.30pm
Wed 20th Jan - Carlisle: The Auctioneer, 7.30pm
Thurs 21st Jan - Penrith: The Hired Lad,  7.30pm
Tues 26th Jan - Cockermouth: Lakeland Livestock Centre (Mitchell’s),  7.30pm

Updated flood newsletter and flood damage survey

The  NFU’s latest version of their flood newsletter is available to download - see below. It is full of important and useful information.

The NFU is working with the Farmer Network and other organisations (we are involved) to assess the scale of the impact of storm Desmond and subsequent flooding on farms, so we are better placed to help farmers and their businesses recover and get appropriate support from government agencies and other organisations.

Farming Flood Recovery Fund

DEFRA’s Farming Recovery Fund is now open for applications for support payments worth up to £20,000 for people who have been affected by flooding. The Farming Recovery Fund will provide assistance with four key areas, including:

NFU Flooding update

Flooded? Here's what you need to know.

The NFU has produced a newsletter for members affected by the flooding in the North East and North West.

It contains information on where advice and funding is available to help with the recovery operation. The newsletter also contains key contact details for assistance over the weekend and into next week.

Cumbria Farmer Network Flood Recovery Directory

Have you suffered from the floods or can help farmers recover from the floods?

Summer 2015 newsletter now out

The summer edition of our newsletter is now out.

Contents include:

CAP Reform and common land

Courts say righst cannot be created by prescription

How HLS agreements will be monitored

A portrait of Langstrath and Coombe common

and more ........

You can download it here

Find out about grazing cattle in the uplands

Grazing Cattle on Rough Ground in the Uplands: Thursday 6th August at 4pm

Crosbythwaite Farm, on Ulpha Common,near Broughton-in Furness, LA20 6DY.
Courtesy of Mark and Gillian Fox

Addicted to sheep

Your administrator, Viv, won two free tickets to the World Premier of the documentary film "Addicted to Sheep" at Sheffield last Saturday. The film is subtitled "one family's quest to breed the perfect sheep".

RSBP looking for a farm contractor for Naddle and Swindale farms

We have been asked by RSPB to publicise this opportunity.

Contract Farming Opportunity

Extensive Sheep farm - Cumbria

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