General News

General News

Should English hill farmers follow the Welsh hill farmers lead?

Stepehen Carr's Opinion piece in Farmers Weekly is well worth a read.

He is thrilled that, last December, Welsh hill farmers succeeded with their legal action and scuppered the Welsh government’s proposal to pay anyone farming land above a “400m moorline” a small fraction of the new BPS area payment of anyone farming below it.

MOD withdraws application to de-register common land at Warcop, Hilton and Murton

This  is complicated stuff. According to Pannage Man's Blog aka Hugh Craddock  who had policy responsibility for drafting the Commons Bill and then implementing the Commons Act 2006, "the repeal in Cumbria of the Commons Registration Act 1965 means that the Ministry of Defence cannot at any time renew its application for deregistration under that Act: the opportunity has passed for good.

Why is farming so important for the uplands?

The NFU has a useful article about what Britain could look like without farmed uplands and asks if this is a realistic option or a step too far.

You can download the article here

Theft of sheep from Ravenstondale common

The theft of 80 Rough Fell Ewes and 70 Lambs has occurred from Ravenstonedale Common, near Kirkby Stephen between the beginning of May and 22/08/14.  The sheep are identifiable by having an orange spot on their near shoulder and their far hip.  The horns are marked with 'JF'.  The ear markings are upper bit on their far ear and lower bit on their near ear.  Tag no.s UK111441 and UK103225.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident please ring  the Police on tel.101 or crimestoppers Tel 0800 555 111.  Our incident number is 131 of  25

Bog Ashpodel and "Saut"

Recently, bog asphodel has become more prevalent in the uplands, partly due to the management regimes put in place for agri-environment schemes.

Bog Asphodel is poisonous to both sheep and cattle, causing serious kidney problems and a photosensitive disorder ( called 'saut' in Cumbria).  The photosensitization causes various chemical reactions in the skin on exposure to the sun, resulting in tissue damage. It can be fatal. If caught early the animals can be saved.

Liz Truss - new Secretary of State

Taken from NFU online

Owen Paterson has been replaced as Defra Secretary of State by the Conservative MP for South West Norfolk, Liz Truss.

Mr Paterson's departure follows a wide-ranging reshuffle.His 38-year-old replacement, Lizz Tuss, entered parliament in 2010, will leave a ministerial role at the Department for Education.

Ms Truss founded the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs which campaigns for economic reform and a positive attitude to profit making enterprise.

Federation has taken another step towards setting up a Commons Council for Cumbria

In late May we submitted an extensive proposal to the Secretary of State to set up a Commons Council for Cumbria.We are asking the Secretary of State to allow Cumbria to establish a Commons Council by order made under Section 27 of the 2006 Commons Act. If the Secretary of State is convinced that we have demonstrated  prima facie (evidence sufficient to prove a particular proposition) substantial support for a commons council in Cumbria, then there are still a number of steps to achieve as follows:

Julia Aglionby, one of our Committee members is appointed to Board of Natural England

We are very pleased to announce that Julia Aglionby, our Executive Director has been appointed as a member of the Board of Natural England.  Julia along with Andy Clements, Teresa Dent and Simon Lyster will join the Board on 14 July 2014. 

Sheep jobs for June

SHEEP JOBS FOR JUNE: Rhidian Jones, SAC Consulting Sheep and Beef Specialist, provided this useful guide for jobs in the month of June in SAC Consulting’s Sheep and Beef News:

Lowther Estates Trust refuses to sign UELS application on Grasmere Common

The commoners of Grasmere Common want to apply to Natural England to deliver an Upland Entry Level Stewardship Scheme (UELS) on their common. But the owner, Lowther Estates Trust is refusing to sign the form so denying them   access to a much needed payment.

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