General News

General News

Progress on Natural England's Uplands Delivery Review

Natural England has been undertaking a review of Uplands evidence and have published their findings

This is the first of Natural England’s evidence reviews and it addresses 5 topics which were identified with stakeholder input.  It reflects on areas of advice that are subject to challenge and looks at what could make a difference on the ground.

The publication includes the methodology and the assurance process as well as the five topic reviews.

English sheep farmers SEVERE WEATHER PAYMENTS

Defra has made up to £250,000 available to subsidise the cost of collecting and rendering sheep that died in the severe late March snowfall. This will help farmers who suffered heavier losses than normal due to the exceptional weather, to cover these unexpected costs.

The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) will administer the scheme, but farmers do not need to be members already or have used a member collector in order to apply for the subsidy.

Report on the work of Farmer Networks - showcasing the Cumbria Farmer Network

This report  was commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Its purpose was to understand how existing Farmer Networks operate, consider the value of Farmer Networks and positive change the bring to farmers. The Cumbria Farmer Network Ltd is one of the five case studies - it's mission is to "Inform, Educate and Support those involved iwth farming".

Read British Farmer & Grower article about the Federation and commons

The April 2013 edition of the British Farmer and Grower has an article about the work of the Federation of Cumbria Commoners, the origins of common land and how they are used today.  You can download and read the article here.

Cumbria Farm Watch: Summer Safety

A message from Cumbria Farm Watch Information sent on behalf of Fire & Rescue Service

As summer approaches, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service would like to make sure that residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable time when taking advantage of our beautiful county.  

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Defra to meet the cost of removing sheep killed in snow

Update from National Sheep Association (NSA).

Donated animal feed arrives in West Cumbria

Fifty-five bales of donated fodder were delivered on Tuesday 23 April to the hill farmers of south Cumbria who lost thousands of sheep in snow blizzards and are seriously running low on food to give to their stock.

A Househam Sprayer Ltd lorry, which set off at 4am from the town of Leadenham in Lincolnshire, arrived in a lay-by just north of Bootle in Cumbria at 8.30am with the load of haylage and silage which would have been sold into the equestrian market but was held back by a Lincolnshire farmer called Andrew Ward.

EU Budget 2014 - 2020 latest developments

The following is taken from Natural England’s Scheme Development Bulletin.

Final Application dates for HLS and UELS/ELS and news scheme development

Curent schemes

The current agri-environment scheme ends on 31st December 2013. The final application date for ELS is 1st September 2013. HLS applications should already be in train.

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