General News

General News

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.

Carlisle: drop-in center for SPS 2013 applications

From 25 March to 15 May the RPA  drop-in center will be open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday at Eden Bridge House, Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 8DX. Telephone: 07826 860760

You can take your paper SPS application forms and get a basic check.

RPA Customer Director Justin Chamberlain said: “At our drop-in centres this year we will be happy to help applicants make the move online for SPS 2014, so that they can join the 42,000 people who already benefit from making their claims electronically.”

Commons Council - Cumbria Farmer Article April 2013

The April Edition of the Cumbria Farmer published an article about the thinking behind setting up a Commons Council for Cumbria and why the Federation of Cumbria Commoners is working with Defra and Natural England to set up a single management system for commons.

Below is the text of the article - you can also download the published article

Bracken Control Newsletter April 2013

The Label and Notice of Authorisation will not be available until the Emergency Authorisation comes into effect on 20 May. 

For more details about the Asulam Emergency Authorisation see http://e2.ma/click/5dfre/pdgjrb/tc6peb

 

 

AgriChatUK - "What future for Upland farms?" discussion 21/03/13

The aim of AgriChatUK is to give everyone involved in agriculture a place to share ideas, discuss pressing rural issues, debate hot topics and connect with people in the industry who may not otherwisebe easily accessible.

It is a weekly 2 hour Q&A discussion session held every Thursday evening between 8-10pm on Twitter.

Tim Farron calls to back British hill farmers by cutting modulation levy

Tim Farron has called on the government to do more to help hill farmers by slashing the modulation levy, which is the amount that the government takes off single farm payments. Tim would like to see a greater recognition of the role that upland farmers play in protecting our towns from flooding, maintaining access to the fells for walkers, developing and protecting our landscape and biodiversity and of course producing the highest quality beef and lamb.

Federation response to Defra EU review of LFAs

The Federation has sent its response to the Defra consultation on EU review of Less Favoured Areas.

We’ve asked our members to look at the new maps and see if it will affect them and it doesn’t as all the common land remains within the new classification called Areas if Natural Constraint.

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