General News

General News

NFU report: Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Keeping livestock on the hills is the key to maintaining the character of areas like the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor, the NFU said this week.  

A new report, ‘Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands’ was launched at the NFU highlights how sheep and cattle have for hundreds of years shaped some of the country’s most iconic landscapes and communities. It also illustrates how producers continue to deliver high quality British beef and lamb in these areas.  

Go-ahead for next steps to create a Cumbria Commons Council

The Federation has got funding to take the commons council forward

Many of you will know that this has been a long road with slow progress at times but we now have Defra support and a fresh momentum for taking things to the next stage – and we need your help to create a Commons Council for Cumbria.

Bracken Control - emergency authorisation has been approved

It's Official:

The Emergency Authorisation has been approved

 

Representatives of the Bracken Control Group (BCG) met in York on February 26th and at the start of the meeeting the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) announced that the application for an Emergency Authorisation has been approved. 

For more information see http://www.brackencontrol.co.uk/News

 

LFA designation in the spotlight after 40 years - let us know what you think

A new Government consultation on the way LFAs are designated is in process. The European Commission has proposed to replace LFAs with a new designation known as Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC). This requires a mapping exercise to ensure that land which is agriculturally disadvantaged is captured under the new ANC designation.  LFA land is typically associated with the Uplands of England, but changes may see some designated areas lose their status and new areas come in as agricultural land facing constraint may be located anywhere in the country.

Natural England reminds farmers in ES schemes that they can supplementary feed their livestock in severe cold weather

Natural England has confirmed that in the event of further heavy snowfall this winter then livestock farmers - who may have an agri-environment agreement that includes restrictions on carrying out supplementary feeding - would be able to provide their livestock with additional feed.  This would be a temporary relaxation for the duration of any severe cold weather period and it will not be necessary to contact Natural England for consent before carrying out supplementary feeding under these circumstances.

Tim Farron says Government must act quicker to help farmers on common land

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on the Government to take action to help farmers who have part of their farm wrongly labelled as 'common land'.

Tim Farron has been lobbying the Government on this issue. However, DEFRA Minster Richard Benyon MP has now said in a ministerial reply that the rules will not be changed until 2015 at the earliest.

Consultation on improved access to the coast between Allonby and Whitehaven

ON Monday 17th December 2012 Natural England submitted its report to the Secretary of State setting out our proposals for improved access to the coast between Allonby and Whitehaven. These proposals form part of a programme to establish a continuous walking route around England’s coastline under the provisions of Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

You can make representations to the Secretary of State about the proposals. Owners and occupiers of affected land are also entitled to make objections about the report.

Fresh Start Uplands Academy

Do know anyone who would be interested in attending the Fresh Start Uplands Academy? Starting in February 2103 there will be four sessions two before lambing and two afterwards. It is suitable for;

  1. Anyone taking over a family farm
  2. People currently working as an employee looking for a share farming or tenancy arrangement ie setting up alone
  3. New Entrants from outside farming

For more information please see attached flyer

Do you know what a moorland habitat in good condition looks like?

At the Cumbria Grazing Forum meeting this month we were shown pictures of moorland that Natural England say are in good condition. These will be used for the self-monitoring scheme on Kinnisde common. This document is valuable, but The Federation believes it is partial. The most obvious question is 'in good condition for what/whom?' There is no mention of the condition relative to grazing.

Hill Farming Training Scheme launched

The Federation has been working closely with the Foundation for Common Land to deliver this unique project teaching conservationists about the work of hill farmers. It aims to close the void between farmers producing food and experts who focus on the environment.  

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