Rooted in Cumbria

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member-led organisation dedicated to promoting commoning in Cumbria. Our overall aim is to maintain and improve the viability of hill farming on common land.

We want this website to:

  • Inform you about new issues in commoning
  • Let you know what we are doing
  • Make our voice heard all over the world and much more

Improving Sheep through Genetics

The UK sheep industry is often criticised for having a plethora of breeds and crosses. In truth, this is down to the varied terrain and climate in which breeds ahve evolved. It is characterised by a stratified three-tier breeding system related to altitude and the quality of grazing. The challenge is to speed the uptake of genetically superior recorded animals and explot new technologies to provide sheep that are more fit-for-purpose.

High Hopes – CLA report on the Uplands

High Hopes - CLA report on the uplands is a follow-up to the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) report of July 2010, which convincingly documented the nature of the Uplands, their potential and the factors preventing the Uplands from achieving their potential. The CLA agrees with the broad thrust of the CRC report and most of its recommendations.

Sheep and climate change

Sheep convert and concentrate nutrients not suitable for human needs into valuable foodstuffs from difficult-to-exploit land but this means they will have a relatively high carbon cost per unit of product. Sheep have a significant role in delivering environmental goods and services as well as enhancing the value of pastures as carbon sinks.

DEFRA Sheep EID 2011 Briefing

Defra have produced a new briefing and Q & A guidance on sheep movement reporting requirements. To find out more please click on the file.

Do you want to be part of a Commons Council for Cumbria?

Natural England are funding Julia Aglionby of H & H Bowe and Viv Lewis of the Federation of Cumbria Commoners to prepare a submission for the establishment of a commons council in Cumbria. This can only be done where there is substantial support among commoners (especially those exercising rights), owners, and others with legal interests.

Natural England relaxes rules on supplementary feeding to help livestock farmers in AE schemes through the big freeze

Natural England recognises the severe problems faced by livestock farmers as a result of freezing weather conditions and has announced steps today to make it easier for them to feed their animals.

Farmers in agri-environment schemes which normally impose restrictions on supplementary feeding will now be able to give their livestock additional feed to help maintain animal welfare during the cold period. This is a temporary relaxation and takes immediate effect for the duration of the severe cold weather.

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