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

The floods and Force Majeure and Derogations

Did you know that you can be formally released from your Environmental Stewardship (ES) commitments where unforeseeable events, such as flooding mean that it is impossible or impractical for you to meet the terms of your ES Agreement.

Force Majeure applies when there is long term damage and you are unable to meet the management prescription required, for example:

Managing sucklers to maximise returns from rough grazing.

The Farmer Network has been monitoring grass quality and cattle growth rates on 10 farms across Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales where cattle were grazed on rough upland pastures over the past season. They will report headline findings so far and focus on how one of the graziers,Alan Tallentire, manages his suckler herd and the rougher grazing at High Griseburn.

Alan’s cattle are commercial Simmental crosses and he has also been breeding some pure Simmentals since the 1980s.

Flood recovery: Information meetings for farmers All welcome

The NFU is convening four open meetings around Cumbria to share information about flood recovery including the Farming Recovery Fund.

Tues 19th Jan - Kendal: NWA Junction 36,  7.30pm
Wed 20th Jan - Carlisle: The Auctioneer, 7.30pm
Thurs 21st Jan - Penrith: The Hired Lad,  7.30pm
Tues 26th Jan - Cockermouth: Lakeland Livestock Centre (Mitchell’s),  7.30pm

NFU Flooding update 8th January

This is an update of the information published online on 30th December 2015. Much of the content remains the same from the last edition but the following key changes have been made:

  • Business rates relief
  • Updated information on river channel and bank works

Future Flooding

Updated flood newsletter and flood damage survey

The  NFU’s latest version of their flood newsletter is available to download - see below. It is full of important and useful information.

The NFU is working with the Farmer Network and other organisations (we are involved) to assess the scale of the impact of storm Desmond and subsequent flooding on farms, so we are better placed to help farmers and their businesses recover and get appropriate support from government agencies and other organisations.

Farming Flood Recovery Fund

DEFRA’s Farming Recovery Fund is now open for applications for support payments worth up to £20,000 for people who have been affected by flooding. The Farming Recovery Fund will provide assistance with four key areas, including:

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