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Here is a flavour of some of the most recent industry news stories.  To read all news posts please click on one of the categories above.

Introducing the new Animal Health and Welfare Pathway

Over the last couple of years a group of farmers, supported by vets, specialists and Defra colleagues, have worked together to design a way to help fellow farmers bolster the health and welfare of their stock, whilst at the same time improving their bottom line.   The new project is called the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway.   The programme is set to start in Spring 2022 with a vet visit which will be paid for by the government. They will undertake a health and welfare review of the farm, including diagnostic testing, to set the foundations for the journey along the Pathway. The initial focus will be on improving disease prevention and controlling or eradicating an industry agreed list of diseases in each species.  Having completed this first step, farmers will continue along the Pathway supported by Animal Health and Welfare grants which will be launched later in 2022.  Visit this page for further information on the new programme.

Free 1:1 expert advice clinics for SMEs

The Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub, in partnership with the Department for International Trade and the West Midlands Growth Hubs are running a series of virtual, 1:1 advice clinics with specialists in VAT, Customs & Logistics, Import & Supply Chains, GDPR & HR, so businesses can get the expert help they need to avoid disruption to trading.  If your SME business is based in the West Midlands and is experiencing disruption caused by the end of the EU Exit Transition Period, or you have questions related to import/export topics, these clinics are for you.

Visit this page for the list of events.

Farm Business Innovation Show returns to the NEC on 10 – 11 November

The Farm Business Innovation show is the diversification and innovation event for farmers and landowners who want to make more money from their land.     There will be over 1,000 exhibitors and 500 seminars at the show, and tickets are free of charge.   To learn all about the key notes speakers, the opportunities for diversification and the newest products and services available for land-based industries and how to book your ticket, please visit this page.

New Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund to open in December

A sixth round of the popular Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund will open in December 2021.  The £2.5 million fund encourages collaboration and knowledge-sharing amongst the farming community. To apply, groups must submit plans showing how they will work together and share knowledge to protect and enhance their local environment, in line with their local Countryside Stewardship priorities.  Successful facilitation groups will also offer invaluable training, support and advice to potential applicants for agri-environment schemes.  This year’s fund includes support for new environmental priorities such as the improvement of air quality through slurry removal, reduction of ammonia emissions, tree planting and shelters,

Warwickshire RABI fundraising event – Sunday 3 October

Warwickshire RABI invite you to attend a:

Vintage Machinery Open Afternoon

on Sunday 3 October between 2.00pm – 5.00pm

by kind permission of Martin and and Angela Wadland

Three Shires Farm, Lower Boddington, NN11 6XX

£5 entry with tea and cakes available

Donations are welcome

Mind your head and look out for others on #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

The agricultural industry faces many stress factors, which are placing increasing pressure on workers and putting them at greater risk of mental ill health. These include extended amounts of time working in isolation, a blurring between work and home life, and financial uncertainty.  Research by the Farm Safety Foundation revealed that four out of five young farmers (under 40) believe that mental health is the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today. In 2018 they launched a campaign – Mind Your Head – to raise awareness of this growing issue in the industry and, since then, one thing has become evident; farmer health and wellbeing can not, and should not, be ignored – by any of us.  Friday 10 September is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay – so please remember to mind your head and reach out to friends, colleagues, neighbours and relatives who might be struggling.

Advice on establishing a herbal ley from AHDB

From seedbed preparation to post-establishment management, read some tips from AHDB on how best to establish a successful herbal ley.

Two Warwickshire Police events to support horse owners in the Rugby area

Warwickshire Police, with Warwickshire Horse Watch, are holding two events to support horse owners and riders in the Rugby area as part of The Vulnerable Road Users Initiative.

The First event is on Tuesday 21st September at 6.00pm at Rugby Riding Club, Ashlawn Road, Rugby CV22 5QE.  There will be a guest speaker from the British Horse Society together with representatives from Warwickshire Horse Watch and the Rugby Rural Safer-Neighbourhood Policing Team. They will be sharing some great stay safe tips and giving crime prevention advice.

The second event will be a free tack marking security event, on Saturday 25th September.  Priority appointments will be available to those who attended the first event on 21st September.

Advice for farmers following large factory fire in Leamington Spa

The Animal and Plant Health Agency have issued some guidance following the fire at Leeson Polyurethanes Ltd in Leamington Spa on Friday 27 August.  Warwick District Council has advised that debris has fallen over quite a large area including farms stretching south of the county towards Barford and Wellesbourne.  Following advice received from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), farmers with livestock or agricultural land for grazing/harvesting are advised to:

  • Remove any large pieces of debris as per the advice provided.
  • Don’t graze animals on the land until the debris is removed
  • Allow time for particles to be rained into the land before grazing or harvesting
  • Check water troughs thoroughly and replace water as needed

UK is now officially free of Avian Influenza – but poultry keepers should remain vigilant

As of 3 September 2021 the UK is officially free of Avia Influenza.   This allows market access discussions to reopen with our 3rd country trading partners. However, the UK’s Chief Vet has reiterated calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease as we move into this coming winter. Highly pathogenic avian influenza continues to circulate in both wild and captive birds in Europe and as winter approaches the risk of migratory wild birds flying to the UK over the colder months will mean that the risks for domestic poultry are likely to rise.  Visit this page for further advice.  

The three drivers for land purchases you may not have considered

Across the country, the Carter Jonas agency team has noticed a new wave of buyers.  They want the land, but they don’t necessarily want it for traditional reasons. They want the land’s potential to deliver an alternative income, escapism, or sometimes both. The value assigned to small blocks of land has dramatically increased in recent months and there has never been a better time to sell small blocks of woodland.    Read this report from RuSource to discover the new drivers for land purchases and how farmers can meet the new requirements of buyers.

Demystifying farm carbon offsetting with the Farm Carbon Toolkit

There’s a rise in farmers and landowners interested in getting paid for carbon sequestration.  The Farm Carbon Toolkit (FCT)help farmers to measure, understand and act on their greenhouse gas emissions.  As a farmer-led organisation, the FCT’s mission is to help farmers become knowledgeable and empowered on this topic.   They are urging farmers to recognise the risks that exist around these schemes and ask tough questions to any organisation seeking to “buy” carbon.  This article sets out the three watch-outs for farmers selling their carbon offsets.

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