Time capsule to mark YFC anniversary

South West Farmer: Time capsule to mark YFC anniversary

2:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Young farmers buried a time capsule in Hemyock, Devon - the site of the first Young Farmers’ Club  - to commemorate the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ 80th anniversary.

Keep dogs under control, plead farmers

South West Farmer: Cllr Sean Anstee and his dog Stanley

3:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Dog owners are being warned to keep their animals under control, in particular on farmland.

French connection at Royal Cornwall Show

South West Farmer: Roussin Sheep expert, Michel Duguesne, who will be travelling from Normandy, France to judge the breed at the 2014 Royal Cornwall Show

11:53am Tuesday 15th April 2014

The sheep section at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show will have a distinctly French flavour thanks to a double celebration for the Roussin sheep section.

Sweet smell of success from YFC dung run

South West Farmer: Sweet smell of success from YFC dung run

3:10pm Monday 14th April 2014

Proving that where there's muck there's brass, members of Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers Club in Cornwall raised more than £700 through their annual dung run.

One thousand tyres and 100 gin bottles: Cornish farmer join campaign to tackle flytipping

South West Farmer: One thousand tyres and 100 gin bottles: Cornish farmer join campaign to tackle flytipping

2:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

One thousand tyres, one hundred empty gin bottles and a mini rockery wishing well with four broken garden chairs.

Cornwall Farmers appoints new director as firm speaks of "cautious optimism"

South West Farmer: Newly appointed non-executive director Ashley Masters

12:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

Respected Camel Valley dairy and beef farmer Ashley Masters has been appointed as a non-executive director of Cornwall Farmers.

EU Organic Regulation Consultation

South West Farmer: Nine day festival to be held across Waltham Forest in March

9:29am Monday 14th April 2014

The EU Commission is carrying out a review of the organic regulation which sets the baseline rules for all organic food and farming throughout Europe.

Countess of Wessex takes up Royal Cornwall Show presidency

South West Farmer: RCAA Chairman Michael Williams presents 2014 Royal Cornwall Show president, HRH The Countess of Wessex, with Cornish daffodils, courtesy of Maurice Crouch Growers, and Rodda's clotted cream at the traditional president's reception

9:01am Monday 14th April 2014

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex has been elected President of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) at the annual general meeting.

£90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

South West Farmer: £90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

3:32pm Friday 11th April 2014

The Government has made £90 million available for UK centres for innovation as part of its strategy to make UK farming more competitive, productive, resilient and sustainable.

Cornwall Farmers backs rider in world title bid

South West Farmer: Nicky Sherry

10:19am Friday 11th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers is supporting endurance rider Nicky Sherry as she trains for the World Equestrian Games, due to be held in Normandy, France this summer.

Cornish agriculture students get right Royal calling

South West Farmer: L-R: students Amy Sweet, Matthew Wall, Adam Gale, Ben Cavill, tutor David Carlyon.

6:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A group of Cornish agriculture and countryside students have had a royal calling. The hard working four from Duchy College Rosewarne have just accepted places at the prestigious Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, starting in September.

Eat more peas to save the bees, say MPs (and hoverflies too!)

South West Farmer: : The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's recent APPG explained to politicians that although bees are the focus of most attention, other important pollinating insects, such as hoverflies are in an equally perilous state and need help. Photocredit: Peter

3:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Two leading scientists recently expressed their concerns to a cross-party group of politicians that although bees are the focus of most attention, other important pollinating insects, such as hoverflies are in an equally perilous state and need help.

Andrew George MP promoting badger vaccination at the green fair

South West Farmer: n NFU Dorset NFU chairman Paul Gould broadly welcomes the move to protect livestock from bovine TB

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The MP for the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, will be supporting the Green Fair at St John’s Hall in Penzance on Saturday, April 12 at 10am.

Butterfly fightback begins

South West Farmer: Small tortoiseshell in barley - photo by Tim Melling, Butterfly Conservation

12:33pm Thursday 10th April 2014

UK butterflies rallied during last summer following their worst year on record, but numbers were still below average, according to the latest results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme.

Join in the British Farming and Food celebrations!

South West Farmer: Join in the British Farming and Food celebrations!

11:26am Thursday 10th April 2014

On Sunday 8th June hundreds of farms are opening for the biggest date in the farming and food calendar - LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday.

20-acre solar installation secures a bright future for West Devon farm

South West Farmer: Linda and Geoff Petherick retired from milk production in 2006 after a period of low milk prices saw their farm’s overdraft escalate.

9:24am Thursday 10th April 2014

Leasing a proportion of their farm for a solar PV (photovoltaic) development and replacing their dairy cows with sheep has secured the future of Eastacombe Farm for Geoff and Linda Petherick.

Pilot scheme launched to support work of The Princes Countryside Fund

South West Farmer: Pilot scheme launched to support work of The Princes Countryside Fund

9:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Feather Down Farm Days, the award-winning pioneers of ‘glamping’ and farm stays will be participating in a brand new pilot scheme to support the work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the charity that supports the people who live and work in the countryside.

Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

South West Farmer: Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

8:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Priding itself on its abundance of native bluebells, Godolphin near Helston is preparing to welcome the warm weather and embrace the outdoors amid the beauty of this characteristically springtime flower.

Simple Beef System pays dividends for Devon family farm

South West Farmer: Cecil Partridge with his cattle

7:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

It’s a great testimonial to excellent stockman ship to see cattle all contented and quiet in their sheds on the day of one of the worst storms recorded in the South West.

Keep pressure up on red tape challenge, says NFU

South West Farmer: Minette Batters is a strong contender in the NFU deputy and vice-presidential elections

1:58pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

The NFU says that although progress is being made by Government in cutting red tape, it must act with more urgency so that farmers can see the benefits on the ground.

Cornwall Farmers appoints new director as annual meeting told of cautious optimism

South West Farmer: Newly appointed non-executive director Ashley Masters

9:55am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Respected Camel Valley dairy and beef farmer, Ashley Masters, has been appointed as a non-executive director of Cornwall Farmers.

Cornwall Farmers opens its second Patch & Acre store

South West Farmer: Cornwall Farmers opens its second Patch & Acre store

3:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers’ new-look Patch & Acre Country Store at Launceston will be unveiled on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Cornwall Farmers backs rider in world title bid

South West Farmer: Nicky Sherry

2:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers is supporting endurance rider Nicky Sherry as she trains for the World Equestrian Games, due to be held in Normandy, France this summer.

Charity bingo night raises £1,000 for farming families

South West Farmer: Eyes down (left to right) bingo caller Anthony Wilkes, sponsor Mark Davies from Green Farm Seeds, and Gloucestershire R.A.B.I. committee members Mary Wathen and David Hewlett.

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A charity bingo evening at Maisemore village hall on March 22 raised £1,000 to help farming families affected by flooding in Somerset and elsewhere.

Farmer's despair as cattle lost to bovine TB

South West Farmer: Cow trapped

10:50am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Dorset dairy farmer Paul Gould is facing the prospect of losing nearly a quarter of his closed dairy herd after the animals reacted positively at his latest routine bovine TB test.

Urgent action on food waste needed

South West Farmer: CONTROVERSIAL: A bill to introduce National Service had its second reading in Parliament

9:16am Tuesday 8th April 2014

The House of Lords EU Committee has today called for urgent action on food waste in Europe highlighting that at least 90 million tonnes of food is wasted across the EU each year.

Sponsors announced for Bridgwater College scholarship

South West Farmer: New sponsors and members of Bridgwater College staff.

6:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Bridgwater College’s Scholarship programme, in association with Coombe Farm, Cricketer Farm, Magnox, Micro Bio-Systems, Pattemores Transport, Synergy Farm Health, Thatchers Cider, the University of Exeter and Wessex Water, is back for a second year, for students studying a range of land-based courses.

NFU respond to Kendall's AHDB appointment

South West Farmer: CALL: NFU President Peter Kendall during the National Farmer’s Union annual Conference at the ICC, Birmingham

3:38pm Monday 7th April 2014

NFU President Meurig Raymond has said he looks forward to working closely with Peter Kendall.

New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

South West Farmer: New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

12:02pm Monday 7th April 2014

A new Schmallenberg vaccine – SBVvax – is now available from Merial Animal Health after receiving approval for use in sheep and cattle in the UK.

The Duchess of Cornwall accepts Honorary Life Vice-Presidency for Devon County Agricultural Association

South West Farmer: The Duchess of Cornwall

9:41am Monday 7th April 2014

The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which stages the Devon County Show, is delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has accepted a DCAA Honorary Life Vice-Presidency.

'Significant' land-based skills shortage in UK

South West Farmer: Plans for huge solar farm on MP Richard Drax’s estate facing judicial review

8:36am Monday 7th April 2014

The Baroness Young of Old Scone hosted an event on Thursday which saw the launch of an updated report on the future skills and employment needs of the land-based and environmental industries.

Gassing badgers 'most humane' way to kill them, says Princess Anne

South West Farmer: Princess Anne

12:48pm Friday 4th April 2014

Gassing badgers is the most humane way to control them, according to the Princess Royal.

Humane society welcomes abandonment of badger cull

South West Farmer: Residents show support in city's anti badger cull march

5:06pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Animal welfare charity, Humane Society International UK, says it welcomes the abandonment of the planned roll out of badger culling to new areas of England this year as “a welcome U-turn but a damning indictment on DEFRA’s failed policy”.

NFU respond to Government's TB Free Strategy

South West Farmer: £20m river funding ‘not enough’

4:49pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Farmers will be 'bitterly disappointed' in the decision not to roll out badger culls, say the NFU.

Government abandons plans to roll out badger cull

South West Farmer: Stop the badger cull

2:41pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Government has abandoned its plans to roll out the badger cull after two pilot studies in the south west y proved it was ineffective.

Dramatic declines in South West's struggling bees

South West Farmer:

10:27am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A new report on bees in South West England by nature conservation charity Buglife reveals that up to 75% of some of our most threatened bee species have been lost in some counties.

Cornwall Farmers customer wins £999 saddle

South West Farmer: Cornwall Farmers customer wins £999 saddle

6:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Cornwall Farmers’ equine roadshow is underway, and the first event at their Patch & Acre store in Penzance on Saturday 29 March attracted a great turnout.

Auction buzz for beekeepers

South West Farmer: Auction buzz for beekeepers

11:13am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Antique books, blocks of yellow beeswax, stainless steel honey extractors and wooden bee hives made up some of the 200 or so lots at Taunton Beekeepers’ 25th annual auction

Promiscuous female fruit flies prevent male extinction

South West Farmer: Promiscuous female fruit flies prevent male extinction

10:20am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Female fruit flies with a large number of sexual partners are playing an invaluable role in preventing the extinction of males, new research has shown.

AMC announces discounted margins for farming businesses

South West Farmer: Anaerobic digester has ‘immense potential’

11:14am Monday 31st March 2014

 FARMING businesses are to benefit from discounted margins on financial loans for certain farm investment projects following the announcement of a further tranche of European Investment Bank (EIB) funding through the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC).

Kendall named new President of World Farmers Organisation

South West Farmer: Kendall named new President of World Farmers Organisation

5:00am Sunday 30th March 2014

Former NFU President Peter Kendall has been named the new President of the World Farmers Organisation (WFO).

‘Restricting water access may damage UK food production’, says CLA

South West Farmer:

9:25am Saturday 29th March 2014

The Country Landowners Association has responded to the Government’s water abstraction consultation 'Making the most of every drop'.

Army admits blowing up live pigs to improve medical techniques

South West Farmer: A pig at Foal Farm

2:13pm Thursday 27th March 2014

According to information released under Freedom of Information laws, the British Army has been blowing up live pigs in body armour in a bid to improve medical techniques used on the battlefield.

Act Now to Take Full Advantage of the Latest Changes to Rural Planning

South West Farmer: Steve Quartermain

11:13am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Rural Solutions the nationwide planning and development specialist is urging rural land owners to act now to take full advantage of the latest changes to Rural Planning policy.

Charles Sercombe back in the NFU livestock chair

South West Farmer: £20m river funding ‘not enough’

8:33am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Leicestershire farmer Charles Sercombe has been unanimously re-elected chairman of the NFU’s national livestock board. Mr Sercombe, who has 2,000 sheep on 200 acres at Frisby-on-the-Wreake near Melton Mowbray, took over as chairman in 2012.

BVA concern at CMO call for sick animals to be slaughtered not treated

South West Farmer: SCARY STATISTICS: From 2005 to 2009, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of blood poisoning cases in the UK caused by the E.coli bacteria – and the proportion of those cases where the infection was resistant to antibiotics also increased mark

8:27am Wednesday 26th March 2014

The British Veterinary Association is calling for a clarification of remarks made by the Chief Medical Officer in which she called for sick animals to be slaughtered rather than treated as part of the strategy to reduce antibiotic resistance in humans.

Poultry farm will take a year to recover after blaze

South West Farmer: Protesters mass to fight ‘terrible’ chicken farm

6:49am Tuesday 25th March 2014

A poultry farmer who lost nearly 7,000 chickens in a shed fire, has said it will take a year for his business to recover.

War of words in Wales over badger cull

South West Farmer: File photo dated 28/07/08 of a badger, as a council close to an area where a badger cull is set to go ahead to tackle TB in cattle will not support culling on its land. A majority of elected members at Tewkesbury Borough Council in Gloucestershire said th

7:46am Monday 24th March 2014

Ministers in Wales have "got it wrong" by refusing to cull badgers to tackle TB in cattle, says the new NFU leader.

Shed blaze kills farm birds

South West Farmer: The odds on this group of turkeys surviving Christmas are increasing

7:41am Monday 24th March 2014

More than 6,000 farm birds have been killed in a shed fire in Devon.

Agriculture research body failed to deliver 'value for money'

6:00am Friday 21st March 2014

A body doing crucial work for the agri-food industry has failed to deliver good value for money on £253m of spending, a report has found.








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