Farmers urged to protect their land as lockdown 2.0 sees rise in trespassers

Authored by Mary

Farmers and landowners are being advised to protect themselves from unwanted public rights of way being created, as lockdown 2.0 has again seen an increasing number of walkers in the countryside.

Leading property consultancy Fisher German, which has an office in Exeter, is urging landowners in the South West to protect their interests as the boom in walking during another lockdown...

Farmers invited to virtual mental health seminar

Authored by Mary

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are holding an online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community on Friday 31 July.

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and increasing industry pressures mean that the region’s farmers are under pressure more than ever. This has led to increased incidents of mental illness within the industry.

To recognise this...

More clarity needed for rural markets post-Brexit

Authored by News Desk

Transaction based price index slips for a third successive report Headline demand continues to decline but conditions vary depending on land quality Twelve-month price expectations still negative but only modestly in the South West.

Subdued demand for farmland coupled with falling land prices and a lack of new supply across the rural sector sees calls for more post-Brexit clarity from...

Five year storage plan helps SW farmers' cash flow

Authored by News Desk

Devon Grain has expanded its grain storage options to help farmers ease the strain on their cash flow. The company - one of three under the West Country Grain umbrella, which also includes Kernow Grain and Cannington Grain - is introducing an even more attractive long-term storage purchase contract, this time with a five-year term.

Devon Grain's Board of Directors is only too aware of...

Dairy farmers still struggling with prices

Authored by News Desk

Farmers’ leaders in the South West are predicting more tough times ahead for the region’s dairy industry.

The recent announcement of further cuts means farm gate milk prices are likely to remain below the cost of production for some time to come, putting many farming families under increased pressure.

In the South West this is exacerbated by having to deal with the financial...

Continue with cull say farmers

Authored by Mary

The Government must make an immediate decision to proceed with badger cull roll out this year or risk losing the trust of the farmers who helped to elect them, say industry leaders in the South West.

Implementing a 25-year bovine TB eradication plan, including badger cull roll out, was one of the Conservatives’ manifesto pledges, but despite winning a majority in the general election...

SW farmers at risk of losing millions

Authored by Mary

Today (February 4th) is the 100 day countdown for farmers across the region to apply for £175 million of EU subsidies – but the new high tech way of applying and more detailed information needed could lead many to miss the deadline and fail to qualify.

The warning comes from countryside experts at Luscombe Maye which helps farmers across the region in their bids for the EU Basic...

Countdown to the Big Farmland Bird Count

Authored by Caitlin A Green

In just over two weeks, hundreds of farmers from across the country will be taking part in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) Big Farmland Bird Count.

Jim Egan, from the GWCT’s Allerton Project, said:

“The response to our Big Farmland Bird Count, which takes place on the 1 – 7th February, has been remarkable and we are thrilled that so many farmers have signed...

NFU helps EU see sense on MOTs for tractors and livestock trailers

Authored by Mike Page

New burdensome EU proposals on tractor and trailer testing look to have been defeated in the European Union after intensive lobbying from the NFU.

The proposals, which formed part of the EU’s wide ranging ‘Roadworthiness Package’, would have introduced new MOT-style testing for some large tractors and all livestock trailers.

The original plans meant that all ‘O2’ graded...

Badger cull myths exposed in new report

Authored by Anonymous

On the eve of a potentially devastating badger cull, Team Badger has published a report exposing the myths which underpin these misguided plans.

Team Badger’s ‘Mythbusters Report’ has been published to correct inaccuracies and misconceptions being used to justify the killing of thousands of badgers. The group, made up of the RSPCA, IFAW, the Humane Society International (UK), Born Free...