New GrowHow Farm Adviser for South West and South Wales

Somerset County Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Hefin Llywd has joined GrowHow UK as the company’s newest field-based Farm Adviser. He took up his new position on 13 October and will cover the South West and South Wales.

Wadebridge Young Farmers finish year on a high

Somerset County Gazette:

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Wadebridge Young Farmers finished the club year on a high at the Annual General Meeting, held on October 17 at Wadebridge Football Club.

Farm charity benefits from wildlife research in Somerset

Somerset County Gazette:

2:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

The Somerset branch of the UK's leading wildlife charity has raised almost £1,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), a charity dedicated to supporting farm-workers and their families through difficult times.

Book now for a swaling demonstration

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Controlled burning can be daunting, especially with busy roads and walkers around. So why not come along on Monday October 20 at 2pm North Hill, Minehead to a free, informal event.

Country roads are deadlier than you THINK!

Somerset County Gazette: Pictures from the Brighton Argus Flickr group

1:30pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

THINK! is launching a new campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads. Sixty per cent of people killed on Britain’s roads die on rural roads, and new research shows many more drivers are needlessly putting themselves at risk of an accident.

The end of another successful year for Culm Valley YFC

Somerset County Gazette:

2:45pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Culm Valley Young Farmers Club recently held their annual Harvest Supper at Culmstock Village Hall to celebrate the end of another successful year. The evening highlights included a very entertaining speech from guest speaker Chris Berry, Devon YFC Chairman.

Raising a glass – and £15K – to wildlife

Somerset County Gazette:

2:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

An exclusive wine tasting and auction held at the Caledonian Club in London has raised more than £15,000 for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). Over 50 people attended the event, which took place on the evening of Wednesday October 1. The proceeds from the auction will go towards funding the GWCT’s vital and ground-breaking scientific research, aimed at conserving the British countryside for generations to come.

CLA backs ban for sky lanterns

Somerset County Gazette: A glow lantern in the sky

1:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has backed a call by National Parks England to ban sky lanterns.

Study reveals air pollution impacts on river flows

Somerset County Gazette:

9:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014

A study published in Nature Geoscience shows that air pollution has had a significant impact on the amount of water flowing through many rivers in the northern hemisphere.

Pig power helps birds

Somerset County Gazette:

8:40am Tuesday 7th October 2014

The RSPB has recruited the help of some unusual volunteers to help restore heathland and give nature a home on one of its reserves. For the first time the charity has introduced a herd of six Mangalitsa pigs to ‘pig out’ at its Arne nature reserve, in Dorset, to help restore a seven hectare site back to its natural healthland through wild grazing.

Badger Trust legal challenge over monitoring of badger cull to be heard by Court of Appeal

Somerset County Gazette: On the trail of the badger family

8:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014

The Badger Trust will take its legal challenge over the lack of independent monitoring of the badger culls currently being undertaken in Somerset and Gloucestershire to the Court of Appeal on Thursday October 9. This follows a hearing on 11 September where the Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal agreed that the Badger Trust had a real prospect of success in its appeal.

Invitation to participate in South West Water’s Investment Programme in the Upper Exe

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

Exmoor Hill Farming Network is hosting a research and review project to help deliver improved water quality in the Upper Exe. Working with local farmers, land managers and landowners, the team will develop an Action Plan that could feed into a programme of activity to be rolled out in the Upper Exe catchment over the next five years.

New manure app gets nominated for innovation award

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00am Monday 6th October 2014

A new mobile app, designed to help farmers and growers value the nutrients found in manures, has been nominated for an award with the Soil Association. The Farm Manure Management Application, informally called the “FarmCrapApp” has been developed by the SWARM Knowledge Hub, a project run by the Rural Business School at Duchy College.

Peter Kendall wins Farming Champion Award

Somerset County Gazette: MESSAGE: NFU president Peter Kendall

Former NFU President Peter Kendall has been named as the Farming Champion for 2014 at the Farmers Weekly awards. Mr Kendall, who stepped down from the role as president at the NFU in February after eight years at the helm, was nominated for his on-going contribution to British farming.

Somerset Farmer David Horler Wins Diversification Farmer of the Year

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

David Horler, Somerset farmer and co-founder of the popular children’s brand, Tractor Ted, has been named Diversification Farmer of the Year in the Farmers’ Weekly Awards.

European Commission ignores scientists’ warnings over routine use of antibiotics in farmed animals, says Soil Association

Somerset County Gazette: The chickens were killed and their remains dumped in a public area in Leatherhead

8:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

European Commission proposal,s published on September 10, for updating regulations on farm antibiotic use ignore advice from the Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission to phase out routine preventative use, according to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.

Good progress in badger vaccination roll out

Somerset County Gazette:

11:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, says he is encouraged by the "good progress" being made in the project to roll out a badger vaccine in West Cornwall. The aim is to tackle the problems of bovine tuberculosis in the local cattle herd; a project he originally proposed last year and in which he has collaborated with the Zoological Society of London.

Vodafone teams up with local councils to encourage rural Open Sure signal

Somerset County Gazette: STAYING SAFE: Volunteers help the region's police patrol hundreds of miles of northern countryside during Farmwatch operations

10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

More of the British public think positively about farmers and farming than last year according to a recent OnePoll survey commissioned by the NFU. Following the launch of the Back British Farming campaign, the latest survey results reveal 67 per cent of people think favourably about farmers, a five per cent increase continuing an upward trend from 2012

Tories promise improved rural mobile signal

Somerset County Gazette: Conversations should be private

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that mobile networks will be made to improve phone signals in rural areas, At the Conservative Party Conference, Mr Javid criticised the current situation where large areas still only receive poor mobile phone signal and promised to ensure network operators would improve it.

Former NFU chairman charged with producing cannabis

Somerset County Gazette:

11:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Former NFU county chairman, John Shears, has been charged with producing cannabis. Mr Shears, who is 79, lives at Lower Nattadon Farm in Chagford, where a police raid took place earlier this year.

Emergency use of insecticide granted but will be too late for some, says NFU

Somerset County Gazette: FULL BLOOM: healthy oilseed rape

4:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

Emergency use of the crop protection product Insyst has been authorised to protect winter oilseed rape from further damage by cabbage stem flea beetle following growing pressure from farmers who have seen significant damage to their crops.

Arable business efficiency the focus for expanded Monitor Farm programme

Somerset County Gazette: Arable land: Little Comberton.

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

HGCA’s Monitor Farm programme is expanding this autumn to include eight more arable farms across England and Wales, bringing the total to 20.

RPA unveils ‘extra help’ to get online for Basic Payment Scheme

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

The Rural Payments Agency has announced a package of measures to help farmers get online for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) including the launch of regional digital support centres offering appointments for one to one sessions for those most in need.

Labour vow to stop badger cull

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The badger cull would be scrapped by the Labour Party if they win next May's general election

Workshop on cross compliance being held this evening.

Somerset County Gazette: SR_217_001     One of the fields to be used in the proposed Solar Farm at Cambridge (8281794)

8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

An information evening on Cross Compliance is being held this evening (Tuesday 23rd September) from 7.30 to 9pm at The Sportsman Inn, Sandyway, nr South Molton, Devon.

Surprize Surprize – yellow and orange apple with pink flesh launched

Somerset County Gazette:

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Britain’s latest apple sensation has gone on sale - a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh. The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.

Preparing for your livestock’s seasonal housing needs

Somerset County Gazette: DIET TIPS: The right balance of nutrients is crucial

9:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

The days are shortening, harvest and autumn sowing is mostly done, so now is the time to turn your attention to the winter and your stock. You must ask yourself how you intend to help them come through it, says Charlie Maclaren, board member of The National Beef Association (NBA).

Revised EU legislation for for veterinary medicine and medicated feed published

Somerset County Gazette: Gloucester Old Spot pigs on the farm

2:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

The European Commission in Brussels has published its proposed package for revised legislation for veterinary medicines and medicated feed. The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) welcomes its publication. It fully supports the Commission’s aim of improving the availability of veterinary medicines throughout Europe.

Rare species of bee discovered in Cornwall

Somerset County Gazette:

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Wildlife charity, Cornwall Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that two very rare species of bee have been discovered on their new Bartinney Nature Reserve near Sennen in west Penwith.

10,000 signatures as support grows for ‘the Defra plan’ for Hen Harriers

Somerset County Gazette:

6:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Efforts to secure a more promising future for hen harriers in England moved a little closer this week as an e- petition calling for Defra to publish its Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan achieved more than 10,000 signatures. This means that Defra is now obliged to respond in writing about their response.

Three top firms join forces to provide agricultural update

Somerset County Gazette: Barn conversion with views

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Agricultural businesses are being invited to hear the latest updates following the first approval in Cornwall for a residential barn conversion under permitted development rights at a joint seminar to be held on Thursday, October 2 in St Austell.

Rural Payments Agency moves away from higher-rate phone number

Somerset County Gazette:

10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is switching from its 0845 telephone number prefix to 0345 as part of a government-wide approach to move away from higher-rate numbers.

Former Cannington College students hold reunion

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Agriculture students from former Cannington College, (now part of Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre), recently held a thirty-year reunion in Wellington.

The Prince's Countryside Fund now open for applications

Somerset County Gazette:

3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

The Prince's Countryside Fund provides funding towards projects operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that clearly contribute towards one or more of The Prince’s Countryside Fund's objectives. It is now open for applications but be quick because applications need to be in by October 23 2014 We want our funding to have a long-term positive effect on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside, by tackling key rural issues.

Animal ban for St Ives llama farmers after offences reported again 'within days' of first trial

Somerset County Gazette: Llamas and geese recruited in fight against crime in Sussex

12:02pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A couple who kept llamas on a farm near St Ives have been fined and banned from keeping animals after failing to care for them.

Badger culling starts for second year in South West

Somerset County Gazette: Cotswolds parliamentary candidate hits out at badger cull plans

12:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Badger culling has started for a second year in the South West, prompting renewed calls from opponents for the controversial policy to be abandoned.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Tributes paid to man who died in farm tragedy

Somerset County Gazette:

12:50am Saturday 6th September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to the 50-year-old farm worker who died in a horrific accident that has “rocked the community.”

Care Farming Report Shows Need For Support

Somerset County Gazette: The sheep flock at Windsor Farm is predominately Suffolk-cross Mules and Welsh Mules. ..PICTURE: Debbie James.... (8675470)

9:07am Friday 5th September 2014

Care farming could be a significant supplier of health, social and educational services in the UK if its potential is fully exploited, according to new research.

New code on sky lanterns doesn't go far enough

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

The new code of practice on Sky Lanterns doesn’t go far enough, say event organisers who are calling for a national ban. The National Outdoor Events Association has already branded Sky Lanterns as dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.

Fall in farm incomes is only half of the story says rural accountant

4:17pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Farm business incomes fell by 30% in 2012/13, according to the latest government figures – but that is only part of the story, says Andrew Vickery, head of Rural Services at Old Mill accountants.

Sheep Health and Welfare Conference 2014

Somerset County Gazette:

6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Cutting edge practical information, plenty of content from producers working in the field and interactive sessions to ensure delegates get their views across. That is the promise from organisers of the 2014 Sheep Health and Welfare Conference, designed for people running sheep enterprises of all sizes, large and small, on Wednesday 26th November at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire.

Farmer furious after police kill prize £5,000 bull which was "not a danger to anyone"

Somerset County Gazette: BILLY BULL: Philip Marley with his bull lying where it was shot by police. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FURIOUS farmer has made an official complaint to North Yorkshire police after armed officers shot his prize bull.

Somerset honey show on the move

Somerset County Gazette: The European bumblebee has stronger resistance to parasite infections

7:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

For the first time this year’s Somerset Honey Show will be held at Long Sutton Village Hall near Langport on Saturday, September 20. The historic show, which dates back to 1885, will attract beekeepers from all over the county competing in 52 classes for the best honey, hive products and honey cookery.

Lanterns code welcome, but ban required says NFU

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

The NFU has commented on the Trading Standards Institute's new code of practice for sky lanterns and is calling for total ban. The code offers guidance for those designing, manufacturing, distributing, retailing or using sky lanterns -which have been the subject of sustained NFU lobbying because of the risks they pose, both to crops and livestock

Farmers urged not to come a crop-per on a level crossing this harvest

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Network Rail is reminding farmers and farmworkers of the importance of level crossings safety as they gather their crops this harvest. There are hundreds of user-worked crossings on farmland in Britain, which see a marked increase in traffic during the harvest season. Figures collated over the past ten years reveal that the number of collisions and near misses at these types of crossings also sharply increases over the harvest months.

Environment Agency to stage community open morning on Somerset Levels tomorrow

Somerset County Gazette: Dredging has begun along the River Parrett today. Picture by Clayton Jane claytonjane.co.uk

2:50pm Friday 29th August 2014

The Environment Agency is staging a community open morning after passing the halfway point of the dredging operation on the Somerset Moors and Levels.

University tests roadkill badgers for bovine TB

Somerset County Gazette: Badger cull will tackle bovine TB

1:20pm Friday 29th August 2014

Scientists at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with farming groups and wildlife charities, are investigating the presence of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Cheshire wildlife by testing badgers that have been involved in road collisions.

Introduction of water voles to Cornwall sees them return to the every county in England for the first time since 1989.

Somerset County Gazette: A water vole on the river bank Pic: Margaret Holland

12:08pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Wildlife experts at the Environment Agency have confirmed that water voles have returned to every county in England, following the final release of 60 captive bred voles within the Bude river catchment in Cornwall.

Devon’s world champion wool handler competes at county’s lamb shearing & dog trials event

Somerset County Gazette:

11:22am Thursday 28th August 2014

The reigning world champion wool handler, Devon-based Hilary Bond, narrowly lost out on picking up another title at the Devon County Show’s Lamb Shearing competitions.

Innovative feeder proven as badger deterrent

Somerset County Gazette: Badger     (6860415)

1:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with an innovative feeder design will improve on-farm biosecurity.






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