Please click on the link below with information on the Livestock Information Programme giving an update on the progress of it’s rollout.
You can also visit the Livestock Information Website
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Friends of Bartonsham Meadows have recently been informed that grazing land at Bartonsham Meadows will be available for rent this year. The Church Commissioners are keen to find someone, for one or two years initially, to manage the site on the edge of Hereford City, with a view to longer term agreement options in future years. Over the past year Friends of Bartonsham Meadows have been working in partnership with HWT and in discussion with the Church Commissioners to support a transition to regenerative and socially beneficial land-use practices on the meadows. We are now seeking to work with a like-minded land manager/farmer to help make this a reality. The site comprises of circa 110 acres of floodplain meadow on the southern side of Hereford City and was formerly the home of Bartonsham Dairy.
Click on the link below to see the map of the Bartonsham Farm Meadows
For more information please contact Andrew Nixon at the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07468 790 307
If you farm in the Wye Valley or Malvern Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), you are invited to attend a free online workshop to:
Register for one of these workshops now at www.landscapesforlife.org.uk/workshops
Farmers and land managers in the Malvern Hills AONB can contact
Paul Esrich (AONB Partnership Manager) for more information.
Email: email@example.com Tel: 01905 845057
For the Wye Valley AONB contact Nick Critchley (AONB Development Officer).
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07904 017982
… to prepare for landscape, habitat and nature recovery schemes, the Wye Valley AONB Partnership are also able to offer the following:
To request Wye Valley AONB data or for more information, please contact Wye Valley AONB Development Officer, Nick Critchley at email@example.com or 07904 017982.
On the 27th January 2021 Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs for Wales announced her decision to introduce agricultural pollution regulations, which will apply to the whole of Wales.
The Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021 will apply from 1st April 2021 for an initial set of measurements. The remainder will be phased in over a period of 3 years.
In summary, the regulations include the following requirements:
The Welsh Government has made support available to farmers through the Rural Development Plan’s Farm Business Grant (FBG) and Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) schemes to improve nutrient management and to reduce farm pollution.
Further information can be found at: https://gov.wales/rural-grants-payments
The new regulations will replace the existing NVZ regulations.
Storage of manure and silage
Controlling the spreading of nitrogen fertiliser (includes manufactured nitrogen fertiliser, slurry and other organic manures):
Closed periods for spreading manufactured nitrogen fertiliser
*Exemptions apply which are explained in the full guidance.
Incorporation of manure
*Exemptions may apply eg. if precision spreading equipment is used.
Storage of Organic Manure
Other than slurry, any organic manure must be stored:
– in a vessel;
– in a covered building;
– on an impermeable surface; or
– in a free standing temporary field heap
Temporary Field Heaps
Nutrient Management Planning
Import/Export of Manure
|Soil Type||Grassland||Tillage Land|
|Sandy or shallow soil||1 September – 31 December||1 August – 31 December|
|All other soils||15 October – 15 January||1 October – 31 January|
*Details of exemptions are provided in the full guidance
Slurry Storage capacity
Note: the rainfall figures and calculations used to determine the storage you will need to meet the requirements of the new regulations differs from those of the existing SSAFO regulations. Because of this, the difference between 4 months SSAFO and 5 months required by the new regulations is not necessarily equivalent to an additional month of storage. In some cases, such as in low rainfall areas, the new requirement may be lower than the existing SSAFO requirement. Where the requirement in the new regulations is greater, you should assess the most effective way to meet the new storage requirement, such as improved clean and dirty water separation.
Irrespective of the minimum storage requirement, you must ensure you have sufficient storage available to enable you to comply with the other requirements of the regulations.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund and New Holland Agriculture’s ‘Up to Speed’ scheme is now open for its second-year applications. We are pleased to offer three lucky recipients the use of a New Holland machine for a year.
Following the success of the first year of the scheme, the Fund and New Holland are looking forward to working together again to ensure that forward-thinking farmers can get their business ‘Up to Speed’. The scheme is open to any British farmer who can justify how the loan of a New Holland machine will help their business develop and become ‘Up to Speed’. This may be:
There are three different New Holland machines available for loan: a Boomer Compact Tractor, a T6 Tractor, and a TH Telehandler. Applicants must be aged 18 and over, with a British driving or tractor licence, a UK citizen with a UK passport and a resident in the UK. All you must do to apply is fill in an application form and upload a short supporting video explaining why you deserve the machine.
JB Gill, JLS band member, farmer and ambassador for The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “A year ago I launched the ‘Up to Speed’ scheme with The Prince’s Countryside Fund and New Holland and recently, I heard first-hand how much difference the New Holland machines have made (and still are making) to the businesses of the 2020 winners. It is an incredible opportunity for farmers, so do consider applying! Good luck and I look forward to meeting the inspiring winners of ‘Up to Speed’ 2021.”
Rob David, 2020 ‘Up to Speed’ Scheme winner, said: “I won the loan of a New Holland T6.165 tractor through the ‘Up to Speed’ scheme. In May, I took on some extra land, which I would not have considered without the New Holland tractor. Since then, the extra land has allowed me to buy some cattle and more breeding ewes too. The tractor has given me so much more freedom, saved me time and money – and just made life much easier! In the nine months I’ve had the tractor so far it has enabled my business to grow. I’d urge everyone to apply!”
Pat Smith, New Holland Business Director UK said: “We are very excited to be teaming up with The Prince’s Countryside Fund for a second year. This is a unique opportunity for three forward-thinking farmers in the UK. We at New Holland are very proud to be the major tractor manufacturer in the UK, we value our heritage here in Basildon, Essex, and we are dedicated to supporting British agriculture and British farmers. Following the success of our first year of the scheme, we look forward to supporting the next three lucky beneficiaries!”
Applications open at 12pm on 1st February 2021, and close at midnight on Monday 1st March 2021.
To find out more, and apply, please visit: www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/uptospeed
Your chance to shape Red Tractor’s Farm Standards
Red Tractor have opened a consultation on how their standards should look from November 2021. Their proposals have been developed over 12 months, working in partnership with farming organisations, farmers, vets, processors, and retailers. They would like to hear your views, via 2 surveys (links below), before 5th March.
Deadline extended to 25th February
Proposal to ban live export of livestock and horses (this will not apply to poultry) for slaughter and fattening. The consultation also covers regulation for domestic travel, including Reducing maximum journey times, Providing more space and headroom during transport, Stricter rules on transporting animals in extreme temperatures.
This will apply in England and Wales, where the journeys begin in or transit through either country.
Computers for Schools
If you have any old laptops/iPads which are no longer being used, please consider donating them to a local school. Children are being required to learn online but many do not have access to the technology nor the data.
If you’re not sure which school to contact, St. Thomas Cantilupe in Hereford would love to hear from you. Tel: 01432 268400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also – Laptops 2 Kids Herefordshire
Are looking for laptops & tablets and their charge/power cables. They should be working an ideally no more than 6-7 years old (may take older if high specification. Or you can donate cash which will help buy power cables or drives for the devices or make minor performance upgrades.
Email Tim or John at email@example.com