Don’t forget to get your Countryside Productivity Small Grant application in before 3rd September

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 2 is now open

The scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. This scheme is only open to farmers based in England.

Farmers can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Round 2 handbook.

All the items have been identified following consultation with industry groups and suppliers as helping achieve improvements in either:
• technical efficiency
• animal health and welfare
• resource efficiency, or
• nutrient management

Who can apply
Farmers in England (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant.
Full details and guidance at

The application deadline for this round of funding is midday on 3rd September 2019.

Please remember to check your details on the Rural Payments service before you apply for this grant. You must make sure they exactly match with the details in your application form, or your application will be rejected.

Destination Herefordshire – Managing and Marketing the County’s Tourism

Businesses across Herefordshire are being asked about their priorities and the best way forward for a well-funded and sustainable County tourism body for Herefordshire.

With the uncertainty surrounding the future delivery of Visit Herefordshire, the Herefordshire Sustainable Food and Tourism Partnership (HSFTP) have appointed The Mosaic Partnership to investigate the possibility of creating a Herefordshire Destination Business Improvement District (BID). This would be a new strategic and forward-thinking business led delivery body with the potential of generating over £500,000 pa to deliver the destination management of the whole County.

This is the very first stage in seeing whether a ‘Destination BID’ would be the right model to use in Herefordshire and the study would like to involve tourism businesses as early as possible in the process.

If you’re a business involved in providing accommodation, attractions, retail, food and drink, or use the Herefordshire brand to promote your activity, then you should be involved in helping us to reinvigorate the Visit Herefordshire brand and how we manage and market Herefordshire so that it truly fulfils its potential.

There is an on-line survey that businesses can complete

Open meetings are being arranged to take place across the county and include:

  • 2pm on Thursday 27th June at the Council Chamber, 11 Corn Square, LEOMINSTER. 
  • 6pm on Monday 1st July at the Royal Hotel, ROSS ON WYE.
  • 2pm on Thursday 4th July at the Town Hall, St Owen Street, HEREFORD.

If you wish to get in touch with the project team, please contact:-
Owen Davies

Do you have a question about Rural Crime?

FasterFarmers invite you to join an “online” event on rural crime hosted by West Mercia police.

The Police & Crime Commissioner is having a live facebook session with the Chief Constable about rural crime.















Large water container free to good home!

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust have a large water container that may be of interest to you. It is in good condition, all ready for use.

They are giving it away for free, but it would need to be collected from the yard at Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore Hill, HR6 0PY.  HWT have the equipment to load it onto a trailer.

Details below:

  • Decca Plastics Ltd Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) Water Cistern (tank)
  • Capacity; nominal 2,270 litres, actual 1,737 litres
  • Dimensions in metres ; Approx.  2m long x 1.4 wide x 1.1 high

See photos below

Also associated GRP cover that fits over the top of the tank

  • Dimensions in metres: Approx.  3m long x 2 wide x 1.5 high

It does hold water as there is some water in it, although HWT can’t guarantee that all the way to the top as it has not been full in recent years. It has a cistern in it (a mechanism for shutting off the water once it’s full like in a domestic toilet).  Likewise, HWT cannot guarantee this works as it has not been filled to see if it shuts off.

If you are interested, please contact Averil Clother at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum

tel: 01432 356872    email:




HSE Livestock inspections

The Health & Safety Executive has announced it will be carrying out livestock inspections around the country as part of a 12-month program to help farmers achieve compliance with the law, and to help reduce deaths and serious injury to their workers and the public from the risks connected with livestock.

The HSE has recently published a guide called ‘What a good farm looks like’
This sets out the common risks it has identified to health and safety on farm. The guide summarises its expectations for control measures for cattle.

Click HERE for the guide



Lyme disease becoming increasing health problem in the UK

NICE guidelines (2018) suggest referring complicated Lyme Disease sufferers to a Specialist. A referral is often made to other specialities who do not have the knowledge or experience to manage this debilitating disease of multi-systemic symptoms.

Endemic in the UK, with an est. 3,000 new cases a year, Lyme disease can cause tremendous suffering to some patients, each requiring an individualised holistic plan of care which no other speciality can give.

Sufferers with ongoing symptoms see multiple, inexperienced Doctors, costing the NHS thousands in various wasted appointments/investigations. Many are unable to work full-time.

Referral to a Specialist in the Centre, experienced and trained in Lyme disease would have the ability to manage all aspects of the disease effectively and efficiently.

There is a petition circulating to try to get a “Lyme Centre of Excellence” set up


New Compassion Award for Sustainable Food and Farming… get your applications in now! Deadline 24th May

This year “Compassion in World Farming”  (ciwf) is launching the Sustainable Food and Farming Award to recognise businesses that are taking steps to produce meat, dairy and eggs in ways that protect, improve and restore wildlife and the environment.

Compassion was inspired to introduce a Sustainable Food and Farming Award following its 2017 Extinction and Livestock conference that brought together the worlds of animal welfare, conservation and the environment.
The award will be judged by a panel chaired by Philip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming’s CEO and author of Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were, and will be presented at the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards ceremony in June.

Eligibility & Criteria

Projects submitted for the Sustainable Food and Farming Award should involve livestock production and already have been implemented into practice or are at a pilot stage on farm, and should demonstrate positive impact on one or more of the following:

• Wildlife
• Wildlife habitats
• Soil
• Conservation
• Forests
• Climate change
• Water quality
• Reducing use of chemicals and pesticides
• Reducing reliance on imported animal feeds.

The criteria assessed include:

• The novelty of the project and its outcome;
• The quantifiable positive impact of the project;
• The potential further impact for farming systems around the world (such as the potential for the project to be adopted more widely), and
• Whether products resulting from the project have made it through to market.

Applications are accepted following engagement and discussion with one of our Food Business Managers.

If you are interested in apply for the award, please contact

Application Deadline: 24th May 2019


Stolen Property Recovered by Police – Could it be yours?


The Police in Herefordshire recovered a number of items last night that they believe to be stolen and would very much like to reunite them with their rightful owner.

What appears to be a tree surgeons or landscaper gardeners equipment consisting of a number of different types of STIHL chainsaws along with a STIHL hedge cutter and blower, Husqvarna Chainsaws plus helmet and other bits have been seized by police.

The Police think this is one person’s equipment, but may be wrong. If you have had similar stolen and maybe not reported it or if this message prompts you to check and discover yours missing, contact Paul Crumpton on the details below  or if unavailable dial 101 and ask for the Officer in the case Pc 20346 Dan Brookes and quote seized property reference number EA/019484/19. 

You will be asked to provide proof of ownership either by documentation, pictures or accurate description.

FARMBENCH – How well do you know your farm business costs?


DJM Consulting are here to help!

Farmbench is a benchmarking tool by AHDB to help interpret enterprise data* featuring:

  • A free, easy to use and online tool that will
    • Help identify business strengths and weaknesses
    • Anonymously compare with other similar farm businesses
  • Group reports and feedback/discussion groups hosted by DJM Consulting

How will it help your business:

  • Make evidence-based informed decisions to:
    • Improve business performance and profitability
    • Inform succession planning
    • Protect your business against market volatility
  • Create a plan to future proof your business

The free service covering Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire has a limited budget for the 2017/18 harvest year– so register now to secure your place!

*To be eligible you must grow at least 1 ha of a combinable crop and must not have submitted data for the 2016/17 harvest year.

 For further information, please contact Helen at DJM Consulting

Tel: 01746 785121  Email: