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 foodbusiness@ciwf.org

Application Deadline: 24th May 2019

Website:   www.ciwf.org.uk

Stolen Property Recovered by Police – Could it be yours?

STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED?

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?

FREE SERVICE!

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:  helen@theruralbusiness.co.uk

 

“Environmental Impact Assessment” Agriculture Regulations

Do you know what they cover?  – check out this article from Natural England …

Our countryside contains some very special places, rich in wildlife, history and landscape features.  To avoid loss of these features from our public heritage, the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations require farmers to go through a screening process for certain projects that make changes to rural land.  Screening selects out the projects with a likely significant environmental effect for further assessment, letting the rest proceed as planned.

  • If you are planning to make changes to rural land, it is worth refreshing your understanding of the EIA (Agriculture) Regulations 2006 (as amended). 
  • Beginning or carrying out a relevant project without a screening decision from Natural England is an offence under the Regulations and is also a breach of Cross Compliance.
  • Failure to comply with the Regulations can result in enforcement action from Natural England and/or penalties from RPA on your BPS and agri-environment payments. 

Screening application

You must apply to Natural England for a screening decision if you are:

 Carrying out an uncultivated land project:

  • Increasing the productivity of land for agriculture on uncultivated or semi-natural area that is equal to or over the 2 ha threshold.

Carrying out a restructuring project:

  • Altering field boundaries over 4 km long (or 2 km long in protected landscapes), including fencing on commons;
  • Moving or redistributing earth over 10,000 cubic metres or on an area of 100 ha or more (or 5,000 cubic metres or on an area of 50 ha or more in a protected landscapes).

Uncultivated land projects cover semi-natural areas, which include:

  • Priority habitats such as species-rich grassland, fen, scrub, or bracken beds (for full list see JNCC UK BAP habitat list online);
  • Historic environment features such as medieval earthworks or ridge and furrow;
  • Landscape features such as historic parks and gardens.

If there is semi-natural area within your project area (and this is over 2 ha), this falls within the Regulations, regardless of cultivation history.  Consultations with county archaeologists and local biological records centres will provide information on whether such features are present.

Where to find out more

Further information and EIA Screening Application forms can be found online: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eia-agriculture-Regulations-apply-to-make-changes-to-rural-land

If you require further advice please contact the Natural England EIA helpline (free phone) on 0800 028 2140 or email EIA.england@naturalengland.org.uk

DVLA – Protect your off-road vehicle

DVLA have a scheme which allows people to register their unregistered agricultural vehicles, plant & machinery, in case it ever gets stolen, at no cost.

It’s very difficult for the Police to trace owners of recovered agricultural items because a lot are never road registered and do not appear on the national computer system. By informing DVLA for free, it will make a huge difference to establishing ownership and returning items.

Full details HERE
There is the ‘obligatory’  form and it can also be completed online

50% funding for DIY AI course for Suckler Farmers in England …

AHDB Beef & Lamb have been running a 3 year programme offering funding of 50% of the cost of a
DIY AI course for suckler farmers with more than 30 breeding females in England.

This programme is now coming into its last year and there are 2 courses that are coming up in Herefordshire and Shropshire that are still eligible for funding.

The courses are;

1st – 3rd April, Belmont Farm Vets, Bromyard
Click HERE for details

25th – 27th April, Shropshire Farm Vets, Shropshire
Click HERE for details

Farm plastic recycling

Dairy hygiene company Deosan is offering UK farmers a national collection service for waste plastic.  Together with waste service provider Avanti Environmental Group it is offering all farmers a one-stop collection service at any farm location for all plastic waste.

  • This includes common items such as silage sheet, mineral tubs, hygiene product drums and even used treatment tubes.
  • Farmers will be charged a monthly fee for the service.
  • Pick-up from the farm can be arranged at a frequency to suit the volume of waste and storage available.
  • A detailed carbon-savings report will also be provided, illustrating how milk production supports the environment.

You can find out more and contact Avanti at http://www.avantienvironmental.co.uk/

Can you reduce the amount of plastic coming on to your farm?

Are you able to re-use that plastic?

If you are recycling the plastic, it is a great help if you sort it at the farm. This makes the collection service much more viable and could help minimise the collection cost. e.g. sort by bulk bags, drums, small poly bags – and keep them separate to add value.

Nominations open for the Three Counties Farmer “Farming Awards”

The awards aim to celebrate the achievements of the industry in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The twelve categories sheep, cattle, pig, poultry, fruit/hop and arable farmer of the year, as well as young farmer, farming contractor, farming hero, family-run farm, sustainable & diversification farm, and outstanding achievement award Awards will also be presented for the best family-run farm and best farm exhibiting sustainability and diversification.  
The award winners will be named at a gala dinner at the Three Counties Showground on Thursday, June 13th, the eve of the Royal Three Counties Show. Money raised there will go to farming charity the Addington Fund, which helps find homes for farming families who have had to leave the industry.

Nominations close April 10th 2019.

Click HERE for further information and how to nominate.