Agricultural Policy

NADIS resources available via FUW website

FUW members are reminded that resources from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) are available on the members’ section of the FUW website.

Every month, there are new animal health related webinars, risk assessments and sheep and cattle bulletins uploaded for FUW members to easily access here: https://www.fuw.org.uk/en/members/nadis

For August:
Webinar - Ewe nutrition pre tupping to early pregnancy
Risk Assessment - Sheep liver fluke
Sheep Bulletin - Trace element deficiencies
Cattle Bulletin - Abortion

FCN seeking new volunteers across Wales

The Farming Community Network (FCN) Cymru is seeking new volunteers across Powys, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire and North Wales to meet a growing demand for supporting farming communities during uncertain times.

FCN operates a confidential helpline on 03000 111 999, open from 7am until 11pm 365 days a year and last year launched its new FarmWell Wales and FarmWell Cymru platforms offering useful information on topics such as succession for farmers in Wales.

They have also recently launched their Rural+ training modules in collaboration with The DPJ Foundation and National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to help support the next generation of farmers manage their own mental health as well as support others within the farming sector.

Each year, the FCN helps approximately 6,000 people.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with FCN, please visit their website here: https://fcn.org.uk/volunteering-for-fcn/

Welsh Government Woodland Investment Grant Scheme

The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) Scheme is now open for applications from landowners and those who have full management control of land.

The scheme provides 100% grants to enhance and expand existing woodlands and to create new woodlands as part of the future ‘National Forest’.

The woodland must have an element of public access or community engagement to be eligible and funding through this grant can be combined with Glastir Woodland Creation or private investment.

Eligible capital items range from the purchase of trees, site preparations such as fencing, tools and small scale equipment for project delivery i.e. consultancy fees.

Applications must be made by 27th August 2021 via RPW Online and necessary consents or permissions, such as environmental impact assessments or planning permission, need to be in place before applying.

Survey on different grazing practices for sheep and cattle

ADAS, on behalf of Defra, is conducting a short survey on the different grazing practices being adopted by sheep and cattle farmers across the UK.

The survey results will help characterise the various grazing systems and understand the barriers and enablers of adopting new techniques such as rotational or paddock grazing.

For each survey completed, ADAS will donate £2 to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) up to a maximum of £500.

More information and the survey can be found here: https://adas-survey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cattle-and-sheep-grazing-practices-survey-final

Farming Connect launches monthly TV programme

Farming Connect has launched a dedicated half an hour, monthly TV programme for farmers and foresters in Wales on YouTube.

The programme will focus on best practice, compliance and efficiency by demonstrating how some of the best farms in Wales, including some of Farming Connect’s demonstration farms, are preparing for a sustainable and profitable future.

It will feature a mix of dairy, beef and sheep farms from across Wales as well as systems that are utilising new innovation and technology and some that have diversified the farm business to generate additional income.

While themes such as infrastructure, innovation and diversification have been scheduled for July, August and September respectively, future episodes will focus on broader topics such as animal health and grassland management.

Every new episode will be uploaded on the FCTV YouTube channel on the last Monday of every month: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxYH2RRebW271MBuNfbSRgQ