Agricultural Policy

British Wool prices on the rise

British Wool will be paying an overall average of 36.4 pence per kg to its members for the 2021 clip following a 135% increase over the past 12 months.

Returns for the 2021 clip will be around 40p per kg for many core grades, around 30p per kg for Blackface wool and around 15p per kg for Welsh and Swaledale.

Herdwick wool will return 80p per kg and Bluefaced Leicester will return £5.50 per kg.  An additional £1.00 per kg is also being paid for most types of organic certified wool.

Clips of more than 2 tonnes will receive an extra 4p per kg, increasing to 8p per kg for clips of 8 tonnes or more.

The free onward haulage from all drop off points will be maintained, and British Wool will be returning to the single payment system for the 2022 season.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the British Wool Member Services team on 01274 688666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water free pesticide disposal scheme relaunched

Dŵr Cymru - Welsh Water has relaunched its free pesticide disposal scheme for farmers & growers, gamekeepers, foresters and land managers in Wales as part of the PestSmart project.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the risk posed by unwanted, out of date or revoked registered plant protection products and undiluted sheep dip.

Those who believe they are eligible must register between 1st June and 31st July 2022.

Participants who have taken part in previous years can take part again in 2022 and dispose of 30L/Kg of eligible products for free.

For more information on the scheme and how to register, please click here.

To register via telephone with a member of the PestSmart team, please call 01443 452716

GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count 2022 results published

The results of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Farmland Bird Count 2022 have been published.

The FUW joined forces with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) to showcase the important role farmers play when it comes to looking after farmland birds, as well as helping farmers understand what they can do on their farms to protect birds, through a series of on-farm and virtual events.

More than 1,900 farmers and land managers participated and spotted 130 different species over more than 1.5 million acres during the count which took place from 4th to 20th February 2022.

A total of 26 red-listed species were recorded, 7 of which were amongst the 25 most frequently seen species.

Further information and the full results can be found here.

AHDB Spring Planting and Variety Survey 2022

The AHDB Spring Planting and Variety Survey provides the earliest view of the area of cereals and oilseed rape intended for harvest in 2021 in Great Britain. The survey aims to assess the varietal composition of the wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape crops in Great Britain which can assist in the marketing decsisions made by the growers.

To provide the area harvested in 2020 and interested harvest area for 2021, together with the variety for each crop listed, please visit the AHDB online portal.

The results of the survey will be made available online at ahdb.org.uk in July, and more detailed analysis will be available on the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds market pages.

Understanding Welsh farmers’ mental health concerns as farming policy changes

Researchers at Bangor University are undertaking research to understand how physical and mental health concerns of farmers in Wales might impact on how farmers plan to respond to changing policies. They are looking for farming participants (with farms in Wales) to take part in an online survey exploring these issues. 

As a thank you, participants can enter a prize draw for vouchers from Wynnstay (worth £750, £500 and £250).

The survey can be found here.