Agricultural Policy

FUW Supports Announcement of Glastir Entry and Advanced Support Scheme

All Glastir Entry and Advanced scheme members should have received a message through RPW on the 20th of January 2020 informing them of the Glastir support scheme.

The scheme, offered as a loan facility, will operate in the same way as the BPS Support Scheme and will assist those who don’t receive their Glastir payments early in the payment window.

It is an ‘opt-in’ scheme and the application form, which is available through RPW, will close on the 14th of February 2020. Those who don’t receive their Glastir payment early in the payment window should expect payments through the support scheme to be made during the week commencing 24 February.

The support scheme will pay a loan of 50% of an individual farm business’ anticipated Glastir Entry or Advanced 2019 claim value. This payment will then be deducted from the farm business’ full Glastir Entry or Advanced 2019 claim once it is processed.

A farm business may not be eligible for the support scheme payment if the business has an outstanding Grant of Probate or if penalties applied to the Glastir Entry or Advanced claim will not be covered by the Glastir Entry or Advanced balance payment.

The Farmers’ Union of Wales requested such a scheme more than 12 months ago and is therefore supportive of this loan facility. The FUW urges all members who are part of these Glastir schemes to register for this support scheme in the event of not receiving your payment early in the payment window.

For any help or questions, please contact your local County office or read the Glastir scheme booklet.

 

Temporary Land Association Expiration Letters Sent To All Cattle Keepers


In mid-November 2019, letters were distributed to all cattle keepers in Wales regarding changes to the way in which TB restriction notices are applied in all breakdown herds (not just chronic breakdown herds).

The changes mean that any farmers who farm land across more than 1 CPH will, at the start of the breakdown, have separate restriction notices applied to each CPH. The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (OCVO) has advised that if farmers under restriction have any queries with regard to the application of restriction notice, they should speak with their case vet.

Please see this WG FAQ for more information.

 

 

Don’t Become a Farm Fatality Statistic this Year, FUW Urges Farmers

Agriculture is known to be one of the most dangerous professions, which often sees farmers and farm workers working in solitude, challenging weather conditions and in stressful situations.
The figures published in the Health and Safety Executive’s report 'Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2018/19' show 39 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year. This number is 6 more than last year and 6 more than the 5-year average of 33. Nearly half of the agricultural workers killed were over 60 and transport, such as overturning vehicles or being struck by moving vehicles, caused most deaths.

Together with our partners in the Wales Farm Safety Partnership, the FUW is working on raising awareness and reducing the risk of harm faced by those in the industry. The aim for the first 3 months this year is to bring better awareness of transport and machinery incidents. Here are the key points of advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for ATVs:

  • Carry out safety checks and maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, e.g. regularly check tyre pressures, brakes and throttle;
  • Secure loads on racks and make sure they are not overloaded and evenly balanced;
  • Always read and follow the owner’s manual;
  • Stick to planned routes, where possible, and walk new routes if necessary to check for hidden obstructions, hollows or other hazards;
  • Take extra care with trailed or mounted equipment and understand how they affect stability;
  • Make sure all riders receive adequate training.

And remember, always wear a suitable helmet! For more information and advice, please click here.

Royal Veterinary College Seeks Views On Calf Housing Strategies

As part of a large PhD project, the Royal Veterinary College have produced a survey which aims to gather information about how UK dairy farmers are currently housing and managing their pre-weaning heifer calves.

The College is particularly interested in identifying whether calves are individually or group housed, as well as farmers’ opinions about these different housing options. The information will be used to develop a better understanding of current UK calf housing strategies, and will assist in directing further work to understand the advantages and disadvantages of a given system.

Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary and it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The data collected from the survey will be completely anonymised and will remain confidential.

 

 

FUW Winter Fair Communications Survey Shows Positive Results

Thank you to everyone that filled in our FUW communications based survey at the Winter Fair a few months ago. More than 130 surveys were filled in by members visiting the FUW stand at the show. The results help inform what we do and we aim to use them to develop our communication methods in 2020.

We know that broadband speed is an issue for many. Around two thirds of those filling in the survey rated their broadband as excellent, good or moderate, whereas the remaining third stated that their broadband was poor or they were unable to have broadband. This is better than anticipated, but when we mapped the data we found that there are no distinctive areas or regions where these results apply.

When it comes to FUW communications, the survey results showed that the top 3 preferred methods of communication were email, Y Tir and Facebook. It is positive to see that half of those surveyed read the Farmers’ Monthly e-bulletin which is, of course, sent by email.

We are always interested in feedback from our members and we continue to learn and grow. All in all, the majority of the comments we received on FUW communications were really positive which gives us a good starting point for the year ahead!

 

COVID-19 - Important Information for our members and customers

 

In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

All staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, meaning our team will be continuing with exactly the same service but over the phone/email/skype or other means of remote communication instead. 

Members and customers should continue to contact us as they would, as all our team can be contacted via the usual phone numbers. 

We will be making sure that our service levels are maintained. SAF/IACS appointments will carry on as normal but will be conducted over the phone. 

Contact details for your local office can be found here: https://www.fuw.org.uk/en/contact-us 

 

Important links relating to the Coronavirus:


The TB Hub have prepared a list of FAQs regarding how TB procedures will be affected by the virus: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Red Tractor Updated Covid-19 position here: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Livestock Auctioneers Association LAA - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Business Wales (including details of coronavirus support for businesses): https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) available through participating lenders: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) guidance on Coronavirus: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/

National Milk Recording services 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus

Senedd Research Blog: https://seneddresearch.blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-constituency-support/