Agricultural Policy

Surveys and questionnaires February 2021

i) Aberystwyth University research project on Neospora caninum transmission from canine fouling

Neosporosis is a major disease caused by the protozoan parasite Neospora caninum, an infectious disease that is one of the most frequently diagnosed causes of cattle abortion worldwide. The domestic dog has been proven to be a key contributor in the epidemiology of Neosporosis, releasing oocysts in faeces that are crucial in the spread of the disease.

Aberystwyth University is currently running a project to explore N. caninum infection. Within this research the prevalence of N. caninum oocysts in fouled dog faeces will be explored across Wales on public footpaths. They are looking for farms willing to participate in this project that could help identify the regions at greatest risk for disease, and for cattle farms that have a public footpath running alongside or through the premises and have a history of canine fouling. They are interested in farms with a history of Neosporosis as well as those that do not consider Neosporosis as an issue. In addition, they aim to survey farm dogs present on the selected farms.

This research gives Aberystwyth University an opportunity to bolster the understanding of a disease that causes vast economical losses to farmers. If you are interested in participating and would like further information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; any information you will share during this project will be treated as strictly confidential and all data will be summarised so farms won’t be individually identifiable.

ii) ‘The Big Farming Survey’ – RABI to deliver insight into the issues impacting farming people

On 11th January 2021, RABI launched the largest ever research project across Wales and England relating to the wellbeing of farming people. This wide-ranging survey will consider for the first time the relationship between physical health, mental wellbeing and the health of farm businesses.

With mounting external pressures, this vital research will provide the most comprehensive overview of the farming community. It will identify the specific challenges that a generation of farming people face, as well as highlighting how these impact daily life.

The FUW is supporting this important initiative and encourages everyone to get involved in this research and reach the target of 26,000 survey responses.

Goals of the #BigFarmingSurvey

  • To understand the wellbeing of a farming generation
  • To understand the health of our farmers and their businesses
  • To gain insights into external impacts and pressures
  • To shape future support and services

Who can take part: Farmers, farm workers, their spouses and adult-aged children
When: 11th January - 31st March 2021
Print: Request a printed copy from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please set aside 15 minutes to take part by responding to the printed survey or
completing the online form in Welsh or English.

iii) Research on the socio-economic impacts of the replacement of CAP

Ms Cari Owen is a third year Business Economics student at Aberystwyth University and is undertaking research on the perceived socio-economic impacts of the replacement of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on rural communities in Wales.

The survey is aimed at farmers who live in Wales and have previously received subsidies through CAP, and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed here. Please contact Cari on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

iv) BeefQ Survey on the perception of beef eating quality

In the last two years of the BeefQ project, work has focussed on characterising the carcasses submitted for slaughter in Wales and developing a system for predicting beef eating quality based on the Australian MSA system, but verified using UK beef samples and consumer taste tests.

The consumer taste panel work revealed that people say they are willing to pay double for the highest quality product and the beef eating quality prediction model now has the potential to lead to a guaranteed standard of eating quality and increase consumer confidence in Welsh Beef.

Now this work has been successfully completed, the project enters a new and critical phase – that of consultation with Welsh and broader UK farming and food industries to gauge the desire/ need for a beef eating quality prediction system and to consider how such a system might be implemented.

The BeefQ project team would therefore encourage anyone working in the beef supply chain (farmers, abattoirs, butchers, retail), as well as catering and hospitality sectors, to complete the survey. The responses will contribute to recommendations on the system’s feasibility, if and how it could be implemented and the barriers perceived in doing so.

To participate in the survey, please go to

v) Cardiff University research food supply chains

The Cardiff University Food Research Collective (FORC) and partners have designed a survey and mapping tool to support a better understanding of the people, organisations and partnerships across Wales, who are working towards a sustainable and just food system, as well as highlighting where there are well-linked activities and where gaps might exist (geographically, in policy terms and with respect to resources).

The results of this survey will automatically feed into the Wales Food Network Resource tool, which is an online tool that can be accessed immediately. The survey data will be displayed there; the Wales Food Network Resource tool is an open resource that anyone can interact with in order to support their activities towards building a sustainable and just food system.

The greater the participation, the more useful the tool will be. Information shared in the survey will also be used to help shape further partnership and collaboration activities within the Welsh community of food system stakeholders.

The survey can be found here:

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Angelina at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Expression of Interest Window Dates February 2021

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Farming Connect training application window

The current funding application window for short training courses closes on Friday 26 February 2020.

Before applying for training, you must i) be registered with Farming Connect, ii) access the Business Wales (BOSS) website via Sign On Cymru at: and, iii) complete an online Personal Development Plan (PDP)

Those registering for the first time during the above skills window in order to apply for a funded training course or need to update their account details, please contact Farming Connect before 5pm on Monday 22 February 2020)

Further information can be found here.

Records of all Farming Connect training courses can be stored and updated via Storfa Sgiliau.

26 February 2021
Farming Connect What’s On

As a result of the pandemic, Farming Connect has taken the decision to postpone all open events and one-to-many events until further notice. They are conducting a number of activities digitally or over the phone where possible.

More information can be found here:

Sustainable Production Grant (SPG)

The next The current SPG expression of interest window is now open.

Those who have received funding through the SPG previously are eligible to apply for the full £50,000 grant.

Funding can be applied for to extend an existing slurry store.

Those who are successful in the EOI will have to submit a full application within 12 weeks, and the work and claim will have to be completed by 30 June 2023.

Further information and guidance is available here:

12 March 2021

Farm Business Grant (FBG)

The next FBG expression of interest window will open on 1 March and close on 9 April 2021.

Further guidance and a list of eligible items will be available here prior to the 1 March.

1 March - 9 April 2021
Transfer of BPS Entitlements 2021

Farmers can now transfer their BPS Entitlements by sale, lease or via inheritance.

This must be completed via RPW Online. Please note that the entitlement values displayed on your account are subject to change.

15 May 2021
Free & Confidential Pesticide Disposal Scheme 2021

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water will once again be running their free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme in 2021. They intend to open the registration process during April 2021, but in the meantime to find out more and to register for updates, click here.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Applications for the 2021 Nuffield Farming Scholarships are now open.

Successful applicants tend to be from those working in farming, food or horticulture and are provided a substantial bursary to fund travel to study their chosen topic.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here:
31 July 2021

The Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021

On 27th January, Welsh Government announced draconian plans to introduce new Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021 in order to tackle agricultural pollution incidents.

These regulations have been discussed for a number of years and equate to the introduction of an all-Wales NVZ, with the estimated cost for Welsh farming measured in the hundreds of millions.

Senedd Member Llyr Gruffydd has tabled a Senedd debate proposing that the regulations be annulled.

If passed by the Welsh Senedd, new rules will be introduced in stages over the next three years beginning from 1st April 2021.

Full details and the FUW’s position will be sent out to all members as a standalone message in due course, but it stands to reason that the union maintains its long held objection to the proposals.

A sigh of relief as a no deal Brexit is avoided

Welsh farmers, food producers and most likely all other industries breathed a sigh of relief when a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU was finally agreed on 24th December 2020.

Along with the deal came the EU’s formal listing of the UK as a Third Country, long-awaited confirmation which was essential for allowing Welsh food exports to the EU to continue.

Following the announcement, Welsh Government stated that “it had not had any meaningful involvement in developing the negotiating strategy” and that the deal will mean “fewer jobs, lower wages, less exports” and “more red tape for businesses.”

Another blow against food standards

MPs have yet again voted against amendments made to the UK Trade Bill by the House of Lords which would have provided greater scrutiny in protecting domestic food standards.

An amendment to require a final yes or no vote on any future agricultural trade deals was defeated by 353 votes to 277 in the House of Commons. It will now return to the House of Lords in February for the parliamentary process known as ‘ping pong’ to continue.



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