Being safe on farm and reducing the high level of life changing incidents should be a priority for all who live and step foot on farm holdings.
In the last ten years, 388 farmers, their family members or farm workers have been killed on British farms and of these, 38 were in Wales. Thousands more have suffered serious injuries which still impact daily and changed lives forever.
With this in mind the Farmers’ Union of Wales is reminding farmers to book their space at the upcoming ‘Saving lives and livelihoods’ farm safety awareness events.
The Wales Farm Safety Partnership (WFSP), a collaboration between all the key organisations representing agriculture and allied industries in Wales, is determined to reduce these stubbornly high statistics by persuading farmers of all ages to attend a regional workshop on general farm safety.
The Farmers’ Union of Wales has expressed concern that the level of bovine TB in Wales has risen over the last 12 months, despite the introduction of further cattle control measures in October last year.
Recent data from Defra has shown an increase in both the number of New Herd Incidents and the number of cattle slaughtered in Wales.
Ian Lloyd, FUW Animal Health and Welfare Committee Chairman, said: “Recent data has shown that in the 12 months to May 2018 there was a 4 percent increase in the number of New Herd Incidents and a 2 percent increase in the number of cattle slaughtered in Wales due to bovine TB.”
More than 10,000 cattle in Wales were slaughtered due to bovine TB control between May 2017 and May 2018.
Latest TB Dashboard data also shows that the number of TB free herds fell from 95.3 percent in quarter 3 of 2016 to 94.6 percent in the same quarter of 2017.
“Losing TB-free status is devastating to farming families and the restrictions imposed on breakdown farms can significantly hinder the ability of the business to operate.
The Anglesey branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to a busy county show (Tuesday August 14 – Wednesday August 15) held at the Mona Showground, and extend a warm welcome to everyone.
FUW Anglesey CEO Alaw Jones said: “We are looking forward to a jam-packed county show where we will be discussing #FarmingMatters and #FairFarmFunding with our members and elected politicians. I hope many of you can join us for what promises to be an excellent show.”
The Pembrokeshire branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to a busy county show (Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 August) and extend a warm welcome to everyone.
FUW Pembrokeshire CEO Rebecca Voyle said: “We are looking forward to a busy county show where we will be discussing #FarmingMatters and #FairFarmFunding with our members and elected politicians. I hope many of you can join us for what promises to be another excellent show.”
Farmers’ Union of Wales County Executive Officers from North Wales met with Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones and the Rural Crime Team earlier today at the North Wales Police Headquarters in Colwyn Bay. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the latest position in respect of policing in rural areas, and the delegation included Alaw Mair Jones, newly appointed County Executive Officer for Anglesey, who was introduced to the team for the first time. This is an annual liaison meeting held in July each year with an opportunity to raise various issues and to hear updates from the North Wales Rural Crime Team.