Hamilton urges farmers to open their gates to the public

NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales and Leader of UKIP Wales, is urging farmers across his Region to open their gates to the public this June.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Rural Affairs and Agriculture, is calling on his constituents to take part in the farming industry’s annual open day on Sunday June 10.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday...

Farmers take action to tackle agricultural pollution in Wales

OVER 1000 farmers have applied for funding for a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) prepared through Farming Connect’s Advisory Service. The majority of these have been completed during the winter of 2017-18. These plans provide farmers with bespoke advice tailored to their individual farms which will benefit the environment, improve farm soils and reduce expenditure on inputs.

Soil testing is at the cornerstone of these plans, allowing farmers to target inputs only where they...

Welsh farmers urged to attend farm safety awareness workshops to reduce the risks to life and limb

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.

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...

Subsidised animal health sampling clinics available for Wales farmers

FARMING Connect, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for
Rural Development and the Welsh Government is working with vets across
Wales to provide an opportunity for farmers to carry out animal health
sampling and testing with their local vet.

The clinics will provide farmers with an opportunity to access support
to investigate and test for relevant animal health topics within their
business such as blood testing for trace elements or metabolic profiling
as well as ram...

Farming Connect looks to expand it’s network of farmer mentors

The Farming Connect mentoring programme has been running for two years
and over 100 farmers and foresters have already used the service,
totalling over 750 hours of peer to peer support. To address growing
demand, the search is on for farmers who have experience of farm
diversification, family succession and health and safety in particular.

Candidates must have at least 15 years’ experience of running a farm
business in...

High-flying Nuffield Scholar to lead Farming Connect Agri Academy Junior Programme

HE'S a chartered surveyor and rural valuer, a Nuffield scholar, a

local radio presenter and in agricultural circles, he’s in demand at

home and internationally as a public speaker too!

Now, Carmarthenshire farmer’s son Aled Rhys Jones BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV NSch, who grew up on

the family beef and sheep holding in Cwrt-y-Cadno, is adding yet another

string to his bow by joining Farming Connect as the newly appointed

leader of the Agri Academy Junior Programme.

Welsh speaker Aled,...

North Pembrokeshire farmer steals top Big Bale silage award for 2017-18

THIS years All-Wales Big Bale competition winner is mark Evans, Treglemais Fawr, Solva, Haverfordwest, a member of North Pembrokeshire Grassland Society.

The competition, sponsored by BPI Agriculture (Silotite) is becoming a very sought after award, and this year’s competition was no exception. After long deliberation, all three judges - Dr Dave Davies of Silage Solutions; Stuart Anthony (sponsors); and Paul Williams, Cae Haidd, Nebo, Llanrwst (2016/17 winner), were in unison that Mark...

Glamorgan Beef and Sheep Business takes top Silage Clamp Award

THE 2017/18 FWGS ALL-WALES CLAMP SILAGE COMPETITION winner is Glamorgan Grassland Society Secretary CHRIS EDWARDS OF R D EDWARDS & SON, PWLLYWRACH FARM, COLWINSTON, COWBRIDGE.

The Judging Panel agreed that Pwllywrach Farm as a whole package, is well managed within a very tidy system. Whilst the analyses on the quality of the silage (tested by Agri-Lloyd) is important, the judges also visit each farm to assess clamp management and feeding practices amongst other efficiency...

Hamilton calls for better broadband access for farmers

NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales, has added his voice to calls for better access to broadband and mobile technology for Welsh farmers.

NFU Cymru, are worried that farmers are being treated as ‘second class citizens’ when it comes to access and is calling for more to be done to put this right.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, is demanding action after the findings of the annual NFU Broadband and Mobile Survey, showed...

AM welcomes new farming initiatives

NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales, has welcomed two new initiatives aimed at helping develop the next generation of farmers.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, was commenting after the Welsh Government announced financial support for young people looking to establish a business in agriculture.

The Young People into Agriculture Scheme, will help high achieving individuals looking to establish a new business or to develop an...