Plaid Cymru warns of difficult times ahead for Welsh farmers

PLAID Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas has urged farmers to make their voices heard in the Welsh Government’s consultation on the future of farm payments, with proposals to put a new system in place by 2025.

Detailed proposals will be put forward next spring and legislation will be published by the end of the Assembly Term in 2021. Plaid Cymru has warned this will leave farmers and other land managers with very little time to plan...

New campaign to reduce the risks of life-ending or life-changing farm accidents

THE shocking headline ‘You are looking at the person responsible for your own health and safety’ next to a mirror which reflects your own image…  a new farm safety ‘top tips’ booklet that contains a powerful image of an Abergavenny farmer who lost his leg in a combine harvester accident… and a team of trained farm safety mentors who will visit your farm and enable you to make your farm a safer place to work.

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Neil Hamilton AM urges apply for 2018 Lord Mayor’s Show

NEIL Hamilton, , Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is urging young Welsh farmers to apply to take part in one of the most popular historic civic pageants in the world.

The 2018 Lord Mayor’s Show, is being held in London, on Saturday November 10 and the National Farmers Union is now looking for people to represent British farming at the event.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said:

“This is an amazing opportunity for our young...

Farming Connect’s mentoring programme set for expansion

A number of progressive farmers who have successfully diversified into ‘niche’ areas of agriculture such as milking ewes for artisan sheep milk cheeses and yoghurts, rearing turkeys or pigs, producing goat meat products, bee keeping and farm tourism enterprises have been approved as mentors providing guidance and support under Farming Connect’s mentoring programme.

They join a team which already includes some of Wales’ most successful beef, sheep and dairy farmers. Although many...

Farmers advised to act now to mitigate impact of dry spell

FARMERS across Wales suffering from the impact of the dry weather are being urged to plan ahead to reduce further impact on feed supply and livestock.

Challenging weather conditions since last autumn mean that forage shortages going into summer are not uncommon and with very little rainfall in recent weeks, these farms are now feeding winter silage stocks or buying in forage.

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How to keep everyone safe on your farm

30 people were killed within the agricultural, forestry or fishery sectors in the UK during 2016 to 2017.

Those were the startling facts shared with Welsh farmers during a Farming Connect event at Coleg Amaethyddol Glynllifon near Caernarfon, Gwynedd recently.

9 farmers are killed on farms in the UK per 100,000 workforce compared to 1.5 within the construction industry.

“The industry...

RSPCA remove large number of horses from Kidwelly farm

A joint operation between Dyfed-Powys Police and the RSPCA took place today, Thursday (Jun 21) at a rural location in Kidwelly.

Llanelli Online witnessed a number of horses being led away and transported from the property in horse boxes at around 1:30pm.

The RSPCA had a large presence at the site and they were aided by a number of officers from Dyfed-Powys Police.

An RSPCA spokesperson said:

"RSPCA Cymru have been working with Dyfed-Powys Police concerning equine welfare in...