i) Survey on the Agricultural Minimum Wage Legislation in Wales
The independent Agricultural Advisory Panel advises Welsh Ministers on the agricultural minimum wage and terms and conditions of employment for workers in agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors.
The Agricultural Minimum Wage is in its fifth year and it is important to ensure it continues to meet the needs of an ever changing industry. To this end ADAS has been commissioned by the Welsh Government to carry out a survey on agricultural employment in Wales.
Your views and experiences are important both as an employer and employee, in order to inform the work of the Agricultural Advisory Panel and development of Welsh Government policies.
You can either complete the online survey here
Or follow the link to arrange an appointment to undertake a telephone interview with ADAS. The survey will close on 31 January 2020.
All information you provide will be treated as confidential. No personal information will be shared with Welsh Government or any other party. Aggregated data will be provided to Welsh Government and the Agricultural Advisory Panel to help inform their work.
ii) 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.
iii) ‘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
Please set aside 15 minutes to take part by responding to the printed survey or
completing the online form in Welsh or English.
iv) BeefQ Survey on the perception of beef eating quality
The BeefQ beef eating quality project is entering its consultation phase and will be launching a survey on 25th January with the aim to gather an understanding of the wider beef industry’s current perception of beef eating quality and the desire for a shift from current methods of valuing beef to one based on predicted eating quality, how this could be implemented in practice, and the barriers in doing so.
To accompany the survey, BeefQ will be holding two separate webinars:
- Monday 25th January at 7.30 pm aimed at Welsh beef food industry (ZOOM Webinar ID – 983 0239 8129/Webinar Passcode 342227)
- Wednesday 27th January at 7.30 aimed at Welsh beef farming industry (ZOOM Webinar ID – 994 4263 4872/Webinar Passcode 782052)
The webinars will provide an opportunity to learn about the BeefQ work to date, consider the impacts and challenges of implementing a beef eating prediction system followed by a Q&A session.
The online survey will be live on the BeefQ website until the end of March 2021: http://www.beefq.wales/index.html
v) Curlew conservation in Wales - have your say
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has produced a survey to capture views on the importance of saving Curlews in Wales.
The Curlew population in Wales is believed to be down to an estimated 400 remaining pairs and could be extinct as a breeding population in Wales by 2033.
Responses to the survey will be used to demonstrate to Welsh Government and NRW how individuals believe Curlews should be managed and saved.
The survey can be accessed here and closes on 12th February.
vi) Have your say in the 2021 National BVD Survey
The sixth National BVD survey is now live. Since it began, BVD eradication schemes have been introduced in all parts of the UK and testing and surveillance has been improved.
The survey gathers information from across the UK and all farming systems to provide a snapshot of what cattle keepers are doing on farm to control and eradicate BVD.
Wales continues to make good progress with the Gwaredu BVD eradication programme with the expectation for a consultation on legislation in the near future.
The survey can be accessed here: https://mailchi.mp/boehringer-ingelheim/bvd-survey-2021
The survey closes on 31st January and 10 entrants will be selected to win a Garmin Forerunner 45 smart watch.
vii) Contribute to research on African Swine Fever
Ms Jade Tubb, a BSc student studying microbiology at the University of Wolverhampton, has produced an infographic to raise awareness of African Swine Fever among pig farmers and is conducting research to evaluate how effective the infographic is at conveying this information.
Pig farmers are being asked to complete a short questionnaire to provide their feedback. All responses will be kept confidential.