Agricultural Policy

Welsh Government rules out badger culling for tackling TB

During a recent debate in the Senedd, Conservative MS Janet Finch-Saunders called on the Welsh Government to introduce badger culling in Wales as another tool in the box for tackling TB.

According to the results from farmer-led badger culls in England, badger culling was shown to reduce TB in areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset by 66 percent and 37 percent respectively after four years.

In his response, FM Mark Drakeford ruled out any form of badger culling for eradicating TB under a labour-led Welsh Government and blamed cattle movements as the single greatest reason why bovine TB cases have increased in the low infection areas. The Government has introduced pre and post movement tuberculin skin tests and employed world-leading scientists including Prof Glyn Hewinson to carry out research into cattle vaccinations.

FUW welcomes greater powers to tackle livestock worrying

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has welcomed the section of the draft Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Act which will provide police forces in England and Wales with greater powers to tackle livestock worrying.

The FUW has lobbied for changes in legislation through its ‘Your Dog, Your Responsibility’ campaign in 2019 and ‘Livestock Worrying - Do you know your rights?’ webinar more recently where PC Dave Allen explained the work of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC).

A report published by the NPCC group in 2018 identified that from September 2013 to 2017, there were a total of 1705 recorded cases of livestock worrying where 1928 animals were killed, and 1614 injured, at an estimated cost of £250,000 in the police force areas of North Yorkshire, Devon, Cornwall, Sussex and North Wales. Sections 26 to 41 of the Act are based on the findings and recommendations of the NPCC group report.

For livestock keepers, more animals will be covered by the Act including Alpacas and game birds, the definition of Agricultural Land will include, for example, roads that livestock are moved along, and the list of relevant livestock will be able to be amended by the Secretary of State for England and the Rural Affairs Minister for Wales to reflect future farming needs without the need to change primary legislation.

Food exports to EU down £2bn in first quarter of 2021

British food exports to the EU fell by £2 billion in the first quarter of 2021 according to the latest HMRC figures, due to additional non-tariff barriers following the end of the Brexit transition period, coronavirus impacts and stockpiling.


The Food and Drink Federation has warned that the problem is inherent to the new trading barriers rather than being the symptom of teething problems, describing the £2 billion fall as “disastrous” for the industry.


Compared with 2020, dairy product exports fell by more than 90%, cheese exports fell by two-thirds, and lamb and mutton exports fell by 14%.

News in brief June 2021

Another UK beef processing site approved for exports to US

The Foyle Food Group based in Gloucester is the fourth UK beef processing site to be approved for commercial exports to the United States under the ‘USDA Approved’ list.

The UK was granted access to the US market in 2020 for the first time since the ban on UK and EU beef due to the BSE outbreak in 1996. The UK has exported more than £3 million worth of beef to the US since late last year as consumers seek for more premium products.

Restoring bog land by removing trees

The Marches Mosses Bog LIFE Project aims to restore lowland raised bog areas within the Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses and Wem Moss National Nature Reserves near Whitchurch and Wrexham over the next five years.

Led by Natural England in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and with a multi-million pound grant from the EU LIFE scheme, the project aims to protect such habits through the removal of trees.

Each acre of bog at Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses contains 15 times the amount of carbon than the equivalent area of mature woodland.

UK secures new Japanese market for poultry meat

The UK has secured new market access in Japan for fresh and cooked poultry products, estimated to be worth £13 million to the industry every year.

The opening of this market demonstrates the UK’s world-leading production standards and is hoped to become a more significant export destination as poultry consumption in Japan increases.

Bovine TB Covid-19 exemptions to come to an end

It has been announced that a number of the exemptions which were put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic will be coming to an end over the coming months.

From 1st July 2021, a pregnancy diagnosis certificate, issued within the previous 90 days, will need to be provided for any in calf animals at the time of the valuation.

Any TB skin tests which go overdue from 1 July 2021 will be referred by APHA to RPW and may lead to cross compliance penalties. Referrals will not take place if APHA have been notified in advance of extenuating circumstances that will prevent the test being completed on time.

From 1st August 2021, the exemption allowing calves under 180 days not to be tested during certain routine and targeted TB skin tests in officially TB free herds will be removed.

Further information can be found on the TB Hub website: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

COVID-19 - Gwybodaeth Bwysig i’n haelodau a chwsmeriaid

Yn dilyn gwasgariad y Coronafeirws (COVID-19), rydym wedi penderfynu amddiffyn aelodau, cwsmeriaid a chyd-aelodau staff trwy gau pob swyddfa FUW. 

Bydd pob aelod o staff yn gweithio oddi ar ein safleoedd am y dyfodol rhagweladwy, golygir y bydd ein timau yn parhau i gynnig yr holl wasanaethau dros ffon/e-bost/skype neu ffyrdd eraill o gyfathrebu o bell. 

Dylai aelodau a chwsmeriaid barhau i gysylltu gyda ni yn yr un modd ag arfer, gellir cysylltu â’r staff trwy ddefnyddio’r rhifau ffôn arferol.  

Byddwn yn sicrhau bod safon ein gwasanaethau yn parhau. Caiff apwyntiadau SAF/IACS barhau fel yr arfer ond fe cant eu gwneud dros y ffôn. 

Gweler manylion cyswllt eich swyddfa leol yma: https://fuw.org.uk/cy/cysylltwch

 

Linciau pwysig ynglŷn â'r Coronafeirws:

 

Mae Hwb TB wedi paratoi rhestr o gwestiynnau a ofynnir yn aml parthed sut caiff prosesau TB eu heffeihtio gan y feirws: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Tractor Coch (Red Tractor) dwieddariad yma: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Cymdeithas Arwerthwyr Da-byw - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Busnes Cymru (sy’n cynnwys gwybdooaeth am gefnogaeth i fusnesau oherwydd y Coronafeirws): https://businesswales.gov.wales/cy/cyngor-coronafeirws

Cynllun benthyg Coronafeirws oherwydd ymyriad i fusnes ar gael trwy fenthycwyr sy'n cymryd rhan: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/  
 
Canllawiau Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Contractwyr Amaethyddol (NAAC) ar Coronafeirws: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/
 
Gwasanaethau Cofnodi Llaeth Cenedlaethol 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus