Agricultural Policy

#Run1000 challenge a success for UK rural mental health charities

During January 2021, the #Run1000 challenge called on people from Wales, England, Ireland or Scotland to join their respective Country and race to run 1,000 miles for charity.

The initiative was set up in 2020 to coincide with #AgMentalHealthWeek with the £20 joining fee from each participant going to five farming and rural mental health charities: The Farming Community, Embrace Farm, The Do More Agriculture Foundation, RSABI and The DPJ Foundation.

In total, 1,200 participants ran 64,785 miles and raised £45,438 for the five charities, and the team from the FUW Ltd. group contributed 1,156 miles to the overall total.

Led by The DPJ Foundation founder Emma Picton-Jones, Wales was the first Country to reach the 1,000 mile milestone, ran the longest distance overall and had the most participants at 567 runners, raising a total of £12,700.

AHDB Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Express Calculator available for dairy farmers

AHDB has launched a new KPI Express Calculator to help dairy farmers benchmark their performance figures against other farms. Understanding how your farm business is performing is critical for making decisions on how to improve performance and set future targets.

The tool can compare data on up to 9 key performance indicators for improving productivity and profitability against the top 5%, 25% or average farms in order to identify areas for improvement.

The tool along with guidance, relevant resources and case studies can be found here: https://kpiexpress.ahdb.org.uk/Home/Index

Birch Farm Plastics to operate a collection service from Spring 2021

Birch Farm Plastics has announced plans to operate a collection service for farm plastics from Spring 2021.

With a new producer and manufacturer led project, it is hoped that the new collection service will divert much more agricultural film into recycling rather than landfill and support all farmers who are likely to be already paying an eco contribution on silage film.

The eco contribution goes to the Agriculture Plastics Environment (APE) to subsidise the costs of recycling the plastic waste with the aim of keeping costs as low as possible.

In order to intervene and address the volumes of farm plastics, Birch Farm Plastics aim to prioritise and increase collection points where groups of farmers can be collected together.

Further details and costs will be provided in due course however, farmers are able to express an interest for plastic collection in early Spring by contacting Birch Farm Plastics on Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.k or 01792 869776.

 

Defra hosts webinar series on importing products of animal origin

In April 2021, there will be a further set of changes coming into effect on imports of products of animal origin (POAO) for human consumption, as outlined in the Border operating Model. These changes affect imports of food and drink containing animal products.

Register below for to attend a webinar:

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain
22/02/2021 14:00-15:00 - Register here

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Composites
01/03/2021 14:00-15:00 - Register here

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain
08/03/2021 14:00-15:00 - Register here

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Composites
15/03/2021 14:00- 15:00 - Register here

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain- With a focus on Fish & Fish Products
22/03/2021 14:00-15:00 - Register here

Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain
29/03/2021 14:00-15:00 - Register here

Surveys and questionnaires February 2021

i) 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.

This research gives Aberystwyth University an opportunity to bolster the understanding of a disease that causes vast economical losses to farmers. If you are interested in participating and would like further information please contact: Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.; any information you will share during this project will be treated as strictly confidential and all data will be summarised so farms won’t be individually identifiable.


ii) ‘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
Online: http://ex.ac.uk/BigFarmingSurvey
Print: Request a printed copy from Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.

Please set aside 15 minutes to take part by responding to the printed survey or
completing the online form in Welsh or English.


iii) Research on the socio-economic impacts of the replacement of CAP

Ms Cari Owen is a third year Business Economics student at Aberystwyth University and is undertaking research on the perceived socio-economic impacts of the replacement of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on rural communities in Wales.

The survey is aimed at farmers who live in Wales and have previously received subsidies through CAP, and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed here. Please contact Cari on Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. if you have any questions.


iv) BeefQ Survey on the perception of beef eating quality

In the last two years of the BeefQ project, work has focussed on characterising the carcasses submitted for slaughter in Wales and developing a system for predicting beef eating quality based on the Australian MSA system, but verified using UK beef samples and consumer taste tests.

The consumer taste panel work revealed that people say they are willing to pay double for the highest quality product and the beef eating quality prediction model now has the potential to lead to a guaranteed standard of eating quality and increase consumer confidence in Welsh Beef.

Now this work has been successfully completed, the project enters a new and critical phase – that of consultation with Welsh and broader UK farming and food industries to gauge the desire/ need for a beef eating quality prediction system and to consider how such a system might be implemented.

The BeefQ project team would therefore encourage anyone working in the beef supply chain (farmers, abattoirs, butchers, retail), as well as catering and hospitality sectors, to complete the survey. The responses will contribute to recommendations on the system’s feasibility, if and how it could be implemented and the barriers perceived in doing so.

To participate in the survey, please go to http://www.beefq.wales/survey.html


v) Cardiff University research food supply chains

The Cardiff University Food Research Collective (FORC) and partners have designed a survey and mapping tool to support a better understanding of the people, organisations and partnerships across Wales, who are working towards a sustainable and just food system, as well as highlighting where there are well-linked activities and where gaps might exist (geographically, in policy terms and with respect to resources).

The results of this survey will automatically feed into the Wales Food Network Resource tool, which is an online tool that can be accessed immediately. The survey data will be displayed there; the Wales Food Network Resource tool is an open resource that anyone can interact with in order to support their activities towards building a sustainable and just food system.

The greater the participation, the more useful the tool will be. Information shared in the survey will also be used to help shape further partnership and collaboration activities within the Welsh community of food system stakeholders.

The survey can be found here: https://socsi.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmQQOoptgdRn0Hj

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Angelina at: Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.

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