Agricultural Policy

Welsh dairy support scheme open for applications

Eligible dairy farmers in Wales - who have lost more than 25% of their income in April and subsequently May - are now entitled to up to £10,000, to cover 70% of their lost income.

The scheme is now open for applications on RPW Online and will close on 14 August 2020. Eligible farmers will need to provide their Milk Statements covering February, April and May 2020 as supporting documentation in order to demonstrate the loss in income.

As an illustrative example, when a single price is paid for all milk volumes, a February 2020 average base price (excluding adjustments) of 26ppl and an April 2020 average base price (excluding adjustments) of 19ppl would calculate a loss in income of 26.9% (26ppl - 19ppl ÷ 26ppl x 100 = 26.9%) which would be eligible.

Those members who believe they are eligible for the scheme and wish to receive assistance in completing and submitting their claims should contact their local FUW County Office.

 

Update on market prices and retail sales of lamb and beef

The latest figures from Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) indicate that the Welsh lamb sector is beginning to feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the FUW has been aware that the impact of covid-19 could reach different sectors at different times and has highlighted this in numerous stakeholder meetings. There remains significant concern that the lamb sector will be much harder hit later in the year when the supply of lamb peaks.

Up to the week ending 20th June 2020, the throughput of New Season Lambs (NSL) were up by around 15% year on year and liveweight (LW) prices were down by 10 pence per kilogram (kg) on the week in line with seasonal trends. GB prime lamb deadweight (DW) prices saw a more significant decline of 24p/kg on the week but remained 16p/kg above the 5 year average, although Kantar Worldpanel figures during the twelve weeks to 17 May show a drop in total spend on lamb by 15%.

Animal medicines best practice programme

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has - in collaboration with industry Stakeholders - provided an Animal Medicines Best Practice (AMBP) Programme which includes farmer training to support the responsible use of antibiotics across UK farms.

The use of antibiotics in animals for food production has fallen by 27% since 2014; meeting the UK Government’s target two years early.

The programme, aimed towards farmers and vets, includes raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and aims to help drive best practice when using antibiotics.

Training modules are available to access here or direct from Lantra here.

 

 

 

Natural Resources Wales dry weather advice to farmers

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have prepared a dry weather advice document for farmers who are experiencing agricultural drought.

Agricultural drought is considered when a lack of rainfall and soil moisture has an impact on farming activities including crop failure, grass growth and animal welfare.

The advice includes sections on the following:

  • Abstraction of Water
  • Potential Alternative Sources Across Wales
  • Licence Variations
  • Section 57 Spray Irrigation Restrictions
  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Alternative Sources of Animal Bedding
  • Avoiding Agricultural Pollution in Hot Weather

The advice document is available upon request by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting your local FUW County Office.

Farming Connect Sheep Discussion Groups

Farming Connect are now accepting applications to take part in one of ten new sheep discussion groups across Wales.

These groups will discuss and address key areas of flock performance for improving profitability over an 18 month period. Eight half-day meetings (social distancing dependant) will consist of practical demonstrations and data collection which will be used for benchmarking amongst the groups.

For more information and to express an interest, click here or contact your local Development Officer before 10 July 2020.

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COVID-19 - Important Information for our members and customers

 

In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

All staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, meaning our team will be continuing with exactly the same service but over the phone/email/skype or other means of remote communication instead. 

Members and customers should continue to contact us as they would, as all our team can be contacted via the usual phone numbers. 

We will be making sure that our service levels are maintained. SAF/IACS appointments will carry on as normal but will be conducted over the phone. 

Contact details for your local office can be found here: https://www.fuw.org.uk/en/contact-us 

 

Important links relating to the Coronavirus:


The TB Hub have prepared a list of FAQs regarding how TB procedures will be affected by the virus: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Red Tractor Updated Covid-19 position here: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Livestock Auctioneers Association LAA - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Business Wales (including details of coronavirus support for businesses): https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) available through participating lenders: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) guidance on Coronavirus: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/

National Milk Recording services 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus

Senedd Research Blog: https://seneddresearch.blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-constituency-support/