Agricultural Policy

R.A.B.I Offer Emergency Payments To Those Affected By Tomlinson’s

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is now offering emergency payments to those farmers that have been affected by the administration of Tomlinson's Dairies.
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to affected producers from the emergency fund, but applicants MUST call the R.A.B.I helpline - 0808 281 9490 to request an application form.  The application form has been simplified due to the urgency of payments.  Please contact your local FUW office if you require help or information.

Expression of Interest Window Dates

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BPS Transfer of Entitlements You can now transfer BPS entitlements through sale, lease or inheritance.  It must be accessed through the RPW online account.  The recipient of entitlements transferred by sale or lease must meet the Active Farmer requirements (see SAF Rules for details). 3 June 2019 30 April 2020
Farming Connect November Skills and Training Application The next skills funding application window is now open for up to 80% subsidised training.  There are 3 steps to applying:
1) Register with Farming Connect before 28th October
2) Complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) on the Business Wales website to help identify which courses are available and most suitable for improving your skills.
3) Apply for the desired training course(s) during the application window.
Click here for more information on the courses available and PDP workshop dates.
  1 November 2019
Glastir Advanced, Commons or Organic Contracts Those who have contracts that are due to expire at the end of 2019 will be offered a contract renewal to 2021 in October.  You must accept or decline the offer via RPW online as soon as possible.
 
   

Glastir Woodland Creation
The current EOI window is open and has been allocated £2 million. 30 September 2019 8 November 2019
Glastir Capital Works Check your RPW online accounts for any notifications of unclaimed Capital Works.  All unclaimed Capital Works must be completed by 31 December 2019 and claimed no later than 28 January 2020.   31 December 2019
Water Abstraction Licences

You must apply for a water abstraction licence if you take more than 20 cubic meters (4,400 gallons) per day from a surface or groundwater source.  Continuing to abstract this amount of water without submitting an application after 2019 will be a criminal offence.
See here for more information.

  31 December 2019

Food Business Investment Scheme

The next EOI window for the Food Business Investment Scheme is now open.  The scheme is designed to help primary producers of agricultural products in Wales to add value to their outputs. 17 October 2019 28 November 2019

 

The Use Of Donkeys In The Farming Community

The Donkey Sanctuary provides free access to training, information and advice on improving the care and welfare of mules and donkeys.

According to the Sanctuary, the farming community are swiftly becoming significant members of the donkey owning community within the UK.

In order to ascertain the views of farmers, the Donkey Sanctuary have created a survey to find out why people keep donkeys or mules and how easy it is to access resources and information.  Please note survey responses will be completely anonymous and no personal data is collected.   Interested FUW members should click on the survey link provided. 

 

Women In Agriculture Scholarship Funding Deadline Extended

The deadline for expressing an interest in the Women In Agriculture scholarship funding has been extended until 5pm on 30th October 2019.

The support provides funding of up to £1,000 per applicant to undertake leadership development programmes which are set to start later this year.  It is important to note that it is unsure when the next expression of interest window will be for these grants, therefore FUW encourage any interested members to get involved.

Please see here for further information.

Consultations Pending

Consultations Pending

i) Food Standards Agency - Home Slaughter of Livestock Guidance

The Food Standards Agency have updated the Home Slaughter of Livestock guidance for England and Wales to reflect the changes to regulations.

Under the revised Animal Welfare Regulations, the home killing of an animal and any related operations shall only be carried out by persons with the appropriate level of competence to do so without causing the animals any pain, distress or suffering; on behalf of the owner, at the owner’s property, for domestic consumption.

For further information please follow click here.  The consultation closes on the 28th October 2019.

ii) Sustainable Farming and our Land
The Welsh Government's consultation on the future of farm payments closes in just six days on 30th October. The consultation paper can be viewed by clicking here.
You can respond to the consultation by emailing your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The FUW has consulted with its County Branches and Standing Committees, and will be submitting a detailed response, but key concerns and comments highlighted by Committee Members are included here, which you may wish to consider.


(iii) Ageing Of Sheep At Slaughter
Welsh Government, DEFRA and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are seeking views on the proposal to change English and Welsh legislation for ageing sheep at slaughter for the removal of Specified Risk Materials (SRM).

Currently, SRM is removed from sheep over 12 months of age as declared through dentition (checking teeth) for preventing Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) in the interest of public health.

Instead, the consultation proposes an (optional) alternative method for the ageing of sheep at slaughter:  Sheep born in the previous calendar year and submitted for slaughter in the calendar year following their birth after an annual cut-off date of 30 June must be considered as aged over 12 months and therefore would require the removal of the spinal cord as SRM.  Sheep born in the previous calendar year and submitted for slaughter in the calendar year following their birth before an annual cut-off date of 30 June would be considered as aged under 12 months and would not require removal of the spinal cord as SRM.

Please follow click here for the consultation document.  Responses by 31st October 2019.

iv) National Development Framework

The Welsh Government National Development Framework consultation sets out the development of a twenty year plan for Wales up to 2040. It covers issues such as housing, energy, transport and the environment.

The consultation document is a comprehensive document covering all policies. The discussion document details policies on three regional areas of Wales:

North Wales

Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham local authorities)

Mid and South West Wales

Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion,Powys, Swansea, and Neath Port Talbot local authorities

South East Wales

Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf,Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Monmouthshire

The consultation response document then asks for opinions on the propositions presented for each region. Your local county knowledge would be valuable in answering these.

There are a further seven documents covering integrated sustainability, habitat regulations, a young person's summary and an easy read document which can be accessed at the following link gov.wales/draft-national-development-framework.

The consultation has been extended until the 15th November.

v) Animal Exhibits
Animal Exhibits (AEs) are diverse and there is no current licensing regime or requirements for routine inspections, therefore animal welfare standards are not guaranteed. In addition, the Performing Animals Act 1925 requires performing animals to be registered with Local Authorities which currently have no end date, nor does the Act define what is meant by a ‘performing animal’.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Animal Exhibits) (Wales) Regulations 2020 will introduce a requirement for AEs which meet a given criteria to be licensed by their Local Authority. The scheme will provide for checks to be made to ensure good welfare standards are maintained and that animals are exhibited in a way that encourages respectful and responsible attitudes towards all species.

The consultation outlines that (a) Keeping animals primarily for dairy farming and livestock breeding and (b) Keeping or training animals for sporting purposes would be exempt from requiring a licence (as well as other categories).

Please follow click here for the consultation document. Deadline for responses is 21st November 2019.

vi) NRW ‘Challenges and Choices’

This is the second consultation under the Water Framework Directive that will contribute to the River Basin Management Plans and the State of Natural Resource Report (SoNaRR 2).

The consultation aims to share an overview of water management challenges in different areas of Wales and ways of improving these.  Respondents can suggest actions that are required in different areas which should influence the approach to water management in the area.

NRW would like your views on the issues affecting Wales, the Western Wales River Basin District and the Dee River Basin District.  In addition:

  • Any additional evidence that we should include in the preparation of the Area Statements and SoNaRR 2
  • The options for resolving the significant water management issues
  • Your suggestions to address the issues identified in the river basin district

Please follow click here for the consultation document.  Deadline for responses is 22nd December 2019.

Contact

Farmers' Union of Wales
Llys Amaeth
Plas Gogerddan
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3BT

01970 820820
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