Meeting Farmers

FWlaunch4_1_BNo two farms are alike.  It is true though that in Penrith and the Border there are some initial similarities. Walking along the River Eden last year, I saw friends with farms near Appleby, Kirkoswald, and Croglin. Each family lived in a red sandstone Cumbrian farmhouse, and served their visitor large plates of fresh scones and sandwiches. Each man was from a long farming tradition, had a quick brain, detailed technical knowledge of his land and a clear sense of cost. But every business was different, experimenting with varied breeds, feeds, and machinery. In such a diverse industry, with such a wide range of pressures, how can a MP or a Minister help? My own experience has led me to feel that we have to start much closer to home. A good decision on how many sheep to keep on a fell draws on an individual farmer’s understanding of his own hillside. Bad decisions on farming and the environment tend to be made two hundred miles away on the basis of a mathematical model.

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RORY HOLDS DROP-IN SURGERY FOR FARMERS AT BORDERWAY UK DAIRY EXPO

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, will be holding an informal drop-in surgery at the British Blue Cattle Society stand at this year’s UK Dairy Expo at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart, on Saturday 7th March 2015. The UK Dairy Expo is the leading dairy event in the UK and showcases the best of dairy […]

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RORY DEBATES FARMING’S FUTURE WITH CUMBRIA’S YOUNG FARMERS

Rory met with young farmers from across his constituency at Penrith Show, in a workshop designed to establish the challenges currently faced by young Cumbrian farmers, and potential initiatives that could be set up to offer them additional support and guidance. Ideas included making more of the fantastic courses and support available through Newton Rigg, as […]

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RORY PRAISES ‘FANTASTIC’ PENRITH SHOW

Rory has congratulated and thanked all those involved in this year’s show, which organisers believe to be a record year, with over 10,000 attendees turning out to enjoy over 1000 livestock entries. The local MP held a stall at the show, and invited constituents to talk about local and national concerns, before touring the show […]

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RORY ENJOYS “WONDERFUL” SKELTON SHOW

Rory, Vice-President of the Skeleton Show, has praised all involved in the organisation of this year’s show for an excellent event, following a disappointing cancellation of the event last year. The 2013 show was the “best-attended ever” – continuing its tradition as the largest village show in Cumbria, and a real showcase for all things […]

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RORY ENCOURAGES FARMERS TO USE BARCLAYS’ FUND

Rory is encouraging Cumbrian farmers to take advantage of the financial package recently announced by Barclays, which will provide farmers with increased working capital to help meet the additional costs brought about by the extreme snowfall during March. The adverse weather conditions have had a severe impact on many Cumbrian farms, who are now struggling with […]

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Rory called in to rescue farmers from effects of snow

Rory persuaded ministers this Saturday, to sign off on emergency measures to allow feed trucks to get through to isolated farms in the snow. The extreme weather conditions had made it very difficult for feed trucks to get through the snow to remote hill farms, in Cumbria, and across the country. Special measures were required […]

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rory votes for skelton show as best in britain

Rory has cast his vote for Skelton Show in a national competition run by the Farmers Guardian in an attempt to find Britain’s favourite agricultural show. With an annual attendance of 10,000, Skelton Show is the largest village show in Cumbria, and its exhibitors compete for more than £12,000 in prize money and 130 trophies. […]

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rory encourages government to help local farmers

Rory last week encouraged Government to ensure a local official was present at an NFU meeting, organised to help farmers better understand and cope with the extremely challenging conditions in which many now find themselves. The meeting, held in Longtown, attracted over 30 local farmers from the surrounding area, where veterinary experts and representatives from […]

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rory engages with local farming industry to address local concerns

Rory has recently engaged in a series of meetings with local farmers from across his constituency to better understand the concerns and problems currently facing the local farming industry, including with the Appleby branch of the NFU and Penrith’s 1A1 Club. Following disastrous weather conditions over the past 18 months which has seen a significant rise […]