TB and Dairy

Rory Chairs NFU ConferenceThe outbreaks of bovine TB near Penrith are a clear warning of the devastating potential of this disease. I have seen first-hand the extreme distress and destruction that endemic TB can wreak on a farm business. The value of British farms cannot simply be measured in terms of food security – as important as this is. Farms are valuable in and of themselves and form part of the fabric of British culture, heritage and history. Much more still needs to be done to ensure a fair price for farmers’ work and produce. The economic viability of British farms shapes our broader society.

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NEW CATTLE MEASURES TO HELP DELIVER TB FREEDOM IN ENGLAND

Further measures to protect England from bovine TB are being introduced as part of the government’s comprehensive strategy which is on track to deliver TB-free status for over half of the country by 2019. From 6 April 2016, new legislation will require farmers in the Low Risk Area of England to arrange for post-movement testing […]

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EU DAIRY SUPPORT PAYMENTS COME EARLY FOR UK FARMERS

EU support payments to help hard-pressed UK dairy farmers manage cash flow problems will start arriving in bank accounts from today (Monday, 16 November 2015) – two weeks ahead of schedule, Farming Minister George Eustice has announced. The first payments have been made to over 10,000 farmers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – […]

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EU AID PAYMENTS LINKED TO MILK PRODUCTION FOR UK FARMERS

UK dairy farmers will receive a one-off support payment linked to milk production to help with cash-flow problems caused by volatile prices, Defra has confirmed. Ministers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales had flexibility about how to allocate their share of the UK’s £26.2 million overall direct aid package but all have opted to pay […]

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RORY STEWART MP ​PRAISES CROSS-BORDER BUSINESS MODEL

Rory Stewart MP visited Appleby Creamery recently, to see exactly how their cheese is made, and learn all about their forthcoming expansion. The creamery, established in 2007, was named Cumbria’s Best Small Producer in 2013, and employs five full time members of staff and four part time. But this is now set to increase during […]

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UK ANNOUNCES ALLOCATIONS FOR EU FARMING SUPPORT PACKAGE

Hard-pressed UK dairy farmers will receive a one-off support payment to help with their cash-flow problems stemming from the current low prices for milk and other produce, the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today. In England, dairy farmers will share £15.5 million in recognition of the prolonged period of low prices in this particular farming […]

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RORY STEWART MP TAKES RADICAL DAIRY VISION TO WESTMINSTER

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, on Saturday held a ‘dairy surgery’ at Sewborwens Farm, Newton Rigg, attended by dozens of local dairy farmers. The first event of its kind in Penrith and The Border, the surgery was designed to allow farmers to speak about their experiences of the current dairy crisis and […]

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RORY STEWART MP TAKES CHALLENGE OF CUMBRIA DAIRY TO SECRETARY OF STATE

Today Rory Stewart MP met with Secretary of State Liz Truss for intensive discussions about the problems facing Cumbria’s dairy farmers. During a 45-minute meeting in the House of Commons, Rory explained the crisis of collapsing milk prices, the reduction in the number of dairy farms, and in particular the problems facing First Milk. He […]