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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Rory has welcomed news that Defra Ministers are to find emergency funding to help support livestock farmers to meet the costs of disposal of dead animals, particularly those affected by the recent unprecedented snowfall in areas of Cumbria; the worst-hit farmers were largely concentrated in the constituencies of Rory Stewart, Tim Farron, and Jamie Reed, […]

House of Commons Localism speech


Following the recent severe and unseasonal cold spell which has left many Cumbrian farmers dealing with the loss of large numbers of livestock, a group of Cumbrian MPs has written a joint letter to Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson asking for Government support to help farmers meet the costs of fallen stock collections in […]

Gudrun Ravetz, Rory and Neil Frame

Rory works with local vets for industry reform

Rory met with local vets at Frame, Swift and Partners Veterinary Practice in Penrith to discuss issues affecting the industry both locally and nationally, and to better understand where reform is needed. Given the importance of agriculture to the local economy and to local communities, Rory Stewart used the occasion to again discuss the issues […]

farming delivers

Rory gives his support to the NFU’s ‘Farming Delivers’ campaign

Rory this week chaired the NFU’s ‘Farming Delivers: Farming’s role in the nation’s future’ fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, where Secretary of State Owen  Patterson, and Defra Minister Richard Benyon shared a platform with NFU President Peter Kendall, Deputy President Meurig Raymond and Vice President Adam Quinney. The fringe event provided […]


Rory to chair dairy farming conference attended by agriculture minister

Rory Stewart is to chair an afternoon dairy farming conference at Dolphenby Farm, Edenhall, Penrith on Tuesday 21st August, which will be attended by the Minister for Agriculture Jim Paice. The conference is the culmination of Rory’s efforts in support of Cumbrian dairy farmers, who have experienced a summer of crisis as liquid milk rice […]


In support of dairy farmers

Half a century of pain – with five dairy farms going out of business every week since the Second World War – has terminated in crisis. At least half of all dairy farmers are now being paid less than their cost of production, and will soon be driven – unless something changes – into bankruptcy. […]


Rory supports Cumbrian dairy farmers

Rory joined thousands of farmers from across Britain in Westminster yesterday, at a specially convened NFU ‘emergency summit’ to discuss the latest rounds of dairy price cuts affecting the liquid milk industry, and hundreds of farmers in Penrith and the Border. Rory said: “I am here to represent the many hard-working dairy farmers of Penrith […]


Update on Bovine TB

Handling my father’s cows reminded me of what political choice is really like. We were trying to get an enraged and terrified young Highland bull into a cattle crush. Its predecessor had gone in the first time. But this one kept breaking free.  When he was almost trapped he retreated and bucked, roared and rolled, […]


Local farmers pilot stock movement App in latest broadband initiative

In the latest chapter of his campaign to improve super-fast and mobile broadband for Cumbria, Rory in conjunction with Terry Canning of farming software company FarmWizard has secured a new mobile phone application trial for Penrith and the Border’s dairy farmers. FarmWizard, who have been developing cloud-computing solutions for livestock dairy farmers since 2004, will […]