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NFU Cymru gives a ‘taste’ of the countryside

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Welsh farming: Facing a challenging future

Welsh farming: Facing a challenging future

NFU CYMRU brought a ‘taste’ of the countryside to Wales’ capital city last Friday (Aug 14) to help explain to shoppers why it’s more important than ever to #backWelshfarming

In what is an extremely challenging time for the Welsh agricultural industry, with lamb producers and dairy farmers in particular facing severe price pressures, NFU Cymru organised a promotional event in Cardiff city centre to showcase the quality and versatility of Welsh produce first hand to consumers.

On Friday, 14 August, NFU Cymru members from across Wales were on hand to explain to shoppers in Cardiff why the farming industry is currently struggling and how they can help. Tasters of Welsh lamb, served as mini burgers and slow roasted shoulder; Welsh cheeses and Welsh milk were given out along with flyers explaining the three ‘Ls’ that shoppers should look for when out shopping:

Logos – indicating quality standards and origin of ingredients

Labels – indicate where products are from and how they are made

Location – point of sale locations like shops or supermarkets should be placing Welsh products in high-visibility areas

John Davies, NFU Cymru Deputy President, said, “We’re keen to harness Welsh consumers’ powerful voice so we can use it when it comes to getting retailers, restaurants and government in Wales to back the Welsh farming industry.

“The Welsh public are our greatest asset, the tasters we are giving away today are our way of thanking them for the support they already provide in backing Welsh farming but we will ask that they continue to help us through this crisis by holding to account retailers and food service providers who are failing to ensure that Welsh produce is clearly promoted and displayed.

“I’d like to thank Welsh shoppers for supporting us this far, talking through the world leading production standards that our farmers practice day in and day out and encouraging shoppers to do all they can to buy Welsh wherever possible in the future. Farmers are naturally shy individuals but recent knocks to the industry have brought them out of their shells. The event delivered a positive image of farming whilst we’re in the capital city; after all, Welsh food and farming are a cornerstone of the Welsh economy – delivering £5.8billion.”

NFU Cymru Director John Mercer said: “The Welsh consumer has been extremely supportive throughout this present crisis and we have been inundated with calls from the public asking how they can support Welsh farmers and for this, we are extremely grateful. Friday was another way of highlighting this crisis, showcasing our produce, thanking the consumer and explaining first-hand how the Welsh public can get behind and show support for Welsh farmers.”

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Council issues important update for poultry keepers in Pembrokeshire

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IN RESPONSE to the increased findings of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in poultry in England and in wild birds across Great Britain, combined with the increased risk levels, the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has agreed to the introduction of housing measures to help protect poultry and other captive birds from avian influenza. 

The All-Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been extended and updated to include new housing measures which will take effect on Monday 29 November 2021. 

From 29 November 2021, all bird keepers in Wales will, therefore, be required by law to keep their birds indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of disease.

These housing measures are intended to build on the enhanced biosecurity requirements that are currently in place in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.

All keepers (regardless of numbers of birds kept) will therefore continue to be required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

Preparatory measures may include
checking existing housing structures are fit for housing
considering how welfare of birds can be enhanced while they are housed
and, where necessary, putting up additional housing or netting.

To assist keepers with this, guidance and a biosecurity checklist are available on the Welsh Government website.

Observing the strictest biosecurity measures in all aspects of poultry and bird keeping is the most effective way to reduce the risk of disease incursion to domestic poultry and other captive birds.

It is vital that strict biosecurity measures continue to be observed while birds are housed, as housing does not mitigate the disease risk as much as effective biosecurity.

Housing measures will also come into force in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 29th November.

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Award for Inspirational Young Volunteers at Keyston YFC

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KEYSTON Young Farmers Club (YFC) volunteers won the Pembrokeshire Volunteering ‘Mike Beckett’ Award (for group aged under 25) in November 2020, almost a year later they finally received their trophy.

When the pandemic started the group rapidly adjusted their activities, not only to continue to support each other, but also the local community. Helping local people with deliveries of shopping, prescriptions and even birthday cards. Providing a lifeline for those who were isolated but also being a friendly face – and ‘ray of sunshine’ in their yellow shirts. They also took their fundraising efforts online and with a ‘virtual’ Coast Path challenge raised over £2700.

Louise Wilkinson from PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services) said, ‘I was very proud to present the young volunteers with their award, the group showed amazing resilience and community spirit, to support their community, during a very difficult time. Really demonstrating the YFC saying “good farmers, good countrymen, good citizens”.’

In October Eleri George, Chairman, represented Keyston YFC alongside other ‘Community Champions’ from across Wales at the official opening of the Sixth Senedd in Cardiff. During the event Eleri was able to speak to Prince Charles and the Queen about their work in Pembrokeshire.

The 2021 Pembrokeshire Volunteering Awards will be held on 9th December thanks to continued support from South Hook LNG.

Photo Caption: Louise presenting the Award to Eleri and members of Keyston YFC

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Increase in people hare coursing and lamping without landowner’s permission

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE’S Rural Crime Team is reporting an increased number of calls regarding persons suspected to be Hare Coursing, and/or lamping rabbits on private land, in which permission has not been sought.

The police say they are asking that land owners in rural locations please remain vigilant, ensuring to keep gates and access points secured.

A spokesperson for the police told The Herald: “We urge any land owners that suspect hare coursing is taking place on their land, to report it to the police immediately, as hare coursing is illegal under the Hunting Act 2004. Any land owners that suspect individuals are using their land to go ‘lamping’, without the landowners permission, should also contact the Police.

“We would ask members of the public not to approach any individuals that are suspected to be hare coursing or lamping. Instead, we ask that you contact the Police and provide as much detail as possible.

“You can contact Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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