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Farmers share experiences of EID recording

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Helping farmers get to grips with sheep: EID recording

Helping farmers get to grips with
sheep: EID recording

A SCHEME aimed at encouraging sheep farmers in Wales to overcome barriers to electronic recording is proving to be a resounding success. Preliminary findings from an Electronic Identification (EID) project launched in Wales at the end of last year suggest that around 80 % of the farmers involved have found using the readers to record flock information relatively easy.

“Our latest feedback indicates many Welsh farmers are not only getting to grips with the technology but are enthusiastically looking at a wider range of functions and into maximising the benefits from the equipment,” said Dr Julie Finch, Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager with Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) who ran the project.

The demand to take part in the project was extraordinary and feedback has been extremely positive. This meant that funding originally set aside to recruit farmers was converted into additional project vouchers so that 1,700 farmers were able to take part – 200 more than expected. “A series of case studies has been developed to demonstrate how project farmers have explored the potential benefits of EID recording in commercial and pedigree situations,” said Dr Finch.

“A new leaflet has been produced that we will use at farmer meetings during the autumn and the full case studies are available at the project website, www.ewemanage-IT. org.uk.” Some had not used EID before but once started and into a routine it became easier. “Using the software to download and use the information gathered was the most difficult element for most of the participants,” said Dr. Finch. “We hope that these will encourage more farmers to consider EID recording to help them to manage their flocks”.

The EID Recording project was funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales and delivered by HCC. It aimed to understand more about the barriers to the uptake of electronic recording, and it was originally intended that 1,500 sheep farmers would take part, each receiving £500 in return for them sharing their first experiences of using EID to record information about their flocks. The full project findings and two new information resources on EID Recording will be available later this year.

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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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