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									   Farm Walks for the general                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UMBRI
                                                         come along. This is something that goes down            also You can also telephone
                                                         well as it increases the opportunity to speak to        either Friends of the Lake District on 01539
   public – why do we bother?

                                                         a real, live farmer. We would urge all our CFN          720788 or Joyce Reed, CFN team member and

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   CFN has arranged a comprehensive range of             members to make the effort to attend one                organiser of the walks on 01946 862 348 or
   farm walks open to everyone. The walks are run        of these walks. The general public are our              07745 814029.
   in conjunction with many others all of which are      customers, our best ally and most passionate
                                                         advocate. They take home a much better
   supported by the Friends of the Lake District.                                                                                                                                                                                            ER

                                                         understanding of the challenges farmers face
   The CFN walks a really quite special; great effort
   is put into the organisation of the walk to
                                                         and pass on their experiences and knowledge                                                                                                                                                   NET                                                     ISSUE 4 SPRING 2007
                                                         to their family, friends and neighbours. All go
   ensure all those that attend really get to know       home feeling they want to support British
   the farmer and understand how and why he              agriculture in whatever way they can. We
   farms the way he does. From the salt marshes
   on the Solway through to the high fells every
                                                         have a few people who have joined CFN as
                                                         associate members as a direct result of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           THE CUMBRIA FARMER NETWORK (RURAL FUTURES) LTD
   farm is slightly different and the walkers really     attending a farm walk.
   appreciate speaking face to face with the
   people who live and work on the land.
   On many of the walks neighbouring farmer
                                                         So next time there is a walk on, keep the boots
                                                         on and get out there to meet your customers.
                                                         For a full list of walks check out the CFN website             I wish they'd stop nattering I'm ready to go!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Reducing                                                         IS YOUR LAND REGISTERED?
  Date        Start Title                               Topics covered                                        Starting point/Post Code
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       pollution can                                                   Farmers and landowners in Cumbria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       are being urged to take advantage of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       voluntary land registration initiative, that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      owns what. We welcome enquiries from as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      many landowners as possible.

  May 13th     2pm      Lambing at Ennerdale            Kinniside Common, history & archaeology               Farming fell road at Simonkeld CA23 3AL
                                                                                                              Grid Ref: NY075165
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       save money                                                      will offer them better certainty and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       security about the property they own.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “A 25 per cent discount is available now,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      so it’s timely to get your landholdings in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      order for your family and the future. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Diffuse pollution is one of the current hot                     The initiative is part of a drive by Land      cost of registering land is not particularly
  May 20th     1pm      Dairy farming in                Modern farming complimenting the                      Blunderfield Farm, Kirkoswald CA10 1EX                                                                                   topics for Defra and the Environment Agency.                    Registry – the government department           high – for instance, for a property or land
                        Lower Eden                      environment                                                                                                                                                                    The Cumbria Farmer Network has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       working with Cumbria Farm Link to try to get                    responsible for registering land ownership     worth £100,000 it currently costs only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the message across in a practical and simple                    in England and Wales – to seek people          £75.”
  May 27th     1pm      Kentmere Valley                 Hill farm, sheep, cattle,                             Hartrigg Farm, Kentmere LA8 9JN                                                                                                                                                          who own agricultural land and help them
                        farm Walk                       ESA hedgerow/walls                                                                                                                                                             manner to farmers in West and South                                                                            Land Registration with Land Registry is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cumbria over the last five months. Meetings                     to identify and register what they own.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       have been held on five demonstration farms                                                                     not the same as registration via the Rural
  All walks between 2 and 4 miles and 2 to 3 hours. Dogs are welcome if kept under control. Please wear suitable footwear and clothes. Families                                                                                        from Croscannonby, Maryport in the North                        Voluntary land registration allows             Payments Agency. Land Registry offers an
  welcome at all these walks - limited wheelchair access on Kentmere Valley walk, please telephone Joyce for more information.                                                                                                         West to Levens, Kendal in the South East                        landowners to be in charge of their assets,    entirely different service providing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       attended by a total of 90 farmers.                              to manage them more effectively now            guaranteed ownership of title.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and in the long term, to consolidate

                                                   OPEN EVENTS                                                               Supported by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       complex legal information or historic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       data about their land and to better
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       protect their land.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For further information call Land Registry’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      helpline team on 0800 432 0432
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and quote reference CFN, or email
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            , again
 After lambing we will be back with events under both the Copeland and the                                                             A project of the                                                                                                                                                Just over 44 per cent of Cumbria is            quoting reference CFN.
 3Districts projects. If there is a particular topic you feel would be of interest                                                     Fells and Dales Leader+                                                                                                                                         currently registered, compared with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you prefer to write the contact details
            to you and your farming neighbours please let us know.                                                                     programme                                                                                                                                                       position in England and Wales as a whole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       where more than 60 per cent is registered.     are below.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Registration is the ultimate ownership         Land Registry, Head Office,
    Shows – CFN hope to have a presence at a couple of shows this summer - come and say hello.                                                                                                                                         Slurry injection demonstration at Croscannonby                  guarantee, offering widely acknowledged        Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       benefits. With discounted fees for             Tel (direct) 020 7166 4543
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       For once the message is not all bad news.                       voluntary applications and the help of an
  Farm plastic collections in June, look out for a flier with dates etc                                                                                                                                                                The demonstrations have shown farmers that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       analysing soils, taking into account slurry and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       experienced registration team to guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fax 020 7166 4516
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       landowners through the process, there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       calculating fertiliser requirements based on                    has never been a better time to register.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       these results will enable farmers not only                                                                     At some of our events over the next few
                                         OFFERS TO CFN MEMBERS                                                                                                                                                                         to reduce pollution risk but also help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       approximately 75% of dairy farmers to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Harry Charlton, Register Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Manager for Cumbria said:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      months we hope to have a representative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from the Land Registry present. You will

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      G Soil Augers available to borrow free of charge                                                                                                                                                                                 reduce costs.                                                                                                  have the opportunity to ask questions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Cumbria is the second largest county in       generally find out more.
      G Discounted Faecal Egg Count Service on offer from Millcroft Veterinary Practice, West Cumbria at £5.50 plus VAT                                                                                                                                                                                England and Wales, but it is the county
        per sample. Contact the Cockermouth branch on 01900 826666                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     with the least registered land. This is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       because much of the land is largely rural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       farmland which has remained in the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       family ownership for many years. We know        Soil Protection Review… if
  MEMBERSHIP £25 + VAT - CONTACT SUSAN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that farmers and landowners live busy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       lives but hope they will see registration as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a long-term investment in their property.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       you haven’t got one- you’re,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       not cross compliant!

 remember to join the cumbria farmer network!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Different machine but same result
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Over the last two years we have seen           If you still have a green book ‘filed away in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Further demonstrations are planned on the                       registration coverage in the North East         a heap’ on your desk called, Single Farm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       same farms to view results in May and late                                                                      Payment – Cross Compliance Soil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rise from under 41 per cent to almost 63
Check out our website for more information www.CUMBRIAFARMERNETWORK.CO.UK                                                                                                                                                              summer. Note that in these areas farmers can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       get one to one free or subsidised advice on                     per cent. My aim is to ensure that people       Protection review’ and it hasn’t been filled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       nutrient planning and 50% grants on soil and                    in Cumbria get the information that             in; please make some time to fill it in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       slurry tests through Farm Connect Cumbria                       enables them to decide if registration is       This should have been done by 1st of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (01768 891444).                                                 for them. We are doing this by a number         September LAST YEAR – 2006. As from
           This edition of Grassroots is sponsored by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of means including articles such as this        January this year you should have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       one and attendance at agricultural              managing your soils in line with the plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       auctions. If you see us at events, we           outlined BY YOU in the book.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       welcome any questions from you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       One of the conditions of cross
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Land Registry is keen that farmers and         compliance is that this booklet is filled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       other landowners have the best possible         in and that you are managing your soils
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       guarantee of their land ownership. We           accordingly. You could be asked to
              Cumbria Farmer Network                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have a straightforward and cost effective       produce a this booklet at any time –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       system for checking and registering who         don’t be caught out.
    The Old Stables, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DT                                                                                                                                                                               Discussing the merits of calibrating the fertiliser spreading
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Update – the past, the                                                                          The Three Districts Project
                                                                                                ‘Ways forward for farming’
                                                                                                                                                         There are ways around
                                                                                                                                                         the price of bins…..
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Agricultural waste regulations –
                                                                                                                                                                                                               deadline for exemptions is 15th of May 2007…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blue tongue virus
present and the future…                                                                         Funded by The Cumbria Fells and Dales Leader +
                                                                                                programme, this project aims to raise awareness
                                                                                                among farmers and the public (in Allerdale, Eden and
                                                                                                                                                         All plastic presented at collection points
                                                                                                                                                                                                               don’t forget!
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The new agricultural waste regulations affect
                                                                                                                                                                                                               whether or not you can burn, bury, store, use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                survives the winter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A recent report published by European
Looking back over the past 12 months, I am pleased about the progress the                                                                                should be in a liner. Many members have                                                                Food Standards Agency (EFSA) on last
                                                                                                South Lakes areas) of the ways forward for farmers       purchased a purpose-built bin into which a            your waste on the farm or send it elsewhere.
company has made, even though we have not got everything right all the time.                    following the CAP reform.                                                                                                                                       year’s bluetongue outbreak in
                                                                                                                                                         liner is put. All the plastic taken from                                                               Northern Europe confirmed that the
Membership has risen steadily, with around 450 after 12 months, we have set up                  Four farm walks have been held with the aim of
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The new agricultural waste regulations
                                                                                                                                                         silage bales is then bundled-up and put                                                                disease is spread by more species of
the company successfully, finances are on target - so what is there to worry                    informing the public of the issues facing farmers and    straight into the bin. This way you keep a            came into force on 15 May 2006. You now
                                                                                                                                                                                                               need to have stopped using your farm             midge than originally thought.
about? Well there are still several worries – when aren’t there in business? The                of the ways that they can help. At each event leaflets   tidy farm and we collect clean plastic.
                                                                                                promoting local produce and farm based attractions                                                             tip/dump.                                        EU Control measures failed to stop the
Board constantly advises me that the bulk of this membership is as a direct                     were handed out.                                         In the last edition of grass roots a cheaper          You should also now have stopped                 spread of the disease last year with the
result of members wanting to recycle plastic under the Farm Plastic Recycling                                                                            bin was on offer. Many have been sold and             burning plastics and other materials that
                                                                                                The farmer events have been held mostly on-farm.                                                                                                                disease progressing as far as the
Scheme and we must not rest on our laurels in seeking greater support.                          The topics of discussion have largely been chosen by     for most people they work well. It must               give rise to pollution and/or harm.              Belgian border.
                                                                                                the farmers themselves.                                  be stressed that you do not have to buy a             Remember your Duty of Care when storing
The Farm Plastic scheme is a good example of how by working together we can                                                                              bin. Many farmers are building their own                                                               This winter has been mild and the
create a direct benefit to individual farm costs. We believe that farm plastic                  The project organised two days to look at how the                                                              or passing your waste to someone else.
                                                                                                new waste management regulations will affect             version of a bin. Have a look at the                                                                   virus has proved it can survive the
recycling costs are low in Cumbria compared to the rest of England, thanks to                   farmers and how to fill in the exemption form. This      photographs of one home-made liner-holder.            You have until 15 May 2007 to comply with        winter period as an outbreak has
our scheme. If we are to keep costs down it is important to grow this scheme.                   form needs to be completed and sent returned to                                                                the new rules and to register for any            recently been confirmed in Germany.
                                                                                                the Environment Agency by May.                           If anyone would like to send us a                     agricultural waste exemptions.                   This is not good news for farmers in
Could you persuade your neighbour to join? Why not? The more plastic we                                                                                  photograph of their home made bin we                  Registering agricultural waste exemptions        the UK.
get, the cheaper we can make it for members.                                                    Each region has hosted events on flock health. The       will judge the most innovative and the                is FREE of charge and most exemptions
                                                                                                topics covered included foot rot, parasite control and                                                         only have to be registered once. For an          Much of the research work in the
                                                                                                                                                         winner will be awarded a bottle of whisky.
Although important, plastic recycling is just a part of what we do. Since April last            abortion, with speakers from the local veterinary
                                                                                                                                                         Send photographs to                                   Exemption Pack, call 0845 603 3113.              (EFSA) report was gathered by Dr
year we have organised over 25 farm demonstrations and meetings, with over                      clinic and other experts.                                                                                                                                       Simon Carpenter from the Institute of
                                                                                                                                                                               It is possible to register on line BUT after
500 attendees. Subjects covered have included faecal egg counting, cross                        A faecal egg counter has also been demonstrated at                                                                                                              Animal Health. CFN assisted Dr
                                                                                                most of the events. Checking if worms are present is                                                           discussions with team members at CFN we          Carpenter by identifying suitable farms
compliance, animal nutrition, soil management and new production systems.                                                                                Plastic collections are resuming soon.                believe it is simpler to telephone the
                                                                                                a good way to save money and time. Over use of                                                                                                                  in Cumbria for midge trapping. One of
We have also organised more than 25 farm walks to educate and inform the                        wormer is also adds to the problem of worms                                                                    above number and actually speak to a real        the species caught in Lorton was
                                                                                                                                                         You can find the                                      person. They will send out a paper copy of
general public and trained 8 young people under 24 years of age to help them                    becoming resistant to some drenches.                     schedule                            Bin & Ellen                                                        Pulicaris which a competent vector for
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the forms. You have only a very short time       transmitting the blue tongue virus.
set up as self-employed farm assistants. We are just in the latter stages of                    The Cumbria Farmer Network has use of a faecal egg       enclosed                                              left to register.
producing the first of a series of short films to educate                                       counting kit. It is kept at the Lakeland Learning        or go to our                                                                                           Dr Carpenter will give an update in the
                                                                                                Centre in Cockermouth. Please call Susan at the CFN      website.
the public about farming in the Lake District and                                               office to find out how you go about booking it out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                next edition of grass roots.
                                                                                                                                                         You can also
are testing a new service to improve carcase                                                    for the day.                                             telephone
collection.                                                                                     More events are planned after lambing.                   Susan at the
                                                                                                                                                         CFN office.
So what of the future? We are looking
forward to developing additional services                Local plastic                          The Great Milk Debate                                                                                                                                          Farm Assistant Scheme
and are keen to hear from anyone who has           collectors Wanted                            The National Federation of Womens’ Institute (WI)
                                                                                                Great Milk Debate is gaining momentum in the west
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Following the success of the two Farm
any views about other services we should be              Occasional day’s work available to                                                                                                                                                                    Assistant Schemes the scheme for
                                                                look after farm collection      of the county and CFN is supporting the campaign.                                                                                                              2007-2008 will be starting again this
offering, so please contact us with any ideas.
We will also be taking a close look at
                                                                  points, write invoices etc.   Joyce Reed organised a meeting at the Lamplugh W.I.
                                                                                                hall on the 24th of April. Over 70 people attended –
                                                                                                                                                         Welfare of animals during transportation                                                              summer subject to successful funding
                                                                    Contact Susan at            farmers and the general public. Joyce was wearing        These Regulations apply from 5 January            G   Transportation to or from veterinary
central company costs to keep these to the                                                      all three of her hats that night as she is a member of                                                                                                         The aim of the project is to provide
minimum. Although we have to cover costs if                            CFN office                                                                        2007:                                                 practices or clinics under veterinary advice.
                                                                                                the local WI, a farmer and of course CFN co-ordinator.                                                                                                         basic technical, environmental and
we are to stay in business, the company has not
                                                                     01768 868615                                                                                                                          G   Journeys where the animal is an individual
                                                                                                After a presentation that explained what is              If you transport animals in connection                                                                business skills to enable young people
                                                                                                                                                                                                               animal, accompanied by its owner or other       from Cumbria to set up as self-
been established to make a profit.                                                              happening in the dairy industry there followed a         with an economic activity over 65km                   responsible person.
                                                                                                robust discussion. Alaistair Mackintosh - NFU North      (about 40 miles) you will need to apply for                                                           employed Farm Assistants. The initial
We are regularly looking for farmers or their family members to work for the                    West Region Livestock Chairman, Kathryn Pritt -
                                                                                                                                                                                                           G   Journeys where the animals are pet              training is approximately 24 days and
                                                                                                Director First Milk, Peter Watson - Local dairy farmer   a Transporter Authorisation.                          animals accompanied by their owners or          then the Farm Assistants will begin
company. We have a team of 12 people who work for the company, most on a
part time self-employed basis, who organise events, find funding for groups and                 and retailer and Alan Lowrey - Director of Dairycrest
                                                                                                                                                         There are 2 types of authorisation – one              animals of hobby breeders where income          work on farms. The idea is to continue
                                                                                                Direct formed a panel to lead the discussion.                                                                  does not exceed expenses of the hobby.          learning practical farm skills while they
manage projects. The team is committed to supporting the farming community.                     Unfortunately no local representative from a major       for short journeys –up to 8 hours and one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               earn a living.
Have you the commitment to try and make a difference? Then Why not                              supermarket was able to attend.                          for long journeys – over 8 hours.                 Address for further information
contact us?                                                                                     The outcome of the meeting was a series of action                                                                                                              The Cumbria Farmer Network is looking
                                                                                                                                                         The Authorisation will be valid for 5 years                                                           for young people aged 16-24, who are
Paul Harper, CFN Manager                                                                        points.                                                                                                    DEFRA
                                                                                                                                                         unless revoked.                                                                                       enthusiastic about working on farms.
                                                                                                The WI role is to: -                                                                                       Welfare in Transport Implementation                 Young people from farming and
                                                                                                  raise awareness of the quality of British milk and     Previous granted authorisation issued             Team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               non-farming backgrounds are equally
Pentalk Network marches on despite computerbus setback                                            milk-products                                          under the Welfare of Animals (Transport)                                                              considered.
                                                                                                                                                         Order 1997 will be invalid from 5 January         Animal Welfare Division
                                                                                                G encourage buying British
Members reading recently in the Press that the Watershed computerbus had been                                                                            2007.                                             1a Page Street                                      CFN is also interested to speak to
                                                                                                G Promote the Little Red Tractor logo
cancelled by UCLAN might be forgiven for thinking that this meant that the Pentalk              G ask questions of supermarkets e.g. where the milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               businesses or individuals interested in
                                                                                                                                                         Application Forms and accompanying                LONDON                                              sponsoring this valuable project.
Network itself was threatened.                                                                    on sale is produced and whether any price
                                                                                                                                                         guidance notes are available from Auction         SW1P 4PQ Tel: 020 7904 6576
Not so, although like any other voluntary organisation, Pentalk is dependent on its               increases are passed on to the farmer.                                                                                                                       For further information you can contact
                                                                                                G Explore re-introduction of free school milk
                                                                                                                                                         Marts and from the DEFRA website at                                                                   Eileen Simpson on
grants and its vocal support from members and friends in the farming community.                                                                                   Or (where completed forms have to be
'Things are getting more difficult for upland farmers and rural communities' says Ann                                                                                                                                                                          017683 41821
                                                                                                The NFU’s action points covered: -                                                                         sent);
Risman, Pentalk Organiser 'and it's amazing what the power of public opinion will do            G promoting research and investment in new milk
                                                                                                                                                         In addition from January 2008 all drivers
                                                                                                                                                         will have to have a Certificate of                Welfare in Transport Section
in these situations. Pentalk members went to the Press because they felt that the                 products,
computerbus had given good service to the farming community and should not be cast              G working with supermarkets to ensure good supply        Competence.                                       State Veterinary Service
aside in this way. We will continue to try to get more funds and support our IT training        G ensuring that collective marketing initiatives are
                                                                                                                                                         DEFRA have yet to finalise how/where this         Block C Government Buildings
service. We hope that the farming community will sign petitions and write letters                 not encumbered by working with the Office of Fair                                                        Whittington Road
                                                                                                                                                         certificate will obtained
whenever this sort of thing happens. It's the only way to strengthen our voice at present.        Trading.
                                                                                                G Keep working on promoting a ‘level playing field’      The regulations do not currently include:         Worcester
A good partnership with the Farmers' Network will enable us to publicise the good work
                                                                                                  on which British products can compete with imports.                                                      WR5 2SU
that is going on and let the world know when bad decisions are made.' Meanwhile                                                                          G   Farmers transporting their own animals
                                                                                                This was a good meeting and all felt the exercise had                                                      Tel: 0845 603 8395
Pentalk signed on its 2000th farm this week.                                                                                                                 in their own vehicle under 50km (31miles).
                                                                                                been worthwhile.                                                                                                                                                           handling a bike and trailer can be tricky

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