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Farming Today

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  • 22.01.2021
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    22/01/21 Live export, Rural Tourism, Glass eels

    MPs are launching an investigation into new rules on the transport of animals. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee’s inquiry will look at how a potential ban on live animal exports would affect farmers and processors, and will also consider implications for transporting horses.A UK company which exports eels from the River Severn all over Europe says changes in the rules since Brexit mean it may not survive. Because European eels are classed as critically endangered, the European Union only allows trade within the EU. The owner of UK Glass Eels says that means he can’t export them - even to Northern Ireland, where they normally go to restock Lough Neagh.And as we come to the end of another week of lockdown, Farming Today checks in with another one of our rural audio-diarists. Caroline Millar farms beef and sheep near Dundee, where she also runs luxury holiday accommodation.Presented by Charlotte Smith Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

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  • 21.01.2021
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    21/01/21 Floods, Farm payments, Vets racism research

    The Environment Agency has warned farmers in many areas of the country to prepare for flooding as storm Christoph hits. With melting snow in some areas and much ground already saturated ‘significant flooding’ is expected. We speak to Chris Alford who farms on land in a flood plain in Brecon about how he gets prepared.Research suggests that farmers doing the right thing for the environment are also doing the right thing financially. The study from Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading and Newcastle University analysed data gathered over 9 years in the Government’s annual Farm Business Survey. It found that subsidies paid to farmers for protecting the environment lead to more "stable" incomes compared with payments based purely on the area of land they farm.As we continue our week looking at the work vets do, we find out about a project that's looking to support farms to establish better antimicrobial stewardship, and we speak to the British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society about it's new survey which is aiming to find out how UK vets are affected by racism.Presented by Charlotte Smith Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

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  • 20.01.2021
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    20/01/21 River monitoring, Live imports, New vets

    The Chief Executive of the Environment Agency says a shortage in funding has lead to a decrease in environmental monitoring. Sir James Bevan was giving evidence to The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Parliamentary Committee yesterday about the impact the Covid 19 pandemic has had on the work of the agency. It comes as flood warnings are issued to a number of areas of the UK ahead of Storm Christophe.We have been hearing the difficulties food exporters have been having since the UK left the EU. Today we speak to an importer of day-old chicks who says he has lost around £10,000 worth of business so far because he is unable to access the system to complete paperwork.And as we continue our week looking at vets, we speak to newly graduated farm vet Emily Collins-Wingate about what it has been like starting her job in the middle of a pandemic.Presented by Anna Hill Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

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  • 19.01.2021
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    19/01/21 Fishermen Protest, Dog Attack, Vets software

    More than fifty lorries from fishing companies in Scotland and South West England paraded up and down Whitehall yesterday, to draw attention to the difficulty they are having exporting their goods into the EU. Delays at ports and extra paperwork since 1st January have meant time-sensitive goods have been at risk of perishing. We speak to the Dartmouth Crab Company about what impact they think the protest had.The cost of dog attacks on sheep has been rising across England according to insurers NFU Mutual - and recently there have been a number of attacks involving large numbers of sheep, including 50 at the weekend in North Monmouthshire. We speak to a farmer from Suffolk who lost 50 sheep in an attack just before Christmas, and also The Welsh Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Janet Finch-Saunders, who is calling for a National Rural Crime Taskforce in Wales to be set up to deal with the problem.Plus as we take a look at the work being done by vets this week, we speak to the developers of new software that allows vets and farmers to access data in real time. The project called "Remedy" or REal tiME DairY has been given £1.7 million in funding from Innovate UK.Presented by Anna Hill Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

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  • 18.01.2021
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    18/01/21 Walkers trampling crops, Welsh veggies, vets and exports

    We hear how lockdown walkers are avoiding the mud but trampling the crops. Olly Harrison farms on Merseyside and has footpaths across the farm. At at the moment they’re muddy, so people are avoiding the mud by walking across his crops, which, as he explains, isn’t ideal. A coalition of food experts has called for three quarters of the Welsh population's recommended daily intake of veg to be grown in Wales by 2030, to reduce reliance on imports and fight climate change while boosting the rural economy. There were concerns that a lack of vets would lead to Brexit export delays. James Russel, the President of the British Veterinary Association, says so far that hasn’t been an issue.Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

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  • 16.01.2021
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    16/01/21 Farming Today This Week: EU exports, Emergency Sugar Beet Pesticides, Sea Shanties

    The Scottish Government is calling on Westminster to pay compensation to food companies caught up in what it describes as a ‘catastrophic’ post-Brexit export situation. Fish and shellfish firms in particular have faced delays getting exports to the EU. Some are warning they may go out of business after consignments arrived in France rotting. Meanwhile the Scottish Fishermen's Federation has written to the Prime Minister saying some boats aren't putting to sea while others are landing their catch in Denmark to avoid the delays.We discuss the Government's controversial decision to allow sugar beet growers to use an EU-banned neonicotinoid pesticide. Farmers used to use the seed coating to prevent the aphid-transmitted virus yellows disease from spreading, but since it was banned, yields have been severely affected. The Labour party and more than 40 wildlife and environment groups are calling on the Government to reverse it's decision to give emergency authorisation for it's use this year.Plus it could be a sign of how much we're missing those get togethers during this lockdown, but the age-old traditional sea shanty has gone viral on the popular video app Tik Tok.Presented by Charlotte Smith Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

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