A combine harvests a cereal crop

A busy news week in Agriculture!

The last week or so has been very busy for anybody trying to keep up with news issues affecting the agricultural community. By way of recap, some of the highlights are:

Badger cull plans ruled legal – Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting at the High Court in London, held that the Badger Trust’s challenge of the controversial plans had failed on all grounds. This now paves the way for the cull to begin in the Autumn.  More detail can be found in a Telegraph article here.  You can read the NFU’s response here or see the official Judgment here.  The Badger Trust is now considering whether to appeal.

Dairy farmers protest in London – Dairy farmers from around the country travelled to London on Wednesday to raise awareness of pending cuts in the price many milk suppliers will pay to farmers from 1 August.  Asda, Morrisons and the Co-Op were particularly in the spotlight, whilst Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S garnered praise from growers for paying a fair price already.  The BBC’s story gained mainstream coverage, whilst the Farmers Guardian report here has more detail.  This story will no doubt continue to develop.

CLA Game Fair cancelled – Due to heavy rain making the ground conditions unsuitable, the CLA has unfortunately had to cancel this year’s Game Fair.  We understand refunds are being processed for anyone with tickets – visit their website for more information.

NFU hosts “Farming in Gloucestershire” Day – On Thursday we attended an event organised by the NFU South West region, and hosted by Robert and Hamish Campbell on their farm at Stow on the Wold.  A number of topics were discussed under the direction of Charles Mann (NFU Gloucestershire County Chairman), including the future of farming, the new Farming Delivers campaign, and how growers can adapt to change.  Hamish Campbell then led everyone on a tour of his farm, explaining that they once simply supplied a rapeseed crop to a wholesaler.  Only a few years later, they now harvest, press, filter, bottle, and distribute their unique Rapeseed Oil (www.r-oil.co.uk) to restaurants and retailers around the globe; yet it all happens from their farm in the Cotswolds!  Many thanks to the Campbells and the NFU for organising such a useful event.