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The Countryside Alliance and The Countryside Alliance Foundation champion and support British farmers and producers, and believe that food and farming are central to the character and well-being of Britain.

We support and recognise the valuable part farmers play not only in producing food to some of the highest standards in the world, but also their vital role in shaping and maintaining the landscape and communities for which Britain is renowned. Our Food and Farming campaign highlights the importance and value of clear food labelling and assured food procurement to enable consumers to make informed choices and have confidence in the products they are buying. It reaches out to butchers, chefs, journalists in print, radio and TV, and of course members of the public. We also deliver workshop programmes in catering colleges and provide in-store promotional support to supermarkets.

We provide a wealth of useful information on the benefits of eating British wild game, where to buy it and how to cook it, including nutritional facts, step by step guides to preparation, recipes and newsletters. The Countryside Alliance Awards, celebrating rural food and highlighting good quality locally sourced produce, have become an established and reputable part of the rural calendar giving yet more support to the issues that matter to people in rural and urban areas.

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The beef on offer at Newlyns Farm Shop, Hampshire

Great British Beef Week 2014 starts on St George's Day

Monday, 24 February 2014

St George’s Day celebrations herald Great British Beef Week 2014 - April 23 – May 3. Ladies in Beef are urging the British beef industry to get behind Great British Beef Week 2014 and capitalise on shopper preference for home produced Red Tractor Assured British beef to further increase market share in retail stores across the UK. The proportion of British beef in supermarkets and other retail outlets rose from 81% in 2012 to 83% in 2013, with 86% of shoppers confirming their preference for fully traceable food from British farms (EBLEX, NFU & BRC data).

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The results of the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count

Monday, 14 April 2014

Our colleagues at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) write: "Despite it being the wettest winter since records began in 1910 more than 500 farmers, managing nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of counting their farmland birds during the second week in February in the first Big Farmland Bird Count.

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Farmers Guardian launches "Take the Lead" campaign on livestock worrying

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Countryside Alliance is proud to back a new Farmers Guardian campaign which has been launched to educate the public about the impact of livestock worrying by dogs with the ultimate aim of reducing the growing number of attacks. Backed by leading farming and rural organisations, Take the Lead was set up in response to shocking new statistics which revealed the number of incidents has jumped by more than 50 per cent in the last three years.

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Mr Weatherhead of Pateley Bridge, 5th gen butcher

Saluting our rural food, business & community heroes

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Regional Champions in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards have now been declared. Click here to meet the cream of rural communities, produce and business. Nicknamed "The Rural Oscars" these annual awards are the leading rural business awards to win. Operating across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland they celebrate the very best of rural produce and community. These Regional Champions all advance to the UK finals which will be held at Parliament on Wednesday 30th April. Good luck all!

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Meurig Raymond named new President of NFU

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The National Farmers Union (NFU) held its conference in Birmingham this week, at which Meurig Raymond was named the newly elected President. We wish outgoing President Peter Kendall every success in the future and thank him for his high profile promotion and defence of our farming sector.

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Suffolk butcher tale: redouble our efforts on backing British & education

Monday, 24 February 2014

On Monday 24th February the Daily Mail reported "Market butcher forced to stop displaying meat and game because 'townies' object: Family firm targeted with anonymous hate mail because of carcasses hanging in the window." The article, about 100 year old JBS Family Butchers in Sudbury, Suffolk, which has long made a window display of  birds in feather including duck, pheasant and partridge in season, rabbits and pigs' heads, reported that the butchers have "reluctantly had to remove the display after it became the target of a campaign including anonymous hate mail and people hurling abuse in the shop."

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Chris Gardner's 11 hr Forage Aid mission

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Chris Gardner tells us: "This photo is of the #forageaid load I took from Warwickshire down to Somerset on Saturday. It went direct to a flood affected farm in Stoke St Gregory village. The load was organised by Wormleighton young farmers. Mill Farm Ashorne Agricultural Contractors (our family business) provided the tractor, trailer, some of the diesel and me (the driver!). Diesel was also kindly donated by Red Horse Fuels in Warwickshire. The run took 11 hrs driving time and was about 320 miles round trip. The picture shows a stop I made at Kemble Airfield near Cirencester." Congratulations to Chris!

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Essex Young Farmers' huge Forage Aid convoy

Monday, 17 February 2014

Sunday 16th February, Essex Young Farmers tell us: "A huge day for Essex YFC today. Everyone pulled together to make today run so smoothly! A huge thank you to everyone for their efforts. Somerset...We have lorries on their way to you! All 24 of them shall deliver forage from Essex YFC throughout the week! #ForageAid." Congratulations to everyone involved in Essex YFC. 

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North Somerset YFC make a delivery to Sedgemoor

Monday, 17 February 2014

The North Somerset Young Farmers Club has made a delivery of forage to the Sedgemoor Auction Centre ready for distribution. Our thanks to Harry Billing for the photo and congratulations to everyone involved in the Forage Aid movement.

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Farmers Guardian/ National Sheep Association survey on sheep worrying

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Farmers Guardian, in conjunction with the National Sheep Association, has launched a survey of dog owners to find out how their pets behave in the countryside and if they think they are a danger to livestock. The Countryside Alliance is pleased to support and promote this survey. Dog attacks on livestock cost British farmers millions of pounds, with the latest police data showing an increase in attacks year on year. At this time of year pregnant ewes are particularly vulnerable and in many cases abort their lambs or go into early labour when chased. FG’s survey of dog owners hopes to find out how their pets behave in the countryside and if they think they are a danger to livestock. The survey takes less than a minute to complete so please share it.

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