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CA Events listing

Keep an eye on for our constantly updated regional and national events listing. The listing includes race days, country shows, hound shows and social events across the country. If you have an event you would like listed please email it to:

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See you at the Royal Welsh Show!

Friday, 17 July 2015

I bring you this newsletter in a week when there is much excitement across Wales for the forthcoming Royal Welsh Show yet sheer disappointment from many camps that the SNP decided to use the livelihoods of hardworking rural people in order to “teach the Government a lesson”.

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New consultation on access to land and water

Friday, 17 July 2015

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on access to land and water. I would urge all our members to respond and I am happy to help in any way with that. In Question 10 of the consultation there is reference to “access to all land excluding curtilage of farm buildings” – is this the Scottish model coming in through the back door? More on this from me after the Royal Welsh Show. A lot more!

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Support for Countryside Alliance executive chairman’s resignation from the Lead Ammunition Group

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Countryside Alliance director for Wales Rachel Evans says she wholeheartedly supports Alliance executive chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner’s resignation from the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) in protest at “abuses of process and evidence that render the group’s work so flawed it can never reach any scientific conclusions”.
The LAG was set up under the Labour Government in 2010 to advise Defra on any risks to wildlife, human health and livestock from the use of lead ammunition. Sir Barney has represented the shooting community on the group since 2013.
However, last week he stepped down, saying the report drawn up by chairman John Swift, which recommends a phasing out of lead shot, is “very far from a reflection of the LAG’s discussions and draws incorrect conclusions from evidence on which the LAG has agreed”.

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Countryside Alliance Wales welcomes £950m boost to rural areas.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Countryside Alliance is very pleased to read that the Rural Development Programme 2014 -2020 has been given the green light by the European Commission. The Plan, put forward by the current Deputy Minister for Farming & Food Rebecca Evans is the largest sum of money ever to be agreed for such a programme and total’s over £950 million.

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Countryside Alliance secures recognition for gundogs and hunt kennels in Welsh dog breeding guidance

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Countryside Alliance has ensured the particular way working dogs are kept is recognised in guidance for local authorities granting licences under new dog breeding regulations for Wales.
The Government document covers accommodation and environment, diet and nutrition, normal behaviour (which includes the socialisation of puppies) and health and welfare, and includes special mention of gundogs and hunt kennels.

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Top Welsh businesses honoured at Cardiff Bay

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have celebrated their tenth anniversary at the Welsh Assembly with a special “Champion of Champions” event on Wednesday 22nd April. Cross party politicians presented four Champion of Champions prizes to former Welsh title holders Hootons Homegrown, Morgans Newsagents, Gower Brewery and Andrew Rees the butcher. The winners were voted for in a public vote with all previous Welsh competing.

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood outlines her vision for rural Wales

Friday, 27 March 2015

Leanne Wood, Leader, Plaid Cymru | Party of Wales, joins other party leaders in writing exclusively for the Countryside Alliance website: The countryside and rural communities contribute to the Welsh economy not only in terms of agriculture and food production but also crucially to the wellbeing of our environment and culture. Farming forms the backbone for many Welsh rural communities - creating economic and social activity in some of our country’s most isolated areas, yet the sector faces unprecedented challenges. Incomes dropped by 44% in over 2013/14 and a further drop is projected for 2014/15. Market volatility in the dairy and red meat sectors have contributed to these pressures. Plaid Cymru believes that in order to allow the industry to respond more effectively to these challenges the government reduce bureaucracy and red tape. The Party of Wales would start by scrapping the six day standstill rule.

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CA and North Wales Fire & Rescue Service advise farmers

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are asking farmers to err on the side of caution when turning cattle out this spring to avoid incidents where the animals need rescuing. From 1 April, the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service specialist response team, based at Colwyn Bay Fire Station, will no longer assist in the recovery of large animals or in specialist rope rescues.

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Dragon's Tale - March 2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Dragon's Tale e-news from the Countryside Alliance in Wales is brought to you by Director for Wales Rachel Evans. This month Rachel urges you to register to vote, use your vote on 7th May and please lobby your candidates so that we know where they stand on key rural issues affecting Wales.

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