Food and Farming


Best of British Cattle

| Food and Farming

Our traditional breeds of cattle have lively support from passionate breeders who take enormous care to ensure they survive and thrive. GLOUCESTERS An ancient breed, the Gloucester was originally tri-purpose, being used as oxen as well as for dairy and beef. A striking-looking animal, it has a dark mahogany body and a black head and legs,…

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Adam Henson calls for GCSE in agriculture

| Food and Farming, Latest News

On Wednesday 13th September Farming UK reported: “Adam Henson calls for introduction of GCSE in agriculture: Adam Henson, one of Britain’s best-known farmers, has called for the introduction of a GCSE in agriculture. The presenter of BBC’s Countryfile told The Times: “You can get a GCSE in religious studies and business, so why not in agriculture?”…

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BBC Radio 4 will not have to broadcast religious services or cover arts, farming and science under new Ofcom guidelines

| Food and Farming, Latest News

The Telegraph has reported: “BBC Radio 4 will no longer be required to broadcast religious services, science shows or arts programming under plans drawn up by the new regulator Ofcom, The Telegraph has learnt. After being petitioned by the BBC to reduce the number of rules designed to ensure it meets public service obligations, Ofcom…

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2017 “Rural Oscars” will open to nominations in September

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Latest News

The 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the “Rural Oscars”, will open to public nominations in September. The 13th annual awards will once again give farmers, butchers, village shops and small businesses a platform from which to tell their stories, and they will need the support of their customers to help propel them to the top…

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Advertising watchdog deems dairy inhumane

| Food and Farming, Our Blog

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: At the Dorset Countryside Alliance point-to-point last February I was harangued by an irate dairy farmer waving a copy of the Sunday Telegraph which included a full page advert from a vegan group campaigning against the consumption of milk and dairy products. Whilst the Alliance does not have control…

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Countryside Alliance highlights need for new agricultural workers scheme

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming

Please find below a briefing note ahead of the Westminster Hall Debate on “Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme” (Neil Parish MP, Con, Tiverton and Honiton) on Thursday 6 July, 3:00pm. Download briefing Access to the EU labour market is vital for many farmers and producers and helps support the wider food supply chain. However, there is…

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Defra Ministers – responsibilities and contact details

| Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Following the General Election, the team at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, led by Secretary of State Michael Gove, is as follows. We outline the Secretary of State and his team’s responsibilities and bring you the relevant email addresses (and Twitter handles). The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Secretary of State • oversight…

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