Rooted in Cumbria

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member-led organisation dedicated to promoting commoning in Cumbria. Our overall aim is to maintain and improve the viability of hill farming on common land.

We want this website to:

  • Inform you about new issues in commoning
  • Let you know what we are doing
  • Make our voice heard all over the world and much more

HLS and uniform start dates

We have received the following from Steve Lund, Delivery Manager, Natural England, Cumbria

I want to make sure that the Federation of Cumbria Commoners and its members are aware of the upcoming changes to payments for HLS agreements which have been publicised over the last few months but which will have a considerable impact on some agreements.

Theft of sheep from Ravenstondale common

The theft of 80 Rough Fell Ewes and 70 Lambs has occurred from Ravenstonedale Common, near Kirkby Stephen between the beginning of May and 22/08/14.  The sheep are identifiable by having an orange spot on their near shoulder and their far hip.  The horns are marked with 'JF'.  The ear markings are upper bit on their far ear and lower bit on their near ear.  Tag no.s UK111441 and UK103225.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident please ring  the Police on tel.101 or crimestoppers Tel 0800 555 111.  Our incident number is 131 of  25

Defra issue second CAP reform factsheet

The latest information about new CAP schemes in England, including more details about greening, crop diversification and Ecological Focus Areas is now online here

It has a short section on common land on pages 2 & 3.

Livestock Sales Reports - Lairg

Lairg lamb sale is frequently seen as a barometer for the year’s breeding and store sales,  and going by the prices seen at their first sale  on Tuesday 12 August 2014, there is some cautious confidence in the sheep sector.

There were 14,636 lambs at their first sale with one of the largest crowds of people seen at this auction mart for several years. The average price of ewe lambs  was up on last year.

Bog Ashpodel and "Saut"

Recently, bog asphodel has become more prevalent in the uplands, partly due to the management regimes put in place for agri-environment schemes.

Bog Asphodel is poisonous to both sheep and cattle, causing serious kidney problems and a photosensitive disorder ( called 'saut' in Cumbria).  The photosensitization causes various chemical reactions in the skin on exposure to the sun, resulting in tissue damage. It can be fatal. If caught early the animals can be saved.

A vision for lamb production

The first ever ‘Vision for British Lamb Production’ report between the NFU and NSA was launched at the NSA Sheep Event.

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