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

CAP Reform Countdown

Defra have issued the first CAP Reform Countdown newsletter.

It constains:

TB and cattle movements on common land

Defra have produced further guidance on TB catle movement controls and common land.

Briefly, if you are in an annual testing area fom 30 June 2014 all cattle aged over 42 days of age must be pre-movement tested before moving to and from common land.

For movements back from the common, farmers can carry out a post-movement test instead to reflect the fact that in most cases, TB testing on common land is impractical and dangerous.


Two national organisations which champion common land, the Foundation for Common Land and the Open Spaces Society, have welcomed the news that Natural England has created a new post of Principal Specialist on Commons with effect from 1 April.

Herdwick 10k Race: Saturday 5th July 2014

Cumbria Tourism, in collaboration with the Prince’s Countryside Fund, is organising a Herdwick 10k race in Langdale, to raise money for the Herdwick Sheep Breeder’s Association and to support the continuation of the Langdale Gala. More details can be seen here: .

Uniform Start Dates and Alignment of payments in 2015 – What you need to know?

From 2015 onwards, all new agri-environment agreements will have a single start date of 1 January in every year, rather than monthly start dates as at present.

Changes to cattle movement controls on commons

There is currently an exemption from pre-movement testing for movements of cattle to and from common land.

From 30 June 2014, the default will be that all cattle aged over 42 days of age moving to and from common land in the annual testing area must be pre-movement tested.

You can read the information note from Defra here.

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