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

SPS Payment update

Below is a round up of useful reminders on SPS 2013 payments for you to be aware of

  1. 2013 Payment Window

The 2013 SPS Payment window opens on the 1st December 2013 and will run through to the 30th June 2014. Given that the 1st December falls on a Sunday, the first payments could be hitting farmers bank accounts from Monday 2nd December.

The Federation responds to CAP consultation

The Federation has responded to the Defra consultation on the future CAP. Below are some of the main points we made.

Defra consultation TB pre-movement testing between farm and common

Defra is inviting views from stakeholders on proposals for new control measures to further reduce the risk of bovine TB transmission between cattle herds.

One of the key proposed changes may have a severe impact on grazing cattle on common land

Brendon Commons to have the first commons council

The Brendon Commons, in the Devon part of the Exmoor National Park, are to have the first-ever commons council under the Commons Act 2006. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decreed that the Brendon Commons Council will come into being on 1 April 2014.

Defra publishes plans for CAP reform – we plan to respond and would like your views

Defra’s CAP reform consultation is out and will seek views on a wide range of policy areas. The document is available on-line.

Information about respiratory diseases in sheep

A webinar about parasite forecast in sheep, prevention and cure, is now available on the Nadis website

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