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

Minister to review planning in the National Parks

Nick Boles has announced a review of planning policies in National Parks with the intention of ensuring the right balance between encouraging economic development and protecting the environment.

The planning minister’s announcement came last week during a debate initiated by Simon Hart MP.

Electronic movement reporting consultation launched

On 29 July 2013, DEFRA launched a consultation which paves the way for the introduction of the new sheep database and reporting system in England in spring 2014. This consultation also relates to goats and deer although as little change is proposed, the NFU response will focus on sheep. This consultation covers several areas including some less controversial housekeeping changes that must be made to the regulations; however it includes the proposal to remove the derogation for non-electronic slaughter tags.

The key points to consider include:

The Wool Trade

Why is the price farmers get for wool so low with it making such a comeback in fashion, hobbies etc? Do middlemen cream off the profit or is it just because of high processing costs and a long marketing chain?

Beef and sheep and climate change: the facts

Without grazing cattle and sheep we could not use the 64% of our farmland which can only grow grass. Grasslands are a good carbon sink. Agriculture is only responsible for 7% of the UK’s carbon emissions. To meet 2020 emissions targets we need beef cattle to grow 320g per day faster and to produce 5 extra calves per 100 cows per year. The sheep target is 20% better growth and 7.5 extra lambs per 100 ewes. These targets are all technically feasible. UK beef and lamb production is not increasing soya imports.

Report: the impact of moorland grazing and stocking rates

Natural England acknowledges that there remains concern and disagreement about the effects of grazing on the upland landscape and biodiversity, in particular about stocking rates, different livestock types, and the timing and spatial pattern of grazing regimes. The purpose of this report was to comprehensively review the effects of different grazing regimes and stocking rates

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