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

New Cumbria & North Lancashire Farming, Food & Rural Group

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member of the new Cumbria & North Lancashire Farming, Food & Rural Group set up by Defra. Will Cockbain, former uplands spokesman for the NFU and board member for Natural England will be chairing the Group.

Environment Minister, Richard Benyon said;

“We are giving rural communities a new voice so that their interests will not be neglected by Government as they have been in the past.

News from the committee

What has the Federation achieved for its members in the last year?

The most visible output from the Federation is our newsletter, webiste and the conference at our AGM.

NSA Briefing on the discovery of Schmallenberg virus in England

This briefing comes from the National Sheep Association website see http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/

Introduction

Post Chernobyl sheep controls to be removed

The Board of the Food Standards Agency agreed on March 20th to the lifting of the last of the ‘Mark and Release’ monitoring controls on sheep introduced in 1986 as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. There are 8 farms in Cumbria, England, still remaining under some form of restriction.

Natural England's fresh approach to hill farming?

An article in last week's Famers Weekly (29th February) noted that Natural England is adopting a more conciliatory approach to hill farmers - driven by farmer pressure for more dialogue and the need for a greater understanding of upland livestock management issues. Natural England look set to establish a working framework to enable hill farmers to feel their businesses are being supported, rather than threatened, by the need to preserve the upland environment.

Know more or eat less

Professor Sir John Marsh gave the National Agricultural Lecture at the RASE’s President’s Seminar in London on 28th February, 2012. His lecture starts with a brief reminder of the extraordinary increase in agricultural productivity that

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