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Here are our most recent industry news stories.  To read all news posts please click on one of the categories above.

New app allows farmers to search for bulls

A new livestock matching app named Tudder is due to be launched on 14 February.

  • The app features profiles of farm animals from 43,000 farms across the UK, representing about one-third of all UK farms
  • Farmers will swipe right for yes and left for no in the search for the perfect match for their farm
  • Once a match has been made, farmers will be redirected to the SellMyLivestock (SML) website, where they can browse photos and learn more about the breeding stock listed

The app is available to download in the Apple and Android stores – search for Tudder to find it.

Key dates for BPS, CS and ES

The Rural Payments Agency has put together a timeline of the important dates for 2019 to be aware of for Basic Payments Scheme, Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship.   The dates and further information are available on the RPA website.  Alternatively you can download the calendar here.  

Police to get new powers to tackle traveller sites on private land

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced some new proposals to make it a criminal offence to set up an unauthorised camp.  The new measures include:

  • Reducing the number of vehicles involved in an unauthorised encampment before police powers can be exercised
  • Extending the period during which travellers would be unable to return to land from three to 12 months
  • A further consultation on making it a criminal offence to set up an unauthorised encampment.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are open for applications

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust has opened its doors for 2020 applications.  The closing date is 31 July 2019.

To date, 854 Scholars from the UK and over 1600 Scholars worldwide have been awarded Scholarships which have gone a long way in helping advance the food and farming sectors, as well as aiding personal development and career progression.  Each year, approximately 20 Scholarships are awarded, providing successful candidates with a bursary of approximately £7,000 toward the travel and research of a topic of interest in the farming, food, horticulture or rural industries.  For further information please visit this website.

Salmonella Typhimurium in sheep

Animal and Plant Health Agency has recently investigated incidents of a potential new strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in sheep. This strain of Salmonella is associated with an on-going human outbreak.  More information is available on the APHA website.

AHDB develops Brexit website

The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board has developed a dedicated website to help farmers to navigate the implications of a no-deal Brexit.  You can access the website here.

Registering chemicals in preparation for EU exit

If your business uses a chemical you may need to register that chemical once the UK leaves the EU. Now is the time to identify the chemical you use, understand how to register that chemical and prepare for that registration. Visit this page for further information.

AHDB images for health and the environment

AHDB has pulled together a suite of red meat and health images, gifs and messages which you can download and use on social media to help spread positive messages on red meat, health, nutrition and the environment. You can download them from here.

Young Farmers’ festival planned by Farmers Weekly for May 2019

This spring, Farmers Weekly plans to launch a brand new event for Britain’s young farmers and other young people in our rural industries – the Young Farmers’ Festival.  The event would take place Thursday 2nd May to Sunday 5th May and comprises of activities, discussions, music, sports and general revelry!  Farmers Weekly want to hear your thoughts on some ideas for the event, so please contact James Williams at

Water resources advice – be prepared for summer 2019

The Environment Agency has offered some advice to farmers for preparing for summer 2019:

  • Consider whether you require a licence for a previously exempt activity, including for trickle irrigation and previously exempt geographical areas. You need to apply for a licence to cover this activity by December 2019
  • Audit your water usage – use this to identify where you could save water
  • Review irrigated crop plans against water availability
  • Fill water storage reservoirs over the winter when water is available and consider increasing your onsite water storage to improve resilience (for example rainwater harvesting, or constructing a storage reservoir)
  • Assess changes you could make as to how you take water
  • Review whether your abstraction licence(s) meet your needs for next year and vary them over winter where appropriate (manage your abstraction or impoundment licence online)
  • Consider trading your water rights with other farmers if you don’t need as much water for your business
  • Look at water saving technologies
  • Make regular checks for leaks in water systems and carry out any necessary repairs
  • Create a plan for dry weather and potential shortage of water

Free suicide prevention training

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust has identified farmers as being in a high risk group for suicide and is offering free training in suicide prevention for people that work with high risk groups.  The training is taking place throughout February and March, in Coventry.  The course is one day in length and has been designed to enable people from all walks of life to reduce the likelihood of potential suicide behaviour and therefore reduce suicide.

If you are interested in joining a course please contact Anne Prendergast, Lead For Clinical Risk and Suicide Prevention (Clinical Safety Officer) at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust on

Do you farm in Flecknoe, Sawbridge or Willoughby?

Warwickshire Moth Group is currently trying to pull together an atlas of the smaller moths of Warwickshire.  But the group has something of a black hole around the villages of Flecknoe, Sawbridge and Willougby.   The group is therefore looking for people who farm in that area who would be willing to let them come and record their moths.   Habitat is immaterial and the group members are just wanting to be able to park safely and have the landowner’s permission.  If you live in this area and would like to help the group with their atlas of moths then please contact Alan Prior.


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Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA

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Henry Lucas

Rural Hub Co-ordinator

Jane Hampson

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Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton


Hub Steering Group Members

Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Schlee, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
Jon Slee, Abbey Farm


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