Highlighting our great industry

THE FUW enjoyed a very successful Royal Welsh Winter Fair and it truly is a fantastic event, showcasing all that is great and good about our industry. The Livestock on show were prime examples of the high animal health and welfare standards we have here, groomed to absolute perfection, and if you ventured into the food hall you will have seen some of the finest food produced in Wales. It really was an occasion to celebrate and it will no doubt have got many of us into the festive spirit. Our stand, right next to the main ring, was busy as always and we enjoyed meeting our members to discuss #FarmingMatters including the NVZ consultation, bovine TB and Brexit. We would also like to congratulate Savanna George and Caleb Vater again for winning the FUW Christmas card design competition, which was a roaring success, attracting hundreds of entries from across Wales. Walking around the showground, all of us would have been reminded why #FarmingMatters so much to rural Wales. The strength and value of our rural communities can’t be ignored and we will continue to highlight that those businesses who supply essential services, materials and machinery to farmers, through to the farmers themselves and their produce, to the processors who turn them into food, and the consumers themselves, have a critical part to play in our rural economy. The union has taken that message back to London when we met with Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) George Eustice at the end of November and further discussed the issue of trade negotiations including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Brexit planning and of course bovine TB and the threat it poses to future trade deals. In addition, union officials need to make it clear to the Minister that we need clarity on Brexit and that the High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU has introduced more instability at a time when we can really do without it. On a final note the FUW reminds all of our members to make sure that they have spoken to the county office about the NVZ and bovine TB consultations. We need your views on these matters to make sure that the union can accurately represent the grassroots view at government level.

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