Pavilion was hive of activity

THE FUW shone the spotlight on what matters most to Welsh farmers during last month’s Royal Welsh Show by focusing strongly on farmgate prices for lamb, beef and dairy produce, farm safety and livestock welfare. The union highlighted the impact of falling meat and dairy prices and called for greater domestic support for Welsh produce during meetings with major retailers and politicians and put the spotlight on procurement and prices during show week. With farmgate prices for lamb having seen a major reduction over a period of months, and beef and milk prices following a similar trend, the FUW warned that domestic support for Welsh and British produce was critical. FUW president Glyn Roberts said: “Farmers are extremely frustrated by the lack of support by the food industry for Welsh and British produce after it was pledged following the horsemeat scandal. “Our produce is still being displaced by imported produce and prices have fallen dramatically,” said FUW president Glyn Roberts. “We have been in correspondence with major retailers and had further meetings during the Royal Welsh Show week. We also highlighted our concerns to numerous ministers and politicians in meetings at the show,” he added. The FUW also threw its support behind the Farmers Guardian Take the Lead campaign and visitors to the FUW pavilion were able to pick up free campaign signs which have proven so popular over the past year. Farmers Guardian news and business editor Ben Briggs said: “Take the Lead was launched in spring 2014 to raise the profile of livestock worrying by dogs among the general public. “The campaign has been a huge success with more than 45,000 Take the Lead gatepost signs sent out to farmers across Wales, England and Scotland.“ Mr Roberts said: “We put the spotlight on health and safety on farm and St John’s ambulance were with us to provide information to farmers on their first aid for farmer’s mobile phone app.” The union has been a long standing supporter and partner of the farm safety charter and continued to highlight best practises to stay safe on farm during the show. “Ofcom joined us for a meeting to discuss mobile phone coverage in Wales and representatives from each of the mobile network operators – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – joined us to discuss mobile phone coverage issues in rural Wales and plans for improvement,” said Mr Roberts. The union also highlighted the need to have the regulations for carcass splitting changed in order to reduce the current burden on the UK sheep sector and to provide controls which are more proportionate to the risks entailed. “We will continue to highlight our plight in discussions with industry officials and government to have regulations for carcass splitting changed in order to reduce the current burden on the UK sheep sector and to provide controls which are more proportionate to the risks entailed,” added Mr Roberts.

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