National Trust destroys decades-old Bassenthwaite grassland

unlacedgecko

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Livestock Farmer
Does this mean they will be docked a significant portion of their enormous BPS claim?
What's with the laugh reacts? Surely this is, at the very least, a cross compliance failure?

Does no one else think this should in fact be grounds for a prosecution? Imagine the NT reaction had they found one of their tenants doing this?
 

kiwi pom

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Location
canterbury NZ
What's with the laugh reacts? Surely this is, at the very least, a cross compliance failure?

Does no one else think this should in fact be grounds for a prosecution? Imagine the NT reaction had they found one of their tenants doing this?
Totally agree. One of those things that's going to need a lot of public pressure to get anywhere though. Otherwise it will just get swept under the table.
Everyone should report them to whoever pays the sub.
 

GeorgeK

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Location
Leicestershire
Breach of EIA regulations? If it hadn't been cultivated in the last 15 years they could be prosecuted 🤞. It probably should have gone through Natural England for change of land use just as we would have to if we ploughed permanent pasture.

 

unlacedgecko

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Livestock Farmer
Breach of EIA regulations? If it hadn't been cultivated in the last 15 years they could be prosecuted 🤞. It probably should have gone through Natural England for change of land use just as we would have to if we ploughed permanent pasture.

Someone (NFU I'm looking at you) needs to be pressuring the RPA and Natural England to ensure sub reductions and prosecutions materialise.
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
Breach of EIA regulations? If it hadn't been cultivated in the last 15 years they could be prosecuted 🤞. It probably should have gone through Natural England for change of land use just as we would have to if we ploughed permanent pasture.

What it doesn't do is tell you how to report a breach
 

Boysground

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
What's with the laugh reacts? Surely this is, at the very least, a cross compliance failure?

Does no one else think this should in fact be grounds for a prosecution? Imagine the NT reaction had they found one of their tenants doing this?
My laugh was ironic, reading the “oh dear we have made a little mistake” apology actually made me furious as I am sure that will be the end of the matter, where we farmers get disproportionate fines for every tiny tiny mistake. It is entirely wrong and the book should be thrown at somebody.

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teslacoils

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Location
Lincolnshire
Someone (NFU I'm looking at you) needs to be pressuring the RPA and Natural England to ensure sub reductions and prosecutions materialise.
@Defra Farming ?

Perhaps our esteemed NFU might be able to weigh in, but then of course the National Trust clearly are farmers......

We should consider that their not getting a fine, and trite apology sets a future precedent for other farmers.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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