Welcome to the Farmer Network

The Farmer Network is a not for profit organisation solely developed to help, support and guide farmers by providing services and benefits to two distinct local communities, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. It is run by farmers for farmers.

Our aim is to support local farmers to work together to save costs, increase income, knowledge and skills, and cope with paperwork. Read More

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Job Opportunities


North Lakes Labour Scheme


The Farmer Network has received funding from Cumbria County Council’s Rural Growth Network to develop a Labour Scheme covering the Ullswater and Bassenthwaite catchment area in the north of the Lake District National Park. The scheme is designed to help to improve the sustainability of farming in the area. One of the issues identified was the need for more young workers to be trained to help farmers with critical management tasks such as gathering, shearing and walling. The need for help with farm paperwork was also identified and the project also includes funding to help farmers improve their technical performance by undertaking testing and monitoring, with the results discussed with other farmers at knowledge transfer events. 


Applications closing date 1 August 2014


Farm Worker


North Lakes Labour Scheme Farm Workers Job Specification


North Lakes Labour Scheme Farm Workers Application form




North Lakes Labour Scheme Coordinator Job Specification


North Lakes Labour Scheme Corodinator Application form


Skills Development for Young Hill Farmers  

This is a new project following on from the Hill Farm Succession scheme and covers both the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. Like the Hill Farm Succession Scheme it is also supported by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and will run for 18 months from 1st July 2014 to 31st December 2015.

The project aims to help up to 12 young hill farmers with gaining work experience on other hill farms to help them benefit from working outside the family environment.This will help them broaden their skills both improving their ability to run their own farms, and giving them the opportunity to offer their skills to other farmers on a self employed basis. As well as arranging work experience, the scheme includes a training bursary worth £1,250 to help the young farmers afford training for both statutory certificates such as ATV and tractor driving and courses designed to help them improve their hill farming skills such as walling and sheep dog handling. The scheme also includes funding for a Farmer Network Labour Directory which will be used to promote the young farmers’ services in future. This is also available for all farmers and contractors to publicise their services in and we will be developing this over the next 6 months. For more information, please contact the project manager, Veronica Waller on 01524 782488 or e mail: veronica@thefarmernetwork.co.uk

British Farming Awards 2014

Calling all innovative and forward-thinking farmers

The British Farming Awards 2014 are open for entries and looking to recognise Britain’s extraordinary farmers who have changed what they do and how they do it in order to drive their business forward. 

Run by Briefing Media and Farmers Guardian, agriculture’s leading weekly newspaper, there are 12 categories including Arable, Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Beef, Renewables and Diversification Innovator of the Year.

Whether you have grown your farming business through an innovative approach, re-invented your business, developed a new agricultural input, have thought-out a new approach to livestock or crop production, adapted new research and technology, or developed a farm diversification or rural enterprise, these are the awards for you. Closing date 31 July 2014.

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Training Vouchers to the value of £200

As at 12 June 2014, we are operating a waiting list, as all current funds have been allocated. Members are still advised to apply as extra funding is anticipated and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, but vouchers cannot be guaranteed.

All enquiries to Melanie Mawson at the Farmer Network Head Office email melanie@thefarmernetwork.co.uk

Farmer Network Labour Directory

We have funding to increase and add to the Farmer Network Labour Directory, which will enable farmers and contractors to market their services to farmers in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales; more details on the flier.

Labour Directory flier 

News for Members - for details read the Regulation Checklist webpage

From 1stApril 2014 the Sheep Movement System is changing.

Grandfather Rights - Countdown to 2015.

Wagon Driving – Are you legal?

Rural Watch in the Yorkshire Dales 

Farmers in the Dales are being urged by local police to start a Rural Watch scheme to help reduce the spate of burglaries from local farms. There is an existing scheme in Wensleydale that works well, with some Farmer Network members taking part. At a recent meeting in Nidderdale, members were told about the use of liquid forensic marking of products that acts as a major deterrent. This “water” is like DNA and can get everywhere including on the thieves clothes/skin. It does not break down so it means once it has been applied to items it is there for life. Different products are available, which the local police force can advise on, or search the internet for “forensic marking liquid”.

Anyone interested in more details, contact Head Office Tel. 01768 868615.

Fight Crime with Smartwater 


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The Farmer Network
The Grasmere Building,
Newton Rigg College,
Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

tel: 01768 868615



Farmer Network Labour Directory
Cumbria | Yorkshire Dales

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Farmer Network Current Activity - June 2014

Projects within the Current Activity list funded by the EU are part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.



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