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.
We organise activities to educate the public including farm walks, school and public visits to farms and have produced a DVD entitled ‘Behind the Scenery’ which provides an insight into the life of Lakeland hill farmers throughout the four seasons.
Free one year membership for students of Newton Rigg and Askham Bryan Colleges
Membership offer includes
Contact Head Office email email@example.com
For more information on membership benefits click on the 'Why Become a Member' tab.
The Farmer Network occasionally has vacancies for staff and also opportunities for contracted work - see the News section for more details.
9 December 2013
Living With Liver Fluke - Pro-actively Managing it in an Increasingly Wet Climate, The Hired Lad, Penrith Auction, The Agricultural Hall, Skirsgill, Penrith, CA11 0DN
This is an open farmer meeting.
Leading parasitologist Professor Diana Williams from University of Liverpool, in conjunction with Cumbria Farmer Network supported by Norbrook® Laboratories, speaks about Liver Fluke and introduces results of a Cumbrian wide survey on triclabendazole resistance.
A hot supper will be servered at 7pm. To book your place, contact The Cumbria Farmer Network 01768 868615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low Row Grassland Group, Swaledale
The Farmer Network has recently been successful in obtaining a grant from the Yorkshire Dales Sustainable Development Fund for a group of 4 farmers in Swaledale.
Norman Sunter from the group asked the Farmer Network if they could make enquiries to see if they could get a grant for their group for a soil aerator. After a few enquiries, Paul Harper applied for the funding on behalf of the group and this was approved in September 2013.
The group have signed an agreement that spells out their responsibilities and will be having an open day in the spring to show others the benefits of use to improve grass growth and reduce diffuse pollution.
For further details see the list of Current Activities on the Farmer Network website.
Grants and Loans for Small Scale Anaerobic Digestion
The On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund has been developed to help farmers in England get financial support to build small-scale AD plants on their farms.
The scheme is split into two parts:
The first part is a business plant grant up to £10,000 to investigate the environmental and economic potential of building an AD plant on the farm.
The second part is a capital loan up to £400,000 (or a maximum of 50% of the project cost). This is available for AD plants producing up to 250kW of power.
The funding is available in England only, however if you are a farmer in another nation resources have been produced to help you through the process of feasibility and business planning.
Further details: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/ad-loan-fund
Telephone: 01295 819 919, email: email@example.com
Investment Levels: £50,000 - £1m.
Terms from 1 to 5 years.
This report has shown there are just four other networks operating in a similar way to The Farmer Network, they are UTASS (Teasdale), Warwickshire Rural Hub, Exmoor Hill Farm Project and Farm Cornwall. ‘Farmer networks have wider beneficial impacts for the communities in which they are based and the environment. They help farmers to pool their expertise and energy and make a very significant contribution to the sustainability of some of the most challenged rural communities in England.’ Tim Farron, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming.The full report Putting the Spotlight on Farming Communities.
Practitioners guide on how to set up a farmer network Farmer Network Practitioner Guide
The Rural Community Energy Fund(RCEF), a £15m joint Defra and DECC initiative designed to support rural communities in England to start up their own renewable energy schemes, is now live. Go to the Members Cumbria Grants and Advice and for more details.
Members section Yorkshire Dales Grants and Advice for more details
Jason Kanabus Fund
Do you know anyone who would like help to start or develop their farming business idea?
There will be a further 20 opportunities for young people to receive business and financial help from the Prince’s Trust via the Jason Kanabus Fund in conjunction with the Farmer Network.
The Programme is delivered in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. Grants of up to £4000 and low interest loans of up to £25,000 are available.
This work supported by the Prince’s Trust Countryside Fund.
Training will start in September 2013 and again in January 2014.
16 young people have already received funds to start their farming enterprise or develop their business further and have found the process very helpful.
Please contact Jane Humphries to chat it through. 01228 564140 firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent SAC Enterprise Costings Report on Blue Greys, based on a survey carried out in March and April 2012, shows the breed is worth serious consideration.
The Farmer Network is now able to extend the age range for Training Vouchers from 25 to 40, therefore anyone born between 1.9.72 – 1.9.97 is now eligible to receive a £200 training voucher to put towards the cost of technical training.Please speak to Mel in Head Office for more details email email@example.com or Tel. 01768 868615.
Animals in Transit Qualification
The Farmer Network is able to offer to members the opportunity to gain the Animals In Transit Qualification for farmers needing to transport stock more than 40 miles.
Please ring Head Office for details of your nearest coordinator and how much it will cost Tel. 01768 868615.
Manure Management for Farmers in the Current Prolonged Wet Weather published by the Environment Agency
Defra will be reviewing the situation as Autumn proceeds.
Farm Work Opportunities and Items for Sale- see the 'News' section.
The Farmer Network
The Grasmere Building,
Newton Rigg College,
Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH
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