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Dumfries dairy experts pioneer cow tech to help African farmers

Credit: Mizeck Chagunda

A Dumfries-based dairy researcher is leading a trial designed to help farmers in Africa, by providing them with cow tracking devices.

The specialist tags allow farmers to monitor the cow's movements and give an indication of when they may be in season.

They could be out at the market and from there, they can actually know that my cow is in season. They can then contact the artificial inseminator, who will then go and inseminate the cow at the farm."

– Mizeck Chagunda, Dairy Researcher, Scotland's Rural College


Cumbrian farmers bag country's top silage prize

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Two Cumbrian dairy farmers have scooped £7,000 in prize money, for producing some of the country's best silage.

Steven Hunter of Berrier Head Farm, Penrith and Keith Rudd of The Grassings, Kirkbride, were two of the winners in Agri-Lloyd’s silage competition.

A shortlist of finalists were drawn from over 700 samples of grass analysed from across the UK.


More than 1,200 apply for South Lakes flood grants

Flooding in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

More than 1,200 people in South Lakeland have applied for £5,000 grants to protect their properties from future flooding.

South Lakeland District Council says 66 per cent of those eligible had submitted applications by last week's deadline for the flood resilience grants.

In South Lakeland, a total of 2,358 properties were flooded in December 2015.

Of those, it was estimated around 1,900 were eligible for the grant scheme announced by the government.

Flood insurance scheme marks first anniversary

Carlisle was badly affected by the floods in December 2015. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

A scheme to help people in high flood risk areas to insure their homes marks its first anniversary today.

Flood Re was developed after insurers said they were no longer prepared to offer universal flood cover.

Much of Cumbria, and the south of Scotland, was devastated by flooding in the Winter of 2015/16.

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