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Farmers rally round to help those hit by flooding

The flooding in the south of England is a story that's dominated the headlines for weeks now. While the attention is often on people and their homes, a story less often reported is the impact it has on the farming community.

Cumbria and southern Scotland has had its own share of flooding problems and farming is a major part of our industry. Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty has been speaking to those trying to help.

If you want more information about the Eden Valley Young Farmers collection then email amyswin1@hotmail.co.uk

Young farmers collect for flood victims

Amy Swinbank and Emma Metcalf are from the Eden Valley Young Farmers Credit: ITV News Border

Farming communities come together to try to help flood stricken colleagues in Somerset.

Amy Swinbank and Emma Metcalf are from the Eden Valley Young Farmers and are helping organise a collection of forage and other supplies for farmers hit by flooding in Somerset.

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Farming community rallies round to help those hit by flooding

The farming community in Cumbria and southern Scotland are collecting supplies for famers in the south of England hit by flooding. It's part of a national appeal to help those in the Somerset and surrounding areas who have suffered widespread damage to their land and livelihood.

Lauderdale Hunt in the Borders is one of those taking part in the collection of food and supplies. Timothy Coulson is Master and Huntsman:

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Deadline day for snow-hit farmers aid

Farmers who were hit by the severe snow storms during spring only have until the end of the day to apply for government aid.

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume is urging farmers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders to apply for their share of the £6 million aid package.

Thousands of sheep were left buried under massive snow drifts during the snow storms.

"Farmers across the Borders and the south west were hit hard by the very severe weather at a time when their livestock were especially vulnerable.

"This aid package will be a lifeline for many businesses and it's critical that those most in need apply before the Friday deadline."

– Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, South of Scotland

Scottish farmers urged to apply for weather aid

Farmers struggled to feed their sheep during the snowstorms Credit: ITV News Border

Scottish farmers who were badly affected by the poor winter weather are being urged to apply for a Scottish Government aid scheme.

The £6 million 'Weather Aid' scheme aims at providing financial help to those struggling after the heavy snowstorms in March, the wet and cold of the 2012/13 winter and the May sandstorms.

South-west Scotland was one area particularly badly hit with farmers losing hundreds of sheep in the huge snow drifts.

Farmers interested in applying must do so by 5th July, and can access the application form here.

NFU Scotland’s President, Nigel Miller, said:

“The weather of 2012 left many farm businesses in a difficult position and the spring of 2013 has been both exceptional and extreme and had a huge impact on many livestock and arable farmers in the country.

“Our recent survey underlined the costs farmers have faced and showed that half of respondents had extended their borrowings in recent weeks with 13 percent having difficulties in securing further credit.

“This package recognises that and has been designed to help those who have lost critical numbers of stock or will rear significantly fewer animals this season.

"It will also assist those who have had to strip out and replant large areas of failed crops."

Rural Affairs Secretary to meet with struggling farmers

The Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is meeting with farmers who have been affected by the severe weather over the past few weeks.

Mr Lochhead will hear about the challenges farmers are facing after losing stock and struggling to source food.

He is visiting a farm near Gatehouse of Fleet that has endured difficult circumstances recently.

"I know the severe winter weather parts of Scotland has experienced has been devastating for our farmers, particularly as it's come at lambing time and when they are also dealing with rising feed costs and demand for more feed.

"When the severe weather struck, the Scottish Government acted quickly, holding emergency discussions with the industry to put in place help and equipment on the ground as well as providing £500,000 support to assist with fallen stock costs."

– Richard Lochhead, Rural Affairs Secretary
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