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Thousands turn out for Carlisle's dairy showcase

Around seven thousand people have turned out in Carlisle for the annual Borderway Dairy Expo.

The event showcases the best of the dairy industry with over 400 entries in the livestock classes, as well more than 140 trade stands.

Organisers say the Expo is going from strength to strength and is the perfect opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate their best produce.

Lori Carnochan reports:

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NFU appoints new farming adviser for Cumbria

Jenny Willis has been appointed as NFU County Adviser for Cumbria.

She is covering for Helen Forrester while she is on maternity leave and will be based at the NFU’s Penrith office on Cromwell Road.

She will work every week from Monday through to Thursday.

Fellow Cumbria County Adviser Mike Sanderson will work Thursday afternoons and all day on a Friday.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mike Sanderson in Penrith and NFU members throughout Cumbria, and will also be supporting the work of the North West Livestock Board. “

– Jenny Wallis, NFU County Adviser for Cumbria

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Farming community as divided as the rest of Scotland

Many of the people in Scotland come from rural towns and villages, where farming has a huge impact on the economy. Farming subsidies and trade has been a key battleground for local campaigners from both sides.

Jenny Longden has been speaking to two farmers with opposite views, on what they think the referendum means to The Farming Industry.

Farmers encourage shoppers to "Love Scotch Lamb"

Farmers from the South of Scotland are encouraging shoppers to buy Scotch Lamb this weekend.

Sheep Farmers are heading to supermarkets and town centres across Scotland to encourage the public to sample top quality lamb.

On Saturday, farmers were outside stores in Dumfries, and today (Sunday) Farmers will target shoppers in Galashiels.

Border restaurants The Caddy Mann, Burts Townhouse and the Auld Cross Keys are taking part in the campaign by including lamb dishes on the menu.

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Former NFU leaders back 'Yes' vote

What would independence mean for farmers in the South of the country? Today four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union of Scotland claimed a yes vote would give rural Scotland a more powerful voice in Europe. But other farming leaders warned access to crucial markets south of the border could be made much more difficult. Joe Pike reports.

'Farming is the most dangerous occupation in Britain'

NFU Mutual says it's all to aware of the impacts of farm-related deaths and serious injuries on families and the wider farming community.

It believes these incident can be prevented and significantly reduced.

"The establishment of the Scotland Farm Safety Partnership provides a focus for organisations involved in agriculture to work together and use their combined skills and experience to produce a less dangerous working environment.

"Whilst other industries – including construction – have seen accidents fall sharply in recent years, the number of people killed and injured on our farms has remained high and farming is now the most dangerous occupation in GB."

– Martin Malone, NFU Mutual Scotland
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