A Farmer's Diary

Jenny Longden's been on her monthly trip to visit our resident farmer Stephen Withers in his fields in Jedburgh.

Cattle Scab found in Borders

Cattle Scab has been found on a Scottish farm for the first time in 30 years. Warning - some pictures in this article may be upsetting.

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NFU calls for community support for farmers

NFU Cumbria County Adviser Mike Sanderson commented on the attacks:

Farmers in the area need to be especially vigilant until the culprit is brought to justice. The rural community works closely with the police through Farm Watch and other schemes and we would urge farmers to report any information they may have to officers. When members of the public are out walking in the countryside, it is important to remember that it is a working environment where animals graze.

– Mike Sanderson, National Farmers Union

Police warn dog owners

Police are warning dow owners that farmers are entitled to take action against dogs found to be scaring livestock

Walkers in the area need to understand that dogs should be under close control at all times, especially when being walked on farm land near to livestock. Some dog owners will say "my dog will never run off or attack", but they just don't know, if in any doubt put your dog on a lead, better safe than sorry. It is not actually necessary for the dog to bite the sheep to cause enormous stress and suffering. Farmers are entitled to take action if they see dogs chasing or attacking sheep. By maintaining control of your pet, you can prevent a distressing incident from happening."

– PC Jim Bell, Cumbria Police


Burns night twist at Carlisle farmers auction

A farmers charity auction is taking place at the Borderway auction mart in Carlisle. Five rival auction houses have come together to raise money for a number of rural charities.

Various livestock lots, including a billy goat and a shetland pony, are being sold by the auctioneers who have dressed in their best Burns attire.

The money raised will be donated to Hospice at Home, Life Education Centres, The Farming Community Network, Headway and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.


Full Report: Border farmers look back on bad weather

Farmers across the country were left devastated by bad weather last year and some of the worst hit were farmers in our region.

Severe snow this spring added to the problems, so despite a wonderful summer some farmers are still counting the cost of 2012.

Our Dumfries and Galloway reporter Fiona McIlwraith went to meet a man who is still struggling many months on.

Watch her full report below.

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