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NFU: livestock safety tips

Read the NFU's tips on handling livestock safely. Credit: PA

As part of Farm Safety Awareness Week, NFU Scotland is offering advice on how to stay safe on farms.

People have died on Scottish farms in the past decade
People have died on farms in the Scottish Borders, in the past 3 years

Today, the focus is on handling livestock safely, and the union has released the following tips:

  • The risk is greater if the animals have not been handled frequently
  • Never underestimate the risks, even with good precautions in place
  • You should have proper handling facilities, that are well maintained and in good working order
  • A race and a crush suitable for the animals to be handled
  • Trained and competent staff
  • A selection of breeding animals with the aim to improve herd temperament


Cockermouth hosts NSA North Sheep show

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More than seven thousand people are expected to attend today's National Sheep Association North Sheep show in Cockermouth.

Over two hundred trade stands and all of the UK's major sheep breed societies are planned to be present for the event at Millston Moor Farm.

It's the first time it has been staged in Cumbria for five years.

Bringing NSA North Sheep back to Cumbria is a great choice for us, as it's one of the country's most renowned sheep producing areas.

"NSA North Sheep will be focusing on the current challenges and opportunities in the industry, and we are expecting visitors from all over the UK to make the trip to the Marston's fantastic livestock farm for this important industry event."

– Julie Sedgewick, event organiser


Sheep worth £50k stolen from Cumbrian farm

Swaledale sheep stolen from Long Marton Credit: NFU

The National Farmers Union is asking farmers to be vigilant after nearly £50,000 worth of sheep were stolen from a Cumbrian farm.

Twenty-six pedigree Swaledale breeding sheep were taken from an eight acre field at Long Marton near Appleby. It's thought the thieves must have experience rounding up livestock.

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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