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Farmers meet to discuss West Country's Beef crisis

A meeting was held today aimed at trying to solve the latest crisis facing the West's beef industry - Farmers say they're struggling and some are even considering giving up.

Prices have plummeted in recent months, with a 20% fall in the price per kilo compared with this time last year. The cut the farmers get from supermarkets has also gone down to less than 50%. It's led to losses of up to £200 per cow.

Not surprisingly there are now fears that an increasing number will quit the industry. Bob Cruwys sent this report.

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DEFRA minister at Royal Bath and West

DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson is attending the CLA Business Breakfast at the Royal Bath and West Show where he's fielding questions about the badger cull and flooding.

Our reporter Laura Makin-Isherwood is in the audience. You can follow her tweets here.

Duchess of Cornwall among guests at Bath & West Show

The Duchess of Cornwall on a past visit ot the Bath & West Show Credit: ITV News West Country

Thousands of people are expected for the opening day of the 151st Royal Bath and West Show near Shepton Mallet. Among the visitors will be the Duchess of Cornwall, who will tour the livestock rings and the food hall.

Camilla is a strong supporter of local sourcing and ways to help children learn about where food comes from. The show attracts around 150,000 people over the four days

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Owen Paterson to announce Flood Recovery Fund plan in Somerset

Owen Paterson is due to visit Somerset today Credit: PA

The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, will be in Somerset this morning to announce the next phase of the flood recovery fund for farmers.

From 28 April, the Farm Recovery Fund will be open to applications for grants of up to £35,000.

Farmers will be able to apply for the cash to help cover the costs of restoring flood damaged agricultural land.

TB hits farm of Dorset badger cull campaigner

A Dorset farmer who campaigned for the Badger Cull to be extended into the county, has spoken of his despair at the discovery of TB on his farm.

This afternoon Paul Gould from West Stour began the heartbreaking task of loading a quarter of his prize cattle onto a lorry to be taken off for slaughter. Eli-Louise Wringe has spent the day on the farm and has this report.

Farm workers protest at MP's surgery in Frome

Farming Minister and Somerton & Frome MP David Heath Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Farm workers are staging another protest this morning outside the Frome surgery of local MP and Farming Minister David Heath. Members of the Unite union are angry at plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets rates of pay and conditions for farm workers.

Unite says there are 26,000 agricultural workers in the South West, with 1,000 working in Mr Heath's constituency. The union held a similar protest last month.

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