One of Dorset's leading farmers says he's increasingly frustrated with the Government's decision not to extend badger culling trials.
Farmers across the West Country say months of bad weather is causing havoc
Farmers across the Westcountry say months of bad weather is causing havoc for the industry. It means there's likely to be supply shortages.
Spring has indeed sprung because the cute little lambs are beginning to appear in the fields across the West Country.
And sometimes not so little...
Now farmer's always hope for deliveries without complications. But one farmer from Somerset got a bit of a shock when out popped a lamb weighing a whopping 22 pounds. Three times the size of your average newborn. Duncan Sleightholme reports.
The clean up on the Somerset Levels is underway as flood water subsides.
Today volunteers from across the country rallied round to help clean up the farm owned by James Winslade. The farmer has become one of the most recognisable victims of the winter weather.
A farmer in Crowlas, Cornwall has told us they're really being affected by the weather.
Vegetable grower David Wallis said "usually we would double crop so we would harvest the cauliflowers, then turnover the field to sew early potatoes but its just been so wet we can't get out to plant."
Farmers across the west country say months of wet weather will have a serious impact on the industry this year. Livestock and dairy farmers are having to keep animals inside because of the sodden ground. That means hundreds of pounds in extra feed and bedding.
In Cornwall only five percent of the early potato crop has been planted, which will affect supplies in the summer. We spoke to Chris Cardell who is a dairy farmer and a spokesperson for the NFU.
New tenants are settling in at mainland Britain's most southerly farm. The Amiss family took over the farm on The Lizard in September. They've agreed to run the farm on a 20 year lease from the landowners, The National Trust.
A crisis meeting is being held in Devon tonight for dairy farmers across the region, to discuss the problems facing the industry.
Several hundred people are expected to attend to discuss issues such as the rising cost of feed, the price paid for milk, and the recent bad weather.
Bob Cruwys reports: