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Dairy farmer says weather having huge impact

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.


Farmers find their feet on The Lizard

The Amiss family took over Britain's most southerly mainland farm in September Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Farm crime: full report

Devon and Cornwall Police say that reducing rural crime is one of the top priorities for the force. Thefts of machinery and livestock costs many millions of pounds each year and pushes up insurance premiums.

Police and landowners met today to identify crime trends and find solutions. Our Exeter correspondent Seth Conway reports.


High animal feed prices hurting pig farmers

The rising cost of animal feed is threatening the livelihood of many pig farmers in the West Country.

That's according to the National Pig Association (NPA) which says poor weather across the globe has impacted on crop growth.

The knock-on effect has seen a hike in feed prices by 25% in the last year. This is pushing up the cost of production.

The NPA says that if the cost of feed continues to rise, one in ten pig farmers in the South West could be forced out of business by Christmas.

In a survey, 10 per cent of farmers said they were struggling to cover the extra costs, a situation made worse by supermarkets reluctant to pay more for pork products.

The Association says it hopes public support will help keep farmers in business in the year ahead.

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