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.
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The final preparations for the Dorset County Show are underway.
The two day show starts tomorrow and is the county's biggest agricultural event.
Thousands of people attend each year, to see the livestock and farm produce on display.
Farming minister Jim Paice gives details of how some of the funding will be invested locally...
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.
The Government has announced new help for dairy farmers as they battle to survive after cuts in the money they get from milk processors. The National Farmers' Union is warning the average farmer will lose around forty thousand pounds in income each year as a result.
Hundreds of farmers from the South West travelled to London to join a national lobby demanding more support. Among them was Mark Oliver who has a five hundred strong herd at Lan-hydrock near Bodmin. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
West Country farmers will be in Westminster today to join a summit meeting about falling milk prices.
It's been called by the National Farmers' Union, which says milk producers are being forced out of business as big dairy companies cut costs.
The NFU says it costs farmers 30p to produce a litre of milk. With the latest cuts, farmers will only be paid 24.73p a litre - a loss of over 5p per litre of milk.
Farmers in the region are going to Westminster to join a summit meeting about falling milk prices. It's been called by the National Farmers' Union, which says milk producers are being forced out of business as big dairy companies cut costs.
The meeting will hear from farming minister Jim Paice, who admitted yesterday that he didn't know the price of a pint.
The rain soaked summer has boosted the region's strawberry crop. Much of it is now grown under cover and the humid conditions caused by the rain has improved their production.
One grower who farms near Truro said he used to lose fifty per cent of his crop when it was outside. Now, protected by tunnels, it's down to two or three per cent.
Dairy farmers in the West Country are furious the price they are paid for their milk by one of the region's biggest processors is being cut.
Robert Wiseman says it will pay nearly two pence less per litre from next month.
It is the second reduction in as many months. Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.