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NFU President visiting Cumbria's farmers

The President of the National Farmers Union is visiting Cumbria to listen to farmer's views on the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Meurig Raymond has been talking to members in Penrith and Crooklands, who says farmers face the biggest challenge to their industry in a generation.


Children learn to crack down on rural crime

Children are learning about rural crime. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren are visiting a farm in Cumbria, to find out about the devastating effects of rural crime.

As part of the NFU's Country Watch Eden scheme, a farmer at Coupland Beck Farm in Appleby is explaining to the children and police how he defends against rural crime.

Rural crime cost Cumbria £590,000 in 2014.

Young farmers positive about the future

Dairy farmers are facing tough and challenging times ahead, according to the president of the NFU in England.

Meurig Raymond has been in Cumbria, where some farmers say milk prices are cripplingly low.

But at the Newton Rigg agricultural college near Penrith, the president met students who are still determined to go into farming, and positive about the future.

Tim Backshall has this report:

NFU President warns of tough times ahead

The President of the National Farmers Union has been meeting agricultural students at Newton Rigg College near Penrith.

Meurig Raymond warned of tough times ahead for the dairy industry but said he was encouraged by the number of students who are still determined to go into farming.


Tough times for West Cumbria's dairy farmers

A warning that the falling price of milk is making dairy farming in West Cumbria almost unsustainable.

The National Farmers Union is holding a meeting in Cockermouth this evening to discuss the current crisis. Some farmers are being paid five pence per litre less than they were three months ago. Katie Hunter reports:

Falling milk prices hit Cumbrian farmers

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen milk prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre. Credit: PA

Cumbrian farmers are meeting tonight (25th November) to discuss falling milk prices.

The National Farmers Union President Meurig Raymond will be at Cockermouth's Hundith Hill Hotel at 7.30pm.

Cumbria's isolated geography means there are fewer processors willing to pick up milk from more remote patches of the county, giving farmers few options.

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre.

NFU Cockermouth group secretary David Jones said: "All NFU members are welcome to attend this meeting and as well as the current dairy problems, we'll also be discussing the current turbulence in the beef and sheep markets."

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