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Straw crisis for farmers in the West Country

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Straw is vital for farmers across the West Country and is essential for keeping cattle clean.

But severe snow storms at the beginning of the year has prompted a spike in demand for straw leading to expensive prices.

One farmer in East Huntspill says:

Straw at the moment, I think, is trading around about anything from a hundred a sixty to two hundred pounds a tonne. A tonne of straw don’t go very far. A tonne of straw do not go very far.

– STUART CLATWORTHY

After a difficult start to the year, farmers are looking for support.

The Farming Minister says it's been a wet winter and a late spring:

We have made sure that any farmer that hadn’t received their single farm payment received a bridging payment and we also successfully secured from the Commission a derogation from the so-called ‘three crop rule’ for farmers who’ve been unable to get in all of the crops they planned to sow.

– GEORGE EUSTICE