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Uncertainty as new year raises issues

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

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THE farming industry in North Devon faces an uncertain new year, beset by TB in cattle and depressed lamb prices, the outgoing county chairman of the National Farmers Union said as 2013 drew to a close.

Sheep farmer Colin Rowlands, who is handing over to the new chairman David Verney, put the lamb prices top of his list of problems.

He also said on Thursday a brave government should roll out the badger cull to wider areas.

Mr Rowland's views for the new year will feature in full in next week's Farming Week.

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  • Clued-Up  |  January 02 2014, 7:09PM

    The NFU Council has totally betrayed the farming sector by its support for the badger cull. It's against English farmers' interests to upset and infuriate their end-customers and turn increasing numbers of them into vegetarians and vegans. The NFU Council's managed to do both. It seems to me it's time for ordinary NFU members to take back control of "their" organisation from the NFU Council. Any national programmes the NFU Council wants to introduce should be authorised by a vote of the entire NFU membership.

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  • Clued-Up  |  January 02 2014, 7:08PM

    The NFU Council has totally betrayed the farming sector by its support for the badger cull. It's against English farmers' interests to upset and infuriate their end-customers and turn increasing numbers of them into vegetarians and vegans. The NFU Council's managed to do both. It seems to me it's time for ordinary NFU members to take back control of "their" organisation from the NFU Council. Any national programmes the NFU Council wants to introduce in future should be authorised in advance by a vote of the entire NFU membership.

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