Manx National Farmers Union

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The Manx NFU works to create a strong agricultural economy on the Isle of Man for our members and to provide a reliable, sustainable and secure food supply for the Manx people. We represent farmers from the majority of farm businesses on the Island.

Please find a selection of our Featured News items below – For all our latest news posts  please visit our News & Blog page.

 

Manx NFU and Manx Wildlife Trust memorandum of understanding -

Manx National Farmers Union and the Manx Wildlife Trust came together today to sign a memorandum of understanding aiming to deliver better collaboration between the two organisations.

 

Andrew Cooper & Tim Johnston from MNFU with Viv Davies & Leigh Morris from MWT

MWT and the Manx National Farmers Union came together today to si

Manx Wildlife Trust ...

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Wayleaves and access MNFU & Manx Telecom – 2016 -

Copy of the memorandum of understanding between the Manx NFU and Manx Telecom.

 

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Plastic Scheme restarts in May -

I can confirm the following arrangements for May’s farm plastic scheme:

 

Date Venue Opening times 7th & 8th May 2020 Kerrow Moar Croft, Lezayre 8:00 to 16:00 11th, 12th & 13th May 2020 DCS site Sunny Bank Foxdale 8:00 to 16:00

Also please ask them under the current circumstances to remain in their vehicle until instructed otherwise by site operatives and remind them Social Distancing applies at all times.

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Covid-19 farm sign, be responsible on farmland. -

Following on from recent events we have worked together to devise an advisory sign suitable for farm use.

The MNFU will be following it up with a press release and Insp Gavin Callow will cover it on social media.

It has been confirmed that removing or defacing signs is criminal damage.

The majority of people are acting responsibly in the countryside ...

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Thank you for supporting Manx agriculture -

16th April 2020

Tim Johnston, President of the Manx National Farmers Union shares his thanks for people supporting Manx agriculture. Also thank you to the vast majority of people who are respectfully using public rights of way and not crossing through farmyards and farmsteads on route, and a thank you for supporting your local Manx food producers.

 

being safe around livestock| -

News Release – be safe around livestock|

 

Back story; 2 separate reports of this happening this week in separate locations. People walking through random fields to get to Curragh’s & people with dogs walking through a field to get from the road to the coastal footpath/Beach so they can avoid car parks.

 

 

Start:

 

Social distancing walkers are increasingly looking for new routes and ‘safer’ places to ...

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Farm safety, pest management, mental health, dealing with self isolation & who will farm if you can’t? - Keeping the family safe.

Health and safety on farm is always important. It saves lives. But now, in unprecedented times and with the children home from school, we need to be extra vigilant.

Children should not be allowed in the farm work place (and for young children they should enjoy outdoor space in a secure fenced area). Any access to the work area by children under 16, for example ...

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Manx NFU President calls for immediate closure of public rights of way across farmsteads -

News Release

 

Manx NFU President asks government to close public rights of way across farmsteads to protect our local food supply.

 

The Manx NFU is working with our members’ concerns over public rights of way through farm businesses in light of social distancing measures imposed as a result of COVID-19. To help our farmers the Manx NFU are doing everything we can to keep them safe whilst in ...

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Self isolation what do i need to know. - Who will farm if you can’t?

We would like you to watch the video first.

updated 22nd March to include that Farmers are key workers which is great news, we will never be stopped from farming even if the rest of the island is on a curfew or house isolated. However if you have symptoms of an infected person or an infected person lives in your house or if you ...

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COVID – 19 -

Your Manx NFU have been reviewing the Government advice that is currently available and the affairs of industry in our neighboring jurisdictions to try and ascertain what is the best advice to be offering to our members and the wider agricultural sector. We have sent this email to everyone on our mailing list.

The Manx NFU are here to support our industry and we will be supporting farmers through ...

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Manx Radio ahead of Brexit day -

Organisation has been lobbying government ahead of transition period

Countries producing food at standards considered illegal in the Isle of Man could gain access to the Manx market after Brexit.

That’s according to the Manx National Farmers Union ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union tonight.

The body has been lobbying the Isle of Man to ensure a smooth transition for local farmers.

Andrew Cooper is the ...

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updated AFGS guidance -

Recently updated by DEFA to include a cap and ‘up to’ grant rates.

 

https://www.gov.im/media/1352392/guidance-agricultural-and-horticultural-production-nov-2019-181219.pdf

 

Press release – killer dogs on the loose -

News Release

 

Friday 24th January 2020 12.45pm

incident happened at approximately 11.30am 24/01/2020.

 

Killer dogs on the loose – second reported attack in two days

 

A farmer in Lezayre came across the dogs attacking his sheep earlier today. He described the dogs as large springer type dogs, one was liver and white in colour with a red collar and the second dog was a darker colour possibly ...

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MNFU President response to Tynwald accepting climate change report -

News Release

21st of January 2020

 

In response to government receiving Professor Currans Climate Change ‘Impact’ report, Tim Johnston, President of the Manx NFU said;

 

“The Manx National Farmers Union has been clear with its position on Manx farming’s role in tackling climate change. Manx farmers are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

The Manx NFU do support the higher ambition pathway of reaching net ...

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2020 plastic drop off dates - Multi drop dates for all Farm plastics. Date Venue Opening times 12th Nov 2019 DCS site Sunny Bank Foxdale 8:00 to 16:00 21st Nov 2019 Kerrow Moar Croft, Lezayre 8:00 to 16:00 10th Dec 2019 DCS site Sunny Bank Foxdale 8:00 to 16:00 7th Jan 2020 DCS site Sunny Bank Foxdale 8:00 to 16:00 4th Feb 2020 DCS site Sunny Bank Foxdale 8:00 to 16:00 13th Feb 2020 Kerrow ...

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ADS Consultation Government Link -

https://consult.gov.im/environment-food-and-agriculture/agriculture-strategy/

 

Dear Manx NFU Member

Please see the above link to the ADS Consultation which closes on 9th April 2019. Please call the office on 662204 if you have any queries.

Manx NFU

 

the 2018 Plastics Collection and Drop Off Points -

Please find below the 2018 Plastics Collection and Drop Off points dates and times.

Please note that the collection points are for bale wrap and farm plastics only – wood, building materials, tyres or fallen stock (this has happened in the past!) will not be accepted and must disposed of using alternative methods.

Also, we have been asked to remind farmers to schedule drop offs as much as possible during ...

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Live export – press release -

Manx NFU Statement – The Isle of Man and United Kingdom are proven to have the highest levels of animal welfare across the whole of the EU. We refute any derogatory statements made in relation to the welfare of animals in transit when being shipped live to the United Kingdom.

Livestock travels for various reasons;

Sale and transfer of stock Breeding programs Slaughter – onward fattening To shows and events ...

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INTERESTED IN AGRICULTURE? LEAVING SCHOOL? -

The IOM College are running Diplomas in Agriculture and Environmental Conservation, details of which are below. Please contact Caroline Perry on 490488 or Paula Creer on 490267 who would be delighted to speak to you for an initial discussion if you would like further information or are interested in joining any of the courses.

Details:

Diplomas in Agriculture and Environmental Conservation by Paula Creer, Alan Radcliffe and Caroline Perry at ...

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PESTICIDE COURSES -

The Isle of Man College are now running pesticides courses. If any Member is interested in attending a course please contact Carole Collister via the email below for further information on what is available.

Carole.collister@college.doe.gov.im

 

 

Past President and Local Farming Ambassador Honoured -

There was a very special event on the Manx National Farmers’ Union stand at the 2014 Royal Manx Agriculture Show, when previous President, renowned farmer, local radio personality and lay preacher, John Kennaugh was presented with a life membership of the Manx NFU by current President, Brian Brumby. Brian paid tribute not only to John’s significant contribution to the MNFU during his 10 year Presidency but also his contribution to ...

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COWS AND CALVES -

The MNFU would like to remind everyone that at this time of year that there are many cows with their calves out in the fields. It is essential that you must never walk in fields with cows and calves. The mothers are very protective of their calves and can become quite aggressive. Please stick to designated footpaths and keep dogs on leads near any livestock whether cows or sheep. If ...

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Countryside Code -

The Spring and Summer is an incredibly busy time out in the Manx countryside but also very exciting with lots of new arrivals and the promise of crops to come.

Please remember if you are out enjoying the beautiful weather and countryside to keep your dogs under control – they can seriously kill and injure lambs and sheep, also be aware that cows with young calves can be very protective ...

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MANX FOOD AND FARMING MATTERS -

Please see the link to the Manx Farming Matters Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manx-Farming-And-Food-Matters/101735529950387

If you have any questions on this Facebook page please contact the office.

 

Dog owners warned to keep their pets under control -

The Manx NFU is backing farmers on the Island who have been experiencing problems with dogs worrying sheep and other livestock.

Under current Manx law, The Dog Act, allows farmers the right to shoot on sight any dog that is attacking or worrying livestock. However, many farmers are reluctant to do this and in many cases they find the evidence after the event rather than catch the culprit in the ...

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Health & Safety in Agriculture -

The MNFU have received a copy of the revised Health & Safety in Agriculture (second edition published 2013) document and is available to down load from here:

guide to health and safety in agriculture