Farm visit fires interest in campaign support

The benefits of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) have been highlighted to young farmers on a tour of Simon Pain's "beacon" Billow farm in Gloucestershire.

Young Farmers Club members were given practical tips on key target options in entry-level stewardship (ELS) and campaign voluntary measures that count towards CFE.

Pain said: "Their enthusiasm was fantastic. Hopefully they will be inspired to do the simplest of things to support the CFE on their own farms, which might also encourage county groups to take part."

Herefordshire young farmer Richard Thomas said: "The walk around the farm demonstrated that through simple management we can help the campaign succeed. As an industry we certainly don't need further regulation and I will be encouraging fellow farmers to look at the management on their farms and put in place key target options in ELS and Campaign voluntary measures."

Young farmers received free supplies of wild bird seed, courtesy of CFE supporters Kings Game Cover and Conservation Crops, to help them with option establishment on their farms.

Advice will also be on offer during the club's annual convention in Blackpool next month. Members can find out how support the campaign without the need for government intervention.

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