I am Farmers Guardian’s political editor. I have been doing the job for seven years, initially in our London office but I now work in a shed in my garden in rural Oxfordshire! I was brought up on an arable and turkey farm in Leicestershire and still occasionally help out with the turkeys at Christmas. I did a degree in economics at Manchester University, followed by a journalism course in London. I worked on various local papers before I was offered the prestigious role of poultry correspondent at FG in 1997. I left, came back and am still here today!
IN THE absence of any further plans for badger culling in England, the immediate focus of Defra’s bovine TB strategy will be on curbing cattle-to-cattle spread.
THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has backed the Government’s decision not to roll out badger culling using controlled shooting to new areas, citing concerns over the effectiveness and humaneness of the policy.
THE Rural Payments Agency has said more SPS 2014 applications are starting to come through, following problems experienced with the online application system over the past week or so.
- Lamb takeaway fraud a 'slap in the face' for sheep farmers
- Defra outlines new TB measures for camelids
- New small-scale farming union in Defra protest
- MEPs reject proposal to reduce sheep EID burden
- RPA investigating SPS Online IT problems
- Defra updates farmers on CAP reform plans
- VI launches new Integrated Pest Management Plan