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25/11/2012

The rural news magazine for those who live and work in the Welsh countryside. Rachael Garside looks at pylons, the equine crisis and Porthgain shellfish.

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Mon 26 Nov 2012 05:30

Equine Crisis, Pylons and the Shellfish Family Business

 

Animal charities have issued a report expressing alarm at the prospect of a collapsing market for horses and growing costs for owners at a time of economic difficulties . One charity - World Horse Welfare - says it is aware of more than 6000 horses which could be at risk from fly-grazing and abandonment over the coming winter. It's a particular problem in Wales and the Welsh government has been holding top-level talks to consider whether new laws are needed - a report is expected within days…

National Grid is inviting views on its plans to bring power from offshore wind farms and Wylfa B into the electricity network in the next 10 to 15 years. Five initial proposals include laying cables under sea to Deeside or burying power lines from Anglesey underground. Our rural and Environmental Affairs Correspondent Iolo ap Dafydd investigates.

Visitors to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair which opens in Builth Wells on Monday are being asked to dig out their diaries and journals in an effort to determine how farmers are being affected by changes in the Welsh countryside. The study will examine climate change, increasing economic pressures and their effects on agriculture, career decisions by young people not to follow their ancestral livelihoods, and other changes affecting the future of rural Wales. Those wishing to help in the research can visit the Project Desk in the Trophy Room between 10am and 4pm at the Clwyd Glamorgan Hall on the Royal Welsh showground on both days of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, November 26 and 27, or by contacting Susie Stockton-Link on 01982 551667 or 07884000183.

This week sees the prestigious BBC food and farming awards and among the nominees, in the best food producer category, is a small, family business from Pembrokeshire. Porthgain Shellfish sells crab, lobster and whelks which they catch, process and sell themselves.