Schmallenberg and Sheep Woes, Peat Bogs and a New Moss
The Schmallenberg virus, which causes fatal birth defects and miscarriages in sheep and cattle is wreaking havoc among livestock farmers. Meanwhile, lamb prices have hit their lowest level for three years and livestock producers are facing rising production costs due to the extreme weather in 2012.
And following that weather last year there are calls for the Welsh Government to invest more in upland peat bog restoration to help reduce future extreme flooding problems in Wales. New research by Wildlife Trusts Wales claims that, with proper management upland peat bog areas could retain 25% more water than they are at present.
It's described as a lifestyle brand which is unmistakably Welsh - and is named after a strong matriarch figure. The company Blodwen was launched by former marketing executive Denise Poulton who divides her time between London and her native Aberporth. Its products are already on sale in Liberty's and this month Denise is taking her heritage blanket project to an International design show in Paris. But the company's roots are firmly based in rural Wales.
A rolling stone, it's said, gathers no moss and in our fast frenetic world these days one would think it unlikely we'd find new plant species...but Sam Bosenquet, a surveyor with the Countryside Council for Wales says it pays to be ever vigilant and open-minded. We hear his exciting discovery of a new moss - Welsh Bristle-moss (Orthotricum cambrense) near Dryslwyn Castle in the Tywi Valley, Carmarthenshire.
Rachael Garside presents the rural news magazine for those who live and work in the Welsh…