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24/02/2013

The rural news magazine for those who live and work in the Welsh countryside.

30 minutes

Last on

Mon 25 Feb 2013 05:30

Calls for Schmallenberg Vaccine and the White Sands of Rhossili

Tens of thousands of lambs have been stillborn or deformed throughout Britain as a result of the Schmallenberg virus. In infected flocks the rate of lamb loss has been between 25 and 30 per cent on average according to the National Farmers Union. The Chairman for the National Sheep Association in Wales has called for 'a big push' to get a vaccine for Schmallenberg licensed and available to farmers - calling on the Welsh Government to take action. We get the latest from the Chief Vet.

Eating out with confidence - want to know where you food comes from, when you dine out ? With all the fear about horsemeat there's renewed enthusiasm for knowing what's on our plate but for one restaurant it's been their philosophy to celebrate what's around them - within a 25 mile radius - with every dish they serve.

We meet the man training for the annual "Man versus Horse race" near Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys.

And as if we need confirmation of it.... a survey by Tripadvisor this week confirmed that beach lovers will do as well in Wales as anywhere on the continent. Rhossili Bay - a three mile stretch of white sand on the Gower Peninsula - topped the list of UK beaches and came third in a list of the best European beaches, beating the likes of Greece and Spain. Gilbert John dons his knotted hanky and takes a bucket and spade to discover what makes Rhossili so special.

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