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Rural services in decline, American dairy, farm plastic, Gloucester City Farm

Poor access to mobile signals, internet, transport and health services is holding back the rural economy, says research group Rural England.

Poor access to mobile signals, internet, transport and health services is holding back the rural economy. Research group Rural England calls for legislation to ensure funds are set-aside for rural services.
Farmers from Wisconsin visit a Welsh dairy farm. Lloyd and Daphne Holterman have 950 milking cows producing 40 litres of milk each, each a day - that's nearly double the average amount of milk a UK dairy cow produces. Mariclare Carey-Jones joined them as they were given a tour of Brynhyfred Farm in Haverfordwest.
Up until 1st January this year, many farmers in Scotland received special permission to burn much of their plastic waste. They are now having to comply with the same rules as the rest of UK farmers, and send it away for recycling or landfill instead. We hear from one farmer trying to reduce the amount of farm plastic he uses.
Gloucester City Farm runs a twelve week foundation course in horse management for children. Some participants go on to compete in a pony race, and a few have even competed at Cheltenham Race Course. Emily Hughes went to visit.

Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

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