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Farming Today This Week 17/04/21 - 100 Days of Brexit, breeding calmer cows and a new market for wool

Charlotte Smith hears from food and farming businesses that export to the EU about how they're coping with the new rules since the end of the Brexit Transition Period.

As the dust settles after new rules came into force for exporting to the EU, Charlotte Smith investigates how food and farming businesses are coping. In January, there were some serious problems, but this week figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested trade between the UK and the EU partially recovered in February. However, trade was still below levels for this time last year and we hear from businesses struggling with the burden of new administrative costs. We also hear hope for the future, as new trade deals could mean more opportunities for exporting further afield.

Can you breed a calmer cow? Researchers in Northern Ireland are looking into it after getting funding from the devolved Government. Cattle were involved in more than a quarter of the deaths on Northern Ireland farms over the last 20 years, and DAERA hopes this new research could reduce that figure.

We also hear from a small holder on a mission to find a new market for her sheep's wool and a celebrate 70 years of the Peak District National Park.

Presented by Charlotte Smith
Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Heather Simons

25 minutes


  • Sat 17 Apr 2021 06:30