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Welsh Lamb stars in BBC food finale

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Nadiya Hussain visits Richard Roderick’s Newton Farm in the Brecon Beacons: To see how PGI Welsh Lamb is reared

BBC TWO viewers saw PGI Welsh Lamb take to primetime television on September 4, during Love Lamb Week.

Former Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain has been discovering local delicacies from around the UK in her new series ‘Nadiya’s Great British Food Adventure’ and Monday’s episode saw PGI Welsh Lamb take centre stage in the final episode of the series.

The episode aired during Love Lamb Week, a national campaign which encourages consumers to pick and fall in love with lamb during its peak season. Originating as a grass roots campaign, Love Lamb Week sees farmers, agricultural bodies, chefs and consumers join together to celebrate and champion lamb.

During the episode, Nadiya travelled to the Brecon Beacons to meet local sheep farmer Richard Roderick. Part of Nadiya’s journey is to understand the story and the provenance behind different food and produce up and down the country, learning what makes these special foods not only delicious, but a part of Great British culture.

Nadiya also tried her hand at sheep dog training with Richard and took in the outstanding natural surroundings in which Welsh Lamb is reared, before moving on to the kitchen where Nadiya cooked up a delicious and different lamb recipe. Nadiya’s ‘Fast Lamb Bhuna’ served with garlic naan is a simple and contemporary dish, proving Welsh Lamb to be worthy of more than just a Sunday roast.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) scholar and former Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year Richard Roderick commented said: “It was a delight to have Nadiya come to the farm and show her what goes into putting Welsh Lamb on supermarket and butcher shop shelves. Nadiya was really eager to learn more about the whole process and even had a go at rounding up the flock.
“It was great for Nadiya and the viewers to see the story and provenance of Welsh Lamb and how our traditional farming methods and Wales’ naturally exceptional landscapes provide an excellent product for exceedingly good dishes.”

HCC Marketing Manager Rhys Llywelyn said: “Love Lamb Week is always a great opportunity for us to promote lamb being in peak season and PGI Welsh Lamb as an iconic national product. Nadiya’s Great British Food Adventure succeeds in showing the public the story behind Welsh Lamb; the people and the hard work behind the produce.’ Rhys continued ‘Nadiya also broke the misconception that Welsh Lamb is more suited to slow-cook stews and Sunday roasts. Nadiya’s quick and innovative dish proves the ease and versatility of cooking with Welsh Lamb.”

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MP pledges support to British farmers

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MORE than 4,000 jobs in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire rely on farming, Simon Hart MP learned during a special event to Back British Farming.

Farming in the constituency contributes £30.6 million to the local economy – on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and the British countryside they maintain.

In addition to its role producing food, farming also supports the work of other industries, such as vets, solicitors, surveyors and feed merchants.

The Back British Farming event in Westminster was held by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) as a rallying call to MPs to support farming – during a particularly crucial period for British farming as the Brexit negotiations begin.

Mr Hart said: “There are so many worthy reasons to support British farmers: they are responsible for securing our fantastic British food supply, looking after our world-renowned countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy. That is why I am proud to wear the NFU’s Back British Farming pin badge in Parliament today.

“These reasons are why I have pledged to Back British farming in Westminster and to ensure our decisions in Parliament reflect the strategic importance of British food and farming to the nation.

“As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, it is critical that as politicians we create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide the safe and affordable food that the public trust and demand.”

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MP signs pledge to Back British Farming

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STEPHEN CRABB MP has recognised the vital role that Pembrokeshire farmers have contributing to the economy, the countryside and food production as he pledged to Back British Farming at an event in Westminster this week.

Farming in Pembrokeshire contributes £32.6 million to the local economy and provides 4,570 jobs – this is on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and British countryside they maintain.

In addition to its role producing food, farming also supports the work of other local industries, such as vets, solicitors, surveyors and feed merchants.

The event in Westminster was held by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) as a rallying call to MPs to support farming – during a particularly crucial period for British farming as the Brexit negotiations begin.

Stephen Crabb MP said: “There are so many worthy reasons to support British farmers: they are responsible for securing our fantastic British food supply, looking after our world-renowned countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy. That is why I am proud to support the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign in Parliament.

“These reasons are why I have pledged to Back British farming in Westminster and to ensure our decisions in Parliament reflect the strategic importance of British food and farming to the nation.

“As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, it is critical that as politicians we create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide the safe and affordable food that the public trust and demand.”

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BVD elimination project launched

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AN INDUSTRY led herd screening project, aimed at eradicating bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) and funded through a £10 million fund recently announced by the Welsh Government, was launched on Thursday, August 31.

Farmers throughout Wales will be urged to participate in the new voluntary eradication programme which has been funded through the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme. Called ‘Gwaredu BVD’ (Eradicating BVD), its purpose is to provide the necessary support and guidance to ensure farmers can correctly and quickly identify herds infected with BVD.

The programme will be managed jointly by Coleg Sir Gâr’s Agriculture Research Centre in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

Speaking at the launch, John Griffiths, manager of the Agriculture Research Centre based at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Gelli Aur campus, who is also chair of Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework’s BVD eradication sub-group said, “BVD in cattle is widespread in Wales, causing annual losses totalling up to £15,000 and £4,500 respectively in the average sized dairy and beef herds. This disease can reduce fertility, increase incidences of abortion and cause pneumonia in affected stock, so it has drastic and long-lasting effects on all farms affected, from both a personal and business perspective.

“This new voluntary disease eradication programme will be conducted alongside Wales’s annual herd TB testing regime to help identify herds infected with BVD. Support will also be available to find the persistently infected (PI) animals from infected herds.

“The testing phase will continue over a three-year period. When complete, we’ll hopefully be in an improved position with regards to BVD in Wales and our ultimate aim is to make Wales BVD free.”

Dr Neil Paton, Lecturer in Farm Animal Health and Production at the RVC, has played a significant part in the project’s development and will act as the Veterinary Technical lead for its duration.

“BVD is an unpleasant virus and represents a significant drain on the UK cattle industry. This new disease eradication programme is the first industry driven initiative that aims to eradicate a disease in Wales.” said Dr. Paton.

BVD is a viral and immunosuppressive disease maintained by a small population of animals that become persistently infected and are a risk to the health of the rest of the herd. This affects the farms production system in terms of cost and animal welfare issues that can lead to pneumonia, scour, infertility and reproductive disorders.

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