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Lambing and Covid

Following an enquiry from a farmer I was given the following advice from my colleague Katherine Williams from Exmoor Hill Farm Network:
  • All new temporary lambing staff are required to isolate or be tested before they start;
  • Can separate accommodation be provided by a caravan, empty holiday accommodation (your own or elsewhere)?
  • Where meals are provided can a separate part of the house be used or a shed be spruced up?
  • Work a shift rota so that home bubble workers do days and the temporary staff work nights – contact between the two groups is minimal;
  • Hire a toilet for temporary staff so that they don’t share the family one;
  • Where working together is unavoidable – use masks and hand sanitiser;
  • Vehicles:  separate or avoid if possible otherwise it’s liberal use of hand sanitiser on steering wheel and gear sticks. Avoid travelling with non-family members in the same vehicle.
All of the above is particularly important if you are shielding elderly or at risk members of the family.
If anybody else has any other ideas please let me know and I will add them on to this post.
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We now have a YouTube channel for Farm Cornwall, which will be used to upload any presentations via Zoom which have been given and recorded (with the participants’ permission).


Farm Cornwall can be found here on YouTube.

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West Cornwall Grassland Society – Presentation by John Gilliland of Devenish

We were lucky enough to have a Zoom presentation given by John Gilliland, Director of Global Agriculture and Sustainability,  on Monday 15th February 2021.  A copy of his slides can be accessed here for those that missed it or would like to see the contents again.


If you would like to watch the whole presentation in full, please click here.

Marlborough Downs Space for Nature/PLP Presentation

This zoom presentation can now be viewed on You Tube via the following link:


CRCC have received funding to deliver another hot meals delivery scheme, funded for at least 6 months.

They have employed a professional chef who will use Lamorna, Nancledra and Sancreed village halls to cook good hot meals on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday respectively.  At 6pm volunteer drivers will collect the hot meals and deliver them to the homes of previously identified recipients – this scheme will start on 15th February.

The project is not means tested and there is no formal referral system:  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this scheme, please email Liz Wilkin, Rural Community Adviser, with  names, addresses, phone numbers and any dietary requirements of anyone in rural West Cornwall who is struggling to access food for whatever reason or who is feeling isolated. Liz’s email address is

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Farm Fit Project

Farm Fit is a wellbeing project for farmers and their families run by Land to Sea CBT in partnership with Fairwinds Cornwall.  It aims to engage with the farming community, working with partnership agencies to provide practical wellbeing support. Full details of what they offer can be found on the attached document, which also contains details of how to contact Farm Fit.

Farm Fit Project information document (003)


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GDPR – Data Protection Regulations

As we have explained before, in order to keep your details on file (for sending out the newsletter, etc) we need your permission in order to comply with Data Protection Law.  We are actually breaking the law if you have not completed one.  Attached is a copy of the form we need completed (for those of you who have not yet done so)—this can be scanned and returned via email to or posted.  We hope soon to have a facility on the website for you to complete it online.  Even if you are not able to complete the form, an email confirming that you are happy for us to store your details is sufficient!  Many thanks in advance.



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Donations to Farm Cornwall via Just Giving

Farm Cornwall is now registered as a charity that individuals can support via Just Giving. If any individual or group is planning to take part in a fundraising activity, then perhaps you would consider choosing FarmCornwall as your chosen charity.  As you know, we receive no government funding and are completely funded by donations. Thank you for anything you can give, no matter how small.

The link to Just Giving is


Agricultural Transition Presentations

Thank you to everyone who took part in the two Zoom presentations this week.  Please find attached a copy of the presentation and a link to the recording on YouTube.

Agricultural Transition and Brexit Trade Deal v 3


Click here to go to YouTube.

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Straw Prices

Are limited and I was quoted at £160/tonne for barley straw