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Become an ON-Farm 2016 grassland guru

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grassARE you as “green as grass” when it comes to re-seeding with the right mixture to achieve the best yield and boost profitability? Then don’t let the grass grow under your feet – sign up for the latest ON-Farm 2016 event and become a grassland guru.

ON-Farm 2016 is Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) new menu of events that is designed to share and further innovations developed from an agricultural research programme and encourage the widest take-up of on-farm efficiencies.

The latest event, at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi, Ruthin, north Wales, on Tuesday 17 May, brings together a group of grassland experts that will share practical information and advice which will enable you to squeeze the most out of every inch of perfect pasture.

“HCC operates a portfolio of research projects with a set of highly distinguished industry partners in Wales and across the UK that covers vital areas of supply chain activity. Farmers can hear, see and understand directly how research work impacts positively on their businesses – and then utilise its benefits to boost sustainable production,” said Dr. Julie Finch, HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager.

“This, in every sense, is part of HCC’s grassroots activity to help farmers across Wales benefit directly from the wide-ranging body of research work undertaken annually under HCC’s umbrella.”

Specialist Chris Duller will lead the evening meeting discussion on the new 2016/17 Recommended Grass and Clover List for England & Wales that is jointly funded by HCC. The list is a grass seed industry manual that can help farmers achieve better yields, greater competitiveness and improve profitability. He will provide practical advice on how to get the most from the publication, and refer to some of the best varieties to use. The 2016/17 list will be formally launched at the Royal Welsh Grassland Event at the Rhug Estate, Corwen in June.

Professor Kevin Sinclair, supported by Dr Nigel Kendall, both of Nottingham University, will look at trace element utilisation. Their discussion will be based around a project that is co-funded by HCC and looks at the interaction of genetics and trace-element deficiencies.

The line-up is completed by Professor Athole Marshall, who leads the Public Good Plant Breeding Group at IBERS, Aberystwyth University, where he has overall responsibility for all the plant breeding programmes within the institute.

His talk will focus on the SUREROOT project which aims to determine whether there are variations in certain grass and clover root growth that can cope with drought, flooding or extreme conditions.

“I can guarantee that every farmer who attends this session will be armed with simple, practical advice that will help them introduce easy new grassland practices that will increase yield with the potential to boost profitability per hectare,” said Dr. Finch.

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Domestic abuse victims in Wales to be given more time to report assaults

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DOMESTIC abuse victims in Wales and England to be given more time to report assaults.

New measures targeted directly at keeping women and girls safer will be added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill last week (Jan 4) the UK Government has announced.

Under the changes, victims of domestic abuse will be allowed more time to report incidents of common assault or battery against them. Currently, prosecutions must commence within six months of the offence.

Instead, this requirement will be moved to six months from the date the incident is formally reported to the police – with an overall time limit of two years from the offence to bring a prosecution.Domestic abuse is often reported late relative to other crimes; so this will ensure victims have enough time to seek justice and that perpetrators answer for their actions.

The UK Government says that today’s announcement builds on measures already in the Bill to better protect women such as ending the halfway release of offenders sentenced between four and seven years in prison for serious sexual offences – forcing them to spend two-thirds of their time in prison.

In December, the legislation was amended to make clear that a new legal duty requiring public bodies to work together to tackle serious violence can also include domestic abuse and sexual offences.

It means that these crimes should be taken as seriously as knife crime and homicide, with police, government, and health bodies required to collaborate locally, so that they can develop more holistic strategies to protect people from harm, including through early intervention.

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said: “My commitment to making our homes, streets and communities safer for women and girls is clear.”

“Every department in government is working to address and tackle all issues relating to violence against women and girls.”

“The Government has a focussed strategy, dedicated to providing essential support for survivors, the prevention of crimes against women and girls and bringing perpetrators to justice with the full force of the law.”

“Our actions include the new Domestic Abuse Act, with important changes to our laws; a newly created national police lead responsible solely on violence against women and girls, and millions of pounds have been invested in direct safety measures through the Safer Streets Fund.”

“These are all important public confidence measures and changes to ensure the safety of women and girls in public spaces.”

The UK Government has also said that taking non-consensual photographs or video recordings of breastfeeding mothers will be made a specific offence punishable by up to two years in prison.

It covers situations where the motive is to obtain sexual gratification, or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm.

Similar legislation introduced by the UK Government in 2019 that criminalised “up skirting” has led to more than 30 prosecutions since it became law.

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Vandalised church passes fundraising target

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The inside of the Church was also subjected to vandalism

A FUNDRAISER to rebuild a vandalised church met its goal of £20k within three days. 

Eglwys y Grog, which is situated near the cliffs at Mwnt. It is a well known landmark, and is a favourite among photographers.

Clive Davies, a local County Councillor, claims he is “totally blown away” with the donations. 

He said the church was targeted on 2 December, and again on 20 December, in “a pointless saddening act.”

“There was nothing of value in the church and it was a senseless act. There was no money there, just a small little church,” he added.

“The church members were getting a lot of requests to donate money and they contacted me to do something coordinated online so I set up a JustGiving page for them.

“It’s been a global response really, three thousand pounds came in overnight. There were messages of support from America, and there was a couple from Australia as well,

“There are a lot of good people out there and it is an amazing start to 2022 for us.”

When the campaign was launched on January 1st, a £20,000 goal was set.

The leaded windows of the church were smashed in with rocks

The inside of the church, as well as the leaded church windows and gated entrance, were all damaged.

Mr Davies, who is also a local councillor, claims to have long-standing family ties to the church, which includes plaques honouring his great-grandparents on either side of the altar.

“The local community has been amazing, supporting it and the power of social media made in tenfold,” he said.

“It was like a snowball effect really, local businesses have offered not only financial support but will be part of the restoration work needed now.”

“I’ll be meeting with the church members and the vicar and we’ll start discussing what needs doing, but also we’re going to have to look at safety for the future and what could we do in terms of security,” he added.

He stated that it was critical for the church to remain open while staying safe.

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£250 boost to all Ceredigion food banks

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PLAID CYMRU Councillors from Ceredigion will donate £250 to each food bank in the county to alleviate pressures over the Christmas period.

The issue of food banks continues on a daily basis in most towns in Wales due to lack of funds and benefits being cut. 

Individuals and families are forced to use food banks to make sure they have food for their children and families.

A spokesperson for the Councillors said: “Ceredigion County Council’s Plaid Cymru Group of Councilors is delighted to announce their decision again this year to donate £250.00 each to every food bank in Ceredigion.

“Food banks in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Aberaeron, Llandysul, Lampeter will benefit from this over Christmas.

“Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

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