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Myerscough College
St Michaels Road
Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RY

If you have any general questions or need help with anything found on this website, please contact Michelle Fare. 

The FarmNW website is updated by the Myerscough College Rural Team. We are in the same office as Made in Lancashire who, since 2002, have supported farmers and other local food and drink producers to develop, grow and market their products to the consumer.

Contact: Michelle Fare
Phone: 01995 642 206
Twitter: @farmnw 
Facebook: FarmNW
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About Us

The FarmNW website was originally created by Myerscough College, run and developed by agricultural information officer Adrian Capstick as a knowledge transfer network to promote and communicate the work of the RDPE (Rural Development Programme for England) Northwest Livestock Programme, a four-year business support programme (running from 2009 to 2013) managed by Defra for livestock farmers in the North West of England.

The website changed its name from LivestockNW to FarmNW in August 2013 to continue to promote and communicate information between farmers as well as provide information on future RDPE funding, support and subsidised skills training events available in the North West of England. It now covers all farming sectors in the region: livestock, arable crops, horticulture and forestry.

If you are a farmer, grower, forester, land owner, rural business or part of a rural community you could potentially benefit from funding provided through the Rural Development Programme for England. We produce a monthly email newsletter to keep you up-to-date with what is happening locally.

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How we came to be...

Five organisations were appointed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) in 2009 to deliver a £6.3 million package of livestock support work across the North West. Delivery is now managed by the Defra RDPE Delivery Team (North West) based in Penrith.

The focus of the RDPE Northwest Livestock Programme was on improving farm competitiveness through better animal health and welfare and greater efficiency of main farm resources such as fertiliser, fuel, water and energy. This website was created (and originally named Livestock Northwest) to disseminate the work of the programme. 

Work carried out by the five organisations coverered three main topics set out by Defra:

Work was / is carried out through:

Resource Efficiency Audits and Nutrient Management Plans (ended January 2014)

Nutrient management planning and resource efficiency audits were delivered on farm by agricultural advisory business Promar, who are based in Nantwich, Cheshire using advisers trained by SAC Consulting. Soil testing included at a funded cost.

Animal Health and Welfare Planning (ended January 2014)

On farm work was carried out by SAC Consulting along with partners and local vets throughout the North West. The advisors were trained by Kite Consultancy in partnership with The University of Liverpool Veterinary School. Up to £450 of funding for screening cattle for BVD as well as other animal health testing is available.

Good practice, communication and sharing knowledge and ideas (ended in July 2013*)

Myerscough College near Preston managed this work supported by partners Cumbria Farmer Network, Reaseheath College and EFFP, with support from DairyCo and EBLEX. Projects involved a range of activities throughout the North West. These included setting up monitor farms, running demonstration events and supporting farmer groups, along with a dedicated ICT network (this website) to pass targeted information to interested livestock farmers.

*Myerscough College and Cumbria Farmer Network have continued to support farmer groups post July 2013.
Myerscough are helping farmers in Lancashire and Greater Manchester to establish their own Farmer Network. (Tel: 01995 642 206).
Cumbria Farmer Network are working with farmers to secure funding for group meetings from various sources. (Tel: 01768 868 615).  

Improvement Scheme Grants have also been available to help fund plan recommendations

Any recommendations made by the technical plans (animal health and welfare plans, resource audits and nutrient management plans) offered through the Rural Development Programme for England were / are eligible for a performance grant by applying to the Defra RDPE Delivery Team (North West) based in Penrith. The FFIS (Farming and forestry improvement scheme) opened periodically throughout the lifetime of the Livestock Programme and helped farmers fund improvements.   

A national overview of all RDPE Funding (Rural Development Programme for England) is available from Defra's RDPE Network Website