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15.07.05
Bodmin Moor Beef Power

Farmers on the edge of Bodmin Moor are hoping to boost profits and produce even better quality beef with the help of Objective One investment. The project 'Bodmin Moor Beef Power' means that by working in partnership the farmers can cut costs, raise profits and buy new machinery that individually they could not afford.

The scheme, costing just over half a million pounds has just been approved and is still in its early stages. It will receive £100,775 investment from the Objective One EAGGF (European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund); a matching amount from Defra and the rest (60 per cent of the project costs), will come from the farmers themselves.

Elizabeth Menmuir, Agricultural Coordinator for Cornwall Agricultural Council Development Team added: "The changes introduced by the Single Payment Scheme will have a considerable impact on the beef sector. This collaborative venture between four farmers to improve efficiency and produce a higher standard product is a good example of how farmers are looking to adapt to changing circumstances and respond to market forces."

The four farms involved are Nescott, Tregulland, Basil and Trecorner. The four, all livestock and arable farmers, jointly farm 1,558 acres with 1,355 head of cattle and 1,000 sheep. They supply St Merryn Meats and Jaspers, in north Cornwall, who in turn supply Tesco and other major retailers.

It is estimated that the project will lead to a fall of £14 an acre in machinery costs and lead to a total benefit to the farmers, combining the cost saving and the increase in income, of more than £46,000 a year. It will also leave them more time for other business, such as management and environment and lead to improvement in carcass quality.

The three year project will help them buy a new fleet of agricultural machinery linked to beef production which they will all share. Some of the machinery will replace older equipment while some will be totally new investments. One of the new purchases will be a twin-deck livestock trailer which will mean the farmers can take their own stock to markets.

New jobs that will be created include a part time administrator, employed to deal with time sheets and invoicing and a full time tractor driver who will be shared between the four farms. Ian Scott of Trecorner Farm who is heading the initiative said: "Without the support of Objective One this project would not have happened. We are obviously very pleased to have support."

For further information please contact Clare Morgan of the Objective One Partnership Office on 01872 223439 or 07973 813647or email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly has invested in Bodmin Moor Beef Power through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Editor's notes:

European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
EAGGF is one of the four funds that make up the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which is making £314 million available to support the local economy between 2000 and 2006.

Help preserve the link between diversified farming and the land.
Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture as a key activity in rural areas.
Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural areas.
Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas.
Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape and the rural heritage.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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