Third of farmers plan to use less of their land for agriculture, reveals CLA


An exclusive CLA poll shows on the day of huge industry conference reveals that a third of farmers plan to use less of their land for agriculture.

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:24am

By Michael Sims

New Isle of Wight CLA Chairman says rural world facing ‘greatest period of uncertainty for a generation’

Laurence Taylor IOW

New opportunities, as well as challenges await rural businesses who are facing great uncertainty says the new chairman of the Isle of Wight branch of the CLA.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018 1:46pm

By Michael Sims with one comment

Gold for Briddlesford at World Cheese Awards

Izzy, Debi, Julie with Cheddars

Flying the flag for the Isle of Wight and beating 3,500 cheeses from 29 nations, Briddlesford Lodge Farm's cheddar came home with Gold!

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 8:20am

By Judi Griffin

Long-term funding commitment essential to farming and the environment CLA tell MPs

European flag in flowers

MPs were told this week that farmers need certainty on funding beyond the Government’s existing commitment to 2022 in order to have the confidence to adapt their businesses post-Brexit.

Friday, 26th October, 2018 10:26am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Farmers call for urgent clarity on post-Brexit funding, says CLA

isle of wight farm

The Agriculture Bill will have it second reading in Parliament next week. Farmers and landowner are calling for urgent clarity on post 2022 funding plans.

Thursday, 4th October, 2018 4:22pm

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Another dog attack on sheep. This time in Niton

cheverton farm - sheep

A flock of sheep in Niton were left in a distressed state this morning after a dog was seen chasing them through the field. Two were discovered to have bloodied necks. The farm issue a warning for all to be vigilant.

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 2:36pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Eight trophies for prizewinning Isle of Wight cows

Paul and Luke with Bluebell, one of the prizewinning cows

The Briddlesford Herd of pedigree Guernsey cows won eight trophies for milk production last week.

Monday, 10th September, 2018 9:24am

By Sally Perry

Importance of keeping countryside gates closed


If you're using footpaths or bridleways make sure gates are always closed. Don't assume because one is open that it's supposed to be.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 9:33am

By IW Council Press Office

A thriving farming economy post-brexit is critical to our future says Isle of Wight MP

Bob seely with NFU members

Seely has agreed to write to the Farming Minister in support of an Isle of Wight farming agenda, adding that farming is critical to our future.

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018 9:42am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society celebrate rural life on the Isle of Wight

Cowes Primary School

The new awards showcase the success of rural industries on the Island, and the awards for schools and young people demonstrate the very positive future of rural life on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 9:43am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Crackdown on organised crime vital to tackling Isle of Wight fly-tipping, says CLA

flytipping sofa in field

The CLA say fly-tipping is not a victimless crime and that the Government, local authority and Environment Agency must work together with farmers and landowners to help reduce fly-tipping on private rural land.

Friday, 15th June, 2018 10:11am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Isle of Wight Cheddar wins medal at British Cheese Awards

Briddlesford cheese

Cheddar made from the milk of Briddlesford's Guernsey cows is "proper Isle of Wight cheese" and managed to fight off competition from some of the most famous cheddar makers in the country at the British Cheese Awards.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018 1:23pm

By Judi Griffin