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Cornwall's Farming Crisis

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8:08am 28th December 2012

There is a warning that the bad weather is pushing some Cornish farmers to breaking point.

The Farm Crisis Network has told Pirate FM more and more are asking for its help.

Heavy rain and floods have hit crops and triggered feed shortages, on top of stuff like low milk prices and Bovine TB.

Mark Oliver runs a dairy herd at Lanhydrock and admits many are struggling: "I think a lot of farmers can cope with the day to day ups and downs of farming, marching around in the rain and coping when the cows get out etc. But when it's financial and incomes are down for various reasons, eventually, of course, people just don't know where to turn.

"It's well documented that in agriculture you often work by yourself and it's easy to let things get on top of you with no-one to share it with so if it actually comes to people contemplating suicide, then that's an extremely sad thing that we need to try and help people through."

The charity says the next few months are crucial.

Duchy Co-ordinator Peter Clarke says: "Provided we don't have a bad winter if we carry on getting this sort of wet weather or a very cold winter where we will need all this extra feed and one thing and another which isn't there, then the farming community will find itself in quite a difficult spot."

8:08am 28th December 2012

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