Farmers Weekly Interactive

The pet lamb who wants to be a sheepdog

Pet lambs are no stranger to sheep farmers, but they usually come with rather a lot of hassle as well as the joyous moments. But this 10-month-old lamb called Pet has become part of the family since she was taken into the house when she was struggling after her birth last April and raised by […]

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Iconic sheep to star in Cumbrian exhibition

Herdwick Sheep are an iconic breed worth celebrating. Good to hear, therefore, that a new photographic exhibition about them is soon to open in Cumbria. The photographs are by Cumbrian photographer Ian Lawson, who has worked on the project for more than five years, immersing himself in the community of farmers and shepherds. Ian has […]

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painting of a cow's head

Animal art – peering piggies and curious cows

Here at Field Day we have found another wonderful animal artist – Ruth Aslett. Ruth, a farmer’s granddaughter and part-time intensive care nurse, paints landscapes, portraits, flowers and, our favourite, animals. She has painted a fab selection of cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens and says that the farm animals are what people seem to love […]

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‘I woke up and found a seal in my field’

Farmers are used to dealing with all sorts of animals - mainly, admittedly, of the four-legged variety. But encountering a creature with flippers was the uncommon experience of Merseyside farmer Gary Watkinson. Read more and see video footage in The Liverpool Echo and on the BBC.

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Choosing tractors for the Christmas list

Two days until Christmas day and we received this wonderful photo on Facebook. Claire Johnson sent us this picture of her children Thomas and Harriet finishing off their Christmas list with a read through the Farmers Weekly. Claire said: “A lot of thought was going in to which tractor he’d prefer!” Ahhhhhh!  

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Rural round-up

Some rural-related news from around the media: £12m treasure trove of classic cars found on French farm What happens when a girl lets a cow into a house? Straw Santa appears at Shropshire farm  

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Reindeer news

We promise not to go too Christmasy on you too early here at Field Day, but after yesterday’s seasonally dressed Jersey cow, we thought we’d bring you a brief bit of reindeer news. In Shropshire, a winter-white six-month-old reindeer is proving a festive favourite at Winston Christmas Tree Farm. Meanwhile, we’re wondering whether in parts […]

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Getting in the festive moo-ood

The lovely bovine model pictured below is Gloria, a purebred Jersey from Devon and the ambassador for UK Christian charity Send a Cow. Gloria has donned the stylish knit to raise awareness of Send a Cow’s aim of selling 20,000 festive gifts that will make a difference to poverty-stricken African families. Kirstine Dunhill, Head of […]

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Quirky rural news round-up

Some amusing and unexpected rural stories from around the web: * Hungarian pigs with curly, woolly fleeces * A photographer captures the essence of Dartmoor * Naked calendar photo shoot ends in cow chase

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Support some ‘muddy’ charities

Countryside dating website Muddy Matches is running a charity messaging event and wants your help to choose the winning charity. They have selected three UK charities which support the farming community to be put forward to the public vote during November. The chosen charity will go on to receive 10p per message that is sent […]

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