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  • The mega WI

    “You youngsters like things big,” the old dear in the back of the taxi said to me yesterday morning, sucking in her cheeks. “We prefer small things – small businesses, small farms. “Whole villages will be ripped up to make way for those giant diary farms, it’s disgusting...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Jun 9 2011
  • Doing porridge for a farm photo

    When I was on holiday in Florida a couple of years ago, I managed to convince my friends to pull our hire car over so I could stop off to take some photos of an orange grove. Not being farmer-types, they had a bit of a whinge about the delay. They couldn’t have cared less [...]
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Mar 9 2011
  • A possible hairy situation for the NFU

    Dear oh dear. I can’t image the NFU team are a bunch of happy bunnies at the moment. Having given DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman a telling off this week for not taking farming seriously enough, this morning it’s emerged government plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine TB are being delayed. The setback...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Feb 18 2011
  • The DEFRA love-in turns sour

    After the glamour of the Soil Association conference in Manchester last week, this week I’m at the NEC in Birmingham for the National Farmers Union’s annual meeting. With no general election on the immediate horizon, union president Peter Kendall in the hot seat for another year and a DEFRA...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, Feb 15 2011
  • Itching to buy something

    Why do itches always materialise at the most inopportune moments? Say, for example, you’re at an annual Black Friday Aberdeen Angus sale. All around you are stetson-wearing farmers tugging at their ears or tapping their noses as a sign that they want to buy the 30 steers in the pen in front of...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sun, Dec 5 2010
  • Radio baa baa

    Back home whenever BBC reporter Robert Peston comes on the radio I have to switch him straight off. I’ve always thought he was putting on a ridiculous voice as there was no way anyone could really speak with such a daft tone or drawl, or without any concept of where commas and full stops should...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Dec 3 2010
  • “You’d have to be an idiot not to be able to follow this map.”

    Luckily, Albury is lovely this time of year. I’ve left Dave, Heidi and Isaac’s and headed south-west (after a slight detour and a planned visit to a former gold-mining town now famed for its wine) to Barooga to visit another Nuffield chum, Brad. Brad is someone I really wish I lived near...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Dec 3 2010
  • Tomato source

    Contrary to what my last two posts might suggest, I did actually come to Bundaberg for a vaguely agricultural reason (you believe me, don’t you?) Bundy is home to Camilla Philip, a 2006 Nuffield Scholar who, along with her husband Andrew, are the tomato-growing king and queen of Australia. The...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Mon, Nov 15 2010
  • Farewell to the tropics

    After a fantastic week in Innisfail I’m saying goodbye to Marty and my adopted family, Linda, Harvey and Emma. They’ve been fantastic hosts and I’m going to miss them all very much. I hope they’ll consider taking-on the ice and freezing temperatures of the UK one day so I can...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, Nov 9 2010
  • The whole milk truth

    Can you believe it? Marty took me to a dairy today. He’ll try and deny it, but it was a bit embarrassing how excited he was about the visit. ‘Let me see a few cows,’ he pleaded with Emma and me. ‘I miss the smell of the silage, the splatter of manure, the lowing of [...]
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sun, Nov 7 2010
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