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Farmer Focus: Looking to New Zealand for sheep genetics

This will be the last Farmer Focus article that you will be reading from us as it is time to hand over to a new writer with a story to…

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Farmer Focus: Fourth-cut silage is driving milk production

This past month has been very busy for us here. We started calving in earnest again after our two-week break over Christmas. This means the calf shed is filling fast…

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Farmer Focus: Sharing mental health problems a great relief

Officially I am unemployed from all off-farm activities. I have sat down to pen my last article for Farmers Weekly only days after I gave up my post as NFU…

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Farmer Focus: Weigh-scale proves nutritionists wrong

All cattle have been weighed again to check performance. My wholecrop results were disappointing (ME was only 9.4) and I was told by the nutritionists that if I was feeding…

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Farmer Focus: Young pigs have been knocked by erysipelas

When I first started writing in August 2017, we were sending off our third batch of pigs. We are now in the midst of slaughtering our seventeenth - I don’t…

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Farmer Focus: Government closure won’t stop grassland project

The US government shutdown continues to drag on, so I decided to give an “on-the-ground” perspective.  Firstly, I know it is affecting some people. My brother-in-law hasn’t worked in a…

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Farmer Focus: Several reasons behind January yield lift

It has been a relatively smooth transition back into post-holiday life. Everyone had done a great job of keeping Lower Wood running while we were away, but they did seem…

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Farmer Focus: Profit meeting and calving next on the agenda

Workloads are ramping up as we edge ever nearer to the start of calving. Cows were walked back to the farm earlier this week and have received salmonella and rotavirus…

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Farmer Focus: New rams provide distraction from stress

Has the RPA ceased trading? No mid-tier monies, no capital grants money, no BPS, no dialogue - mega stress. Our sheep don't get any direct subsidy, but the arable does. …

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Farmer Focus: Vegan-free February on the cards here

It’s been a tale of two halves here at Osgodby Grange. December was a mild, clammy month, with little or no wind. We have humidity-controlled fans in some of the…

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Farmer Focus: Dairy can deliver despite vegan trend

What a fantastic winter. I say this so far, as the days begin to stretch. This extra time is allowing me to measure how many metres it is to the…

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Farmer Focus: Got to admire the vegan press coverage

We had an extremely busy Christmas and attracted new customers, many stating that it is their new year’s resolution to shop local and buy high-quality, ethically reared meat. There is…

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