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Farmer Focus: Fat sheep is this year’s forage challenge

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was struggling for fodder – all my kale and fodder beet had been wiped out by the Beast from…

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Farmer Focus: Planning permission given for dairy at last

Finally, I can share the news that our planning permission for our dairy expansion came in on 12 March. We have started in earnest on the greenfield site project. Currently,…

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Farmer focus: Lambing hasn't started well

Unfortunately, lambing the commercial ewes has not gone well. Despite the good weather and excellent staff this year, things didn't get off to a good start. There was a breakout…

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Famer Focus: Addressing labour costs with a reshuffle

The past month has seen quite a few changes made at Lower Wood and we have really focused on how we want to take the business forward. A recent budget…

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Farmer Focus: Just sold the most pleasing batch in a while

Finally, after several months of sub-optimal finishing performance due to the legacy of the hot weather, some health issues and a terminal sire that didn’t suit our farm, I am…

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Farmer Focus: Bull sale trade hit by shocking US floods

Spring is finally arriving in the central plains of the US. While this has been a great relief for most of us in Kansas, it has brought flooding to Nebraska…

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Farmer Focus: Calf ownership scheme gives staff a head start

Eight weeks into calving and we’re about 84% of the way through.  Conditions have been excellent and so far, everything has gone smoothly.   Cows have calved mostly unaided and…

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Farmer Focus: Dual-purpose breeds showing good weight gain

Now then, welcome from the republic of Yorkshire, where we missed February ‘fill dyke’ but got rain to make the average up in March. The spring barley was drilled into…

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Farmer Focus: Never had lambs this late before

Spring has sprung here in Hertfordshire. Energy levels are up (sort of) and we are go, go, go. We launched our new website last month, www.kaiapoi.co.uk, a website for our farm,…

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Farmer Focus: Hosting school trips so rewarding

Last summer will be remembered for being dry – almost too dry at times. But here we are at the end of February still enjoying the benefits of the dry…

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Farmer Focus: Plastic arks cut straw use and improve welfare

As this is my first Farmer Focus article, I will start with a quick introduction to the farm business and my role within it. LSB Pigs is a Norfolk-based outdoor…

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Farmer Focus: Seasonal calving is a game of cat and mouse

The south-east coast of Ireland is home to our family dairy farm, where my husband Neil and I have taken over the reins from my father Michael. Neil and I…

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