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Farmer Focus: Winter and drought leave me short of fodder

I have never been so short of fodder as I have been in the last 12 months. This winter I lost most of my kale crops and while we had…

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Farmer Focus: Best to ask around before starting deer farming

We are pleased to say our second son George has arrived safe and well whilst in the car on the way to Exeter hospital at traffic lights. I was still…

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Farmer Focus: Lessons learned after change of milk powder

Last month we were getting more nervous by the day about the lack of moisture and therefore lack of available forage for both grazing and cropping. Since then, fortunately, we've…

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Farmer Focus: Feed price has me sweating

It has taken me a little longer to write this month's article, mainly due to the stag do trip to Cologne in Germany last weekend. It more than lived up…

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Farmer Focus: Baling roadsides - beer cans and all

We are in the middle of our worst drought since the 1950s here in eastern Kansas. In a normal year we should have had about 635mm of rain at this…

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Farmer Focus: Heatwave could be costing us 1.5kg in growers

In typical British and farmer fashion, it would only be right to start with the weather. I mentioned last month that the heat hadn’t had a big effect on growth…

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Farmer Focus: Facing a winter feed deficit

I am running out of ideas. My boots have been left outside and the van’s windows open every night for the past two months – usually a sure-fire way to…

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Farmer Focus: Grass reseeds, turnips and clover all dead

Suffice to say we have certainly struggled through July. Our water infrastructure has been tested and found to be lacking. Grass reseeds are dead, stubble turnips are dead, clover overseeds…

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Farmer Focus: Each time we weigh cattle it costs 27p a head

Now then, as I start to write this article we are having a mass disembarkation of cattle – mainly young bulls. As my spring-calving customers – who pay me to…

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Farmer Focus: Heatwave could require special sow diet

We’re now into our sixth week with little or no rain and temperatures in the high twenties. These high temperatures are starting to have an accumulative effect on us and…

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Farmer Focus: Our grass situation is pretty desperate

How things can change within four weeks. When writing my last article, we were shutting off additional fields in order to cut excess grass. Luckily for us, we cut all…

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Farmer Focus: Why we should copy the Spanish milk contract

One country I never thought I would visit to investigate milk contracts was Spain, but from 2012 to 2017, milk production rose 18% to almost 8bn litres. Back in 2012,…

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