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Farmer Focus: Family pulls together after cattle accident

The past month has been a frenzied push to get the spring herds bred and taken to summer grass.  We synchronise cows for artificial insemination using CIDR (controlled internal drug…

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Farmer Focus: Forced to silage 10% of platform

As hoped, since my previous article our daughter Rosie was born in late May. I was delighted to get Sarah and the baby home after a couple of nights in…

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Farmer Focus: Time to let the staff show what they can do

We’re busy tailing, shearing, spraying and building some permanent yards as we write this. Lambing is finished and the final tally was 10% losses, which was mainly due to flock…

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Farmer Focus: May has been tricky for selling cattle

Now then, it’s been a hard month for marketing cattle. We have used up our allocation and we could have done with selling more. Bank holidays have reduced kill days…

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Farmer Focus: Hoping our system is resilient enough

We’ve enjoyed May and all it entails; dropping strip wires, sunshine, the breeding season in full flow, sunshine, the smell of cut grass, sunshine, lazy cows…did I say sunshine? Sunshine…

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Farmer Focus: Wildlife is now on our priority list

I’ve just got home from the Pigs Tomorrow conference. On day one, speakers from around the world talked about the global picture, including our post-Brexit prospects and the international marketplace.…

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Farmer Focus: Eager to try probiotics on cattle next

Last month I wrote that we had just had some rain after weeks of very dry weather and it is exactly the same story this month. The grass has been…

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Farmer Focus: Grass growth leads to cow-buying trip

It’s been a foraging month – we started on 4 May with the autumn herd. Unfortunately, the BBC and Met Office apps both failed us and half of it got…

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Farmer Focus: Mill-and-mix unit becomes uneconomical

We have just had our last week of making our own pig feed after at least 40 years of doing so. We have three reasons for ending this practice: The…

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Farmer Focus: Calving and silaging are now on the agenda

Now that lambing has ceased, albeit a few stragglers, we can focus our attention on calving. The herd was established four years ago, when we purchased some British Blue-cross heifers.…

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Farmer Focus: Lambing has been a pleasure

Lambing was a pleasure; there you are, I said it out loud! I am down to my last three to lamb and things have gone well in the lambing shed.…

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Farmer Focus: Greenfield dairy site progressing well

The last month has been quite frankly insane with the speed at which progress is being made on the dairy development. The parlour shed is up, we have dug out…

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