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Farmer Focus: Where do you stand on the calving debate?

I’ve often heard my neighbour say of the weather, “a long time fair can be followed by a long time foul”. This sums up the weather here. Driving the heaviest…

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Farmer Focus: Future needs us to be positive and control costs

To progress, do we be negative and end up with vegans and politicians ruling everything? Or do we adopt a positive mindset – after all, the human population needs food.…

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Farmer Focus: System changes again to wean older piglets

Over the course of the past two decades the way we operate our outdoor sow herds has seen some very big advances. First, we stopped farrowing sows in communal groups…

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Farmer Focus: Eight cows lost to slurry gases

We lost eight cows recently when pumping slurry. So I’d like to remind people of the dangers of hydrogen sulphide. The cows were affected immediately: the pump was turned on…

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Farmer Focus: Unite to defend farming before it’s too late

I think, like every farmer in the UK, and especially those with livestock, we are feeling a little beaten up by the anti-meat and dairy agenda currently floating about in…

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Farmer Focus: Glad I started weaning the business off nitrogen

The year 2021 continues to be one of complete contradictions.  Inflation on commodities has arrived with a vengeance. Virtually everything is now at a five-year high, although inputs, at the…

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Farmer Focus: Farm carbon audit confirmed what we knew

With the COP26 conference wrapped up, many nations are expected to keep their promises and deliver what they have set out to achieve. This is certainly not a time for…

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Farmer Focus: In basic terms, what we do is most vital

After four years I’m sitting to write my final article as a Farmers Weekly contributor. I’m shocked at how quickly the time has passed, yet, on reflection it is equally…

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Farmer Focus: Weighing improves gilt conception rate

I’ve previously mentioned we doubled our herd to 540 sows in 2018. To achieve this at the pace we wanted, we obviously needed to select a larger number of gilts.…

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Farmer Focus: Budget hit easily with strong lamb price

We have managed to slip the family away for a week’s break in Turkey just as drilling is finished. The airport car park must be the best return on investment/ha…

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Farmer Focus: Next generation inspires as pig crisis deepens

I must admit that I’m feeling a bit downtrodden right now. The “proverbial” often comes in piles, doesn’t it?  Pigs are still being rolled on a weekly basis. Several thousand…

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Farmer Focus: Tough decisions with fertiliser price so high

For the first time since 2019 we have completed the drilling campaign. We could have carried on drilling wheat – the conditions were with us – but we are now…

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