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Farmer Focus: Worried about a ‘no deal’ Brexit

Tupping time is upon us. Our plan for this year was to reduce the commercial flock and concentrate on our nucleus of Abermax ewes, coupled with an increase in the…

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Farmer Focus: Drought has left second-rate straw

Another problem we are finding as a direct result of the summer’s heatwave is straw quality. Just before harvest it was very noticeable that the barley straw was very pale…

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Farmer Focus: Farmers can’t keep absorbing price drops

Last week I travelled by train to Coventry and met up with our English NFU counterparts at Stoneleigh to discuss with Defra the forthcoming consultation paper on the future of…

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Farmer Focus: Lowland sheep shrink as dairy expands

We have taken the plunge to expand our dairy enterprise by roughly 160 head to total about 410 head and reduce our in-bye sheep, which is a big change for…

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Farmer Focus: Getting ewes ready before tupping

My focus on the farm has now moved to the next six months. Ewes have been sorted, any sheep that are lean, missing teeth or suffering with bag malfunctions have…

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Farmer Focus: Pride and looks don’t pay the bills

I went with three other people to Latvia for some fencing work. We erected 12.3km of sheep netting fence in only six-and-half days - we were amazed at our progress.…

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Farmer Focus: Celebrating the greatest day of our lives

After months of preparation, we finally got married and what a weekend it was. The sun shone, the drinks flowed, and it truly was the greatest day of our lives.…

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Farmer Focus: Worst growth results since batch system change

I mentioned in August’s column that we were seeing a drop-off in performance across the farm as a result of the heat.  I wasn’t wrong when I suspected that we…

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Farmer Focus: Ranch is missing our daughter as term starts

Our kids recently started back at school. Despite virtually every kid across the entire US growing up somewhere other than a farm, we still use the agrarian school calendar that…

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Farmer Focus: Cattle growing well in the dust bowl

Now then, we have a long way to go and a short time to get there, but Operation Desert Storm has ceased for the time being. We have drilled 40ha…

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Farmer Focus: Took our eyes off the ball with worm burdens

There is no end in sight yet for the madness at present. For every job that gets crossed off the whiteboard, two more are added. We’ve drilled 140ha of forage…

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Farmer Focus: Grass growth has definitely slowed

Third-cut has been the challenge for the past week. We hit a lucky streak with our own third-cut, managing to refill the pit with good-quality silage and make a good…

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