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Farmer Focus: Special deals available as cattle pass £4/kg

We’ve passed a watershed moment. Cattle prices have gone through the £4/kg barrier for all commercial categories, with natives well above that. It is being driven by consumers spending 15.8%…

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Farmer Focus: RPA demanding money back over 'erosion risk'

Spring has sprung with a whimper. It had been so wet at the beginning of spring drilling that we had to pick fields to drill. After reviewing last year’s figures,…

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Farmer Focus: Wireless internet has been a real eye-opener

There was very little action for the first five days when we put the tups in last year.   It was a bit worrying at the time and I'm still not…

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Farmer Focus: Changes include late field move and auto-feeder

We’ve passed Covid’s first anniversary and, despite life still being far from normal, there is a collective feeling of optimism now that better days are within sight.   On the farms…

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Farmer Focus: Hoping heat-time collars pay for themselves 

After a busy 10 weeks, the calving season came to a close last weekend, giving us almost four weeks to prepare for the breeding season again.   There is a…

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Farmer Focus: Reflecting on spring calving

It’s the Scottish elections in May and we have another independence party – the Alba Party. Alex Salmond is a fairly toxic character, but I miss his old Scottish National…

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Farmer Focus: Covid close shave puts pressure on staff

We had a close call with Covid a couple of weeks ago. Jack, who helps us at weekends and school holidays, was told to self-isolate and have a test, which…

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Farmer Focus: Strong prices put focus on lamb rearing rates

Hello, spring! We have been so fortunate with the weather during lambing to date. Doesn’t a bit of sunshine alter our own mindsets too, even if just a little? The…

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Farmer Focus: New calf shed on list of jobs to get done

Spring is finally here. Everything feels so much better now the new season seems to be arriving. Grass is growing and the fields are turning a deep green as they…

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Farmer Focus: Remembering a friend at this time of year

Helo a Chroeso – welcome to my very first article, written from our upland farm in Mid Wales. As I’m writing this, we are marking the one-year anniversary of when…

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Farmer Focus: Hard not to take lambing failures to heart

Think positively – lambing has been awesome (reference to Bill Bailey’s "Limboland"). I don’t think we have ever had the ewes lamb so fast. Belinda and I try really hard…

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Farmer Focus: Promising performance from Topigs breed change

It’s been a while since I mentioned our new criss-cross breeding system. We started serving our top-performing Large White cross Landrace "supersows" with Topigs Norsvin Large White back in December…

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