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Farmer Focus: 2019 is the year the shepherds got harvest in

Shepherd James has got flock lameness under control while we’ve been distracted with the harvest. Our first draw of lambs is being pulled together and we are trying to select…

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Farmer Focus: Rain has been holding back harvest

Now then, harvest started for us on 17 July, when we knocked down 16ha of wholecrop wheat into the clamp. This did exceptionally well at 33.8t/ha and is now being…

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Farmer Focus: Flexible arrangements vital for young farmers

We are fortunate on Anglesey that the island still has some viable and desirable council holdings, some of which are perfect starter holdings for young people. I have recently been…

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Farmer Focus: Increase in born alive follows faster service

Several months ago, our vet, Jenny Smith, spent a day with us during service week. We split ourselves into groups and all had a few hours with her performing artificial…

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Farmer Focus: Different systems can learn from each other

I am a big believer in people power; the insight a single individual can bring to your farm business. It may simply be by being a fresh pair of eyes,…

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Farmer Focus: Beaten last year’s silage crop at a canter

What a difference a year makes. The last week of June and first two weeks in July are when a lot of farmers in Orkney make their silage, and the…

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Farmer Focus: Irish dairy research is envy of the Brits

What an amazing summer it’s been. Anyone would think this farming malarkey is easy. I took a few days off with our discussion group to Moorepark’s Dairy Day in Ireland.…

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Farmer Focus: Pigs added because ‘cashflow is king’

Some of you may have read my first article outlining our proposed new venture into pigs. The first batch of pigs finally arrived on farm a couple of weeks ago.…

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Farmer Focus: Expecting fertility nosedive in hot spell

I’ve started writing this month’s column on the hottest day of the year and we are told it could be the hottest since records began. The pigs in the yards…

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Farmer Focus: Third-cut silage needs bagging for first time

It has been a crazy month here with shearing, third-cut silage and the continuing building work still motoring on. We gathered the fell at the beginning of the month to…

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Farmer Focus: Stolen sheep are another mounting statistic

Unfortunately, we have had some sheep stolen from the rented ground. We’ve lost 15 ewes and 24 lambs – about a trailer load. It is upsetting and disturbing, but just…

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Farmer Focus: Beef farmers are under pressure and need help

Grass is in abundance. I have lots of cattle just about finished off grass, but prices are terrible. This is the time of year when we sell off the surplus…

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