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Farmer Focus: Feeling the pinch from rising dairying costs

As usual, I’m writing this at the last minute on a Sunday night ahead of watching a game of football on the television. I’ve had spaghetti bolognese for dinner and…

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Farmer Focus: Antibiotic cuts are a big achievement

Well, as they say, all good things come to an end. This is my last Farmer Focus column. I was only going to write for a couple of years, and…

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Farmer Focus: June lambs at £100 can’t be sniffed at

The last of the silaging was all systems go here while the dry spell permitted through the middle of July. The grass was slow to start this year, but we…

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Farmer Focus: Food policy could leave us held to ransom

Every grazing field has been cut and wrapped or topped.  Quite incredible growth rates are continuing, and some early topped fields will need another cut. The maize was concerning me earlier…

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Farmer Focus: An efficient business can’t rely on creep

As June came in, it brought the heat that we’d been waiting for all spring. This created an explosion of grass growth that was surely welcomed. But this brought its…

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Farmer Focus: Calves motoring in new shed

The new calf shed is up and running. We have had calves in for three weeks now and are very happy with it. All the climate control system is now…

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Farmer Focus: Pig growth flying in cool summer

While I may have been a little doom and gloom last month when talking about feed prices, the silver lining is that we have been seeing some good performance on…

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Farmer Focus: Is it OK to be addicted to farming?

This Is my final Farmer Focus article of my three-year stint. I did wonder after one year how I would manage to keep it fresh and interesting. We all know…

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Farmer Focus: Beef processors are creating a producer rift

Once again, it feels like a summer of extremes. On the ranch, we have finally finished up spring breeding and hay making.  It has been a hard push since February…

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Farmer Focus: Grass plentiful, but quality is a challenge

As ever, it’s been a busy time. We have finished collecting DNA samples from the recorded flock’s lambs. These will be sent to New Zealand so we can determine parentage…

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Farmer Focus: Clarkson’s farm is advertising we could never bu...

We have just finished watching Jeremy Clarkson’s TV series documenting his first year running and operating a farm in the Cotswolds.  It has been so refreshing to see agriculture in…

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Farmer Focus: With grain at £200/t, regen ag is not an option

What we call the “Berlin wall” has been erected to keep cattle in and wildlife and undesirables out. Concreting is complete with the aid of a brilliant tool – a…

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