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Farmer Focus: Cross-bred calves are 42kg heavier

We have been experimenting with different cattle breeds now that we feel the sheep genetics are at a high level. We were running a herd of Welsh Black, but have…

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Farmer Focus: Should we do more to promote dairy farming?

Last week I had the privilege of attending a careers event promoting opportunities in dairy farming. It started with the subject of dairy apprenticeships. It was interesting that the students…

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Farmer Focus: Challenging weather raises respiratory issues

This past month we have been experiencing respiratory problems with the finishers in our naturally ventilated straw yards. This seems to be the result of a perfect storm of weather.…

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Farmer Focus: Unnecessary concentrate leads to penalties

We couldn’t have asked for better weather since my last article. A lot of November was quite warm and dry, until the past couple of weeks, with only small pockets…

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Farmer Focus: Upset at having to feed cattle concentrate

It’s Christmas - well nearly. Everything here is now focused on Christmas and the new year. Our turkeys are growing well and orders are coming in thick and fast –…

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Farmer Focus: Semen quality causes poor deer conception

We have scanned the hinds we had in the AI programme - both the 35 for ourselves and the 40 that were destined for Germany. It turns out where you…

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Farmer Focus: Maximise the £250 investment in every gilt

The biggest news from us this month is that, after being selected as a finalist at the National Pig Awards, Alexander & Angell (Farms) were declared winners of the Herd…

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Farmer Focus: Did our winter routine start too soon?

Winter routine is now in full swing at Lower Wood. In hindsight, the heifers and dry cows could have stayed out a little longer, but after rather a wet weekend…

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Farmer Focus: Spare a thought for the Kansas growers

If ever there was a year that served as a reminder of why I don’t do any row crops (arable), 2018 had to be it. The drought finally broke and…

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Farmer Focus: Cows have milked well since drought ended

The days to drying off are being crossed off the board now. The action is planned to start on 3 December and it will take about three or four days…

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Farmer Focus: Preparing for £54 a lamb break-even price

It’s been two and a half years since we braved an airport with the children but Jo decided we all needed a break. We ran around in a blind panic…

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Farmer Focus: Cattle aren’t moving and it’s causing a backlo...

Now then, another month has rolled by very quickly, the yards are full and there is a “go slow” with all the processors I supply. There seems to be a…

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