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Farmer Focus: Hoping to use less costly soya this year

September wasn’t so bad – lovely second half to the month. The soil temperature in mid-September was still 13C. We applied 30kg of nitrogen at the end of the rainy…

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Farmer Focus: We farmers must stick up for ourselves

The Rugby World Cup is now well under way in Japan. I may be eating humble pie in a couple of weeks, but I am convinced that England are good…

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Farmer Focus: Late nitrogen is doing wonders for grassland

Even after our first big frost on 1 October, we still have an abundance of grass. This could be a result of a late application of nitrogen while soil temperatures…

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Farmer Focus: Our benchmarking will reveal a disastrous year

Our financial year ends in March, but we benchmark the ewes at the end of September.  Last year's results were hit a bit with the drought, but the real pain…

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Farmer Focus: Huge effort to complete new parlour

Well, we have done it. We are milking in our new rotary parlour. There is still a lot to do and two-thirds of the cubicle shed to finish, but we…

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Farmer Focus: Sometimes farming leaves you feeling helpless

Upon reflection, I think the past month has probably been one of the toughest since I came back home. I think farming has to be one of the only professions…

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Farmer Focus: Why I'm refusing to understand our GPS system

Fall has finally arrived in Kansas. The spring-born calves are weaned and most of the fall calves have been born.  We did pregnancy checking on the spring cows and couldn’t…

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Farmer Focus: Our sow price could become unviable with tariffs

The “end the cage” debate I discussed last month was due to take place on 9 September, but was postponed due to the prorogation of parliament.  This leads me on…

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Farmer Focus: DNA results help to select best ram lambs

I can now refocus my efforts on the sheep with harvest over and leave Jo to start breaking ground down with the disc cultivators. As briefly mentioned in my previous…

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Farmer Focus: Looking at grass quality to cut barren rates

The second week of September brought an end to our silage season, with third-cut baled and shifted quickly back to the farm. It could be used as milking silage in…

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Farmer Focus: Five job interview tips for young farmworkers

Positive news remains scarce in the beef industry. Prices have stagnated – up a few pence one week, back the next. Some of the few positives are that the store…

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Farmer Focus: Pigs on grass brings many benefits

August is traditionally when we start the biennial process of moving our herds onto new land. By the time our pigs have spent two years on a site, it can…

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