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Farmer Focus: They say good cattle sell themselves

Our annual production sale isn’t for another month, but it is consuming almost every day. We have made the final draft of which bulls are in and which are out.…

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Farmer Focus: Blue-crosses are calving with ease

At the time of writing (12 February) we are looking like being 30% through our calving by the end of day 12 of our planned calving period. Cows have been…

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Farmer Focus: Blaming excess lambs for disappointing scan

Scanning was a disappointing affair. The Romneys managed 160%, which is about 15% lower than my brother and father. Yet again I am holding the wooden spoon for the family.…

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Farmer Focus: Huge thanks owed after cattle breakout

Same clouds, same sky, different storm. Progress at Osgodby Grange is like pulling teeth at the moment. The land is so saturated it seems like it doesn’t want to dry…

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Farmer Focus: Three key areas to focus on at calving time

Spring has sprung and calving is in full swing here. With 90% of the herd calving in six weeks, this is the time when everything must be on point, as…

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Farmer Focus: Bowser looks redundant with climate change

I was first told of the climate change phenomenon while at primary school in 1977. Interestingly enough, it was a fellow pupil, not a teacher, who spoke of our planet’s…

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Farmer Focus: School visits can help address misinformation

There have been a lot of miserable days weather-wise in January and, if I'm honest, I have had a lot of easy days. I’m not feeling too guilty about it,…

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Farmer Focus: Veganuary - a strange alliance

It’s still a bit dark up here, but unseasonably mild at 10C – a bit weird. The time has come to batter slurry on the grading paddocks when the weather…

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Farmer Focus: Young people are still keen on farming

January is usually a long old haul, but it seems to have disappeared as quickly as the one day of winter sun we’ve had. The only animals to have left…

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Farmer Focus: Rustlers and hare coursers - like the Wild West

We have been experiencing vermin problems – and not the four-legged kind. The weekend before Christmas, we were visited again by rustlers who broke into one of our remote finishing…

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Farmer Focus: Patience for move to three-times milking daily

Happy New Year. I hope the festive period treated everyone well. We have started the new year well. The cows are looking good and they have had a couple of…

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Farmer Focus: Budget has taken a hit already

I am disappointed that wealthy, well-fed television executives choose to commission programmes attacking farmers that would probably see them end up in court if they attacked another minority group.  The…

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