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Farmer Focus: Grass rotations shortened to maintain quality

Grass growth is now peaking and cattle and lambs are really thriving. The countryside and nature is at its most beautiful and many days are spent in awe of the…

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Farmer Focus: How goat milk market changed for the worse

This is my final Farmer Focus article. In the two-and-a-half years I have been writing a lot has changed on all fronts. The biggest issues for British farmers in that…

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Farmer Focus: Is fixing milk at 28p/litre a sensible move?

This must be déjà vu – 35 days later and I am writing about silaging again. Admittedly, we are looking to push the multicut system, but none of us envisaged…

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Farmer Focus: African swine fever would devastate the UK

In May, I did an interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the feral boar population in the Forest of Dean and what it means in terms of the threat African…

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Farmer Focus: Our one desire is to buy land

A lot of talk in rural America has been revolving around the Farm Bill and all of the political nonsense taking place with it. Every five years, Congress comes up…

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Farmer Focus: We need a holiday after hectic work schedule

So, that’s our first flock of hens complete. Hens are out, building mucked out, washdown team in, cleaned, disinfected and diatomaceous earth applied. That one sentence does not really sum…

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Farmer Focus: Wet weather exacerbates lambing struggles

I am sure we are not alone in having endured a challenging spring, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel; the fields are all drilled,…

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Farmer Focus: Don't let kit and sheds distract from grass

Another bank holiday wash-out brought some fantastic rain. Now we’re basking in 20C sun again and grass growth on the platform will be out of control. It's a reminder that…

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Farmer Focus: Calving over, but hunt for butcher continues

The calving period has nearly finished. As I write this (23 May), we have two heifers and a cow left to calve. I was a bit wary this year, as…

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Farmer Focus: Is there an issue with piggery staff retention?

I'm back from two days at the British Pig & Poultry Fair in Stoneleigh. This biennial event is well attended by producers. There was a really positive feeling from everyone…

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Farmer Focus: The cost of protein is our latest worry

At last the sun has returned to the south-west of Scotland and what a difference it makes to to heart, soul and mind. Our first-cut silage is in the pit.…

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Farmer Focus: Hopeful for goatmeat income stream

Our maize has been planted at least 10 days later than usual. We have also direct-drilled some grass seeds into swards sprayed with glyphosate. The contractors are under pressure, with…

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