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Farmer Focus: Work with green cover should benefit all

It’s been a busy month and 2020 feels to be racing by with lots of progress made. What adds to my struggle to remember that it’s already August is the…

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Farmer Focus: Aiming to average 4.6 lactations by 2022

Breeding is always a big focus throughout May and June and it’s very satisfying to be in a position to remove the bulls after 11 weeks in July. This year,…

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Farmer Focus: Starting to believe sheep are more profitable

My Dad often says, “you can make good silage on a day that it's impossible to make hay”. That was the case again this year. You get a couple of…

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Farmer Focus: Catchy silage weather after a welcome holiday

Nicola Sturgeon finally freed up the ferries to let us holiday in Arran. It’s kind of strange how islanders view us mainlanders as potential Covid carriers. Customer service is definitely…

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Farmer Focus: We might sell stores unless grass improves

The first lot of April-born lambs have now been sold and we are pleased to have hit the market while the price is still strong. Usually by the time we…

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Farmer Focus: I warned you about sending cull sows to Germany

I don’t like to say “I told you so”, but for the past four or five years I have been saying we should not rely on exporting our cull sows.…

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Farmer Focus: Engage with shoppers as leaders fail the test

My “harvest” came early this year. This is when I sell off any surplus fat cattle we don’t use in the shop. It normally happens in late July and August,…

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Farmer Focus: Wool cheque from 800-plus sheep was worth £43

The past month has been an unbelievable time for grass growth here, with a lot of rain and warmth. Our third cut silage will be pending by the time you…

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Farmer Focus: Livestock and rotations key to fertile soils

After good moisture, grass growth is exceeding demand. The high-sugar clover leys at home are off the scale, with weaned lambs progressing well. The ewes are grazing permanent pasture on…

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Farmer Focus: Fertility lifts, now on to nursery growth

After a few quarters of fairly lacklustre breeding performance, we are finally seeing an uplift.  I hope I’m not speaking too soon, but our farrowing rate is back to 90%,…

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Farmer Focus: Difficult decisions as market conditions worsen

Wheat harvest is finishing in Kansas. I, thankfully, don’t have to deal with any, but my friends and neighbours will have put up nearly 10m metric tons in the past…

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Farmer Focus: Hoping May-drilled maize recovers

What a mad month June turned out to be. After last year’s flooding disasters, it has been nice to seemingly time things right this year. Every time the forage harvester…

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