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Opinion: Time to address the gender imbalance in farm unions

I went along to our local NFU Scotland annual general meeting recently. The meeting was very good but, unfortunately, the experience only served to remind me of how antiquated the…

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Opinion: ‘End of an era’, as Helen Ghosh heads to Oxford

We are soon to have a change of landlady. No, not the lovely Jo at the Jolly Flowerpots; Dame Helen Ghosh is moving on from being head of the National…

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Opinion: Politicians need to champion, not chastise, farmers

With conference season in full swing the “buzzword bingo” cards are fervently being marked. For those not familiar with buzzword bingo, it’s a game you play with a handful of…

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Opinion: Fight the vegan attack on our Christmas dinner

What will you be serving for Christmas lunch this year? For me it must be the same every year: turkey covered in streaky bacon, pigs in blankets, sprouts with chestnuts,…

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Flindt on Friday: Badgers have gone and we're clear of TB

You may find this hard to believe, but we have actually done a bit of farming recently, in among the rain, frost, snow and the endless rows with the RPA…

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Will's Way: Three-wheeled muck trailer and a mad motorist

In his latest farm update, ex-Sky reporter-turned-farmer Will Sargent reports on new arrivals on the farm, an unforeseen breakdown and more shooting success. One of the problems with being a…

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Will’s Way: Shooting success and fury at fly-tippers

In this update, ex-Sky presenter-turned-farmer Will Sargent attempts to fight a flurry of fly-tipping on his farm, while getting to grips with organising the local shoot – and he steps…

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Will's Way: New baby, kit breakdowns and back to college

The girls are taking over. My second daughter Siena arrived safely on 24 September and now I’m outnumbered by three to one. I’ve never lived with so many women before…

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Opinion: 'Let them eat bacon,' says David Alvis

Embarrassing as it may be, I am something of a fan of “I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here!” Bizarrely, I never seem to tire of watching C-list celebs…

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Opinion: None the wiser on post-EU farm support

To the Farmers Club in Whitehall to hear farms minister at Defra (and famous Eurosceptic) George Eustice deliver a talk. As recently as February, Mr Eustice was promising the NFU…

Succession planning: Not easy, but essential

My father and I have finally tackled the thorny matter of succession. I can’t see why most farmers make such a fuss about it – it barely took us a…

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Opinion: What are we allowed to eat these days?

Even by recent standards of confused and contradictory reported advice on healthy eating, it has been a bumper couple of weeks. A glance through the papers and the news channels…

Opinion: What about us English beef and sheep farmers?

The Scots are for it and threatening to make an independence issue of it. I am referring, of course, to the Scottish government’s determined campaign to persuade first Brussels and…

OPINION: From high-tech IT to low-tech skittles

Technology is both the bane and saviour of my life. My horrible children laugh like drains at my inability to grasp the difference between Snapchat and Instagram – one apparently…

Opinion: Farmers' moral compass can fight critics

A change of leader is always seen as an opportunity to reflect. It doesn’t matter if it is the prime minister or the publican at the Goat and Boots, when…

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Opinion: Time to end dependence on glyphosate

After many adventures in space, time and the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, Ford Prefect updates the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy entry for Earth – from “harmless”…

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Opinion: Red meat and milk - the key to a healthier lifestyle

With the possible exception of tobacco, heroin and handguns, few products have had to endure a level of opprobrium, in recent years, as great than that directed at red meat…

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Opinion: No need for farmers to fear life after Brexit

As Brexit approaches, the volume from those who oppose the democratic decision of this nation to leave the European Union gets louder and louder. We’ve heard a lot from two…

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Opinion: Fairer sex brings a touch of class to upland farm

It’s a year ago now since I went to bed with the local primary school teacher and woke up the next morning lying next to one of the local sheep…

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Will's Way video: New baby, ploughing and pigeon patrol

In his latest update, ex-Sky News reporter-turned farmer Will Sargent talks through a hectic time on the farm cultivating land, protecting oilseed rape crops from pigeon damage and getting ready…

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Will's Way video: Pigeons, muckspreading and paperwork

In his latest update, ex-Sky-reporter-turned farmer Will Sargent recounts battles with airborne pests, demolition work and even a bit of harvesting in March. Watch his video diary, see the farm…

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