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Opinion: Avoid knee-jerk climate change policies

I have never been a climate change denier; but I was a climate change agnostic. My scepticism was based on a number of factors, not least contradictory statements by some…

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Opinion: Finding that perfect gift can be a weighty problem

Tension can easily build up between two farmers who are married to each other. Offering a gift on special occasions should go some way towards keeping the relationship on a…

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Opinion: Losing the Europ system for beef is a Brexit benefit

I’m rather enjoying all this climate change malarkey. If global warming means that a few days away in the Forest of Dean over Easter will always be that pleasantly warm…

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Opinion: Farming must speak with one voice to be taken seriously

In Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the only group the People’s Front of Judea dislike more than the occupying Romans are their fellow freedom fighters, the Judean People’s Front. In…

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Opinion: Avoid 'them against us' when it comes to vegans

With the current “vegan crisis” so much in the news, it is sometimes hard being a young farmer trying to look positively to our future. Fabricated figures bandied about the…

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Opinion: Licences to shoot crows and pigeons are an utter farce

So, will the last weekend of April 2019 be remembered as the only moment in the history of British farming when farmers weren’t allowed to shoot a woodpigeon unless they…

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Opinion: Farmers are not the only ones living with stress

Last week the BBC ran a news story about mental health problems in agriculture. They reported that one person in farming takes their own life each week. This sounds shocking,…

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Opinion: On a quest for the 'no-till' allotment

The hours of manual labour needed for an allotment at least give you time to think. Recently I have been pondering the issue occupying everyone concerned about the future of…

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Opinion: Brexit uncertainty makes breeding choices tricky

April is the time of year when I cast my eye over our group of home-bred, two-year-old pedigree Sussex heifers. Which ones to put to the bull and which ones…

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Opinion: Public communication has never been more important

With the future of the country still uncertain, one thing is clear: government support for farming post-Brexit will look very different. A key part of future government policy will see…

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Opinion: Politicians’ Brexit failure is a national humiliation

And so it goes on. Just when you thought the end of this cringeworthy farce was nigh, the mother of all parliaments has bestowed upon us another six months of…

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Opinion: AHDB - a valuable resource for learning and support

This month, I am proud to take up a new role as a member of the AHDB Dairy Board. As someone with almost no farming background, who has only worked…

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Opinion: Give peas a chance to fulfil their potential

The UK pea crop is in decline. From around 100,000ha two decades ago, the area of protein peas grown is now less than half. Farmers are reluctant to grow a…

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Opinion: Learning about food starts on the farm

Prue Leith of Great British Bake off fame recently called for packed lunches to be banned in schools “because parents could not be trusted to give their children healthy food”.…

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Opinion: Farm Africa - a charity worth running for

Carb-loading. Plantar fasciitis. Chafed nipples. None of these were part of my everyday lexicon until I started running a few years back. I was never much of an athlete in…

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Opinion: All set for lambing - but where's the beef?

As I write, we are entering a time of increased tension, angst, short tempers, prodigious bad language, high hopes, crushing disappointments and general exhaustion, interspersed with fleeting moments of success.…

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Opinion: Politicians should learn from bankers

Ten years ago, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, top-level bankers were universally reviled and the butt of almost every joke.  It’s hard to believe it, but those bankers…

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Opinion: Spread the good news in Great British Beef Week

The clever use of words and product packaging shows just how easy it is to manipulate and confuse consumers – never more so in the vegan and vegetarian world. When…

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