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Farmer Focus: Is it OK to be addicted to farming?

This Is my final Farmer Focus article of my three-year stint. I did wonder after one year how I would manage to keep it fresh and interesting. We all know…

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Farmer Focus: Beef processors are creating a producer rift

Once again, it feels like a summer of extremes. On the ranch, we have finally finished up spring breeding and hay making.  It has been a hard push since February…

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Farmer Focus: Grass plentiful, but quality is a challenge

As ever, it’s been a busy time. We have finished collecting DNA samples from the recorded flock’s lambs. These will be sent to New Zealand so we can determine parentage…

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Farmer Focus: Clarkson’s farm is advertising we could never bu...

We have just finished watching Jeremy Clarkson’s TV series documenting his first year running and operating a farm in the Cotswolds.  It has been so refreshing to see agriculture in…

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Farmer Focus: With grain at £200/t, regen ag is not an option

What we call the “Berlin wall” has been erected to keep cattle in and wildlife and undesirables out. Concreting is complete with the aid of a brilliant tool – a…

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Farmer Focus: Water supply starts playing up after 80 years

There is a saying that “the wind makes the weather”. It’s certainly been true in Orkney recently. As I write this, there are heavy showers on the window and my…

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Farmer Focus: Prismatic roller fits in with environmental aims

Farm machinery is not my forte – it never has been. I have little love or interest in engines, wheel sizes or horse power, but thankfully there are many who…

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Farmer Focus: We must set ambitious farm safety targets

As farmers we seem to have a love for attention-grabbing statistics. You know the sort of thing – record auction prices, massive milk yields and whopping tractor horse powers. However,…

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Farmer Focus: Tourists are spoiling our beauty spots

My weather forecast last month proved correct. After the driest of Aprils on record, we booked a holiday house in the Lake District and the heavens opened in May. Since…

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Farmer Focus: Lucky escape with tractor fire

We’ve had some heat in more ways than one over the past month. First cut was gathered in on 19 May, only five days later than last year. Quality should…

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Farmer Focus: Tough month as house flooded and sheep stolen

It never rains but it pours. This has literally been the case from our perspective over the past few weeks. I try to be an optimist, but we seem to…

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Farmer Focus: Finishing touches being made to calf shed

It’s been a fairly up-and-down month regarding the weather. We managed to take our first cut of silage in the second week of May, between the rain. It has been…

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