FARMING MATTERS: Farmers are at greater risk of skin cancer

Sunshine and fresh air are good for us, we all need Vitamin D for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Farmers probably get more Vitamin D than most. But the flip side to this is their increased risk of skin cancer.

Measuring the rainfall - or lack of it. Picture Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Lack of rain means difficulties for crops

Writing about the weather is tricky because whatever it is doing right now, it could be different by the time you read this.

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Life on Tapp with Blaise Tapp SUS-160516-112125001

What this election needs is a face off

We are four weeks into a seemingly never ending General Election campaign, one which is only creating excitement among avid players of political bingo.

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NFU Discovery Barn

FARMING MATTERS: Chance for children to get interactive

If you are attending a country show this year look out for the Discovery Barn.

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Prue Leith

FARMING MATTERS: Great British food from British farmers

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming, after the NFU’s new supermarket guide showed that eight major retailers are sourcing 100% of their flour, butter and eggs from domestic producers.

Life on Tapp with Blaise Tapp SUS-160516-112125001

My shelf life as a DIY alpha male

Now that the warm (er) weather is threatening to show its face, plenty of Britons are rolling up their sleeves to do what they do best - DIY.

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Cows and calves. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Award time of the year

There are annual awards in many industries and agriculture is no exception.

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Fly tipping.  Picture: Sarah Standing

FARMING MATTERS: Cleaning up the countryside

The NFU says the government’s new Litter Strategy for England is a missed opportunity to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping as an environmental crime.

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A detail from the new footpath sign created by the NFU and the Kennel Club to encourage responsible dog ownership

FARMING MATTERS: Advice for dog owners

At this time of year when young livestock are in the fields it is even more important to keep dogs on a lead when out walking across farmland.

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Elizabeth Prior in The Treaterie at Waddesdon Manor with her Oliphant and Pomeroy ice cream. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt 2017.

FARMING MATTERS: High class ice creams available in new Treaterie at historic National Trust property

There’s an additional reason to enjoy a summer day out at the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor this year, and that’s the opening of the new Treaterie serving delicious ice cream, waffles and crepes.

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NFU Back British Farming banner

FARMING MATTERS: Promoting British food

Farmers across the country are being encouraged to display large banners promoting home grown produce.

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Accidents involving machines are the most common cause of fatal injury in agriculture

FARMING MATTERS: Farm safety urged by NFU after month of fatalities

Farming is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs and the NFU is urging members to take greater care after 10 fatalities, including a child, were recorded on farms in February alone.

A massive articulated lorry arrived for an overnight stay on the farm. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Overnight stop for articulated lorry

My husband and I were out late recently to welcome the livestock haulier, who had arrived to spend the night in his massive three tier articulated truck in preparation for a 6am start. Michael Brett expertly manoeuvred the 45 foot trailer plus tractor unit into our yard and showed me the inside of the impressive cab. It’s fitted out with a night heater, two bunks, a fridge freezer, television and all mod cons.

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The first phase of HS2 has been granted Royal Assent

FARMING MATTERS: Work on high speed rail line to start

As the first phase of HS2 has received Royal Assent, the National Farmers Union is urging fair treatment for the farming community.

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Ewe and lambs. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Getting ready for lambing

Spring is in the air (or at least, it was when I was writing this). The garden is a carpet of snowdrops, the daffodils are shooting through the grass, and speaking of the grass, that too is definitely growing and soon we shall be back into lawn mower season.

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FARMING MATTERS: Educating youngsters

Visiting farms is a popular pastime for families, which is why there is such an abundance of farm attractions and open farms these days.

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FARMING MATTERS: Sweet future for sugar beet growers

Sugar is not the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about farming. More usually we think of cattle and sheep and if considering arable crops, wheat and barley.

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David Bell, retired farmer and active pilot with Muscular Dystrophy, manoeuvres one of his light aircraft with the assistance of his TGA Supersport mobility scooter.

FARMING MATTERS: Scooting around the farm

Farming has long been considered to be one of the most dangerous occupations to work in, with exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, large machinery, unpredictable animals, and often working in isolation or in isolated places.

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Living an active life down on the farm

Keep pets fit and healthy

Pet obesity has become a major problem throughout the UK, with an estimated 4.6 million pets (including dogs, cats and rabbits) now considered as obese, putting them at a much higher risk of contracting illnesses like cancer, diabetes and osteoarthritis. And 81 per cent of veterinary professionals have expressed concern over the problem, having seen a significant rise in pet obesity in the last two years.


FARMING MATTERS: An Inspector Calls

Inspections take place in most industries and farming is no exception.

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