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FARMING MATTERS: Working outdoors brings health reward

I’ve written in the past about the dangers farmers face in the work place, but according to new research, in addition to being one of the most dangerous professions, agricultural workers are also amongst the healthiest in the UK workforce.

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Hazeldene Open Farm

FARMING MATTERS: Enjoy a summer day at rare breed farm

I receive a lot of emails from readers and I always enjoy reading them.

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Making haywhile the sun shines. Copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Making hay while the sun shines down

June and July are the traditional haymaking months and so it’s been a busy time getting the grass cut, dried out, baled and stacked.

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FARMING MATTERS: Visitors from New Zealand

Before I met my husband he travelled for a year, working on farms in Australia and New Zealand.

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Sheep farmer Richard Belgrove giving a sheep demonstration at Buckinghamshire Young Farmers Rally in 2014. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: All hands on deck for sheep shearing

Sheep shearing is well under way around the country and we had our own small flock shorn recently, when it was a case of all hands on deck with help from family and friends who helped out with handling the ewes and rolling the fleeces. We don’t have a sheepdog, so the flock was rounded up with the quad bike as the ewes and lambs were funnelled into the field shed where the shearer Richard Belgrove was waiting for them. Richard is a neighbouring sheep farmer who has a mobile shearing rig on the back of his Land Rover and he travels around the area to help shear small flocks.

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FARMING MATTERS: Fewer families than ever farm the land

There’s a bit of a misconception that farms remain intact and within the same families for many generations, but lots of things can actually prevent that from happening. Land which is compulsory purchased for development or for roads or railways can mean farmers having to move off their land and start up elsewhere.

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Dorcas Charolais herd. Picture by Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Open day to check out Charolais herd

We are beef farmers and for 13 years we have used a Charolais bull to serve our suckler cows. Charolais cattle produce gorgeous chunky little fluffy white calves with solid rumps, perfect for a commercial beef herd.

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Children under the age of 13 are prohibited from driving and riding on farm machinery being used in agricultural operations

FARMING MATTERS: Keeping children safe in the farmyard

Most people do not live at their workplace. For farming families, there is no option. Farming is a way of life not just a job.

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FARMING MATTERS: Farmers are at greater risk of skin cancer

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.

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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.

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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.

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