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FARMING MATTERS: Rural broadband needs to be priority

The National Farmers Union has said the government must ensure that every farming business can access next generation superfast broadband and complete mobile technology across the farm.

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Chainsaw work in the farmhouse garden. Copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Recording a little bit of social history

I’ve written before about the short video films I make about life down on our farm.

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NSA Next Generation Ambassadors 2018

FARMING MATTERS: Helping hand for new sheep farmers

After it’s most competitive selection process yet, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has selected 12 young people to take part in its 2018 NSA Next Generation Ambassador programme.

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Carrot, ginger and coconut soup with a dash of coriander

FARMING MATTERS: Trying veganuary but sticking to meat

When most people think of British farmers they think of cattle and sheep and perhaps a bit of wheat and barley.

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Surplus lambs reared on performance-formulated lamb milk replacer perform just as well as lambs running naturally with the ewe

FARMING MATTERS: Study into rearing surplus lambs

We lamb in the spring, but for farmers who are looking ahead to the Easter market, indoor lambing is now underway.

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President of the NFU Meurig Raymond

FARMING MATTERS: Looking towards post Brexit future

Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers Union, has released his New Year message, with an emphasis on the future of farming post Brexit.

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FARMING MATTERS: Getting ready for Christmas time

FARMING MATTERS: Getting ready for Christmas time

As I write this, the fields, gardens and roads are covered with snow several inches deep, but of course by the time you read it, no doubt it will all have melted.

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Minette Batters at the AGM of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire NFU

FARMING MATTERS: Farmers flock to hear NFU speaker

The woman many expect to be the next president of the National Farmers Union spoke to farmers at the AGM of the Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire branch of the NFU at The Oxfordshire Golf Club near Thame.

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Apples waiting to be pressed

FARMING MATTERS: Apples harvest an additional income

After rejuvenating an ancient orchard, livestock and arable farmers Richard and Sue Belgrove developed an important sideline to their business.

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Virginia Stollery

FARMING MATTERS: Giving back to the farming community

After a long and successful career in the farming industry, former Aylesbury NFU branch secretary Virginia Stollery wanted to give something back to the farming community.

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FARMING MATTERS: Prize winning honey created on the farm

Earlier this year some honey bees came to live on our farm.

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FARMING MATTERS: Ensuring the health of newborn calves

Livestock farmers are always looking for ways to ensure the health of their herd. A recent workshop focused on top tips for healthier calves, highlighting the significant impact scours and pneumonia have on calf rearing operations, and offering timely advice on how to make young stock more resilient to these costly diseases.

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President of the NFU Meurig Raymond

FARMING MATTERS: New domestic policy can help farmers

A new domestic agricultural policy should ensure British farming continues to deliver for the economy, environment and public well being, says NFU president Meurig Raymond.

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FARMING MATTERS: Agriculture tops list of further education

FARMING MATTERS: Agriculture tops list of further education

Farming is proving to be an attractive option for youngsters looking to further their education.

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FARMING MATTERS: Calls for government to support arable farmers

A mixed harvest demonstrates the need for government to drive arable productivity and efficiency through a new domestic agricultural policy.

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FARMING MATTERS: Farm sale attracts visitors from afar

FARMING MATTERS: Farm sale attracts visitors from afar

I’ve been to a lot of farm sales over the years, and they are always interesting things to see.

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Hands Free Hectare run by Harpers Adams University and Precision Decisions

FARMING MATTERS: Looking into the future with robots

Technology is a massive part of all our lives, with many jobs already done by robots,and farming is no different.

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Copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: The wheat harvest is in with fair results

I wrote a few weeks ago about the barley harvest, and now we have brought in the wheat.

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Watching the barley coming in

FARMING MATTERS: Watching the barley harvest coming in

Well, the barley harvest is finally in thank goodness. I am writing this some time before you will read it, so hopefully by the time this is in print the wheat harvest may well be in too.

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Harveting the old fashioned way when there were many farm labourers employed on the land.

FARMING MATTERS: Bustling community thrives on the farm

A farm can be like a mini community with lots of different people living and working together. It’s not like farms of old of course, where there were dozens of farmhands, and one of the duties of the farmer’s wife was to feed them all at lunchtime each day.

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