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FARMING MATTERS: Lambing in full flow with lots of singles

Driving into the office yesterday I passed a field filled with ewes and lambs, and it was obvious the gorgeous little lambs were Jacob crosses due to their black, brown and white colouring. I used to have a pet ewe that was a Suffolk/Jacob cross and she was a beautiful chocolate brown colour.

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This is a tree nursery that grew trees for the Olympic Park

FARMING MATTERS: Equal treatment for nursery growers

Intense campaigning by the National Farmers Union (NFU) has led to a government decision that will see nursery growers treated equally to other agricultural businesses regarding business rates.

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NFU #takethelead campaign - NFU adviser James Osman with Isle of Wight NFU chairman Matt Legge

NFU asks walkers to #takethelead

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging dog walkers to #takethelead and use a lead near livestock when in the countryside over the Easter school holidays.

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FARMING MATTERS: Farmers who care for the countryside

Farmers not only produce food to feed us, but spend a lot of time protecting and enhancing the environment and wildlife.

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Manure heap. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: A smelly time of year as muck goes on land

The early spring muck spreading season is upon us. Muck spreading has been an integral part of farming and food production for centuries but there is no way of avoiding the downside - it smells!

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Minette Batters, the newly elected president of the National Farmers Union, pictured when she visited the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire NFU AGM in November last year. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Making history with first lady president

The National Farmers Union has made history by electing their first female president, Minette Batters, at the recent AGM.

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Aerial surveying in Northamptonshire. Photography courtesy of Graymatter Media

FARMING MATTERS: Drone technology is expanding on farms

The use of drone technology for farming and land management is becoming increasingly relevant and widespread, providing a valuable new technology for surveying, monitoring and mapping.

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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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