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FARMING MATTERS: Sheep farmers’ anxiety over dogs

Agricultural shows and events this summer will be a perfect opportunity for the National Sheep Association to remind members of the public about the importance of keeping dogs on leads when they are near to sheep.

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Nationl Sheep Association competition winner, Tristan Pengilley

FARMING MATTERS: Prizes galore for new members

A more perfect prize could not have been found for Tristan Pengilley who has been announced as the first winner of the National Sheep Association (NSA) 2018 membership prize giveaway.

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Mr Stephen Rutledge of Fisher German. Picture copyrght Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: The biggest decision for a farmer

I wrote last week about my husband’s decision to retire after a lifetime of farming.

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FARMING MATTERS: Moving towards lifestyle change

Retirement for a farmer is a pretty big decision. Farming isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life – often from birth, and that’s certainly been the case for my husband.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday

FARMING MATTERS: A chance to see beyond farm gate

If you have always wanted to visit a farm but don’t have any farming friends, now is your chance to see what goes on beyond the farmyard gates and fields. On LEAF Open Farm Sunday hundreds of farmers and their families across the country welcome visitors and showcase all that British farming delivers.

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FARMIMG MATTERS: Turnout for the suckler herd

Spring turnout for the suckler herd is always a lovely time. After spending the winter months in the yards, the cows and calves are over the moon to get out into the fresh air and enjoy space and new grass.

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FARMING MATTERS: Dedication brings just rewards

Small independent retailers have been the backbone of this country, and to find a fabulous butcher is always a huge bonus.

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Rebecca Briant with Countryfile presenter and Cotswolds farmer Adam Henson. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Countryfile star draws in crowds

Countryfile fans were in for a treat when presenter and farmer Adam Henson visited Briants of Longwick recently.

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FARMING MATTERS: Fencing to get ready for turn out of cattle

Every day motorists and pedestrians drive and walk by miles and miles of fields, bordered in most cases by some kind of fencing.

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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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