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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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Butter prices are set to rise this year

FARMING MATTERS: Celebrating the glorious taste of real butter

The price of butter is set to rise apparently, due to a number of factors: a reduction in the number of dairy farmers in the UK, the increase in popularity of home baking, and more people returning to natural products and away from margarines.

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FARMING MATTERS: Tackling overgrown trees in the garden

FARMING MATTERS: Tackling overgrown trees in the garden

Grass is the biggest crop on our farm, it feeds the cattle and sheep in the summer and is conserved as hay and silage to feed them in the winter.

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FARMING MATTERS: Seeing a different lifestyle by the seaside

FARMING MATTERS: Seeing a different lifestyle by the seaside

We had four days away from the farm recently, took a short trip down to Dorset and like most farmers, my husband found the passing fields the most fascinating aspect of the trip as he commented on the progress of harvest in the West Country and the number and breed of cows we saw.

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Farming is considered to be a healthy occupation

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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