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Young farmer focus: Ben McClymont - "Work's begun with spreading slurry and bruising"

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Ben McClymont, 21, is currently studying agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, where he is about to start his BSc (Hons) year after summer. He lives on a 283-hectare (700-acre) 500-cow dairy farm and outside of university is a full-time contractor for local farmers, chairman of Lower Nithsdale YFC and Dumfries and Galloway Agri Rural Affairs rep.


The scourge of rural crime not only has huge financial implications, but it also has huge personal and emotional ramifications for those blighted by it.

If the British dairy sector is going to prosper longer term then its game of ’follow the leader’ has to stop.

James farms 180ha (450 acres) of uplands in Llanbadarn Fynydd, Powys. Married to Rachel with three sons, James runs 1,000 ewes, mostly Aberfield crosses, plus a 50-head suckler herd. An HCC scholar in 2014, he is involved with NFU Cymru’s Next Generation initiative and is passionate about rural affairs.

I really welcome the findings of the world’s largest ever field trial looking at the real impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees, yet, once again, this new piece of research appears to have completely split those involved in this issue over whether or not it is a gamechanger.

Phil farms 385ha (950 acres) in Cheshire, split between the family farm on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate and Organsdale Farm near Tarporley. He milks 300 cows, mainly pedigree Brown Swiss, as well as diversifying into business units and an equestrian facility. He is also a Nuffield Scholar. Twitter: @PhilLatham

Young Farmer Focus: Becky Dennis, Northlew, Devon

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Becky Dennis, 18, works on the family farm alongside her dad, fattening 300 fat cattle and 300 sheep a year. She also keeps pedigree South Devons and enjoys showing them at local shows.

There is nothing quite like a trip abroad to put some perspective on the state of the UK. And my recent two-week venture to New Zealand was no exception.

Russell Mckenzie "This golden goose looks a bit overdone"

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Harvest looks like an early one, with soaring temperatures really changing things, not necessarily in a good way. We are desiccating oilseed rape at least a week earlier than normal and it looks like harvest will start before I return from my holiday. Best laid plans and all that.

Bactoscans have been a bit of a trial this month, with the problem eventually identified at the air surge during the wash phase of the plant.

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