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How to tackle a problem like bovine TB? It is a question successive governments have tried and failed to answer and, as time goes on, the cost to the farming industry and the taxpayer continues to mount.
Despite the media hysteria surrounding last week’s detection of BSE on a farm in Aberdeenshire, the markets’ seasonal trends do not seem to have been adversely affected and importantly, export demand has not wavered.
Ed Middleton, 26, is self-employed and runs a pedigree herd of Lincoln Red and Limousin cattle alongside a flock of pedigree Charollais sheep. He is also country vice chairman of Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club.
Emotive stories from NFU council about the impact of this summer’s drought are a reminder, if one was needed, that many farmers will face a tougher winter than usual because of a lack of forage and bedding.
Crawford Mclaren, 24, is a self-employed farm contractor, working for the family business run by his father. It is a mixed farm of bull beef finishing, a pedigree Simmental herd and arable land growing spring barley, wheat and potatoes.
William Awan, 17, runs a farming partnership comprising Exmoor Horn Ewes, polled and traditional Herefords, Dexters and Christmas turkeys with his neighbour, Bob. He is about to start his final year of A-levels in art, photography and biology.
John Houseman, 19, works on the family farm milking 500 Holsteins run by his father Richard, uncle William and grandfather John. He is currently on placement at Blankney Estates, Lincolnshire, working as general farm worker.