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Charles Bruce farms near Banff, Aberdeenshire, and has 98 hectares (242 acres) of owned land, 76ha (188 acres) of malting barley which is contract farmed, and rented seasonal grazings extending to 40ha (99 acres). Running an 80-cow fold of pedigree Highland cattle, these are used to supply an on-farm butchery business and his Bogside Farm Shop. There is a commercial ewe flock of about 230-head and a trout fishery is also run as part of the business.

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Farming and the military are the only two truly federal policies in Switzerland. In both cases, the priority is protection.

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Christine Ryder North Yorkshire Christine Ryder and husband Chris farm 242ha (600 acres) at Blubberhouses, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are tenants on their home farm and also run a B&B. Stock includes Swaledale and Mule flocks, as well as a herd of Belted Galloways. The farm hosts educational access visits.

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Young Farmer Focus: Helen Howells, Lampeter, Ceredigion

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Helen Howells, 32, farms with her husband Peter on an 89 ha (220 acre) family-run beef and sheep unit specialising in breeding pedigree livestock under the Gwenog and Pedr prefi xes. She also runs her own consultancy from the farm, Hwylus, which provides values-based consultancy to the rural sector.

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From the editor: Industry must unite to bring lasting change over safety

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It seems we cannot go a week without hearing the heartbreaking details of yet another farming tragedy.

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Marie Prebble runs a 93ha (230-acre) Ministry of Defence-tenanted farm with her parents, David and Diane, near Dover. Largely permanent pasture in Higher Level Stewardship, the farm is home to 400 breeding Romneys which Marie puts to high index Lleyn rams.

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Farming and food production in Scotland boasts a rich provenance few countries can match. But the sector is also unique when it comes to the challenges of Brexit.

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Will Case farms 300ha (750 acres) in partnership with brother Simon and parents William and Margaret at Ulverston, Cumbria. Land is divided between Plumpton Cottage Farm and Robbs Water Farm, Barrow-in- Furness. They farm 1,000 lowland ewes, 90 pedigree Texel ewes, 65 Salers suckler cows, fatten 150 store cattle, 12,000 freerange laying hens and 100 dairy cows milked by robots.

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Laura McCulloch, 19, is studying journalism at Edinburgh Napier University alongside helping her parents run a 109-hectare (270-acre) beef and arable coastal farm at the Mull of Galloway. She is also a keen member of Stranraer and Rhins YFC.

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After winning the Yorkshire Open trial on Saturday (May 13), Ross Watson and Ricky went on to take the championship title.

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