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The unbeatable feeling of getting home to the farm after 11 weeks on the other side of the world is something I cannot really describe. After an exhausting four days travelling from Invercargill to Auckland in New Zealand, then London via Singapore, landing on home soil among my sheep, dogs and family was very much welcomed.

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Farmers who voted to leave the EU may have known what they were voting against, but they could not possibly have known what they would get instead.

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This month is quite a contrast to 12 months ago, when we had nothing but misery and mud. Although we have had our fair share of rain, things have always dried up soon after. The drains are keeping up and things are unusually firm under foot.

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George Thompson, 21, is a new entrant farmer with a flock of 400 commercial ewes and rearing 50 continental youngstock. He farms at Anslow, Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire.

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Another conference, another lacklustre performance by Defra Secretary Andrew Leadsom. Even those farmers who were impressed with her delivery could not help but notice that she failed to provide any answers on important issues such as post-Brexit trade policy and Defra’s plans.

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A little wetter and colder weather has made most of our ground too damp to cross with heavy machinery, although a few frosty mornings and a keen helping hand mean we have spread all of the liquid out of the slurry pit.

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The suggestion by Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill a new seasonal agricultural workers’ scheme (SAWS) could be introduced post-Brexit has been greeted with cautious optimism by the sector.

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It seems you cannot watch the news these days without seeing pictures of starlings forming a ‘murmuration’ before settling down for the night.

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At Fylde’s final nursery of the season Tim Longton and Rooten Brook Roy came away with three titles.

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Young Farmer Focus: Ethan Kinney, Tranmere, Wirral

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Ethan Kinney, 17, studies agriculture at Reaseheath College and is part of the Sainbury’s horticulture and agriculture apprenticeship scheme. He spends his spare time in Cumbria helping friends farm and writes a monthly agriculture blog.

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