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All roads in the West Country lead to Exeter and converge together like the spokes of a wheel. Wedged between two of those spokes is our farm, Mosshayne, more or less the first farm you would come to if you set out from the centre of Exeter and walked east along the railway.

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With the sun still shining last week we finished our spring beans and the linseed, thankfully, combined easily in near perfect conditions.


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Young Farmer Focus - Will Mitchell, Cornwall

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Will Mitchell, 23, is a Harper Adams University graduate with BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Farm Business Management. He works in partnership with his parents on a 162-hectare (400-acre) mixed farm in St Kew, North Cornwall.


Business: Since graduating from Harper Adams University in September last year, I have entered into partnership with my parents.

The business compromises dairy, beef and arable, with the dairy enterprise being my main interest.

Dairy: The herd is pedigree Holsteins...

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Dr Steffan George, development director, Master Locksmith Association


Statistics show rural theft continues to increase – with livestock theft rising by 7 per cent over the last year and tractor theft continuing to blight the sector.

Rural areas present the greatest opportunity for thieves because of isolated houses and buildings, lower lighting – especially during autumn and winter – fewer witnesses, and the abundance of expensive farm machinery.

A recent survey...

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Growing frustration over processors not passing back supposed market returns is symptomatic of the lack of trust which exists between farmers and those further up the chain.


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Young Farmer Focus: Owain Roberts, Shropshire

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Owain Roberts takes great pride when selling lambs each spring

New job: It has been a busy week for me in Shropshire as I am just one month into my new job.


After four years studying agri-business at Harper Adams University, I returned back to my roots and joined my father’s grain and agricultural commodity business, G.O. Davies, which has been trading in Shropshire for 54 years.


I am busy learning, networking and meeting lots of our customers as I fulfill the position of farm trader and trainee agronomist. I can say after one month...

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Opinion - Experience helps to build resilience



Heather Wildman, director, Saviour Associates


Are you part of a dairy farming business? Do you have the grit and resilience to continue when times become difficult and it appears everything is against you? Do you know who you are and where you want to be? More importantly, how are you going to get there?


I was bowled over by the stark difference in the attitudes and pride in our UK farmers compared with those I met while traveling across the Americas, Europe, Australia...

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On September 3, I, along with several other local farmers, helped our NFU Scotland regional manager Ian Wilson with a lamb promotion at Inverness Market.

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Since writing my last piece we have sold our shearlings at Skipton. Trade was good on the day and the Texel cross shearlings seemed to be very much in demand.

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International Sheepdog Trials: Christine Hall

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