I am glad to say we survived the forecasted blizzard last weekend, and what was deemed as the new phenomenon – ’thundersnow’ – had passed before my second coffee of the day.
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George Brown, 26, farms 450 spring-calving cows and 300 youngstock on 240 hectares (593 acres) in Cumbria. He also sells milk for production with Nestle. He manages the farm for another family.
Last week I was delighted to attend the launch of the ‘Enjoy Milk’ campaign and brand.
It is not often you feel the hands of history perceptibly shifting, but this week may have been one such instance.
Russell is farm manager for John Sheard Farms and a partner in the family farm of D.J. Tebbit, responsible for a combined total of 995 hectares (2,457 acres) with land crossing into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Cropping is split between winter wheat grown for seed, milling and feed, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, spring beans and spring oats. Russell is an AHDB monitor farmer and a 2014 Nuffield Scholar.
Dr Steven Pace is 27 and farms near Congleton, Cheshire. The farm comprises 162 hectares (400 acres) of mixed arable and grassland. Dr Pace has a PhD in laying hen nutrition from the University of Leeds.
Patrick Holden, founding director, Sustainable Food Trust
FYLDE, Hollinhead Farm, Caton, Lancaster, (Judge, M. France, Littledale) Nursery (30 ran) 1, I. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Jim, 97 of 100; 2, Tim Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 93; 3, T. Huddleston (Caton) Nessy, 90; 4, J. Palmer (Twiston) Jill, 89 OLF; 5, I. Ibbotson, Spot, 89; 6, A. Ritakallio (Burton) Kipi, 87.
HOLME, Deerplay, Bacup, Lancs, (Judge, W. Allen, Butterton) Nursery (31 ran) 1, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 76 of 90; 2, Thomas Longton, Oz, ...
As political debates and posturing ramp up within agriculture, we must never forget that the day-to-day realities of farming remain the same as ever.