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Phil farms 385ha (950 acres) in Cheshire, split between the family farm on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate and Organsdale Farm near Tarporley. He milks 300 cows, mainly pedigree Brown Swiss, as well as diversifying into business units and an equestrian facility. He is also a Nuffield Scholar. Twitter: @PhilLatham

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Young Farmer Focus: Becky Dennis, Northlew, Devon

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Becky Dennis, 18, works on the family farm alongside her dad, fattening 300 fat cattle and 300 sheep a year. She also keeps pedigree South Devons and enjoys showing them at local shows.

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There is nothing quite like a trip abroad to put some perspective on the state of the UK. And my recent two-week venture to New Zealand was no exception.

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Young Farmer Focus: Marc Williams, Sennybridge, Brecon Beacons

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Marc Williams, 27, works for Natural Resources Wales and helps on the family farm near Sennybridge, in the Brecon Beacons. They keep 70 cattle on 40 hectares (100 acres). He is also chairman of Sennybridge YFC and is currently Brecknock YFC senior member of the year.

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If hill farming is to survive post-Brexit, we need to challenge the 50-year-old model which sees producing increasing numbers of animals as the key to financial health.

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In a spectacular own-goal, Theresa May’s Conservatives have been forced into a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with 10 MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after being humiliated at the polls.

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Trying to judge the mood of the British public can be a dangerous thing, as Theresa May found out to her cost in last week’s General Election.

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Phil farms 385ha (950 acres) in Cheshire, split between the family farm on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate and Organsdale Farm near Tarporley. He milks 300 cows, mainly pedigree Brown Swiss, as well as diversifying into business units and an equestrian facility. He is also a Nuffield Scholar. Twitter: @PhilLatham

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Young Farmer Focus: John McCulloch, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

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John McCulloch, 17, farms at the 607 hectares (1,500 acres) Chapelton Farm, in south west Scotland with 80 pedigree Shorthorn cows, 80 pedigree Aberdeen-Angus cows, 250 cross commercial cows and 850 cross-bred ewes. He is also a committee member of Stewartry YFC.

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Russell McKenzie: 'UK farming has an important role to play'

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Russell is farm manager for John Sheard Farms and a partner in the family farm of D.J. Tebbit, responsible for a 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.

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