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Will Case: 'Nobody held back on the British Farming Awards celebrations'

This month has seen quite a few extremes of weather, from wet and windy, to cold then warm.

Mother Nature can not make up her mind as a few dry days are followed by a monsoon. After travelling south on a train, it was striking to see how much maize there was to harvest and field work yet to be done.

 

We in the north usually assume that we have the worst of the weather, but at the moment I am not so sure.

 

We have been lucky enough to make two journeys south this month as we have attended both the Farmers Guardian and Farmers Weekly award nights.

 

At FW we were hoping to receive an award and at FG’s Mart’s the Heart Awards I was giving one out.

 

Both were fantastic events and it was a pleasure to see all the nominees and their impressive businesses.

 

The farming industry is not always good at blowing its own trumpet, preferring to modestly go about its work.

 

There are some fantastic people in our industry and it is right that we celebrate them and their achievements.

 

Being farming awards, nobody held back on the celebrations at either.

 

Tupping time is well underway here with most ewes covered. Things have happened pretty quickly after a commendable effort from our team of teaser tups.


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These smelly lotharios do all the hard yards before someone else comes in and steals their moment of glory. They are all gathered up and brought into the paddock in front of the house, probably wondering what might have been if they had just had a bit longer.

 

All cattle are now housed for winter and I must admit I like seeing the buildings full of content cattle.

 

Now the silage pit is open, we can get a good look at the quality of our winter forage. It smells reasonable and it seems to be eating well.

 

Hopefully when the analysis returns it will show that the three cut system has paid off this summer.

 

Cattle have been treated for liver fluke and will be done again in a few weeks. After the wet summer I will take no chances.

 

As I write our politicians seem to have decided to hold an election. I am not sure how much this will solve, as our country remains as divided as ever.

 

We can only hope any changes in Parliament will be positive and one day we might have some clarity on which direction our crazy country is headed.

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