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Being handed the baton by fellow Dorset farmer and longstanding Farmers Guardian contributor, Jon Stanley, is rather a daunting task, but, as this is my first article, I thought I would write a little bit about about my background and a general introduction to our farm.
For too long, farmers and vets have had very little opportunity to take control of eradicating TB. Now, we have a plan to change things, says James Russell, British Veterinary Association (BVA) junior vice president.
The last three weeks have seen a marked shift in how and where we buy our food. It is a pattern that will remain while we are in lockdown and I suspect there will be a few habits or behaviours that persist for the longer term.
With all of the wild weather, March appeared to enter like a pride of ferocious roaring lions, but as I write it appears to be changing into something that resembles a lamb. Let’s hope it stays that way for a while.
Many farmers voted to leave the EU despite the fact that leaving putting the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) at risk. As we all know, the top up from the BPS is the difference between profit and loss on many farms.
Are you okay? It is sometimes a difficult question to answer, difficult to answer honestly. As farmers we can be stubborn. You cannot live a life where you feed and check livestock every single day through the monotony of winter without being.
March is already upon us, with spring soon approaching as gauged by the daffodils, primroses and the date on the calendar. However, most days these last few weeks, the climate has been extremely changeable, with four seasons on several days, but the constant theme has been rain and more rain.
Dafydd Davies, 17, helps on the family farm unit of 74 ha (182 acres) plus a 304 ha (750 acres) mountain farm in Trawsfynydd, farming a herd of 30 pedigree Welsh Black Cattle and 1150 Welsh Mountain ewes. He is also studying agriculture at Glynllifon Agriculture College.