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Pigs have been part of the business mix at Slighhouses since the 1950s where recently a drive to improve enterprise performance has seen a new pig breed introduced and fresh approach to marketing taken.
When it comes to Massey Ferguson’s 8S tractor, there has been plenty of hype, plenty of talk and more than enough opinion. To find out more about it, James Rickard gets behind the wheel of two examples. Pictures by Geoff A
By switching to native breeds of beef cattle and grazing them throughout the summer, James Hawkins and his family can focus on the busy periods of their extensive range of other enterprises. Hannah Noble reports.
Heat stress could be costing UK dairy farmers a 20% depletion in milk yield and significant fertility losses – but it is not just about short-term affects: generational productivity is at risk. Natalie Noble reports.
An illustrious figure in the showing world as well as wider farming circles, Jimmy Sinclair has enjoyed years on the circuit exhibiting and judging while building up a steely reputation for producing and selling quality prime
Focusing on grass alongside other significant changes to the dairy unit at Hall Farm Attleborough in Norfolk has boosted the health of the herd as well as its bottom line, as Ben Walker told Clemmie Gleeson.
Fourteen years ago, Michael and Lorrie Kyle and family made the move from Northern Ireland to Scotland and set about converting a dry stock farm into a productive large-scale dairy unit. Growing grass was, and remains, centra
By focusing on consistency and continual improvement, the Moorhouse family has not only built a successful pedigree Holstein herd, but has also established a successful yoghurt-making business. Wendy Short reports.
While sowing grass alongside maize has had a lot of coverage recently, it has mainly been a two-step process. However, one Staffordshire farming and contracting outfit has developed a one-pass system to establish both crops.
The combination of bespoke machinery with a focus on soil health, a small anaerobic digestion unit and changing cattle breeds is helping one Norfolk farm to improve its sustainability. Alex Heath finds out more.
As manufacturers continue to drop like flies, out of the UK pickup market, commercial vehicle specialist Isuzu has launched its latest generation of D-Max pickup, promising more refinement, technology and safety.
Diversifying into free-range egg production allowed Cambridgeshire farmer Simon Bluff to return to the family farm, and despite the challenges faced by the sector has proved a sound business decision. Clemmie Gleeson finds ou
Closing the gates at Streamvale Open Farm due to the Covid-19 pandemic was a worrying time for Chris Wilson, but he managed to turn it into an opportunity to start a new business which has just celebrated its first birthday.
Pasture-fed livestock are promoted as good for the environment, but it’s the human health gain that is the prime driver for Anna Blumfield who returned to the family farm eight years ago. Jack Watkins reports.
With safety increasingly under the spotlight and more distance covered on the road, one farm has opted for a trio of bale trailers with hydraulically operated sides, reducing the time taken strapping a load. Jane Carley reports.
As Dorothy Fairburn retires from her role as CLA’s director north this spring, she spoke to Clemmie Gleeson about her life and career in the countryside, her Nuffield scholarship on suicide in the farming community and her pl
Accurate weighing of loads is a useful bonus for contractors and merchants moving a variety of materials with a tractor loader, as one Devon contractor is finding with Quicke’s latest automated system. Jane Carley reports.
Wresting a living from a way of farming that is as old as the hills sees traditional shepherding combined with more modern thinking and, as one mother and daughter team told Gaina Morgan, it is about finding the balance.
Worries over the supply of milk prompted a group of Sark residents to fundraise for a community dairy which will be run by Suffolk dairy farmers Jason and Katharine Salisbury. Clemmie Gleeson finds out more.
Establishing a sustainable farming business at just 24 years old is certainly an impressive achievement and one which Aberdeenshire young farmer, William Law, has taken in his stride over the past three years. Katrina Macarth
British Saanen and Toggenburg milking goats may not be a typical enterprise associated with the Cumbrian uplands, but that has not stopped it becoming the mainstay of a direct sales venture on one farm. Wendy Short reports.