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Back British Farming Day: A selection of stories from the heart of farming

Seeing as it’s Back British Farming Day, we thought what better way to celebrate the industry than looking to the people that make up farming communities across the country.



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#BackBritishFarming - looking to the people that make up the farming world

Farming is a network.

 

It is a close knit community of like-minded people who play a part in everybody’s life by ultimately putting food on our plates.

 

They are the keepers of the land and many times, their hard work gets overlooked.

 

The stories below will hopefully give some insight in to what really goes on on-farm and what keeps farming families going.


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Wayne Smith

Wayne was diagnosed with bowel cancer but was adamant he must be fit and well enough to get back outside with his livestock - which is exactly what he told his surgeon right before his operation. Read the full story here

Amanda Owen

She is well-known within the farming world for her free spirit, social media presence and growing brood, but Amanda Owen loves what she does and where she lives. And there is nothing more inspiring. Read the full story here

Phil dancer

Phill Dancer is focusing all his energy on producing the best possible flock possible. More so, he a young farmer who is passionate about promoting farming and says, "Every person in this country needs a farmer at least three times a day." Read the full story here

Farming friends

Lifelong farming friends, Naomi and Peggy, celebrated their 101st birthdays together after sharing many years of friendship, through World War Two and much more. How did they make it to such an age? Read the full story here

Ann Bowyer

It was Ann Bowyer's family food traditions and childhood memories that influenced her idea of a kitchen garden. Finding inspiration for her farmhouse table, she tells us about her journey in food and cooking. Read the full story here

Rare breed

With only a small amount of Middle White pigs registered in 2016, breed enthusiasts Brian Merry and Ann King are committed to preserving the traditional British breed for future generations. And it is the showring that is key to safeguarding the animals. Read the full story here

Young breeders

Young breeders are huge part of the farming world, all who have a strong passion for what they do. A 'genetics addict', Molly Westwood is making an impression on UK and European Holstein breeding. This young farmer has huge plans for the future. Read the full story here

Yorkshire pigs

Although a career in pigs was never really on the cards, these sisters somehow found their way back to the family farm to carve out a successful business for them and their family. With welfare firmly at the heart of what they do, their ethos is what drives them forward. Read the full story here

Lofthouse

With an ambition to prove that sheep farming can be profitable on a relatively small scale, this Scottish family have made some major successful changes to their business, along with bagging Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year 2016 at Agriscot. Read the full story here

Pea grower

Setting a world record is pretty tough going, but Lincolnshire grower, Tim Lamyman, has set a new world record yield with a 6.47t/ha (2.61t/acre) crop of large blue peas. Easily exceeding the previous record, Tim tells us about his decisions along the way. Read the full story here

Community spirit

Rural communities are the spirit of the countryside and the people that reside within them are passionate about what they do. In Somersham, Suffolk, the community rallied together in order to save the village pub which had been part of the history for over 500 years. Read the full story here

Young scot farmer

Young farmers are vital to agriculture and encouraging young people in to the industry is of great importance. Despite being told farming was not for her, Norfolk farmer Helen Reeve has built her Waveney herd of Dexter cattle from scratch alongside a full-time job. Now that's determination. Read the full story here

  • You can find many more stories from farmers, their families and inspiring individuals across the country here.
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