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New Book Launched By Cattleman Andy Frazier Called The Right Colour

| July 16, 2011

The Right Colour (a novel about a cow) by Andy Frazier Andy Frazier has been writing books for two years now, from his base in South West France. He started life farming with his father and brother at Coningswick farm in the English Midlands, which in those days specialised in quality beef and pork. After [...]

Health & Safety And Employment Solutions In Agriculture & Farming

| January 21, 2011

Do you have working farm or run a farming business where you employ people on your farm? If so then it may interest you to know about Hazel Preece Consultancy, a consultancy business for Health & Safety and Employment matters specialising in the Farming and Agricultural sector. Hazel has over 10 years experience dealing first [...]

Screening Of Pig Business Film By Tracy Worcester In York

| May 10, 2010

City Screen will be showing the pork industry documentary Pig Business by Tracy Worcester which compares traditional, environmentally sustainable farming with industrialised agri-business on Tuesday 11 May at 8.30pm at York City Screen. I am going to watch this film on Tuesday night which has been organised by Slow Food North Yorkshire. As I myself [...]

LAMMA 2010

| January 9, 2010

LAMMA 2010 is the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association. The event will be held at the Newark showground on 20th & 21st January 2010. There will be over 500 trade stands showing products and services from companies from all over the world. There will be a wide range of productson [...]

Farm Crafts

| December 19, 2009

We have come across a copy of “The Things We Do – A Guide To Club Programmes and Young Farmers’ Activities” dated 1961 which I have been reading with interest. The book is a helpful guide on how to run a programme of events for a Young Farmers club. It says that, “It should be [...]

UK Fertiliser Prices

| December 7, 2008

Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser prices have stayed firm at £390/tonne through December of 2008.  It is not surprising to hear that fertiliser traders and manufacturers are advising farmers to continue buying to secure supplies – well of course it’s not surprising, they are trying to sell as much product as possible before the price crashes! Ian [...]

Farm, Waste Plastic Solutions

| December 3, 2008

It has been illegal to burn or bury waste plastic produced on farms since the introduction of the new Agricultural Waste Regulations in 2006.  The majority of the waste plastic from the farm is from silage bales, with smaller amounts from straw bales, fertiliser bags and empty agrochemical containers.  We have been sending the plastic [...]

Farming Work

| August 27, 2008

Now that it is not raining, the land work has resumed. In the last few days my husband has been busy with the farm work. He has been: combining, bailing, drying corn, muck spreading, ploughing, power harrowing, drilling rape, rolling It is important to get the wheat & barley crops combined before they ruin and the [...]

Arable Crops Glossary

| March 11, 2008

Arable Crops Definitions Arable Farming – The production of crops. Barley – A cereal crop grown mainly for malting and as an animal feed. Biodiesel – Fuel that has been produced using crops. Blight – A potato disease. Buteric Silage – Silage that is too wet and does not ferment properly. Canola – The American [...]

Potato Varieties Grown On The Farm

| March 4, 2008

There are many varieties of potatoes which are grown for different reasons. Soilman asked, “What varieties do you grow?” The potato varieties we have grown on the farm over the years are: Hermes – these potatoes have been grown for a merchant that sells the potatoes for crisping. King Edward – these potatoes have been sold to the public for [...]