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FARMING MATTERS: Cleaning up the countryside

The NFU says the government’s new Litter Strategy for England is a missed opportunity to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping as an environmental crime.

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A detail from the new footpath sign created by the NFU and the Kennel Club to encourage responsible dog ownership

FARMING MATTERS: Advice for dog owners

At this time of year when young livestock are in the fields it is even more important to keep dogs on a lead when out walking across farmland.

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Business eye: How much does music affect your business?

How much does music feature in your business thinking? I can tell you; not enough.

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Elizabeth Prior in The Treaterie at Waddesdon Manor with her Oliphant and Pomeroy ice cream. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt 2017.

FARMING MATTERS: High class ice creams available in new Treaterie at historic National Trust property

There’s an additional reason to enjoy a summer day out at the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor this year, and that’s the opening of the new Treaterie serving delicious ice cream, waffles and crepes.

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COLUMN: Easter is upon us - and there is lots to do to keep active

COLUMN: Easter is upon us - and there is lots to do to keep active

Easter is upon us and some of us are probably still wondering what to do with the children now that they have broken up from school. 
Not only is boredom and staying inside with little activity a concern, but inevitably the Easter bunny is going to bring them 
copious amounts of chocolate and sweets that rivals even Christmas!

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NFU Back British Farming banner

FARMING MATTERS: Promoting British food

Farmers across the country are being encouraged to display large banners promoting home grown produce.

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Accidents involving machines are the most common cause of fatal injury in agriculture

FARMING MATTERS: Farm safety urged by NFU after month of fatalities

Farming is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs and the NFU is urging members to take greater care after 10 fatalities, including a child, were recorded on farms in February alone.

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A massive articulated lorry arrived for an overnight stay on the farm. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Overnight stop for articulated lorry

My husband and I were out late recently to welcome the livestock haulier, who had arrived to spend the night in his massive three tier articulated truck in preparation for a 6am start. Michael Brett expertly manoeuvred the 45 foot trailer plus tractor unit into our yard and showed me the inside of the impressive cab. It’s fitted out with a night heater, two bunks, a fridge freezer, television and all mod cons.

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The first phase of HS2 has been granted Royal Assent

FARMING MATTERS: Work on high speed rail line to start

As the first phase of HS2 has received Royal Assent, the National Farmers Union is urging fair treatment for the farming community.

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Ewe and lambs. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Getting ready for lambing

Spring is in the air (or at least, it was when I was writing this). The garden is a carpet of snowdrops, the daffodils are shooting through the grass, and speaking of the grass, that too is definitely growing and soon we shall be back into lawn mower season.

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FARMING MATTERS: Educating youngsters

Visiting farms is a popular pastime for families, which is why there is such an abundance of farm attractions and open farms these days.

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Sugar beet

FARMING MATTERS: Sweet future for sugar beet growers

Sugar is not the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about farming. More usually we think of cattle and sheep and if considering arable crops, wheat and barley.

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COLUMN: Waterside Theatre boss announces this year’s pantomime

COLUMN: Waterside Theatre boss announces this year’s pantomime

I am proud to announce that this year’s Waterside Theatre pantomime will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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COLUMN: Gambling can be an addiction, just like drink or drugs

COLUMN: Gambling can be an addiction, just like drink or drugs

Gambling in this country is seen in general terms as an acceptable fun activity that millions of people participate in, be it a flutter on the Grand National, the Premiership or the purchase of a lottery ticket.

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Green Dragon Chef, Stephen Bulmer

FARMING MATTERS: Growing heritage variety vegetables

Bad weather in southern Europe has caused a shortage of some vegetables on the supermarket shelves which could continue well into the spring.

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David Bell, retired farmer and active pilot with Muscular Dystrophy, manoeuvres one of his light aircraft with the assistance of his TGA Supersport mobility scooter.

FARMING MATTERS: Scooting around the farm

Farming has long been considered to be one of the most dangerous occupations to work in, with exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, large machinery, unpredictable animals, and often working in isolation or in isolated places.

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Living an active life down on the farm

Keep pets fit and healthy

Pet obesity has become a major problem throughout the UK, with an estimated 4.6 million pets (including dogs, cats and rabbits) now considered as obese, putting them at a much higher risk of contracting illnesses like cancer, diabetes and osteoarthritis. And 81 per cent of veterinary professionals have expressed concern over the problem, having seen a significant rise in pet obesity in the last two years.

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FARMING MATTERS: An Inspector Calls

Inspections take place in most industries and farming is no exception.

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Mike Tustin, a chartered forester with John Clegg & Co

FARMING MATTERS: Trees as a farm crop

Farmers are being encouraged to think of forestry as a means of diversification.

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FARMING MATTERS: Deer visited farmhouse garden over Christmas holidays

Over the festive season we have enjoyed some rather endearing visitors to our garden, who were particularly appropriate for the Christmas period.

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