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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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FARMING MATTERS: Feeding on a winter day.  Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Feeding takes up the whole day

Winter days on the farm can more or less be summed up in one word - feeding. I wrote last week about how the herd has now come indoors.

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Beautiful white teas with rose at Bluebird Tea Co SUS-161213-102952001

Tom Flint: A fragrant world of fascinating cuppas

Everything in life can be made a little better with a decent cup of tea. This has been the mantra of us Brits for time immemorial and it has served us well. It is not going to solve your financial worries or sort out your latest relationship crisis but it will make you feel a little better and give you a moment to stop and reflect on the mess that is your life.

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The cattle are now indoors for the winter.  Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: The suckler herd comes in for the winter

This week the cattle came in for the winter. This is late by usual standards, but we’ve had a particularly dry season and so the land has been able to take it. And of course the cattle have received supplementary feed out in the field every day.

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Farming Matters columnist Heather Jan Brunt serves up a traditional Christmas turkey.

FARMING MATTERS: Buy local for Christmas turkey

At this time of year thoughts turn to festive fare and the traditional turkey roast for Christmas lunch.

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COLUMN: A week in the life of council’s leader of the opposition

I’ve spent much of the week asking questions.

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Our columnist Heather Jan Brunt returns to riding after many years

FARMING MATTERS: A return to horse riding

When I was a teenager I rode all the time, in fact when I was younger I actually pretended to be a horse. I trotted as I pulled my father’s golf caddy around the course, and set up cavaletti jumps in our garden. My sister used to refuse to walk to school with me because I insisted on walking like a horse. As a teen I worked in the nearby riding stables and was also fortunate to have two friends with several horses who used to let me ride them in exchange for helping to look after them. And so I guess it was obvious that a lot of people imagined I would get a horse of my own when I married a farmer. Wrong.

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Farming Matters.  Tree work in the garden. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Doing a spot of gardening

At this time of year the ground is usually too wet to do work involving heavy machinery, but we’ve had a pretty dry autumn and so my husband decided this was a perfect time to do some work in the garden.

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