Now and again we like to tell you about a subject in a bit more detail, to talk about what's happening on the farm at a particular time or to discuss a topical issue.  Think of this blog as our thinking out loud / news / issues area of our website!  We don't post here often, but when we do we promise it will be interesting.

Posted: 16th Feb 2016

The antibiotic story is, like everything about livestock farming, pretty complicated. Animals get sick, sure even organic ones, but there is growing evidence that the modern-day, very high usage in farming is likely to be a contributing factor in the upsurge in cases of antibiotic resistance in people. Imagine a world where antibiotic treatments no longer...

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Posted: 10th Feb 2016

It’s really amazing when you think about it. Electricity from cow poo! But it’s so much more than that.

We’d heard about farm anaerobic digesters in Germany 10 years ago. The idea seemed great and when they started building them in the UK we went along to look at a few. These were all very large, expensive, had an army of engineers running around...

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Posted: 8th Feb 2016

We’re told that biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate. Yeah? So what’s biodiversity ever done for me? What on earth IS biodiversity anyhow? 

Some of my friends and neighbours in the farming industry see me as some kind of environmentalist. But, you know, I really don’t get biodiversity either. The great apes, tigers and pandas are on the...

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Posted: 5th Feb 2016

You know the saying ‘No one will ever say on their deathbed that they’d wished they’d worked more’.  Well my father-in-law, when his time comes, will be the exception that proves the rule.

Grandpa Finlay will be 93 this Spring.  James has spent his life improving the farm – drainage, scrub clearing and dyking are his main obsessions. ...

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Posted: 31st Jan 2016

We’re on milking duty this weekend.  When David does the milking, I feed the calves.  I’ve been doing this for 24 years, and have to admit that it is a bit of a love/hate job.  I’ve no issue with getting up early and I love the calves - it’s carting the 20 litre buckets of milk that is the problem – I feel like  a mule!


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