When I attended agricultural college, I was not interested in any part of livestock farming. Having grown up with pigs on the farm, the smell, 24/7 attachment to the farm and fear of disease was
A few years ago, we entertained a group of school career advisors for the day on the farm. It’s well publicised that the farming work force is getting older and we have a real shortage of skilled
I am often asked: 'Winter must be a quiet time for you farmers?' If only this was true! Yes, our farm work is up to date after a relatively kind autumn on the land, planting our winter crops. The
This blog first appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times Last month the Government published the new Agricultural Bill: a document that spells out the start of reforming our industry post Brexit.
Attending the Tillage Live event this autumn there is all manner of soil moving kit on show. While peer pressure may lead you to reduce cultivations, a day at this event will make you feel ploughing
Traditionally good disease resistance in wheat came with a big yield penalty which most growers weren’t willing to accept, meaning large acreages of barn fillers like Oakley, Conquerer and Santiago
Farming is a sequence of decisions, made throughout the year by the farmer and his trusted advisors. Each decision made will then have a knock on effect that could see immediate change; like the use
We have been growing Herbage grass seed since the 70's on our farm. This is a specialist crop that has needed large amounts of farm investment in infrastructure and machinery which now allows us to
At our Summer Open Day we had a trailer with seating which we drove along the top of the field which we have our drill try-out plots in. From this elevated vantage point, we invited people to look
I look out of the window. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the buzz of the bees on the flowers in the garden is almost deafening. In the green and pleasant countryside things look good.