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.
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
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.
I attended a training day this week where they had an inspirational leadership speaker and he said this, which got me thinking: "Live life looking forward but you will only understand it looking
Through your life, certain phrases develop more meaning, you remember them and they make you think. Our family has a few, like: 'Smiles bring sunshine', 'Never give up as enthusiasm brings luck' and