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FARMING MATTERS: Dog owners urged to put pets on a lead around livestock

Many dog owners will be out walking their dogs this month appreciating the beautiful autumn colours.

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FARMING MATTERS: Farm sale attracts visitors from afar

FARMING MATTERS: Farm sale attracts visitors from afar

I’ve been to a lot of farm sales over the years, and they are always interesting things to see.

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US rock star Tom Petty has died, his manager announced this morning.

EDITOR’S COLUMN: The sad death of Tom Petty - and why we should prove the doubters wrong and get campaigning!

It’s been a funny old week - I was out of the office for much of last week - so a lot of my job in the early part of this one seems to have been playing catch up - I’m sorry if you’ve emailed me and I didn’t reply.

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FARMING MATTERS: Concern for cattle as water supply is gone

Cattle drink a lot of water. Dairy cows in particular drink a considerable quantity, but even beef cattle can consume five gallons a day.

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Hands Free Hectare run by Harpers Adams University and Precision Decisions

FARMING MATTERS: Looking into the future with robots

Technology is a massive part of all our lives, with many jobs already done by robots,and farming is no different.

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Copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS:Real soldiers give impressive display in main ring

Well, Bucks County Show is over for another year and the thing I was looking forward to the most didn’t let me down.

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FARMING MATTERS: The wheat harvest is in with fair results

I wrote a few weeks ago about the barley harvest, and now we have brought in the wheat.

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Bucks County Show. Picture by Heather Jan Brunt

Reporting on county show has changed

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Bucks County Show day and it’s the 150th show, so one of the exhibits at the Weedon Park showground will be a fascinating look at Farming Through The Ages which should provide an intriguing insight into how food production has changed over the years.

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Watching the barley coming in

FARMING MATTERS: Watching the barley harvest coming in

Well, the barley harvest is finally in thank goodness. I am writing this some time before you will read it, so hopefully by the time this is in print the wheat harvest may well be in too.

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Harveting the old fashioned way when there were many farm labourers employed on the land.

FARMING MATTERS: Bustling community thrives on the farm

A farm can be like a mini community with lots of different people living and working together. It’s not like farms of old of course, where there were dozens of farmhands, and one of the duties of the farmer’s wife was to feed them all at lunchtime each day.

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Butter prices are set to rise this year

FARMING MATTERS: Celebrating the glorious taste of real butter

The price of butter is set to rise apparently, due to a number of factors: a reduction in the number of dairy farmers in the UK, the increase in popularity of home baking, and more people returning to natural products and away from margarines.

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FARMING MATTERS: Tackling overgrown trees in the garden

FARMING MATTERS: Tackling overgrown trees in the garden

Grass is the biggest crop on our farm, it feeds the cattle and sheep in the summer and is conserved as hay and silage to feed them in the winter.

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FARMING MATTERS: Seeing a different lifestyle by the seaside

FARMING MATTERS: Seeing a different lifestyle by the seaside

We had four days away from the farm recently, took a short trip down to Dorset and like most farmers, my husband found the passing fields the most fascinating aspect of the trip as he commented on the progress of harvest in the West Country and the number and breed of cows we saw.

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Farming is considered to be a healthy occupation

FARMING MATTERS: Working outdoors brings health reward

I’ve written in the past about the dangers farmers face in the work place, but according to new research, in addition to being one of the most dangerous professions, agricultural workers are also amongst the healthiest in the UK workforce.

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Hazeldene Open Farm

FARMING MATTERS: Enjoy a summer day at rare breed farm

I receive a lot of emails from readers and I always enjoy reading them.

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Making haywhile the sun shines. Copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Making hay while the sun shines down

June and July are the traditional haymaking months and so it’s been a busy time getting the grass cut, dried out, baled and stacked.

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FARMING MATTERS: Visitors from New Zealand

Before I met my husband he travelled for a year, working on farms in Australia and New Zealand.

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Cinram in Rabans Lane Aylesbury

COLUMN: Community will pull together after Cinram lay-offs

This week more than half the workforce at one of our best known employers will lose their jobs.

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Sheep farmer Richard Belgrove giving a sheep demonstration at Buckinghamshire Young Farmers Rally in 2014. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: All hands on deck for sheep shearing

Sheep shearing is well under way around the country and we had our own small flock shorn recently, when it was a case of all hands on deck with help from family and friends who helped out with handling the ewes and rolling the fleeces. We don’t have a sheepdog, so the flock was rounded up with the quad bike as the ewes and lambs were funnelled into the field shed where the shearer Richard Belgrove was waiting for them. Richard is a neighbouring sheep farmer who has a mobile shearing rig on the back of his Land Rover and he travels around the area to help shear small flocks.

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Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower in west London

Editor’s column: Grenfell Tower tragedy should be a wake-up call for the government - they are cutting too much

In 2015 I attended a Bucks County Council meeting and the guest speaker was Tony Travers of the London School of Economics. - this is an expert free from political bias, speaking honestly about his specialism.

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