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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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FARMING MATTERS: Fewer families than ever farm the land

There’s a bit of a misconception that farms remain intact and within the same families for many generations, but lots of things can actually prevent that from happening. Land which is compulsory purchased for development or for roads or railways can mean farmers having to move off their land and start up elsewhere.

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Dorcas Charolais herd. Picture by Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Open day to check out Charolais herd

We are beef farmers and for 13 years we have used a Charolais bull to serve our suckler cows. Charolais cattle produce gorgeous chunky little fluffy white calves with solid rumps, perfect for a commercial beef herd.

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Children under the age of 13 are prohibited from driving and riding on farm machinery being used in agricultural operations

FARMING MATTERS: Keeping children safe in the farmyard

Most people do not live at their workplace. For farming families, there is no option. Farming is a way of life not just a job.

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FARMING MATTERS: Farmers are at greater risk of skin cancer

FARMING MATTERS: Farmers are at greater risk of skin cancer

Sunshine and fresh air are good for us, we all need Vitamin D for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Farmers probably get more Vitamin D than most. But the flip side to this is their increased risk of skin cancer.

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Column: We stand with Manchester - and all of our children and young people

There’s something to be said for looking back on happy childhood memories, and I’m sure no matter who you are you all have a few. 
For me some of the best nights of my early teens were spent at the Manchester Arena, a first taste of freedom going to see the likes of (don’t judge me) Green Day, The Offspring, and when I was younger still Disney on Ice. 
For anyone around my age who grew up in that part of the north it’s kind of a rites of passage experience - your folks would drop you off, and stand and wait for you in the foyer after you’d pretended to be oh so grown up for a couple of hours.

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Measuring the rainfall - or lack of it. Picture Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Lack of rain means difficulties for crops

Writing about the weather is tricky because whatever it is doing right now, it could be different by the time you read this.

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What this election needs is a face off

We are four weeks into a seemingly never ending General Election campaign, one which is only creating excitement among avid players of political bingo.

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NFU Discovery Barn

FARMING MATTERS: Chance for children to get interactive

If you are attending a country show this year look out for the Discovery Barn.

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Prue Leith

FARMING MATTERS: Great British food from British farmers

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming, after the NFU’s new supermarket guide showed that eight major retailers are sourcing 100% of their flour, butter and eggs from domestic producers.

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Column - Council elections, community spirit and Henry Rollins!

Column - Council elections, community spirit and Henry Rollins!

Well election season is in full swing and by the time you read this you may have a new councillor, or have re-elected the existing one. However you voted, this newspaper will be on hand to make sure that those councillors do their jobs properly, and are fighting for people of Buckingham and Winslow at County Hall.

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How The Bucks Herald campaigns for the whole community - and why we are not fake news

How The Bucks Herald campaigns for the whole community - and why we are not fake news

Here at The Bucks Herald we strongly believe in campaigning local journalism and that the people of Aylesbury Vale have the right to know what goes on.

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NHS review will look at what GPs can prescribe

Column: Our wonderful NHS works - and that’s why scrutiny is so important

Firstly I hope that everyone has had a cracking bank holiday weekend – it’s been my pleasure looking at all the lovely pictures from the fun – not least from the Hope Not Hate event in 
Meadowcroft and the family day at the Bucks Railway Centre. Thank you to all who were happy to pose for our photographers!

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My shelf life as a DIY alpha male

Now that the warm (er) weather is threatening to show its face, plenty of Britons are rolling up their sleeves to do what they do best - DIY.

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Cows and calves. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Award time of the year

There are annual awards in many industries and agriculture is no exception.

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COURT CHRIS ADAMS                                    MRW                                 18/4/2017

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Cllr. Chris Adams tried to disguise himself when he entered Portsmouth Magistrates Court and was then assisted by his Solicitor to shield himself with an umbrella emblazoned with 'Buckinghamshire Law Plus' as he was allowed to get into a car at the foot of The Magistrates Court steps when he left 

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COLUMN: THAT UKIP blue badge parking fine story - and why we will always hold politicians to account

A very curious story came to the attention of the Bucks Herald this week which set social media ablaze - yes, it’s that UKIP Chris Adams blue badge parking fine one.

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Fly tipping.  Picture: Sarah Standing

FARMING MATTERS: Cleaning up the countryside

The NFU says the government’s new Litter Strategy for England is a missed opportunity to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping as an environmental crime.

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Column: It’s election time again - but will it really change anything?

Column: It’s election time again - but will it really change anything?

Well it’s election time here in Bucks and yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May only went and called a general election too!

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A detail from the new footpath sign created by the NFU and the Kennel Club to encourage responsible dog ownership

FARMING MATTERS: Advice for dog owners

At this time of year when young livestock are in the fields it is even more important to keep dogs on a lead when out walking across farmland.

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