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FARMING MATTERS: Sweet future for sugar beet growers

Sugar is not the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about farming. More usually we think of cattle and sheep and if considering arable crops, wheat and barley.

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COLUMN: Waterside Theatre boss announces this year’s pantomime

COLUMN: Waterside Theatre boss announces this year’s pantomime

I am proud to announce that this year’s Waterside Theatre pantomime will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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Nostalgia with Karl Vaughan: Little has changed since 1921 due to Aylesbury conservation area

Nostalgia with Karl Vaughan: Little has changed since 1921 due to Aylesbury conservation area

An aerial view of Aylesbury in 1921.

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COLUMN: Gambling can be an addiction, just like drink or drugs

COLUMN: Gambling can be an addiction, just like drink or drugs

Gambling in this country is seen in general terms as an acceptable fun activity that millions of people participate in, be it a flutter on the Grand National, the Premiership or the purchase of a lottery ticket.

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Green Dragon Chef, Stephen Bulmer

FARMING MATTERS: Growing heritage variety vegetables

Bad weather in southern Europe has caused a shortage of some vegetables on the supermarket shelves which could continue well into the spring.

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Dnoald Trump

LETTERS ROUND-UP: Including Donald Trump and John Bercow, development concerns and a traffic response

This week’s Bucks Herald letters - you can send a letter on any subject to the editor by emailing editorial@bucksherald.co.uk - we reserve the right to edit letters.

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Content Editor Hayley O'Keeffe

COLUMN: Wow! It’s been an important week for news here in the Vale...

It’s fast paced weeks like this that really cement how much I cherish the role that local newspapers play, and I’m sure that you’ll agree that there is plenty of important news to ponder in this week’s Bucks Herald.

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David Bell, retired farmer and active pilot with Muscular Dystrophy, manoeuvres one of his light aircraft with the assistance of his TGA Supersport mobility scooter.

FARMING MATTERS: Scooting around the farm

Farming has long been considered to be one of the most dangerous occupations to work in, with exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, large machinery, unpredictable animals, and often working in isolation or in isolated places.

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Living an active life down on the farm

Keep pets fit and healthy

Pet obesity has become a major problem throughout the UK, with an estimated 4.6 million pets (including dogs, cats and rabbits) now considered as obese, putting them at a much higher risk of contracting illnesses like cancer, diabetes and osteoarthritis. And 81 per cent of veterinary professionals have expressed concern over the problem, having seen a significant rise in pet obesity in the last two years.

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FARMING MATTERS: An Inspector Calls

Inspections take place in most industries and farming is no exception.

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Mike Tustin, a chartered forester with John Clegg & Co

FARMING MATTERS: Trees as a farm crop

Farmers are being encouraged to think of forestry as a means of diversification.

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FARMING MATTERS: Deer visited farmhouse garden over Christmas holidays

Over the festive season we have enjoyed some rather endearing visitors to our garden, who were particularly appropriate for the Christmas period.

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FARMING MATTERS: Feeding on a winter day.  Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Feeding takes up the whole day

Winter days on the farm can more or less be summed up in one word - feeding. I wrote last week about how the herd has now come indoors.

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The cattle are now indoors for the winter.  Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: The suckler herd comes in for the winter

This week the cattle came in for the winter. This is late by usual standards, but we’ve had a particularly dry season and so the land has been able to take it. And of course the cattle have received supplementary feed out in the field every day.

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Farming Matters columnist Heather Jan Brunt serves up a traditional Christmas turkey.

FARMING MATTERS: Buy local for Christmas turkey

At this time of year thoughts turn to festive fare and the traditional turkey roast for Christmas lunch.

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COLUMN: A week in the life of council’s leader of the opposition

I’ve spent much of the week asking questions.

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Our columnist Heather Jan Brunt returns to riding after many years

FARMING MATTERS: A return to horse riding

When I was a teenager I rode all the time, in fact when I was younger I actually pretended to be a horse. I trotted as I pulled my father’s golf caddy around the course, and set up cavaletti jumps in our garden. My sister used to refuse to walk to school with me because I insisted on walking like a horse. As a teen I worked in the nearby riding stables and was also fortunate to have two friends with several horses who used to let me ride them in exchange for helping to look after them. And so I guess it was obvious that a lot of people imagined I would get a horse of my own when I married a farmer. Wrong.

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Farming Matters.  Tree work in the garden. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Doing a spot of gardening

At this time of year the ground is usually too wet to do work involving heavy machinery, but we’ve had a pretty dry autumn and so my husband decided this was a perfect time to do some work in the garden.

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Louis is a great help on the farm and helped look after the cattle while the farmer was away. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS Looking after the animals while the farmer is away

I was recently appointed acting CEO of the farm. My husband was away for a few days and left me in charge for the first time ever. As I don’t have an active role in the farm on a day to day basis, and also have my own job to do, I hoped nothing untoward would occur in his absence.

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Members of Ashbrook Allotment Association in Wendover.  From left to right, shareholder Graham Newman, shareholder Robin Beattie, visiting farmer Geoff Brunt and association secretary John Currell. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Taking a visit to some very smart allotments

Allotment holders regularly ask my husband if they can buy a load of cattle manure to nurture their plots and recently I accompanied him when he went to visit Ashbrook Allotments on the Aylesbury Road in Wendover.

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