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FARMING MATTERS: Sheep farmers’ anxiety over dogs

Agricultural shows and events this summer will be a perfect opportunity for the National Sheep Association to remind members of the public about the importance of keeping dogs on leads when they are near to sheep.

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Nationl Sheep Association competition winner, Tristan Pengilley

FARMING MATTERS: Prizes galore for new members

A more perfect prize could not have been found for Tristan Pengilley who has been announced as the first winner of the National Sheep Association (NSA) 2018 membership prize giveaway.

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Mr Stephen Rutledge of Fisher German. Picture copyrght Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: The biggest decision for a farmer

I wrote last week about my husband’s decision to retire after a lifetime of farming.

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REVIEW: Sparks at Common People Oxford - it was out of this world

REVIEW: Sparks at Common People Oxford - it was out of this world

I’ve wanted to see Sparks since I was about 15 years old - to me they really epitomise perfect pop music, strange and kooky and weird and funny - but also vital and really pretty important.

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FARMING MATTERS: Moving towards lifestyle change

Retirement for a farmer is a pretty big decision. Farming isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life – often from birth, and that’s certainly been the case for my husband.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday

FARMING MATTERS: A chance to see beyond farm gate

If you have always wanted to visit a farm but don’t have any farming friends, now is your chance to see what goes on beyond the farmyard gates and fields. On LEAF Open Farm Sunday hundreds of farmers and their families across the country welcome visitors and showcase all that British farming delivers.

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: How can we trust either of our councils with unitary after a string of failings?

EDITOR’S COLUMN: How can we trust either of our councils with unitary after a string of failings?

This week Aylesbury Vale District Council and Bucks County Council are vying for your support.

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FARMIMG MATTERS: Turnout for the suckler herd

Spring turnout for the suckler herd is always a lovely time. After spending the winter months in the yards, the cows and calves are over the moon to get out into the fresh air and enjoy space and new grass.

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FARMING MATTERS: Dedication brings just rewards

Small independent retailers have been the backbone of this country, and to find a fabulous butcher is always a huge bonus.

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Rebecca Briant with Countryfile presenter and Cotswolds farmer Adam Henson. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Countryfile star draws in crowds

Countryfile fans were in for a treat when presenter and farmer Adam Henson visited Briants of Longwick recently.

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FARMING MATTERS: Fencing to get ready for turn out of cattle

Every day motorists and pedestrians drive and walk by miles and miles of fields, bordered in most cases by some kind of fencing.

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WATCH: The Bucks Herald has a brand new look!

This week The Bucks Herald has a brand new look - and we are really excited to find out what you think.

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FARMING MATTERS: Lambing in full flow with lots of singles

Driving into the office yesterday I passed a field filled with ewes and lambs, and it was obvious the gorgeous little lambs were Jacob crosses due to their black, brown and white colouring. I used to have a pet ewe that was a Suffolk/Jacob cross and she was a beautiful chocolate brown colour.

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Buckingham Arms on Buckingham Street Aylesbury is now Emperor's Lounge

EDITOR’S COLUMN: The joy of witnessing landmark events - and a call to share your lost Aylesbury pub memories!

This weekend myself and my beloved had a very important task to attend to - escorting said beloved’s teenage nephew to buy his first ever car!

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This is a tree nursery that grew trees for the Olympic Park

FARMING MATTERS: Equal treatment for nursery growers

Intense campaigning by the National Farmers Union (NFU) has led to a government decision that will see nursery growers treated equally to other agricultural businesses regarding business rates.

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: A canal birds conundrum - and musings on Hampden Fields

There was sad news for the Hampden Fields Action Group this week - when news came through that the development they have fought long and hard against has been given the green light once and for all.

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NFU #takethelead campaign - NFU adviser James Osman with Isle of Wight NFU chairman Matt Legge

NFU asks walkers to #takethelead

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging dog walkers to #takethelead and use a lead near livestock when in the countryside over the Easter school holidays.

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WEATHERWATCH: A look back at a dreary March

WEATHERWATCH: A look back at a dreary March

Temperatures have been climbing since the start of April, and are now a far cry from some of the freezing conditions we saw during March.

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Bucks Herald Columnist and Aylesbury legend Andy Collins shares the trials and tribulations of getting fit after a big Christmas and New year.. .

COLUMNIST: Dancing on Ice tour? It’s not always glitz and glamour on the road!

So when I’m about in town I often get stopped and asked one of these questions: “Is the 12 days of Christmas routine in Panto really that exhausting you look so knackered by the end” - “Is Holly Willoughby as good looking in the flesh as she is on TV” - “Your showbiz job must be so glamorous”.

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The icoinc white lion has been restored at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Photo by Whipsnade Zoo / ZSL

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Wolverine and turkey fun at Whipsnade Zoo - and fingers crossed for a heatwave!

I hope you had a lovely Easter break - and that, despite the naff weather you managed to do all of the things that make you happiest. 
For me that was a trip to Whipsnade Zoo - where we got up close and personal with a range of beasts including lions, tigers, monkeys, some turkeys and goats and a hilarious wolverine which was determined to evade our gaze running around his enclosure. 
So now we learn that a heatwave is on the way - which comes as a shock for my family in West Yorkshire who are currently tackling their fourth bout of snow. The thought of a heatwave fills me with deep joy - but I must admit, I’ll believe it when I see it...

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