All Things Cattle Breeding

Ask 10 different farmers which is the best breed of cattle, or any other livestock, to keep, and you’ll get 10 different answers. But why are there so many breeds, and how do people decide which to keep?

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Food Stories- An Interview With My Father

A red Massey Ferguson tractor driving across a field, with a set of discs on the front and a powerharrow and drill behind, drilling a crop.

Welcome to the Food Stories Series. A series to connect you to the stories of the people behind the food on our plates and the countryside we all enjoy. Their different roles, backgrounds, journeys, and reasons they do what they do. To kick this series off, I couldn’t think of anyone better to interview than my biggest farming inspiration, my teacher, mentor… and father.

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Harvest Sagas- Part 2

Looking up from the base of the stems of a field of golden wheat that's ready for harvesting.

Welcome to part 2 of this year’s Harvest Sagas. It’s certainly been a long one, the first to stretch into October for quite some time…

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Harvest Sagas- Part 1

Close up of a field of wheat, it's still green but the ears are there and the leaves are starting to get a yellow tinge.

Harvest Time It’s the slow humming of the combine, out of sight but not to be mistaken. The sight of golden carpets adorning the countryside, bales of straw popping up here, there and everywhere, children begging to stay out in the garden just a little longer to get a glimpse of the ginormous combine harvester… […]

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FOR MY FUTURE SELF

Rays from the low sun streaming over the back of a white pony, with a bay horse grazing in the background.

I sat down to write, and by some twist of fate I came across a letter I had written to myself 2 years ago today. Here it is, in case you need to hear it too…

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ACCEPTANCE

Holly, a white woman with shoulder length brown hair, sitting outside in front of hedges and trees in a Quickie Q700 Sedeo Pro Powered Wheelchair with the legs elevated. Wearing grey trousers, a plum coloured top, sunglasses and a grey baseball cap.

I’ve been wanting to write about acceptance for a while, and what it means to me. So often, the narrative we hear is centred around overcoming challenges, but what about accepting them and ourselves, as we are?

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A GIRL, A GODDESS, AND A THUNDERSTORM

Close up of a golden calf curled up in the straw.

Today, I’ve got a story I’d like to tell you. It involves a girl, who longed to go outside and see the cows, a heifer, who wasn’t supposed to still be here, and the calf she was never meant to have…

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Calving 2020

While most of the world has stood still, the cows (and the humans) have been as busy as ever here. So, I thought it was time to give you a recap of this year’s calving season, complete with some calf spam to brighten your day!

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