New Year, New Calves

Hello again folks, and Happy New Year! Although, it’s just a new set of days with a date ending in a 2 instead of a 1, isn’t it? The new year never really holds much significance for me. I prefer to count in moments, not years, or else the comparison between other years and others’ […]

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Z for Zoonoses

Welcome to the final instalment of this A-to-Z Farm Dictionary Advent Calendar!

I had a few options for Z, but one won out, mainly thanks to its strange name and sometimes comical but also very serious meaning […]

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U For All Things Udder-Related

When we’re selecting which cows to breed replacements from (heifer calves who will join the herd and carry on that breeding line), one of the most important criteria to us is udder confirmation. It’s up there in the top three […]

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S for Seasonal Breeders

White sheep with lambs in a field with the a graphic of an red and gold bauble with a gold 18 in it in the top centre of the picture.

If you’ve been watching farming programmes on tv, or paying attention to what you see in the fields at different times of the year, you might have noticed you usually see newborn lambs bounding around in Spring, but see piglets and calves at all times of the year. In the wild, animals evolved to breed […]

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P for PD’ing

Every autumn (or winter, if time runs away with us) comes one of the most nail-biting days in our farming calendar… PD’ing…

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O for Out-Wintering

Black cow grazing grass face on to camera. Red and gold bauble with gold 15 bottom centre of image.

No two farms are the same, and neither are the systems that work for them. In Britain, there are so many different options when it comes to how to keep your cattle, what to feed them and how to get through the winter months, it all depends on where you farm and what you’re farming. […]

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N for NVZ

Green muck-spreader spreading livestock manure in a field. Red and gold bauble with gold 14 in centre of image.

It always shocks people when they see how much paperwork is involved in farming. There’s that age-old belief that it’s an industry stuck in the past, run solely on hard graft and dirty hands. But there’s an administrative side, and without a pen and paper, or a laptop or tablet nowadays, you won’t be farming […]

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The Three M-words

Black cow stood in a field washing a black calf standing in front of her. Red and gold bauble with gold 13 bottom centre of image.

There are many ills and ailments breeding animals can go down with, but three that spring to mind that all involved the letter M are Milk Fever, Mastitis and Magnesium Deficiency (known as Grass Staggers, but that’s not an M word). And coincidentally, we’ve had a brush with all 3 in the last 12 months! […]

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L for Lowlands

The British landscape is so vast and varied. From the highlands of Scotland, to the fairly flat fields of Lincolnshire. The mountains of Wales and hills of the Yorkshire Dales, to the lush, green fields further down the valley, where everything finds it a little easier to thrive – it’s those areas that are called […]

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K for Knackerman

The person you never want to have to call, but who plays a vital role in keeping the countryside running.

Anything involving death is a sensitive subject, but when you’re in close proximity to animals, you’re going to be faced with it at some point, hopefully I can cover this subject as respectfully as possible here.

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