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Modern dairy farm in same family for 90 years

Modern dairy farm in same family for 90 years

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Sitting on the edge of Sherborne, Castle Farm has been home to the Dimond family for almost 90 years. On this farmland, which stretches...
PIONEER: A portrait of Benjamin Jesty

The inspiring Dorset farmer who was a pioneer in the field of vaccination

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A headstone in a church graveyard in Worth Matravers bears an epitaph for Dorset farmer Benjamin Jesty. “He was an upright honest Man, particularly...
MP for North Dorset Simon Hoare

Farmers are crucial – especially now

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As the days start to lengthen our farmers have turned, or are just about to turn, their energies to lambing and the cycle of...

Last chance for farmers to sign up for pesticide amnesty

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Farmers in North Dorset can still sign up to participate in a Dorset Pesticide Amnesty, which is being held by the Catchment Sensitive Farming...
Photo by Ankith Choudhary on Unsplash

Buzzing with knowledge

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The ladies of Filgroup recently enjoyed a interesting talk by Fred Swift, alias The Wiltshire Beekeeper. Meeting once a month in Fovant Village Hall, the...
Farm vets and internal specialist referrals

Farm vets and internal specialist referrals

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By Alice Miller BVSC DBR MRCVS Friars Moor Livestock Health If you have been unfortunate enough to have a pet with a complicated or unknown...
The Cossins family have been at Rawston Farm since 1877

Quality produce from a family devoted to keeping it local

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Five generations of the Cossins family have been farming at Rawston Farm since 1877. The farm, which stands in the heart of the beautiful...
Picture by Archie and Kathleen, from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Marnhull

Green team celebrating great first year

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An environmental group is celebrating a great first year after planting 250 trees and making 200 bottles of apple juice. Marnhull Green TEAMS – (Taking...
Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash

Why you should sing to cows…

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“Walking along a peaceful country lane, flanked either side by fields of grazing cows, lazing in the May sunshine, I’ll confess this crime, I...
The new strategy will replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy on December 31st and immediately will see the phasing out of the biggest farming grant, the Basic Payment Scheme.

Concerns raised over new farm strategy

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“You can’t be green if you are in the red,” said NFU Somerset chairman and farmer Tom Kimber in response to the government’s new...

Latest Farming Stories

Ins and outs of the breeding period

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By Alice Miller BVSC DBR MRCVS Friars Moor Livestock Health. RECENTLY we have been busy helping our autumn block calving clients prepare for their upcoming...

It’s calving time down on the farm

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By Ruth Kimber. The Harvest Festival service was held this year on a neighbouring farm – this is the third year it’s been on a...

Defra orders all birds to be housed to stop spread of...

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ALL birds must be kept indoors from Monday (November 7) until further notice, as efforts to curb the spread of bird flu continue. The UK's...