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St Patrick’s Day

I watched the lifeless, dark brown liquid slurp into the glass and tried not to think “Jeyes Fluid”. The glass was set onto a disc on which a small amount of water had been poured. A button was pressed and … Continue reading

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Alfie. . . a kind of loving

As a first move it could hardly be called ladylike. . . and Alfie was a little surprised when Peppa the gilt* grabbed him around the neck and tried to wrestle him to the ground. The pig farmer tried to … Continue reading

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Veg talk

Who said size doesn’t count? As it happens, the chances are a carrot this size is likely to have all the texture and taste of a plank. It’s going to be soup. . . or I may use it to … Continue reading

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Merlin behaves like a prat – again

When handling farm animals, don’t rush, don’t panic and – most important of all – don’t get between a Shetland pony and a hefty gatepost. I reflected on that advice this week as I lay on my back in the mud, … Continue reading

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Wind and wuthering

Winter is starting to drag. Persistent rain and wind have left the fields soft and lifeless. There’s more brown than green in the grass. . . it’s hard to imagine that, in less than four months,  we will be stacking … Continue reading

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Like mother, like. . .

The piglet was very small, considering she was the first of the litter, and she didn’t seem that interested in suckling. The first milk is very important, providing colostrum that basically fires up an animal’s immune system, so the pig farmer … Continue reading

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Alf

The heavy snow that hung around for what seemed like ages wasn’t bad news for everyone. The problem with relying on electric fencing is that more intelligent animals quickly work out when the power is off and Alfie, our young … Continue reading

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