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Author Archive: Paul Melnyczuk

Paul Melnyczuk is editor of Home Farmer, and together with Ruth Tott is the founder of the company. His Ukrainian father and Austrian mother came over in the 1950s, and he was raised near Accrington (of Stanley fame) in Lancashire. With a degree in European Literature and a year spent living in Sweden, and a further 2 years in the Sudan, his background is rich and varied.

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A Safety Guide for Selling at Farmers’ Markets

A Safety Guide for Selling at Farmers’ Markets

  Farmers’ markets present a great opportunity for fledgling businesses to check out the likely interest in a product while exposing it to a wide range of customers who prefer to buy (usually) locally sourced items from the actual producer – a great way of ensuring the provenance of foods in a market where shelves […]

By February 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The UK Government’s Vision for a Greener Future

The UK Government’s Vision for a Greener Future

After a long delay the government has finally launched its 25 Year Environment Plan. It was launched in a major speech by Prime Minister, Theresa May, and pledged to eliminate avoidable waste, introduce new safeguards for wildlife, and connect more children with nature. A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment – […]

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

From the 18th of January 2018, following the discoveries of wild birds in both Dorset and Warwickshire infected with the H5N6 strain of avian influenza, a prevention zone has applied to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England, and from the 25th of January 2018 a similar prevention zone has been in place […]

The Smallholder Scotland Conference 2018

The Smallholder Scotland Conference 2018

The first Smallholding Scotland Conference will take place on the 16th of February at Pitcairngreen Hall in Perth. An essential event for anyone with an interest in smallholding and small-scale farming, the conference is aimed primarily at those with already established small holdings, and those who aspire to enter the world of small-scale horticulture and […]

Ten Food and Farming Risks with a Transatlantic Deal

Ten Food and Farming Risks with a Transatlantic Deal

THE SOIL ASSOCIATION has produced its own assessment of the different risks a trade deal with the US might bring about to coincide with the second reading of the Trade Bill in the House of Commons. The 10 are Chlorine-washed chicken (banned in the EU) Hormone-treated beef (banned in the EU) Ractopamine, which boosts an […]

The Great ‘Meat: a Thing of the Past by 2100?’ Debate

The Great ‘Meat: a Thing of the Past by 2100?’ Debate

“THIS HOUSE BELIEVES Eating Meat Will Be a Thing of the Past by 2100” was a topic debated at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference. The UK is undeniably a successful producer of world-class meat, but veganism – which also does not permit the consumption of milk and eggs – is up by 360% in the […]

Bird Flu Prevention Zone to Cover Whole of England

Bird Flu Prevention Zone to Cover Whole of England

A bird flu prevention zone has been extended to cover the whole of England, according to a statement published jointly by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and the Animal and Plant Health Agency, including a legal requirement for all bird keepers in England to follow […]

Sheep Scab

Sheep Scab

  The National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) was formed in 1995 to promote animal health and welfare through better disease control and prevention. NADIS recognises this is best achieved by active veterinary health planning. Key to improving health is disease surveillance and veterinary based, animal health Knowledge Transfer, delivered to farmers by their veterinary […]

59,000 Ex-commercial Hens Will Enjoy a Free-range Christmas in 2017

59,000 Ex-commercial Hens Will Enjoy a Free-range Christmas in 2017

Christmas is the perfect time of year to get together with friends, family and pets to reflect on the past 12 months, and this Christmas households up and down the country won’t just be snuggling up with furry cats and dogs – they’ll also be treating the feathered friends they’ve saved from slaughter and re-homed […]

By December 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Animal Sentience Denied Then Reaffirmed

Animal Sentience Denied Then Reaffirmed

Under EU law animals are recognised as feeling both pain and emotion – generally referred to as sentience. However, with EU law now about to be transferred into UK law, a recent attempt was made in parliament to transfer the appropriate protocol in order to guarantee continued recognition of this fact, but sadly it was […]

By November 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

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