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‘Egg-cellent’ Easter Eggs v Happy Hens’ Eggs

‘Egg-cellent’ Easter Eggs v Happy Hens’ Eggs

It’s nearly Easter, which means the supermarket shelves are stacked full of shiny chocolate eggs, but a national hen welfare charity is hoping the public will spare a thought for hens’ eggs at this time of year too. With that in mind, the British Hen Welfare Trust takes a quick look at how hens’ eggs […]

By March 16, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Increase in Slaughter without Stunning

Increase in Slaughter without Stunning

Apparently the number of sheep slaughtered in the UK without prior stunning has doubled in the last 6 years to over 3 million. The sharp rise – attributed to the Muslim community eating more sheep meat and ‘enhance religious observance’ ‒ was described by independent peer, Lord Trees, a former president of the Royal College […]

New Threat to UK Dairy Industry

New Threat to UK Dairy Industry

  Every week sees yet another new attempt by US producers peddling inferior products to infiltrate the UK market, presumably prompted by our need to sign trade agreements as we leave the UK. But seriously; if someone tried to sell you an inferior product then described your refusal to buy it as a ‘trade barrier’, […]

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

A report from the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) describes the UK’s small local abattoirs as close to collapse. Over the last ten years more than a third have closed, with just 63 now remaining in England (down from 96 in 2007). This, together with the resulting high financial, environmental and welfare cost of transporting relatively […]

Healthy Chickens Check List

Healthy Chickens Check List

In this post Jason Weller of Mantel Farm focuses specifically on the health and welfare of your flock. Sitting down to write my first Home Farmer post seems a daunting task. Keeping readers interested month to month on the subject of keeping poultry – a topic which has been tackled repeatedly – is a considerable […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Feeding Goats

Feeding Goats

  Emma Hurrell BSc (Hons), PGCert, discusses the importance of providing your goats with a high quality, balanced diet to ensure they remain healthy and productive THE IMPORTANCE OF FIBRE As ruminants, goats are highly adapted to digesting fibre. Eating fibrous material such as hay and tree branches promotes rumination (‘chewing the cud’), maintains healthy […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

  The most obvious birds with special needs are re-homed birds via the British Hen Welfare Trust or similar, which may never even have seen the outdoors prior to their retirement from the commercial world, but I have tried to deal with the question of combining different birds, dealing with particularly nervous birds and keeping […]

By January 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The Secret Life of Moles

The Secret Life of Moles

      People often think about moles in seasonal terms; when spring arrives molehills start to pop up all over the fields and occasionally in gardens, causing a bit of nuisance until the end of summer, but then, come autumn, the moles seem to retreat back underground to hibernate for the winter. So, mole-catching […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

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