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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 […]

It’s Milk, but not as we Know it, Jim

It’s Milk, but not as we Know it, Jim

  Perfect Day, a Silicon Valley company, is looking to create milk products in a lab by synthesising milk from yeast. They aim to launch their ‘dairy’ products in late 2017, which they claim are safer, more nutritious and greener than the proper stuff, requiring 98 per cent less water, over 60 per cent less […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

See also: Butchering your own lamb A viable self-sufficiency checklist It will come as no surprise that small and independent family farms face considerable difficulties, and a major new independent study commissioned by The Prince’s Countryside Fund into the future of such businesses across the UK has revealed a steep decline in numbers since the […]

Homeopathy for Animal Health

Homeopathy for Animal Health

Homeopathy is viewed with a degree of cynicism in some sectors of animal husbandry, but is practised mainly by keepers intent on high standards of welfare. Heidi M. Sands, herself a convert, investigates: See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/natural-medicines/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/old-cures-for-poultry-ailments/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/call-to-end-routine-farm-antibiotic-use/   Homeopathy is widely regarded as an alternative form of medicine understood to have been recognised and […]

Could you keep a house cow?

Could you keep a house cow?

Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency views the cow as the hub of any smallholding, and guides us through the planning and acquisition of a house cow See also: how-much-land-for-self-sufficient-living/ viable-self-sufficiency-checklist/   The house cow should be the hub of the enterprise, and her presence will set the pace of many other smallholding activities. This […]

Smallholders Guide to Insurance

Smallholders Guide to Insurance

The rough insurance definition of a smallholding within the insurance industry is someone that owns less than 50 acres of land and produces food. You might also describe a smallholding as a small farm, but with a maximum size of 50 acres. Obviously policies are available for larger enterprises but these are normally covered by […]

By February 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Dot Tyne, co-author of our forthcoming book, Viable Self-Sufficiency and contributor writing the very popular Smallholder’s Diary every month in HF,  goes through the Viable self-sufficiency checklist used on their own smallholding every couple of years to make sure they stay focused and every bit of their business is pulling it’s weight. So without further […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Signs and Symptoms of Acorn Poisoning

The Signs and Symptoms of Acorn Poisoning

The RSPCA is urging farmers, smallholders and dog owners to be aware of the signs and symptoms of acorn poisoning. They tend to fall from oak trees between September and November, and are an important source of food for many birds and some mammals, such as squirrels, but for many animals ‒ including pets and […]

By November 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Significant Problems Faced by Smaller UK Dairy Farmers

Significant Problems Faced by Smaller UK Dairy Farmers

There are still significant problems faced by smaller UK dairy farmers. Similar protests to those by our own dairy farmers have been taking place across Europe, and are supported by the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA). Although many LWA members producing milk and dairy products are not directly affected, as they sell directly through local outlets, the […]

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