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Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Benjamin Crosby  of britannicararebreeds.co.uk considers the prospect of making a living from keeping rare breeds, and looks at alternative ways of doing so where profit may prove elusive Making a living from traditional and rare breeds is a dream that many try to realise. Although a few succeed where circumstances are favourable, most will find […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NSA Event for Next Generation of Sheep Farmers

NSA Event for Next Generation of Sheep Farmers

It’s often said that one of the real problems facing the UK agricultural sector is the average age of farmers today, and the sector does acknowledge that there is a need to bring in more new blood. Consequently, young people with a passion for the sheep sector are being invited to an open event next […]

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 […]

Keeping Native Breeds

Keeping Native Breeds

Benjamin Crosby looks at why it might be wise to sacrifice a little production for the relative ease of keeping hardy native breeds which often thrive on foraging in the British environment. Native breeds are those created solely in Great Britain. There is a great, often overlooked, selection to choose from, and a breed for […]

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 […]

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 →
How to Butcher Lamb

How to Butcher Lamb

Stephen Whitehead of Whitehead’s Butchers in Lancashire begins a series of step-by-step butchering classes with an exercise in butchering a spring lamb See Also: Keeping Sheep – Meat, Fleece and Milk Making Sausages   Adding value to your own produce is probably one of the foremost requirements if a smallholding, farm shop or pig club […]

By February 9, 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 →
Keeping Sheep – 2 – The Shepherd’s Calendar

Keeping Sheep – 2 – The Shepherd’s Calendar

  In the second part of her series on keeping sheep, Dot Tyne explains the importance of the shepherd’s calendar and covers the breeding process, shearing, and offers advice on health planning See also: Keeping Sheep – part 1 – An Introduction Keeping Sheep – part 3 – Meat, Fleece and Milk   Having made […]

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