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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 […]

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 →
BHWT Rehoming Day

BHWT Rehoming Day

Back in 2009, in the relatively early days of Home Farmer, I spent time with Adele Hall, the Trust’s regional co-ordinator for the northwest and the gang of volunteers on one of their rehoming days. Prompted by a call-out from the BHWT who want to get more co-ordinators I’ve revisited the article I wrote as […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

  Phil Moore of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) writes about the aims of the organisation and an exciting new initiative they have taken on designed to enable more people to work the land. The changing post-Brexit landscape could well prompt a resurgence in small-scale mixed farming. Could this possibly be one solution to the […]

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

Invertebrate charity, Buglife, is dismayed that the National Farmers Union (NFU) is ignoring the compelling evidence that neonics have damaged wild bee populations and has again asked Defra to temporarily lift the EU-wide ban on using neonicotinoid seed treatments on insect pollinated crops. There is abundant scientific evidence that neonic seed treatments do not consistently […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe. I heard him interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme immediately after the 7 o’clock news, and his attitude was calm and relaxed, although he was emphatic about concerns for the UK poultry […]

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 […]

The Search Is on for the Nation’s Top ‘Meadow Makers’

The Search Is on for the Nation’s Top ‘Meadow Makers’

Meadows and grasslands rich in wildflowers such as oxeye daisies, buttercups and myriad orchids have declined disastrously since the 1930s ‒ in fact we have lost 97% (or nearly 7.5 million acres), and more are being lost each year through neglect, conversion to other land use or development. Farmers and landowners are crucial in protecting […]

Ancient Woodland of Ambridge: Development Threat

Ancient Woodland of Ambridge: Development Threat

  Ancient Woodland of Ambridge: Development Plans Most of us (if not all) know that the Archers are fiction, but the plots are often based on real issues, and one of the latest storylines concerns the threat to ancient woodland from development. Consequently the Woodland Trust has written a formal letter of objection to the […]

The Landworkers’ Alliance

The Landworkers’ Alliance

Who are The Landworkers’ Alliance? The Landworkers’ Alliance is a group of small-scale traditional farmers who believe that this is the only way to produce good quality produce sustainably. Their aim is to get more of a say for small-scale farmers within Defra and the corridors of power. The following is a recent press release […]

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