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FARMING MATTERS: Young sheep farmers compete

Showing enthusiasm in abundance for the sheep sector, more than 40 young sheep farmers recently attended the National Sheep Association (NSA) Central Region Early Gathering and competed for a place in next year’s national finals of the Young Shepherd of the Year.

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Alicia Chivers, CEO of RABI

Working families need more help

I have written before about the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.), the charity that gives financial support to farming families in need.

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More young people are needed in agriculture

Attracting new blood to industry

A large proportion of young people across the UK are interested in working in the food and farming industry, but job security and work/life balance are key requirements to achieve a happy career.

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National Sheep Association

FARMING MATTERS: Livestock farmers tired of claims

January seems to have become established as the month when vegans and veganism is discussed at length in the media. It’s all over the place, in the press and on television. Just recently I watched a documentary about it, and over the festive period I was invited to a vegan supper.

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Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: This deal is not what we wanted

I don’t usually get political in this column, not least because I write it some way ahead of publication and, as they say, a week is a long time in politics and whatever I write could be seriously out of date before it is read.

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Colin MacGregor, former Head of Shearing at British Wool

FARMING MATTERS: Retiring from role with sheep

Years ago I had a pet ewe, a Suffolk/Jacob cross who was chocolate brown in colour. She was a triplet and her mother couldn’t feed all three so I bought her from our neighbour and hand reared her for a year, giving her milk from a bottle and pieces of bread.

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