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Create a cabin building

Innovation in food preparation areas

Anglo-French company makes it simpler and cheaper for UK farmers to shift to making and selling their own produce

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The Castlemilk Moorit - saved from extinction

Castlemilk Moorits: a real success story

A breed that combines all the best characteristics of its Hebridean ancestors

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Wessex Lowlines in the field

Lowdown on the Lowlines

Nick Weber of Wessex Lowlines explains the reasons for the success of these well-proportioned beef cattle that are well suited to smallholdings

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Rooftop solar arrays

The renewable energy experts

Renewable Solutions UK , Cheshire. is a UK-wide company offering a wide range of eco-friendly technologies

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The six litre combo with legs

Ideal for use with medicines

Osprey Plastics, Shropshire

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British Whites - a popular breed with smallholders

British Whites – at a show near you in 2014!

British Whites are very popular cattle with smallholders – and you can see them at events around Britain in coming months

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Create a cabin building

Innovation in food preparation areas

Anglo-French company makes it simpler and cheaper for UK farmers to shift to making and selling their own produce

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Going to the rescue

Many smallholders give a home to rescue animals. Simon Dawson is one of them, and here he debunks some myths, looks at the practical, financial and emotional implications and poses the question: What’s in it for me?

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Trade deal ‘a threat to growers’

Some could be forced out of business, claims Landworkers Alliance

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Small is beautiful

LIZ SHANKLAND meets some captivating pet pigs and discovers that size isn’t everything

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White goslings: darker grey fluff (saddleback pattern) in the female

Tips for sexing goslings

Geese are not as easy to sex as ducks, where the quack is the instant giveaway. New owners often cannot tell their geese apart and a ‘pair’ of perfectly happy young birds can turn out to be the same sex by spring. We’ve heard tales of the faithful ‘gander’ sitting side by side with the goose – on a nest of infertile eggs belonging to the two females of course. It is useful to buy reliably vent-sexed birds.

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A couple of Welsh Mountain wethers

Caring for my new sheep

I’m soon going to be getting three wethers for fleece production as I’m keen on handspinning and other fibrecrafts. These will be the only sheep on our holding, and obviously won’t be bred from. They’ll be pets as much as anything else. Given that they’re non-breeding animals, I’m just wondering what sort of vaccinations and medication that might need on a routine basis, if anything. The three are different breeds, so will be coming from different places.

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Get Clever! Win this superb hen house

We are giving away a fantastic £395 chicken house

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This beautiful Fantasia chicken house is from www.ilikechickens.co.uk

Design a hen house - and win it!

Here’s a fantastic opportunity - to win a hen house that you design yourself!

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