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Livestock Care and Advice

Best of both worlds

Monday, November 9, 2015
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Fancy keeping pigs but not sure if you can juggle it with a full-time job?

LIZ SHANKLAND has some advice.

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A question of identity

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
A metal tag with the herd number imprinted on it will withstand the abattoir process

Liz Shankland, the author of the Haynes Pig Manual, explains an aspect of keeping pigs which often confuses beginners – how to correctly identify your animals.

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Veggies’ and livestock

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Feeding time: Jenny Bettenson at Spitalfields City Farm in London

Not all smallholders keep animal for food. Debbie Kingsley talked to three vegetarian smallholders to find out more about the livestock they keep and why they keep them

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Making a health plan

Monday, July 20, 2015
Badgerface sheep in the lambing shed

It is very helpful to plan ahead for year-round for healthy livestock. Debbie Kingsley explains

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Your first sheep

Monday, July 20, 2015
Keeping sheep is not as straightforward as some might think

Sheep can be a joy to keep. But make sure you do your homework first. Jules Moore offers some basic tips

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Which goat?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Sannen kids

If you are thinking of getting some goats, which breed should you choose? Anke Sieker outlines the choices

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An island blast

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The Burton family

Inga and Garry Burton have a productive smallholding on Orkney. It’s windy and challenging… but very rewarding. They talked to John Wright

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Sharing the knowledge

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Michaela and Neil Giles keep Middlewhite pigs

Liz Shankland meets a family of pig-keepers who started rearing weaners for meat and but now give other smallholders the benefit of their experience

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HOT livestock

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Valais flock

Debbie Kingsley meets some of the entrepreneurial pioneers developing high value livestock in Britain

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Extracting a boar’s tusk

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Andrew Rock with Jack

Extracting a boar’s tusk with a hacksaw? Are you serious? Yes, says smallholder Andrew Rock...

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Which sheep? A breed ideal for the moor

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Exmoor Horn sheep in winter / Photo:

Which breed is ideal for the moor? Which won’t cause damage to trees? Tim Tyne looks at various scenarios and recommends breeds to suit

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Winter housing for your cattle

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Refuge in the barn

In the third part of our series on cattle, Debbie Kingsley looks at overwintering your cows and housing requirements

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Do cows need to be fed with more than just grass?

In the second of a series of articles on cattle, Debbie Kingsley looks at feeding cows year round – and whether they need more than grass

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Marking cattle made easy

Career smallholder Tim Tyne offers expert advice on marking cattle, registering for VAT, cleaning automatic drinkers and the benefits of utilising roof racks.

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inFocus: Quality hen houses

Friday, January 9, 2015
The Orchard model

Cherry Acres and the Clever Coop Company describe the hen housing services they offer

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Birds on woodchip - it helps keep the run dry

James Bezant, from Flyte so Fancy, gives some tips on keeping your birds happy during the cold winter months

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inFocus: Hen houses, poultry & feeds

Friday, January 9, 2015
Ducks feeding from the hand

Smallholder Range advise on keeping waterfowl, whilst Cyril Bason expound upon the wide range of poultry they supply customers

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Which breed of sheep for our hotel?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tim Tyne suggests what breed of sheep would be best to grace the entrance of a couple’s hotel... and maybe the menu! Tim also advises a teenager on the perfect breed for a nature reserve.

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Ensure your animals are well cared for in winter

Promotional feature: Things such as the weather, harvest and suchlike can change very quickly though, so careful planning is always advisable. Read on for some helpful advice from experts at Farmgate.

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A case of syringe needles

Unsure about how best to inject your pigs? In the second of a two-part feature, Liz Shankland gives some advice on how to get the job done quickly and efficiently

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Cows: a step too far?

Saturday, December 6, 2014
On the way home

Debbie Kingsley has only one regret about keeping cattle – that she left it so long before getting her first herd. To launch a new series, she shares the pleasure of keeping them

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