Livestock Care and Advice

A shedding ewe with triplets

Our ideal sheep

What is the ideal sheep for the smallholder? Sally Morgan, who keeps sheep at her farm in Somerset, offers a suggestion

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Ben, Mandy and Nerissa with their pigs

Pigs: Our black beauties

When you work full time, running a smallholding means having a team of people you can rely on, as Liz Shankland explains

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David and Jack monitor their livestock's health very carefully

Just one acre: does it work?

Can you be self-sufficient on just one acre? No, but you can have a jolly good try. This is the verdict of Jack Smellie and David Chidgey, who have an acre in Cornwall

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Sam Holloway

On a (sausage) roll!

Business is booming for one young pig farmer, as Liz Shankland discovers in this month’s Pig People

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A family affair

‘Townies’ transformed

Veronica and Jules Hartley started their smallholding adventure three years ago – and have come on in leaps and bounds. They talked to John Wright

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Chris Stewart

Rock star smallholder

Chris Stewart found fame as drummer with superband Genesis. Now he lives quietly on a smallholding in Spain, and wrote about his experiences in the celebrated book Driving Over Lemons. Chris, who has a new book out, talked to Liz Shankland

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piglets

A first farrowing

Magical moments as Mfy finally gives birth reports Dawne Daly

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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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Small is beautiful

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

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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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