Livestock Care and Advice

The Orchard model

inFocus: Quality hen houses

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

inFocus: A helping hand for hens during the winter

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

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Ducks feeding from the hand

inFocus: Hen houses, poultry & feeds

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?

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

Taking stock: Reflecting on smallholding plans for the year ahead

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

Tips on giving your pigs injections: Part 2

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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On the way home

Cows: a step too far?

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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When should animals be housed indoors - and how? All smallholders face this question.

Winter housing

When should animals be housed indoors – and how? All smallholders face this question. Jack Smellie and David Chidgey explain how they manage on one acre

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Which breed of sheep should I choose?

Which breed should you choose? That very much depends on your smallholding, says Tim Tyne. In this new series, he will be looking at various scenarios, and recommending a breed to suit

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