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Livestock Care and Advice

Rescue hen’s world record

Monday, January 25, 2016
The Elliott family from Rugby with Jane Howorth, founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust, and Dee the 500,000th hen re-homed by the charity

One clucky, lucky hen has set a world record for the charity the British Hen Welfare Trust.

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Home slaughter- part 3

Friday, January 15, 2016
Step 1

In the third part of his series on home slaughter, Tim Tyne gives a step-by-step guide to killing a chicken and preparing it for the oven

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Home slaughter- part 2

Friday, January 15, 2016
Surplus goat kids are often slaughtered at a very young age, but i think it's better to rear them

In the second part of his series on home slaughter, Tim Tyne considers the different techniques

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Home slaughter- part 1

Friday, January 15, 2016
Plucking poultry- another job for youngsters!

In the first part of a feature series on home slaughter, Tim Tyne says the process is surprisingly easy and wholesome, and connects us with our food in a natural way

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Best of both worlds

Monday, November 9, 2015
MAIN briefcase 1

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: www.victoriaeveleigh.co.uk

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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