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    A SIGNFICANT number of sheep were killed when a livestock trailer overturned yesterday afternoon, police have confirmed.Between 10 and 20 sheep died in the accident which saw the trailer become unhitched and overturn at Mullacott Cross roundabout, near Ilfracombe.Police were called to the scene by the driver shortly after 3pm, with the incident causing significant traffic delays.Sergeant Paul Jones described the incident as "tragic", but said the driver had been fully cooperative with police...

    Sheep deaths confirmed after Ilfracombe crash


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    AN anonymous farmer gave triplet calves to be sold in aid of the North Devon Hospice Long House Appeal.The trio attracted keen bidding at Kivells Holsworthy Market, the best British Blue Bull calf raising £398, the next at £370 with the top heifer at £265. Afterwards auctioneer David Kivell said: "We were really pleased to see over £1,000 raised for this appeal at Holsworthy and look forward to doing more for the hospice in the near future."Jenny Richardson, North Devon...

    Anonymous farmer sold triplet calves to raise money for North...


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    FARMING union leaders have welcomed the six-month suspended prison sentence imposed by the High Court on Bristol campaigner, Jay Tiernan, who has been described as the leader of the Stop the Badger Cull movement.He was found in contempt of court for breaching the terms of an injunction granted to the NFU in 2013 to protect those involved in the pilot culls, and farmers in and around the pilot cull areas, from unlawful action by people opposed to the cull.Mr Tiernan, whose group of...

    Stop the Badger Cull leader given suspended sentence for protests


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    A one in a million event took place on a Devon farm yesterday after a ewe gave birth to five lambs.81-year-old Shirley Burrough delivered the quintuplets, which are incredibly rare, at Peradon Farm, an organic beef and sheep family-run farm, yesterday.Farmer Jonathan Burrough, 36, said: "Our farm really is a remarkable place so it seems fitting that we've had these exceptionally rare quintuplets born here."My 81 year old mum Shirley delivered the quintuplets and couldn't believe her eyes....

    Ewe gives birth to 'incredibly rare' quintuplets


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    A NORTH Devon dairy farmer is using his milk to help Britain's leading supplier take on the American market and double transatlantic sales.The farmer from Chulmleigh supplies milk to the US export market and to make award winning Kingdom Cheddar cheese.Adam Westaway, part owner of the 114 hectare Philham Farm near Chulmleigh, is also a member of the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative's (OMSCo) premium pool.Adam's 80 cow dairy herd is mostly made up of Friesians with a few Ayshires – all of...

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    A FARMER has been ordered to pay £500 compensation after a late night fracas at Hatherleigh Market.Marcus Cobb caused minor injuries to fellow farmer Philip Cleave during the incident after an event at the market earlier this year.Cobb, 28, of Jacobstowe, near Okehampton, admitted causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for four months, suspended for a year.He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation and do 120 hours' unpaid work by Recorder James Freeman at Exeter Crown...

    Farmer avoids jail after ​late night fracas at Hatherleigh Market


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    BADGER culls will continue if the conservatives are re-elected, said the farming minister on a visit to Holsworthy's new livestock market. The Conservative minister, George Eustice, stopped off in Holsworthy while campaigning in the area. The MP for Camborne and Redruth said the badger culls would continue if the Conservatives stayed in government. He called Labour's plans to deal with TB "completely wrong". He said: "The evidence is very clear actually that you need to use many different...

    George Eustice, Conservative farming minister, visits Holsworthy


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    UKIP'S farming spokesman has told the Journal that he backs many genetically modified (GM) solutions to some of the big problems facing farmers.Stuart Agnews, poultry farmer and Ukip's agricultural spokesman, believes GM can help solve problems such as black grass, insecticide resistance and potato blight.Speaking from Ukip national chairman Steve Crowther's house near Braunton, the long time farmer set out Ukip's stall to entice voters from the farming community.Speaking on the subject of dairy...

    UKIP farming spokesman backs GM solutions during trip to North...


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    PEOPLE posed to take selfies with a Secretary of State during a visit to South Molton this week.Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at the Department for Communities & Local Government, visited North Devon and took time to have his picture taken with people including North Devon councillor Pat Barker and Peter Heaton-Jones, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for North Devon.Mr Pickles was in the area attending a Conservative Association event.Mr Heaton-Jones said: "It was a delight to...

    Eric Pickles takes selfies during North Devon visit


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    NORTH Devon could see badgers being culled within 12 months if the Conservatives win May's general election.Environment secretary Liz Truss gave more information on the party's plans for further culls while speaking at the first day of the NFU Conference.She was asked what the Conservatives' plans were regarding the long awaited roll-out of badger culls across the South West.The question came after a recent Labour commitment to end the culls immediately if returned to power.She said: "I...

    Badger cull to come to North Devon in a year if Conservatives win...


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    MIDSOMER Murders and Bergerac star John Nettles is encouraging local people and beyond to get behind an upcoming project to help dozens more horses in need in Holsworthy. Mr Nettles is backing The Mare and Foal Sanctuary's work to fully equip Upcott Park, its newest site, near the town.Home to just 17 horses at present, the farm is 135 acres and will eventually be able to hold up to 90 horses – but the Sanctuary knows a lot of work needs to be done before it can reach that scale. The...

    Sanctuary patron John Nettles encourages public to back...


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    TWO sheep were killed by electromagnetic radiation from the recent solar eclipse, a farmer has claimed.Gloucestershire farmer Rob Taylor inspected his flock of 250 ewes on Wednesday - five days after the eclipse, and found two dead in one of his fields.He said it was due to a lack of calcium in their blood brought about by electromagnetic radiation flooding back down to Earth immediately after the eclipse.The farmer, who operates 200 acres at his farm in south Gloucestershire, said: "I was...

    Solar eclipse radiation killed two sheep, claims farmer


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    A NORTH Devon farmer had the "surprise of a lifetime" when he found one of his sheep had given birth to eight lambs. Ian Balsdon from Reed Farm near Hatherleigh said he had never seen a ewe give birth to so many lambs. A five lamb litter is rare but the eight lamb litter, born on Tuesday, March 17, is almost unheard of. Ian's daughter, Mel, thought the ewe was done when she gave birth to her sixth lamb. She said: "She started giving birth at around 6pm and gave birth to six lambs in the...

    North Devon farmer's sheep gives birth to eight lambs in rare...


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    The RSPCA is examining its policy on prosecutions under the Hunting Act and whether these should continue.It has told the Journal's sister publication, the Western Morning News, it has no more legal actions pending under the Act after last month's decision to drop its case for alleged illegal hunting against William Bryer, huntsman with Dorset's Cattistock Hunt.A report last year by Stephen Wooler, QC, concluded that hunting prosecutions should largely be handed over to police and the CPS, with...

    RSPCA Hunting Act prosecutions policy comes under review


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    DOG owners are being urged to keep their pets on a lead around livestock following a rise in the number of attacks on sheep.The National Sheep Association (NSA) warned this week that dogs chasing and attacking sheep is causing a major animal welfare problem on UK sheep farms – especially when ewes are heavily pregnant or have young lambs at foot.And with increasing numbers of sheep worrying incidents being reported, NSA chief executive Phil Stocker is calling for dog owners to be extra...

    Warning over rise in the number of dog attacks on sheep


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    This report contains an image some may find upsettingIN ANOTHER example of a shocking dog attack on livestock, a farmer has had to put one of her prize sheep down as it was near-destroyed.A pedigree Hampshire Down ram was savaged by a dog in a field in Bickleigh, near Bickleigh Mill, between the evening of Tuesday, April 21 and early morning of Wednesday, April 22.Owner Marion Cann found it in so much pain it had to be killed and said her father, who has been farming all his life, said he...

    PICTURED: Dog savages pedigree ram so badly it has to be put down


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    A FARMING leader from North Devon is asking the new government to back up its pre-election promises with action.Conservative promises on creating a sustainable food chain must be backed up with support for the farming industry, says the NFU's Devon chairman, David Verney.Mr Verney wants to see specific action on pre-election promises around securing a sustainable, profitable farming industry which can continue to contribute to the economy.Speaking ahead of this week's Devon County Show, Mr...

    Farming leader asks government to keep its promises


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    A FAMILY farm is offering visitors the chance to see how its ice cream goes from cow to cone all in one place.This ice cream parlour with a difference can be found in Exmoor's National Park.Oliver and Zoe Rose took over Liscombe Farm nearly two years ago and have been keen to diversify.Now ice cream lovers can see the cows being milked just metres away from the ice cream being made.With help from NatWest the family bought a herd of Brown Swiss cows, turned a shed into a farm shop and started...

    New ice cream parlour takes the treat from cow to cone


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    A farming leader turned over part of his cattle shed to cannabis growing because he thought it would make him more money that rearing beef.John Shears is a former National Farmers Union chairman who fell for the 'crackpot' scheme in the hope of making enough money to install new cattle grids on his land.He hoped to be paid £3,000 a year rent for the use of a cattle shed and outbuildings at Chagford on Dartmoor but ended up losing money when three successive crops failed.He was caught with...

    Farm leader had cannabis factory in his cattle shed


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    Mole Valley Farmers' opened the doors of its new yard in the first phase of a £1 million site development.The Holsworthy yard is now 120% larger and has been created by combining the existing site with one adjacent. The expansion has allowed for a large and extensively stocked yard, and a soon to be completed drive-through feed store. When completed, delivery vehicles will have their own entrance and exit, and customers will be able to drive to the covered feed store to collect their...

    Mole Valley Farmers' in Holsworthy opens new yard as part of...


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