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    A local council has suggested that cows should be dressed up in fluorescent, high-viz jackets with lights strung around their necks following a string of accidents.The idea was put forward as a way of letting the animals feed during poor light, but farmers have labelled it a "ridiculous" idea.The proposal follows a spate of accidents involving cows being struck by cars on the green in Hungerford, Berkshire, and just last month one had to be put down due to severe injuries.Farmers have...

    ​Council claims cows should wear fluorescent jackets


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    THE whole farm was brought to Bideford's ASDA store today as the producers' war on unfair milk pricing ratcheted up a notch. North Devon dairy farmers teamed up with pig and sheep counterparts and more for another supermarket 'milk trolley challenge protest' today – but this time they went a little bigger. The protest trend, being mimicked across the country, sees farmers invade a store and purchase every last drop of milk off the shelves, to highlight the low price at which it is...

    ​VIDEO: All the farm comes to ASDA Bideford as store gets milked...


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    PICTURES: All the farm comes to ASDA Bideford as store gets...


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    Following the protest trend of farmers emptying supermarket shelves of milk, Asda has announced that it will increase the prices it pays to suppliers.The chain says that it will increase the price paid per litre to its milk supplier Arla from Monday, to "a level that will assist" farmers. This means that the supermarket will commit to pay 28p – almost 5p extra – per litre for its liquid milk, with the intention that it be passed on directly to farmers. Although the increase...

    ​MILK PRICES: Asda to increase price it pays to milk suppliers


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    PROTESTING farmers have gone a step further this time in the battle for fair milk prices – by adapting a popular charity challenge but taking it to a whole new level. VIEW video below The Ice Bucket Challenge becomes the Milk Bucket Challenge – and it's some bucket. Participants line up under a massive JCB tractor, with the front bucket filled with milk poised overhead. After explaining what they are doing and why, gallons of milk are then poured from a great height over them, as...

    VIDEO: Milk Bucket Challenge takes it to a new level as JCB pours...


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    THE judge at Holsworthy's evening dairy sale so liked his choice of champion and reserve he bought them both at auction, writes Richard Howe.Richard Norman keeps his own herd of pedigree Holsteins and was hugely complimentary of the entries."They're outstanding examples of the breed," he said of the winner, four-year-old Allweek Samuelo Tessa, from Torrington, and the reserve, Wagtail Aftershock Begonia, a young heifer from Monkleigh, near Bideford.He called Martin Heal's Tessa...

    FARMING NEWS: Stock so good judge bought two champions


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    A BIOLOGICAL study of farming methods has concluded there's a greater risk of cattle catching bovine TB when they belong to herds of 150 or more and where maize is grown.Other practices associated with higher TB risk are keeping fewer hedgerows and storing silage, according to the research by a team from Exeter University.The team analysed data from 503 farms which have suffered a TB breakdown alongside 808 control farms in areas of high TB risk. North Devon and Torridge are among the worst hit...

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    FARMERS and growers are preparing to exhibit their best produce when South Molton gathers for the Christmas Fatstock Show on Sunday, December 6.The event, hosted by Stags auctioneers in the pannier market includes a show and sale of dressed turkeys, geese, duck and chickens, and of live sheep and cattle.There are usually several entries of wheat, barley, hay and swedes and other vegetables for judging.Visitors will also be able to see a display of poultry, including fancy hens.Local choirs will...

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    SOUTH Molton's woollen mill is helping turn out thousands of £30 shopping bags to cut down the use of plastic.The high cost is because the bags are made of wool from Whiteface Dartmoor sheep.It's the latest environmentally friendly product in Devon's recycling movement.Mill operator John Arbon, a textile specialist, and his staff, spin the twine at the Pathfields-based mill for Ashburton wholesale company, Twool.Yorkshire factories scour and dye the twine before they're made into bags...

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  • 11/25/15--18:00: Vet talk on lameness
  • FARMERS with livestock on or around Exmoor have the chance on Monday to question a vet and hear solutions to lameness problems.The micro-farming group of Exmoor Hill Farm Network is meeting to hear Mark Soutar from Dulverton Veterinary practice talk about livestock. The event is at the Royal Oak Inn, Withypool at 7.30pm.

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    A FAMILY marking six decades in the meat trade has established a new herd of Devon cattle to celebrate.The red ruby heifers are settling in to the farm near Arlington of David and Darren Gratton.The brothers expect the herd to supply hundreds of customers from big hotels to the regulars at their family butcher's in Boutport Street, BarnstapleTheir grandfather, Douglas Gratton, opened the shop after war service in the Royal Navy. It was 1954, the year meat rationing came to an end after the...

    FARMING NEWS: Barnstaple Red Ruby farmers the Gratton family mark...


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    FARMERS in North Devon have discounted a university study which links bigger farms and maize-growing with the risk of cattle catching bovine TB."It's nothing to do with herd size," said Bideford and Torridge chairman for the National Farmers Union, Graham Harding.And the national deputy chairman of the NFU, Minette Batters, also responded to the Exeter University research by saying: "Tell us something we don't already know. "If you've got an endemic disease where there is a...

    FARMING NEWS: North Devon farmers slam Bovine TB study


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    TWO young farmers from North Devon have won the chance to see the home of Glastonbury Festival from a rare perspective, writes Richard Howe. The tour of Worthy Farm was part of the prize in Devon YFC's farm business competition in which Tom Laarveld (Chulmleigh YFC) and Meredith Hoskin (Meshaw YFC) joined forces to create an agricultural business plan. Worthy Farm is the home of Michael Eavis, who stages the world famous event on his land, but who also keeps an award-winning dairy...

    FARMING NEWS: Bound for Glastonbury after winning business plan...


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    THE slang and dialect of farming took centre stage when the Exmoor Society hosted musicians and speakers for a celebration of language. Dozens of people heard linguistics researcher, Vicky Garnett, use the society's archives and the idea of a language garden to understand how words grow, survive or wither away depending on their use. The society's chairman, Rachel Thomas, introduced musicians Tom and Barbara Brown, farmer and poet, Tony Takle, author Victoria Eveleigh and publisher Steven...

    FARMING NEWS: Celebrating language of Exmoor farming


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    A FEED mill serving hundreds of North Devon farmers has changed hands but is keeping its close family ethos – with a different family, writes Richard Howe. The local focus which has been the hallmark of EJ Snell and Sons, near Barnstaple, isn't changing despite the takeover. It follows the retirement of John Snell, whose father, Ted, started the firm more than 50 years ago. Snells has been bought by Steve and Anita Winson, who run their fuel business alongside the feed mill at...

    FARMING NEWS: Changes at mill but focus remains local


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    ORGANISERS of some North Devon's farmers' markets fear uncertain working hours and social media are threatening the markets and other community gatherings, writes Richard Howe. The number of stallholders and customers has dropped in several villages. They're questioning why fewer people are able to join charity groups, the WI, and local organisations. Organiser of Braunton's farmers' market, Nick Kingdon, admitted: "We're really struggling. To the point where I was going to give it...

    FARMING NEWS: Fears for farmers' markets survival


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    AN ex-soldier new to farming, and to fatherhood, cycled 18 miles in desperation to buy a cow and calf so he could feed the baby his wife had delivered with near-fatal complications. He put the calf on his crossbar and pushed it home to Swimbridge from Blackmoor Gate, driving the cow in front of him. This 1912 tale of Albert and May Westaway, formerly of Coombe Farm, is one of many author Philip Dalling has uncovered during his research into the village he so clearly loves. Swimbridge, A...

    FARMING NEWS: Beautiful book catalogues local farming history


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    BISHOPS Nympton farmer, Bob Woollacott, felt he was first time lucky when he saw he'd won the produce trophy at steer at South Molton's Christmas Fatstock Show. But it was clear the judge thought it was less luck and more down to hard work, high quality and condition. He picked as outstanding the hay, swedes, wheat and barley from Bob's Capitol Farm, which together accumulated a championship-winning number of points. "This is probably the first time I've shown, and I've had a bit of...

    FARMING NEWS: Surprise win for farmer at Fatstock show


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    A KEEN eye and careful preparation paid double for a North Molton farming family at South Molton's Christmas Fatstock Show, writes Richard Howe. Livestock judges congratulated Ron and Andrew Tapp for the quality of their entries in awarding them the championship prizes – the first time both cattle and sheep trophies have gone to the same farm. In the produce show Bob Woollacott of Bishops Nympton treated visitors to a quality display of grain, hay and swedes (see page 46). And Gordon...

    FARMING NEWS: A double win for Tapps


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    RED Tractor is to start checking on chicken and other poultry as well as red meat and pork as part of its assurance role. Up to now the poultry industry wasn't included in the inspections by Red Tractor staff. But after a review including chicken breeders and slaughterers they will cover handling, the presence of welfare officers, lairage standards, stunning and killing. Anita Roberts, RTA head of assurance, said: "We decided to extend these standards to cover chicken slaughter, as...

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