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    A TORRIDGE farming family is "numb" and struggling to come to terms with losing 45 Jersey cows from the herd in a bovine tuberculosis scare.A quarter of the 180-strong milking herd at Awsland Farm, Petersmarland, Torridge, is infected with bTB.Michael Ashton and his family have been raising animals at the 140-acre holding near Torrington for 30 years but are devastated to see so many cows go off to slaughter.The National Farmers' Union believes a fox may have dragged a dead, infected...

    Bovine TB outbreak devastates Torridge farming family as 45 cows...


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    I HAVE lived and worked in North Devon for more than 20 years, writes John McKay. Over the last 10 years I have watched the area suffer considerable damage as a result of the rise of mega dairies. Welfare In 2009/10 a local farmer (Peter Willes) was the lead in a proposal to set up a mega-dairy of 8,000 cows in Nocton, Lancashire. It quite rightly caused a howl of protest from across the nation. The planning application was defeated, but he continues to build these monster dairies here in...

    FARMING NEWS: Strongly against mega dairy farms


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  • 12/17/15--03:10: Fab wins at Fatstock show
  • SHEEP farmer, Tony Pickard of Pitt Farm, celebrated a hat trick of wins in the lamb Fatstock classes of South Molton's Christmas show. For the third year in succession judges put his lamb carcass top of an outstanding selection presented in the pannier market. For Gordon Willmetts of Knowstone the cup for most points in home and garden classes was a reward for skills learned late in life. "I only started growing these vegetables when I turned 70," said the former beef and sheep...

    Fab wins at Fatstock show


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    WE'RE hardly different to other farms particularly at this time of year, writes Peter Willes. Welfare The cows are in and bedded on sand, clean and well fed, peaceful and happy. The herdsman is walking around, checking the animals which are lying down, getting up, moving about, much as they do outside. All cows (nationwide) are kept indoors five months of the year, when it's wet. So we think if you've got the best conditions from a health point of view, conditions that look after them...

    FARMING NEWS: Getting it right to produce top milk


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    AN outstanding Limousin steer from John Slugget's herd at Milton Damerel, and shown by his daughter, Lucy James, was judged overall champion at Kivells' Holsworthy Market Christmas show. The winner made £1,842 in the ring, bought by Trevarthen Butchers of Cornwall. Mr Slugget also saw a consortium of five commercial entries top at £1,426, selling to an average of £1,379. The top heifer was judged to be from Geoff and Wendy Bowden's Windrift herd at Black Torrington, which...

    FARMING NEWS: Business buzzing at Christmas show


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    Breeder Patrick Greed gave his pedigree Limousin herd the prefix name 'Killerton' after the National Trust estate where he farms

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    Cornish Mutual Claims Advisor, Pat Phillips, is advising farmers on what to consider before investing in a quad bike

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    Otter Pool Barn has plenty of luxury credentials

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    These native cattle are considered by many to be the supreme converter of grass to prime quality beef

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    Anne Marie Morris MP says the Agriculture Bill will reward farmers who work to enhance, protect and preserve our unique rural heritage as well as produce food sustainably

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    Mr Parish spoke in the second reading of the Agriculture Bill on Wednesday, October 10.

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    They proudly represented the region at events all over the country

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    A serving NSA Chairman will open his own farm gates for an NSA sheep event

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    Disease could spread to humans and pets, vet claims

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    Richard Vines' Wild Beef concept has come a long way since starting with just 20 cows, 20 acres, a Land Rover and a Yorkshire terrier

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