Rachel Lewis-Davies

Rachel Lewis-Davies: Following new rules, but EID continues to be a huge source of frustration

January 23, 2015

The New Year brings new rules – not the self-improving acts we make and then fail to deliver. No, the real ‘new rules’ with consequences, warnings and penalties – changes to cross-compliance, sheep identification and flock records and a new Glastir contract.

Phil Latham: Expanding the herd at home, and pondering the industry's collective vulnerability

January 23, 2015

It is an odd thing to say given this month’s news, but our herd is expanding again as 70 home-reared, pedigree Brown Swiss heifers calved over the Christmas period. Santa brought some kick bars and I am sure the herd manager and his colleagues were delighted with the extra burden of training these young ladies, but they seem to be settling in well.

Steve Heard

Steve Heard: Ploughing roads and towing cars are farmers' typical snow sports

January 16, 2015

?When it comes to snow, I have to admit, I am still a big kid, so imagine my excitement when the huge flakes started to fall on Boxing Day afternoon.