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    25th March 2021

    The Smallholder   First published in 1910, The Smallholder has always championed a sustainable and eco-friendly way of living. It’s unrivalled heritage, knowledge and trust makes it the magazine of the growing smallholder community. With the increased interest in living…

  • Butchery course

    Butchery course

    13th May 2020

    Chris Graham spent an enjoyable afternoon with master butcher Mike Alexander, brushing-up on his butchery skills Great care is needed when jointing pork. Mike makes everything look deceptively easy, thanks to his years of experience, but beginners must always err…

  • Online show sees close to 50,000 visitors

    Online show sees close to 50,000 visitors

    13th May 2020

    Over 5,000 unique visitors to the first Greatest Online Agricultural Show clocked up 47,987 show area visits at the organisers’ first online show held on 2 May. The most visited attraction was the Main Arena followed by the Livestock, Dog…

  • Me and my pigs

    Me and my pigs

    19th January 2020

    Maria Naylor with a group of her Large Black breeding sows In this issue’s Me and my pigs, Maria Naylor is besotted with her Large Black pigs, hooked on showing and dedicated to judging, as Chris Graham discovers For many…

  • Winter feeding for pigs

    Winter feeding for pigs

    12th January 2020

    Your pigs must be fed correctly throughout the year, based on their breed, age and condition Joanna Palmer, a nutritionist for Smallholder Range, offers some essential advice on winter feeding and how to ensure your pigs remain in optimum condition…

  • Bee keeping in the winter – preparing for the new season

    Bee keeping in the winter – preparing for the new season

    3rd December 2019

    Caption -Leave metal excluders outside in the cold weather to turn the propolis brittle and make it easier to remove. Place on a flat surface before scraping with a hive tool being careful not to distort any of the gaps…

  • Pigs in winter

    Pigs in winter

    11th November 2019

    Pig protection pointers Michaela Giles offers some practical hints and tips on how best to help your pigs through the coming winter, and advises keepers to act now! It’s sometimes hard to distinguish between the seasons in the UK, but…

  • Cattle – watch out for surge of head flies from mid-July

    Cattle – watch out for surge of head flies from mid-July

    17th July 2019

    Press Release from COWS – Control of Worms Sustainably in cattle – July 2019 Farmers are warned to look out for the annual emergence of head flies (Hydrotaea irritans) from around mid-July, as these are a major source of annoyance…

  • Hens – egg production drop off

    Hens – egg production drop off

    14th July 2019

    Paul Donovan gives his slant on the reasons why your hens may suddenly have stopped laying We take it for granted that when we keep hens, they should be like a conveyor belt churning out egg after egg, day in,…