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  • Protect your smallholding

    15th June 2022

    Better safe than sorry Helen Babbs considers how to keep your smallholding protected   Public liability insurance will protect you if your livestock stray and cause damage   Would you rather: (a) your polytunnel was vandalised? (b) your free-range turkeys…

  • Chicken housing

    Chicken housing

    16th March 2022

    The golden rule when buying a chicken house is to get the largest one you can afford. As the single biggest cost involved with keeping chickens it’s important to get this bit right at the start.   A chicken house…

  • Plastic housing

    Plastic housing

    16th March 2022

    Plastic hen houses have been around for a number of years now, and the debate about their suitability rumbles on, however, there’s a steadily growing number of chicken owners who have opted to switch away from wooden structures in favour…

  • Wooden housing

    Wooden housing

    16th March 2022

    Inside • Perches should be higher than the entrance to nest boxes to prevent your chickens from roosting in the nest boxes. Allow at least 8” of perch space per bird for large fowl, slightly less for bantams. Thickness is…

  • At a glance: Choosing chickens

    At a glance: Choosing chickens

    16th March 2022

    Six birds or three? It’s far better to start with fewer birds and keep things easily manageable as you find your feet. Also, lower numbers will place less pressure on your house and run areas.  Keeping the numbers down to…

  • Keeping it close to home

    Keeping it close to home

    26th February 2022

    John Sones looks at the future of small abattoirs, plus the trial of a mobile facility Last year, the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) held a webinar to highlight the ongoing decline in the network of small to medium-sized, multi-species abattoirs…

  • Dealing with dog attacks on sheep

    Dealing with dog attacks on sheep

    23rd February 2022

    With pregnant ewes and newborn lambs currently out in fields, we share advice from leading livestock organisations on how to deal with livestock worrying and attacks The National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging sheep farmers across the UK to update…

  • How to deal with rodent-borne diseases

    How to deal with rodent-borne diseases

    14th January 2022

    Stay safe Michaela Giles explains the health implications around rodent populations and the importance of Farm Control Plans for you, your pigs and other animals As a part of responsible food production and animal welfare, it’s important to have an…

  • Which pig breed?

    Which pig breed?

    26th November 2021

    If you’re thinking about keeping pigs, but you aren’t sure of which breed to choose, here’s our handy ‘at-a-glance’ poster showing the look of the breed, and also some information on them. You can find more details about each breed…

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