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Your Smallholding is our new website which combines three of our farming titles; Practical Poultry, Practical Pigs and Smallholding.

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  • 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 headflies from mid-July

    Cattle – watch out for surge of headflies 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 lies (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,…

  • The perfect treat for poultry people

    The perfect treat for poultry people

    3rd July 2019

    Taking inspiration from the beauty within the Modern Game breed, Laura’s designs manifest themselves as a range of different items including but not limited to: coasters, images, artwork, bookmarks, cushion covers, bags etc. Being form a creative and animal-loving disposition…

  • Cooped up on enjoying a break?

    Cooped up on enjoying a break?

    1st July 2019

    Janice Houghton-Wallace says make sure poultry have space and are cared for over the summer holidays We are fast approaching the summer holidays, with children off school and the family jetting off for a fortnight of relaxation and fun. If…

  • Keeping quail in the garden

    Keeping quail in the garden

    27th June 2019

    This diminutive bird can produce large amounts of decorative and edible eggs Quail were once wild in Britain and are a member of the pheasant family. Because they are very small, they can be kept in small areas but they…

  • Poultry Q&A

    Poultry Q&A

    26th June 2019

    Peafowl, guinea fowl and waterfowl tend to be kept in large enclosures or free ranging, meaning they will gain significant nutrition form grass and vegetation, as well as insects and other invertebrates. Alongside this, an age appropriate compound feed should…

  • Silkies

    Silkies

    14th June 2019

    The breed of Silkie has over the last decade probably been the most successful breed of poultry in Great Britain. They have a large membership in a very active and well organised club that holds an annual club show and…

  • Feeding piglets and pigs

    Feeding piglets and pigs

    13th June 2019

    Joanna Palmer, nutritionist for Smallholder Range offers her top tips for feeding a variety of pigs and piglets. It is important to carefully consider the type of feed you choose for your pigs based on their breed and the production…

  • Bringing up young turkeys

    Bringing up young turkeys

    13th June 2019

    Poults from an incubator can go directly into the shed in which they will be reared so long as electricity is available. From day-olds to about six weeks they will need some form of heating, especially at night. A cosy…