The Smallholder

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Rearing turkey poults

    Rearing turkey poults

    13th June 2019

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

  • Goat stars of the BBC

    Goat stars of the BBC

    12th June 2019

    Tamsin Cooper goes behind the scenes at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats Wandering among the goats, you can feel an aura of harmony: a yard of goats of all shapes and sizes peacefully munching hay side by side. Goats approach one…

  • Orkney smallholding – Island Life

    Orkney smallholding – Island Life

    12th June 2019

    Many people take up smallholding for the entire ‘lifestyle package’, but probably few as strikingly as Jenny and Ian, who moved to a croft in the Orkney islands in 2012. “We’d been living in West Africa,” Jenny explains. “When we…

  • Rural Crime

    Rural Crime

    12th June 2019

    John Sones continues his look at trends in rural crime Last month we looked at hare coursing, fly-tipping and sheep ‘worrying’ and in this focus on rural crime, I will be looking at damage to and theft of property, stock…

  • Going Solar

    Going Solar

    12th June 2019

    Would you like to generate your own solar electricity, but don’t know where to start? The information team at the centre of alternative technology have the answers to some common questions. Is my roof suitable for solar panels? A house…



    11th June 2019

    Agricultural shows provide a great insight into rural life, it is a window into the world of agriculture, a meeting place for many and a platform to show case both tried and tested and new ways of working. No matter…

  • BIG JOBS for little tractors

    BIG JOBS for little tractors

    11th June 2019

    The importance of compact tractors in modern paddock maintenance With the growing season finally in full swing, we take some time to consider the benefits of owning a compact tractor and the various time-saving tractor attachments available to the busy…

  • Looking after the laying duck

    Looking after the laying duck

    11th June 2019

    Liz Fairbrother flies the flag for waterfowl Back in the early twentieth century, ducks were far more valued for their egg laying abilities than they are today. In fact, compared with the best laying hens of that time, some ducks…