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In the latest installment of the Western Morning News' South West Area Young Farmers' Question and Answer series - part of the monthly Westcountry Farmer magazine - we catch up with St Mabyn YFC member Steven Harris.Q: Tell us a bit about yourself – what is your background / interests?A: I grew up on my family's dairy farm in North Cornwall, and from an early age I have always loved helping out on the farm after school and at weekends. Farming made for an easy career choice, as it…
Less ration wastage, improved cow health and more consistent butterfats are just some of the benefits seen by Cornish dairy farmer, Gavin Rodda since he began precision chopping straw for his 300 cow herd.Gavin is one of four farmers in the South West who have been trialling the new Tomahawk C12 Calibrator straw bale processor as part of the machine's development by Cornish manufacturer Teagle. The machine has been designed to deliver consistent straw chop length at a high capacity and has…
The sectors of agriculture, forestry and fishing remain the riskiest in the country, according to annual fatality figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The findings, published to coincide with National Farm Safety Week - which started on Monday and runs until Friday - reveal that 27 workers and three members of the public were killed on farms last year. Farm vehicles including tractors, trailers and telescopic handlers were the biggest killer, found the 2016-17…
A Devon starter farm which has successfully helped a young family to establish their farming career is now seeking new tenants.Rixham Farm, situated on the Fursdon Estate, near Exeter, is currently being let to a young family who started on the farming ladder in 2013 and are now moving to a larger farm – having won a bid for an agricultural tenancy on the Devon County Council let estate. The 64-acre (26 ha) holding in the hamlet of Cadbury is being offered on a 10-year farm…
A young Norfolk farmer has urged his industry to learn lessons from the tragic death of his father – a hard-working and safety-conscious agricultural haulier who died after being crushed by heavy straw…
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An entrepreneurial Cornish beef farmer has collected the keys to a brand new car, after being chosen to benefit from the Prince's Countryside Fund (PCF) Land Rover bursary scheme. Jenny Dunstan, from Falmouth, is one of five young people who have been awarded with a year's loan of a Land Rover Discovery from the rural charity.The bursary, open to entrants aged between 21-35 years old, is now in its fourth year and aims to support young farmers or rural business owners in developing…
A dairy farm in Devon is turning back the clock to offer customers a taste of times gone by, after being granted approval to sell milk straight from the cow.John and Jo Gibson, who run West Middlewick Farm near Witheridge, have been approved by the Food Standards Agency to bottle and sell their fresh, unpasteurised 'free range' milk from their 72-strong herd of British Friesian cows direct to the public. Demand for the milk among local people and holidaymakers' staying at the family's…