Category Archives for Farming

Grassland: Grass for Grazing

Grassland — such a dominant feature of the landscape in this country — is not natural, but man-made and our most familiar species of grass are planted with a purpose. Grasslands in the British Isles are entirely man-made and have … Continue reading

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What Kind of ‘Corn’ Is That?

If you look closely you can easily identify the stubby upright ears of wheat, the long- bearded ears of barley, the shorter-bearded ears of rye and the dainty heads of oats. Cereals, which are cultivated grasses, provide the staple food … Continue reading

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Growing Crops on Arable Land

Arable fields lie undisturbed all winter, but as spring arrives they come to life. The farmer busies himself with tractor and plough, and intrepid insects, birds and other animals prepare to take their chances in this risky environment. At the … Continue reading

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Harvesting Grain, Grasses and Roots

Slicing inexorably through the ripe golden wheat, dwarfing its attendant tractors, the big combine harvester is an impressive symbol of modern mechanised agriculture. In a few hot, dusty hours it achieves a task which, a century ago, occupied the people … Continue reading

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Soil Types and Agriculture

The soil a farmer happens to have on his land dictates, to a great extent, the type of crops he is able to grow. Barley, for instance, does well on a light, calcareous soil, whereas wheat and beans are best … Continue reading

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Shire Horses: Gentle Giants

Only 40 years ago, before farms were fully mechanised, heavy horses were a common sight in the countryside, working in the fields and pulling carts. Today, they no longer play this vital role on our farms, but they still have … Continue reading

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Keeping Goats: Becoming Popular Again

The recent upsurge of interest in self-sufficiency has increased the popularity of goats, and they can now be found in backyards or tethered on road verges as well as in dairy herds. Some are also kept for their good looks, … Continue reading

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Breeding Domestic Pigs

A tough and most adaptable animal, the domestic pig is able to live in a wide range of conditions, and will forage for fruit and nuts (below) and dig for roots and grubs, as well as eat the occasional small … Continue reading

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Farming: Crops on the Farm

Arable farming is the most productive way of using fertile land. In terms of yield and food value, crops produce 5 or even 10 times as much per acre as animals, so it is little wonder that most fertile, readily … Continue reading

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British Poultry Farming: The Changing Face of Poultry Farming

Over recent decades British farming has undergone an economic revolution. The high cost of labour and land has encouraged intensive, specialised systems based on heavy capital investment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in poultry farming, but free-range and semi-intensive … Continue reading

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