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Does UK Membership of the European Economic Area Provide a No Deal Parachute for Transition?
6th Dec

2018

This is a reprint of an article written by George Dunn, TFA Chief Executive, for the Farmers Guardian’s online Brexit Hub in autumn 2018  By any objective assessment, the negotiations between the UK and the EU attempting to reach an ...

Brexit and its Impact on the Livestock Industry
28th Nov

2018

It is currently the question on many people’s lips at the moment – deal or no deal. But in either scenario the implications for the UK’s trading ability will no doubt change the face of our agricultural industry.  For livestock ...

Contingency Planning for the Sheep Sector in a No Deal Brexit Scenario
23rd Nov

2018

In our latest blog post, Devon TFA member Mike Dart sets out a contingency plan for the sheep sector in the event of no deal in the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the EU.  In a hard Brexit scenario there is every possibility that ...

In Praise of Mixed Farming Systems
16th Aug

2018

For healthy and sustainable food production it is necessary to have healthy and sustainably managed soil.   For healthy and sustainably managed soil, suitable quantities of organic matter are required.   For quantities of ...

Whither Food Security
4th Jul

2017

Our thought provoking blogger, Fred Cactus considers who should be responsible for feeding the nation: Farmers – it is time you realise it is not your responsibility to feed the nation.  That responsibility sits with Government.  ...

Don’t Upset the Bacteria
10th Feb

2017

I am a small bacterium, my life is one of toil I live with millions of my friends, deep down within the soil.   Now the job we’ve done for millennia, the profession in which we take part Is one of soil conditioning, we keep soil ...

The Tenant Livestock Farmer
3rd Mar

2015

The Tenant Livestock Farmer Tenant Livestock Farmers, Will by now be well aware, The payments that maintained their livestock Are being diverted elsewhere. The reason that this is happening Is the people in charge right now Don’t ...

Ode to the Auction
14th Jul

2014

Ode to the Auction By Fred Cactus When we’re born we all know nothing, We have everything to learn. But soon find out in this big world Our living we must earn So we sell our wares, we toil and strive We rush about with speed Trying ...

The humble tile drain, unseen and somewhat forgotten
22nd Apr

2014

The humble tile drain, unseen and somewhat forgotten How things change.  It’s not long ago that the only media interest that would have been shown in sheep was an article in a farming journal, or a paper back “Henry Brewis” ...