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Suckler cow with calves

FARMING MATTERS: Video shows suckler cows and calves coming in

Dairy cows are used to being handled on a daily basis, but suckler cows are not. So when we have to bring the herd in for summer treatments it takes a lot of forethought and preparation to ensure the day goes without mishap.

Crispin Andrews

The Ashes Column: Ian Bell is a victim of his own versatility ahead of Third Test

So, England have a bad game, Gary Ballance is out, Ian Bell will bat at three, again and Joe Root is up to four. Kevin Pietersen is relaxing on a beach in St Lucia.

Ben John of Sum-It in Thame at the Livestock Event 2015

FARMING MATTERS: A day out at Livestock Event 2015

Farmers from across the country, including plenty from our area, filled the vast halls and grounds of Birmingham NEC for the annual Livestock Event held recently.

Crispin Andrews

The Ashes Column: ‘Why I hope England don’t make history this summer’

Only once in the last 50 years, has England lost an Ashes series, after winning the opening Test.

Terrick Beef farmer Geoff Brunt with National Farmers Union president Meurig Raymond at the Livestock Event 2014 at Birmingham NEC

FARMING MATTERS: A day out at the Livestock Event

The excitement was building at home this week as my annual day out arrived. Yes, it’s that time of year again, the Livestock Event at Birmingham NEC.

The Ashes Column: Crispin Andrews

The Ashes column: ‘Rodney Hogg told me it will be 6-0 to Australia’

And so it begins... yes that’s right the Ashes gets under way on Wednesday.

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Sheep shearing

FARMING MATTERS: Shearing the sheep flock

Sheep shearing has been well under way now for some weeks, but with fleeces worth only about £1, shearing is carried out primarily for welfare reasons.

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