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FARMING MATTERS: This deal is not what we wanted

I don’t usually get political in this column, not least because I write it some way ahead of publication and, as they say, a week is a long time in politics and whatever I write could be seriously out of date before it is read.

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Colin MacGregor, former Head of Shearing at British Wool

FARMING MATTERS: Retiring from role with sheep

Years ago I had a pet ewe, a Suffolk/Jacob cross who was chocolate brown in colour. She was a triplet and her mother couldn’t feed all three so I bought her from our neighbour and hand reared her for a year, giving her milk from a bottle and pieces of bread.

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The Metropolitan Mounted Police Activity Ride

Eventful day at the county show

My visit to Bucks County Show this year was quite different from previous years. For one thing I had my daughter with me for the first time in many years, which was rather lovely, and reminded us both of her visits when she was a child and had to follow me around whilst I interviewed people for multiple news stories and spreads in the paper.

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Day of farm sale gets ever nearer

Throughout the years I have been writing this column I have written before about farm sales, and I have always appreciated the emotional impact on a farming family of losing not only their business but their way of life.

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