Category Archives: Livestock

The impact of upland farming – Part 4 of 4: Definitions and conclusions.

In many ways, George Monbiot’s book Feral, is a curious amalgam of anecdote, ecological theory, polemic and autobiography. On two or three occasions, he seems to feel intimately and mystically connected to events (as he envisages them) in the distant geological past. … Continue reading

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The impact of upland farming – Part 3a: A short walk upon Bodmin Moor.

Yesterday, in a spirit of inquiry, I set off early to Camelford and then to the north side of Bodmin Moor. My aim was to walk up to the top of Rough Tor, which is just to the north of … Continue reading

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The impact of upland farming: Part 2 of 4 – The invisible strands of culture.

Culture is usually defined in terms of a higher understanding of the arts and other intellectual achievements – anything from opera at Glyndebourne to Morris Dancing and  the Helston Floral Dance. But in this post, I use the term as … Continue reading

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The impact of upland farming. Part 1 of 4 – economics.

Upland farming has come under attack recently from a number of sources. Criticism is often levelled at hill farmers because they require large public subsidies to keep them going. Grumbling is also directed at hill farmers because they are perceived … Continue reading

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Farmers, Risk and Brexit – Part 3 (Tariff barriers and who loses)

The analyses in Part 1 and 2 of this series looked at the total tonnage of livestock products and dairy that was traded with both the EU and Non-EU countries. See here and here. The quantities were expressed in raw … Continue reading

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Farmers, Risk and Brexit – Part 2 (Dairy)

In many ways, the dairy industry is the jewel in the crown of UK agriculture. Traditionally, the dairy farm, often at the heart of the village, is seen as the link between those of us who farm and those of … Continue reading

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Farmers, Risk and Brexit – Part 1.

Project Fear has now worked its way around to frightening farmers about the possible consequences of Brexit. The chief weapon in their arsenal is the idea that the EU, or at least the French, will be nasty to us if … Continue reading

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