Tag Archives: Farming

Life on a croft in Ness

In one of my forays around the web, seeking the blogs of other others who lead the crofting life, I turned up Sweeny’s Air on Lot, from Ness on the Isle of Lewis. Somehow I’ve missed the blog in the past, but here’s some of Sweeny’s background to give a taste: I have started up […]

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Horsemeat review: it’s not just rogues

I wasn’t surprised to read in the Guardian that the horesmeat substitution scandal isn’t a one-off limited to a few rogues and that the problem is exacerbated by weak policing, tight margins and stretched councils. The only thing I would have added to the list is customer demand for  cheaper meat. If the government thought […]

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Sometimes farmers are ‘mean’ to cows—to save them

I can’t see the following comments from a dairy farmer going down well with many people, whether the die-hard animal liberationists who bombard me (and others) with death threats or the wilfully ignorant who don’t want to know why certain actions are necessary during the production of food for their plate. Well this is awkward. […]

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Free-range pork? Only if it’s cheap

BBC News is reporting animal welfare campaigners want to encourage consumers to buy more free-range pork in the same way they’re trying to encourage free-range chicken. What the BBC fails to report is experiences like ours: customers say they want the higher welfare free-range pork (or indeed chicken) but when it comes to putting their […]

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Why the surprise that pigs ate farmer?

The British media is making much of news from the United States that pigs ate a farmer. Authorities in Oregon are investigating how a farmer was eaten by his own pigs after his partially-consumed remains were discovered in an enclosure on his farm. Terry Vance Garner, 69, never returned after he set out to feed […]

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