The Country Smallholder Magazine - October 2023
The Country Smallholder Magazine - October 2023
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In this issue
What you need to know to create your own living fence and the benefits that it brings.
Your guide to worming goats
A Vet explains what you need to know about Endoparasites, preventing them and eradicating..
World first for pet poultry with launch of new veterinary diagnostics guide
A brand-new pioneering poultry guide has just been launched following a collaboration between a UK hen rehoming charity and a USbased organisation.
Action needed to protect UK sheep flock from vaccine crisis, says NSA
With livestock health under ever increasing scrutiny, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is highlighting the critical need to address the ongoing issues with disruption to animal vaccine supply.
A meeting of minds and gardening for good health
Michael Wale meets MindFood, a health charity in West London that is using allotment space help improve mental health
Weaving stunning shawls and blankets from named animals
Jack Smellie meets the very talented Bec Briar who works with her own flock's fleeces from her land on the edge of Exmoor.
So what does a fibre mill actually do?
Emma Taylor explains the ethos that underpins her mill
Making the perfect pickled onions
Fiona and Hugh Osborne preserve a lot of their own food and are especially proud of their pickled onions.
There are many different genes and mutations that make fancy chickens interesting. Grant Brereton takes a closer look at some quirky ones...
How can nutrition support a healthy moult?
Andrew Fothergill, National Poultry Advisor at Farmgate explains the difference nutrition can make for your hens during moulting season.
The long journey from the wild jungle fowl to the modern hybrid
This month, Paul Donovan investigates the origin of the humble hen as we know it.
Nearly living the dream but just need to get the right property?
John Sones discusses what to consider before purchase
A pressing engagement with apples
Lorraine Turnbull, an experienced award-winning smallholder and author describes how to press your apples and make delicious juice and cider.
The Old Irish Goat Rediscovered
Tamsin Cooper learns how a native breed is restoring Ireland's heathlands
Time to find a tup
Ready to start breeding this year? Liz Shankland has some advice on how to select the best ram for the job.
A black and white story
Chris Graham throws a deserving spotlight on Ron Fieldhouse, his award winning Large Whites and his lifetime’s dedication to pedigree pig breeding
Agreeable symmetry-Warden Abbey Vineyard is a custodian of the present and the past
Rebecca Farmer, Editor of Vineyard Magazine, visits grapevines that reach out far into the community that surround them
The magic of weaving
Jack Smellie continues to explore the journey from raw fibre to rustic rug
Pushing ahead with plans for vintage tractor show anniversary year
Taking place from 4-5 November, the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show has already opened competition entries, which close on 13th September
Land based T levels to be launched
Jane Brooks looks at new qualifications for young people in the land-based industries
Could your bees be starving in the sunshine?
Claire Waring looks at what to do if the forage runs out in late summer
Later season seed sowings
Kim Stoddart explains which vegetable seed can still be sown this month for longer lasting harvests ...
New introductions to the current flock
Acquiring new stock is always an exciting time but, as Paul Donovan investigates, introducing them to an established flock can have its difficulties
Taking care of turkeys
Keeping turkeys happy and healthy by understanding what they need
Reporting from a very special poultry sale
Grant Brereton meets a respected breeder
But what exactly is a True Bantam?
Grant Brereton takes a closer look at these spectacular small chickens
Hot Summers and Poultry Drinkers
Hot, dry summer days brings a new set of challenges when providing water to your poultry. Fiona and Hugh Osborne describe how they have solved some of these issues.
Keeping ducks free of diseases
Liz Fairbrother says your observation and management will help to keep your ducks dabbling
Vet advice from an experienced poultry vet
Not only holiday makers like hot weather and especially red mite! so do parasites
Influx of new buyers pushes up prices of amenity land at auction
lan Kitson Director, Cheffins reflects on why the market for grazing land land is on the up
Smallholding down under - bushfires, brown snakes but satisfying
Janice Houghton-Wallace looks at living off the land in Australia
Small but mighty; why Lowlines are perfect for smallholders
Standing at just over one-metre tall, Lowlines are the perfect fit for smallholders.
The Country Smallholder Magazine Description:
Publisher: Kelsey Media
Category: Animals and Pets
The Country Smallholder is aimed at the ever-increasing UK audience interested in living a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable way of life. From people already living on a smallholding, to allotment owners; from those with a couple of acres of land, to those aspiring to get more out of their garden or even window box. With 73% of UK residents claiming to want to live more sustainably post Covid, The Country Smallholder has something for everyone.
Every issue will carry; free vet advice; helpful practical features on all aspects of smallholding, from keeping chickens to crop rotation; information on poultry, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, and alpacas; rural crafts; property; small tractors and machinery, as well as keeping readers up to date with all the latest news and innovations.
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