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Tip the light fantastic

The latest offering from Ifor Williams Trailers is the Single Axle Tipper, which is simply perfect for small-scale farmers

2 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

The legacy of The Good Life

The Good Life captured the public’s imagination when it first aired in 1975. On Country Smallholding’s 45th birthday, Jeremy Hobson looks at this and other programmes with a self-sufficiency slant that have captivated urban and rural dwellers alike over nearly half a century

10 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

‘The hens took shelter under the pig trailer in the paddock'

A tree Armageddon frightens poultry diarist Julian Hammer’s flock and leaves him with a mammoth clear-up job

5 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

Tools of the trade

In the second part of his mini-series on tools that are useful around the holding, Kevin Alviti takes an in-depth look at the iconic scythe, a thistle paddle and forks that were once virtually indispensable to small-scale farmers

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

The nightclub bouncer of the sheep world

Adam Henson waxes lyrical about the Texel, which boasts such a stocky body that it resembles a box of muscle on four legs

2 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

Buying on a tight budget

As demand for smallholdings increases and prices continue to rise, is there a way to achieve your dream without forking out a fortune? In the first part of a new mini-series, Liz Shankland explores the possibilities

8 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

Crazy for crafts

In an ordinary back garden and single paddock near Kidderminster, Kay Dalloway has created both a thriving smallholding and a successful fibre business — all while working full time for the NHS. Helen Babbs drops by to find out about her ventures

8 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

Game on

A little preparation in the autumn months will help to make the transition into winter smoother and put your garden and tools on a better footing come the spring, says Stephanie Bateman

5 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

1975 And All That

Country Smallholding is 45 this month. To celebrate, Jeremy Hobson takes a look at some of the changes — both good and bad — to small-scale farming over that near half-century

9 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

The Secret World Of The Honey Bee

Who knew that honey bees are the best builders? Nicola Bradbear from Bees for Development reveals how they build their parallel wax combs with extraordinary accuracy

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
November 2020

Grab life by the horns

Horned sheep are easy to handle, hardy and relatively self-sufficient. Carefully managed, they are fantastic for smallholdings, suggests vet Charlotte Mouland

2 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

Fit for farrowing?

Care of the sow before and during farrowing is vital for a healthy litter, as is after care of the piglets, as Liz Shankland explains in the first of two articles for newcomers to breeding

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

Talking trees

The work of arboriculturists is varied and specialised. Debbie Kingsley finds out more from tree surgeon and smallholder Bruce Macfarlane

7 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

Setting up shop

Farm shops showed their value during the coronavirus crisis, partly feeding the nation for those early months of lockdown. But what would it take to set one up on your holding? Charlotte Cooper opens the door on the subject

8 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

Don't sit on the fence!

When keeping chickens in a garden, it’s important to choose fencing that’s not only fit for purpose, but also pleasing on the eye. Andy Cawthray recommends thinking through all the options before making this big investment

5 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

Breaking the ice

Icelandic sheep are a true multi-purpose breed, producing meat, milk and wool, says Tim Tyne, who was recently asked to judge Icelandics for an online show

8 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

A quick buck

It is easy and fast to grow and is also a weed suppressant, soil improver and it can be used to make gluten-free flour, so what’s not to like about buckwheat

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

'Although a male, Pepper was bottle-fed as a kid and is pretty docile'

Stephan Price didn’t keep animals while living near Bristol, but since his move to Vimoutiers, France, in 2017, a chèvre des fossés goat has worked its way into his affections and has proved an effective vegetation-clearing machine

7 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

A Bad Workman Blames His Tools!

In the first of a new mini-series, Kevin Alviti looks at the tools that have made themselves indispensable on the smallholding through the centuries and into 2020

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

Going Nuts For Walnuts

In this extract from his book, The Walnut Tree: Tales of Growing and Uses, Charles Hulbert-Powell explains how he planted walnuts on his farm

8 mins read
Country Smallholding
October 2020

The big move

Events this year have persuaded more people than ever that relocating to the countryside is for them. Liz Shankland looks at the implications for the rural property market — and the expectations of potential buyers

9 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

Sale of the century?

The ring is king, as the saying goes, but Covid-19 has forced livestock auctions to go online and this could mark a permanent — and welcome for some — change to the way we buy and sell animals. Charlotte Cooper reports

7 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

Home sweet home

As the nights start to draw in, the time is right to consider where and how to house animals on the holding for the cold and wet winter months ahead. Stephanie Bateman looks at the options

9 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

Toasting Old Speckled Hens

In his series on birds that breed true, Grant Brereton takes a look at the distinctive ‘paint-splattered’, tricoloured plumage varieties that also boast a royal connection

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

Why not join the fold?

Poultry-keeping is going full circle as the many benefits of traditional methods, such as ‘folding’ poultry on grassland and in stubble fields after harvest, are once again appreciated, says Jeremy Hobson

8 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

‘Without fail Broody Hen purloined her extras until we had a brainwave and gave her back two rubber eggs'

There is a summer of discontent in diarist Julian Hammer’s hen house as Broody Hen causes upset when ‘pinching’ others’ newly-laid eggs while also falling out with the ‘babysitter’

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

Grab an eight-pack

Grab an eight-pack Small, rectangular hay bales still have their place today, as do the labour saving devices used to bring them in from the field, says Kevin Alviti

3 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

Food for thought

Poultry eat a surprising quantity of food, so why not grow some of your own, suggests Andy Cawthray

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

Bee(ing) natural

Natural beekeeping is gradually becoming more accepted and popular within UK beekeeping circles. In the first of a new series, Nicola Bradbear, director of charity Bees For Development, explains what the bee-focussed term really means

6 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

From Fashion To Feathers

Higher Oak Farm’s poultry business has been flying during the Covid-19 crisis. Helen Babbs ‘visits’ the father/daughter partnership via WhatsApp and discovers how the duo who both once worked in sportswear is keeping up with demand

10 mins read
Country Smallholding
September 2020

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