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Organic licensees storming the press

Date Published: 03/03/2009

It seems there’s been a bit of an OF&G licensee-fest in the current issue of Farmers Weekly.

Farmers Weekly coverThere are four contributions covering topics as diverse as TB, the benefits of going organic, automated milking and an opinion piece.

First up, on pages 20-21, you’ll find Julia Evans, of Bromyard on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, describing the damage being done to her livelihood by TB infected badgers on her lands. Julia tackled Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, over the issue at the NFU conference – with predictable results.

Follow Julia, on pages 24-25, is a great piece in which reporter Paul Spackman talks to George Perrott, manager of Clinton Farms, in Devon. George explains why, despite shifts in milk prices, going organic was the right thing for the land and two dairy units. He looks at the challenges and benefits of being organic and you can see the piece on fwi.co.uk.

Following swiftly on p30 is Ian Pigott, the man behind Open Farm Sunday and as pragmatic an organic farmer as you will find. Ian is now a sometime contributor to the magazine’s opinion pages.

Finally (phew) in the Livestock section, Richard Calcott, of Wigginton, Staffordshire, explains how his robotic milker gives him and wife, Deborah, the freedom to also manage the rest of their operation (beef cattle, turkeys and 350 acres of arable) without needing extra staff. This one’s also available online.

So, a good show all round. If you haven’t seen it yet, worth picking up a copy before it disappears off the shelves on Thursday!