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Visiting farms during the pandemic

Visiting farms during the pandemic

I usually visit many farms each year – to talk to and write about inspiring and innovative grassland farmers. Not so in 2020. I popped down to Cornwall and Devon early in January to do an article on alternative forage crops, and in February met a Dorset dairy farmer...
When dreams come true

When dreams come true

I have always dreamt of herding cattle from horseback cowboy-style, across wide open spaces, through alpine pastures and along deep, salmon-red rocky canyons, and in and out of winding, rushing rivers.   I loved the western TV series ‘The Virginian’, have ridden...
Groundswell hosts first ever Grass-Fed day

Groundswell hosts first ever Grass-Fed day

Groundswell is an innovative, farmer-led annual event that showcases farming practices that promote soil health, for example by not ploughing and the introduction of mob-grazed cattle. Hundreds of farmers attended the inaugural ‘No Till’ Groundswell day, organised by...
Free-range dairy is causing a stir!

Free-range dairy is causing a stir!

With Pasture Promise milk now selling in 109 Asda stores and Waitrose milk being promoted heavily in their weekly newspaper – it looks like consumers are starting to care how cows spend their days. With Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty shouting their cause, it is no...
A week in my working life…

A week in my working life…

A couple of weeks ago I headed off from Cambridge on Monday morning and travelled to the far South West, making it back home on Friday. During the week I visited three fantastic farmers and attended a conference, where the discussions were all about grass! My first...
New “talking grass” blog and shop!

New “talking grass” blog and shop!

Welcome to the new updated “talking grass” blog and, now for the first time a shop – a project that has been in my head for many months, even years! I first set up TalkingGrass in 2011 to share all the wonderful grassy stories I come across through my work as a...

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