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Why choose Premier Polytunnels?

Spring is here, meaning it’s that time of year… The time of year when gardeners up and down the country are busy buying and building their first polytunnels or repairing and refurbishing their old tunnels.

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Polytunnels Adapted for Sheep

There are many different types of housing that can be used to provide protection for sheep, their feed, bedding and equipment.  Traditional barns, metal buildings (and similar structures) and a lower-cost to traditional housing is the modest Polytunnel.  For farmers, a First Tunnels Sheep Shelter (typically a Polytunnel adapted for sheep) can quickly prove to be an invaluable and indispensable investment.

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You too could be “Lambing Live”!

Join Kate Beavan and husband Jim at Kate’s Country School… on their 800 year old, 300 acre Monmouthshire farm, location for the first series of Lambing Live.

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British Alpaca Futurity 2012

Hall 3A National Exhibition Centre

Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17 2012

A celebration of all things alpaca, the British Alpaca Futurity will be the first major show of 2012 featuring alpaca halter classes, an international fleece show, special ‘Introduction to Alpacas’ presentations for visitors, trade stands presenting alpaca products, workshops and seminars on textiles, alpaca health and genetics.

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Sheep Houses by Premier Polytunnels

Premier Polytunnels bring ‘EWE’ Premier Sheep Houses.

Lambing is the most important time of both the farmer’s and the sheep’s year. In November and December many farmers begin preparing for the forthcoming busy lambing season. Necessary supplies are gathered, plans are put in place to manage and feed the sheep properly, and the lambing facilities, such as housing and pens, are prepared.

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The truth behind Alpaca guarding abilities

Many alpaca breeders in the U.K. are well aware of their alpacas’ guarding abilities. They know which of their alpacas will be pro-active towards a perceived threat and which alpacas might actually take action against that threat.  We hear of Australian sheep farmers whose alpacas chase away foxes, crows and birds of prey; take special care of newborn lambs and even lead sheep to safety during bush fires.  They also stop dingoes and foxes from killing newborns during the birthing process. What is the truth behind these stories and are British farmers unnecessarily losing lambs to fox predation?

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SEO for Smallholders – Just a few Secrets

What this article covers:

Getting Meta Tags correct – How to find Keywords – Getting your content right – URL Redirection – Building your own site – Paying for a website – Web Design / Smallholder Couses

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BAHVS Delight at European Funding for Homeopathy Research

BAHVS Delight at European Funding for Homeopathy Research

THE British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) is celebrating following the announcement that veterinary homeopathy research is likely to receive a huge cash injection.

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A new service for chicken keepers

A Smallholder Directory client has launched a new service for chicken keepers.  The Cosy Hen Company, near Usk, in South Wales, says that the rise in popularity of keeping chickens has created demand for a boarding service while owners are away from home.  Chickens need to be fed and watered, have their bedding changed and be kept safe from foxes.  Neighbours can sometimes do this, but it’s a lot to ask, especially when it rains, or the owners are planning an extended trip abroad.

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Predators – Mink Control

Predators can be a constant worry for many small holders and poultry keepers. A single fox can ruin years of careful husbandry and breeding in a few minutes, and stoats think little of killing a broody hen as she sits on eggs. We all know the dangers posed by these two hunters, and with a little care and attention, we can keep them back with a combination of electric fences, traps and deterrents. However, an equally harmful predator lurks in the wings for many poultry keepers, and while mink numbers are reported to be falling, the danger remains a serious one.

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