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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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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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Preparing for your rescued hens by BHWT

Preparing for your rescued hens

There’s very little that beats the feel-good factor of using your own produce to prepare meals for yourself and your family, especially when that includes going out to the garden and gathering eggs from your own chickens – and it’s a double feel-good factor when those eggs are gathered from re-homed commercial hens that have been saved from a trip to the abattoir.

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Exciting New Sponsorship Deal for Nicola Wilson and Verm-X

Verm-X is delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with top event rider Nicola Wilson. North Yorkshire-based Nicola uses the leading herbal formulation on her fourteen competition horses to keep them in the best of health and free from internal parasites.

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