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January Smallholder 2011
5:59pm Tuesday 14th December 2010 in News
4 EDITOR’S WELCOME New Year Resolutions, move forward for labelling, Farmer’s markets. 5 READERS LETTERS Thoughts on feeding food waste; bees and pesticides. 6 RWAS Smallholder and Garden Festival 21/22 May 2011 Go on line now for a 10% early bird discount; New classes for traditional cattle. 8 DIARY Events for January plus news on VAT change. 9 NEW DIRECTIONS How a grant aimed at rural businesses made a difference to small farmers; how to stay in business by planning ahead.
12 LAMBING SPECIAL Why lamb in winter? Plus how to get ready for your flock’s lambing. 14 SAVE MONEY ON DAY’S OUT – Great offers Win a plucking machine. 15 COMPETITION Win a complete incubation starter pack from Brinsea plus two runner’s up will receive an Brinsea Mini eco incubator. 16 PIGS Looking to the year ahead – new ideas for pig keepers. 19 CONSERVATION What to feed wild birds to keep them alive this winter. 21 NEW DIRECTIONS When an ending leads to a new beginning for a cattle farmer. 23 SECURITY How to minimise poaching problems. 25 COUNTRY CUSTOMS What is a “first footing” – the traditional start to the New Year. 27 PEOPLE When gardening helps military personnel to re grow their lives. 29 BEES New ideas for the new year and the experiences of a novice beekeeper turns into a helpful book. 33 GROW YOUR OWN How to have fresh herbs all the year round. 34 PIGS Meet a pig keeper with a high speciality status award. 36 ANIMAL HOUSING SPECIAL What’s on the market. 39 poultry PAGES - 24 PAGES OF poultry HELP AND ADVICE The A-Z of poultry – continuing our major new series – P is for Pekin – a pretty pet that is a good layer and parent, vets’ notebooks – Breathing difficulties, Fleas and Ticks and Red mite in winter; Should you be incubating this season?; Beginning a new series in poultry genetics; So you still have the (still live) Christmas turkey!; Goose down – news on a new consultation. 65 GOATS Keeping goats safe from thieves; a Commoner’s right to graze. 69 ALPACAS Previewing the Alpaca Futurity and an overseas winner. 70 GROW YOUR OWN Lettuce on test; the price of inner city allotments; an allotment success story; discovering the Lost Gardens. 76 MACHINERY The restoration of bird conservationist, Sir Peter Scott; the quiet Massey Ferguson, fitting security systems. 85 FENCING Beginning a series on how to use electric fencing. 95 LEGAL How rights of way are claimed 96 PROPERTY. Next month Win a Brinsea Bird Scarer and protect your crop. Free pull out and keep Incubation Chart. All about bacon and curing. Choosing and using an incubator. Spotlight on the Plymouth Rock chicken. Revisiting Rhubarb Books for early spring reading. Plus an in depth Poultry section every month plus more smallholding success stories; on your allotment; how to do hands on smallholding skills, rural news and every month, money saving offers.