Mat Cole faces similar challenges to many businesses but keeping cows and sheep on Dartmoor creates some of its own… There is always a perceived wisdom that ‘us straw-chewing, cheese-rolling farmers’ have life pretty good; we work hard but we spend o more

5 Dec 2017 13:35 Farming News

An Okehampton girl through and through, Katie works on the family farm near Meldon with her parents, Martin and Sarah. Now aged 25, she wasn’t sure about taking the university route when she left Okehampton College and with Mum and Dad’s encouragemen more

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Alison lives in the heart of West Devon, the family farm forming part of the parish boundary between Sampford Courtenay and Exbourne. It’s a unique environment, an ancient quarry within the boundary even qualifying as a Site of Scientific Interest ( more

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Stuart Luxton explains how some major financial outlay does pay extra dividends… Hello again everyone. As I write the weather seems to be playing up – just warm and pleasant but with little sun. It could be worse but conversely could be much better. more

31 Oct 2017 11:27 Farming News


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With both boys now at school, my wife Gem has more available time to help with farm business and although working with your wife may have its moments, it will be great to spend more time with her and allow her to really engage with the business. I ha more

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This autumn has seen the start of something new – an exciting program of education and adventure for local residents in and around Okehampton. The Harvest Workers’ Co-op is a newly established co-operative and social enterprise that operates Harvest more

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A group of growers and food educators local to Okehampton are asking for pledges to help transform their shop and benefit the community. Harvest Farm Shop in Okehampton’s Red Lion Yard, which has been run by local organic growers Martin and Sara fo more

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I wrote last time about our looming TB test due in February/March and the optimistic thought that maybe we would go clear for another year. Sadly we didn’t even get to the test. One of our cattle, whilst being inspected by a vet post mortem in an aba more

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As this is the first time I have done this I thought I would introduce myself and our farm: I am Stuart Luxton and farm on the outskirts of Okehampton, with my parents, Dudley and Frances. We run one of the South West’s largest pedigree herds of... more

23 Nov 2016 13:16 Farming News

The cheque presentation from the proceeds this year's Lamerton Tractor Day and Country Fair was held at the Copper Penny on Saturday 12th. Many of the volunteers who help make this charity fund raising event possible joined us along with... more

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A young farmer in every way Many of you may know Sally Blowey or certainly one or more members of her extended family who have lived and farmed in this part of Devon for more generations than Sally can actually remember! And for someone who has on more

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Bridget Cole is a non-stop, full on powerhouse. The matriarch of a farming dynasty, who has worked tirelessly to promote farming in Devon. Born at Ashbury near Northlew, Okehampton into a beef and sheep lowland farming family it was expected... more

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Mat Cole takes a brief look at farming life further afield, and gears up for nights drawing in at Greenwell farm. As the days get shorter the seasonal rollercoaster with its timeless inevitability seems to tighten its grip on us all once more... more

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Farmers on Dartmoor working together to help raise the profile of both farming and their superior Dartmoor products. Dartmoor and its farmers are intrinsically linked, with one dependent the other. The cattle and sheep help create and shape the... more


Set up at a time when many farmers were struggling to cope with the effects of the BSE epidemic, it later proved an invaluable source of support for the farming community and was identified as a long-term need - supporting farmers through many... more


The Dartmoor summer has delivered again, June and July was appalling with the wet and cold making our main harvest of grass late, muddy and hard work. As the grass gets older and goes to seed its value nutritionally drops. We farmers are very particu more

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Let’s shut the door on spring and welcome summer to Dartmoor and let’s hope that the sun comes out to get the first cut of grass harvested and start shearing the sheep, but the rain arrives back in small doses to keep the grass growing, the dust... more

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Although the ewes started lambing in the middle of March we deliberately stagger the start of each flock to spread the lambing period over a longer more manageable period of time. more

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As the months and seasons roll around and we move into February, the dark days of winter start to give up their grip and the lengthening days mean that Spring is on the horizon. more

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