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Hello again everyone, Happy New Year and all the best for 2019 - I hope that everyone has a great year. I’m not too sure what will happen with Br**it, but I hope that the effects are not too negative for the South West. As I write this in November, Read more

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The end of another year As 2018 closes its curtains and I reflect on the year, it’s the weather that dominates my thoughts. You may notice us farming types love talking about it and we are usually moaning it is either too wet too dry, too windy... Read more

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Dartmoor Livestock Protection The Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society (jointly with the Dartmoor Commoners' Council) funds the emergency call-out work of the livestock protection officer, Karla McKechnie. If you come across an injured animal anywh Read more

Autumn sets in As the evenings role in it is all too apparent that winter will soon be here. Autumn is usually a time for celebration on the farm, with the harvest gathered in and a bit of respite before winter really arrives and the monotonous... Read more

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An aspect of Dartmoor’s unique cultural heritage is being opened up to the general public for the first time as part of the annual gathering of sheep off the moor. This special event is taking place at Buckfastleigh Common on Saturday 3 November... Read more

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Autumnal interest Some plants have yet to reach their peak . . . Summer may be drawing to a close but late flowering perennials and shrubs should still look good, in fact some plants will be reaching their peak. If you’re wanting to extend the... Read more

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Hello again everyone, by the time you read this we will be heading into autumn. I’m sure you will all have enjoyed the lovely sunny summer weather. While the warm conditions were a change from some of the summers we have had recently, the lack of... Read more

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A success story - in more ways than one Jane Honey meets the founder of a flourishing local company Okehampton-based Enchanted House Beds has plenty of reasons to celebrate this summer - full order books, an increase in staff numbers... Read more

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A lady whose roots run deep Rosie Yells runs to meet me at her farmhouse. I get the feeling that a lot of Rosie’s life is lived on the run - she is a busy farmer who is passionate about the land, her animals and the community in which she lives... Read more

Local People

Okehampton Show finished for another year, but what a show! Here are some photos of the day Read more

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Making the most of farm livestock buildings will be the focus for an innovative advisory workshop on 27 June with specialist speaker Jamie Robertson of Livestock Management Systems. The event is being hosted at Youlden Farm, North Bovey as part of th Read more

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Finally the sun has come out after one of the worst winters I have ever seen. It was consistently wet from last July until April, with a serious worsening of the weather in February giving us a very high water table which seemed to keep rising. We ha Read more

Farming News

A farmer who is Dartmoor born and bred but enjoys just a touch of the wild west! Born and raised on the fringes of northern Dartmoor, it is plain that the moors are embedded deep within farmer Phil Heard’s soul. It may sound poetic and whimsical but Read more

Local People

It’s great news! Stuart Luxton celebrates a wonderful start to the year Read more

Farming News

Helping farmers to help themselves, providing guidance, advice, collaborative activities, communication and funding. Dartmoor Hill Farm Project was originally set up in 2003 following a survey commissioned by Dartmoor National Park Authority and the Read more

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When you see farmers at work, you usually expect to see them in wellies, flat cap, overalls or waterproofs covered in a light splattering of soil and cow muck. They might have a stick, be on a quadbike, horse, landrover or tractor, but more often tha Read more

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An interesting workshop on cattle handling is being jointly hosted by the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The event on 14 February is being led by national expert Miriam Parker who specialises in ani Read more

Community News

A unique opportunity is being offered to ‘meet the funders’ on Thursday 15 February (7-9.30 pm) at the Two Bridges Hotel, near Princetown. The evening, organised by the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project, will bring together a range of bodies that provide ad Read more

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The dark days of winter are often considered a time to batten down the hatches, light the fire and hibernate until spring! However despite the temptation there is much to be gained by embracing new experiences associated with the great outdoors. The Read more

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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 Read more

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