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Country Smallholding - - April News -

SHOWS GA­LORE

It is our April is­sue, and that means it is time for our an­nual Show Guide! This year we have a spe­cial eight-page sec­tion (pages 43-50) with a three-page direc­tory list­ing some of the premier shows of in­ter­est to small­hold­ers. It is as­ton­ish­ing how many such events are held across the coun­try. We will be at­tend­ing some of them to rep­re­sent Coun­try Small­hold­ing and our two sis­ter ti­tles, Your Chick­ens and Agri­cul­tural

Trader. This year we are de­lighted to be do­ing some­thing a bit spe­cial at the Spring Fes­ti­val, the ma­jor small­hold­ing show held at Builth Wells in Wales on May 21-22. The show or­gan­is­ers, the Royal Welsh Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, have in­vited us to run Speak­ers’ Cor­ner. We have now fi­nalised the pro­gramme, and are pleased that some of our lead­ing ex­perts will be giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions. See page 5 for more de­tails. We hope to see you there!

BIG­GEST EVER IS­SUE

At 92 pages, this matches our 40th Birth­day Spe­cial is­sue in Novem­ber as the big­gest-ever is­sue of Coun­try Small­hold­ing. Need­less to say, it is packed full of fea­tures. We tell some of your ‘good life’ sto­ries on pages 6, 11 and 15. Liz Shank­land con­tin­ues her se­ries on mov­ing to a new small­hold­ing (page 8). There is speclialised ad­vice in Tim’s Tips (page 18), our pig pages (22), Vet’s View (26), Home Slaugh­ter (28) and Ask the Ex­perts (80). Kim Stod­dart con­tin­ues her se­ries on the im­pact of cli­mate change and how we can adapt (page 34). Brian Cal­laghan and Charles Dowd­ing of­fer ad­vice on or­ganic gar­den­ing (pages 51 and 54) while Alan Beat gives a stepby-step guide to mulching fruit trees on page 58. A com­pe­ti­tion, recipes, ma­chin­ery, books, Small­holder’s World and our InFo­cus prod­uct guide round off the pack­age. En­joy!

Si­mon McEwan, Editor

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