Andrew Blenkiron

Would you like Andrew Blenkiron sacked from the board of Red Tractor for his insulting comments.

  • Yes

    Votes: 234 94.4%
  • No

    Votes: 14 5.6%

  • Total voters
    248

AM_Arable

Member
Media
Location
FW towers
@AM_Arable is it not time you relabelled this column “Assurance Focus” rather than “Farmer Focus” ?

Your contributer has abused his use of his column 3? times in a row to promote the none farming private business he is employed by

There are rule about making advertorial clear in media which im sure you are aware of ?


or maybe get rid of him and recruit an actual farmer to write in your “Farmer” focus section ? ………. now there is an idea that may endear you to your readers a bit !
The Farmer Focus section is a place where all columnists are free to air their views as they see fit providing they stay on the topic of farming and don't bring FW into disrepute (such as by violating libel law). I know as a careful reader of FW that you're aware we cover both sides of the debate on Red Tractor in print, online and on the podcast. You have even been kind enough to contribute to the debate yourself.

No Farmer Focus writer lasts forever and we are always on the lookout for those who readers will value for their insights and perspectives, whether they find them agreeable or challenging. I have an unshakeable belief that farmers do not want to put down a freshly read copy of FW feeling like they have agreed with every word - how dull! Our industry is sparky, confrontational, diverse, opinionated and working their way through some huge issues at the moment. What fun to be the home of this debate!
 

RmfJ

Member
Location
Pembrokeshire
The Farmer Focus section is a place where all columnists are free to air their views as they see fit providing they stay on the topic of farming and don't bring FW into disrepute (such as by violating libel law). I know as a careful reader of FW that you're aware we cover both sides of the debate on Red Tractor in print, online and on the podcast. You have even been kind enough to contribute to the debate yourself.

No Farmer Focus writer lasts forever and we are always on the lookout for those who readers will value for their insights and perspectives, whether they find them agreeable or challenging. I have an unshakeable belief that farmers do not want to put down a freshly read copy of FW feeling like they have agreed with every word - how dull! Our industry is sparky, confrontational, diverse, opinionated and working their way through some huge issues at the moment. What fun to be the home of this debate!
Surely in your for and against debate you could have found two farmers that aren’t employees of Red Tractor to stand up for it?
 

Clive

Staff Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Lichfield
The Farmer Focus section is a place where all columnists are free to air their views as they see fit providing they stay on the topic of farming and don't bring FW into disrepute (such as by violating libel law). I know as a careful reader of FW that you're aware we cover both sides of the debate on Red Tractor in print, online and on the podcast. You have even been kind enough to contribute to the debate yourself.

No Farmer Focus writer lasts forever and we are always on the lookout for those who readers will value for their insights and perspectives, whether they find them agreeable or challenging. I have an unshakeable belief that farmers do not want to put down a freshly read copy of FW feeling like they have agreed with every word - how dull! Our industry is sparky, confrontational, diverse, opinionated and working their way through some huge issues at the moment. What fun to be the home of this debate!
so in the interest of BBC style balance can I write 3 columns in 3 editions of FW pointing out the failings of Red Tractor and calling out those with seats on the gravy train and throwing insults at them all ?


i’m not sure it would be the kind of thing anyone would want to see in a Farmer Focus however … surely that should be about actual farming ?
 
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MrNoo

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Cirencester
I have an unshakeable belief that farmers do not want to put down a freshly read copy of FW feeling like they have agreed with every word - how dull!
Not being rude or anything but how many actual farmers take the FW anymore? I dont know anyone who does, I stopped a long time ago. More info on here and quite a few topics covered here seem to get rehashed and appear in FW a month or so later. I guess there's more pretty pictures in the FW but the POA on kit in the back should be banned.
 

thorpe

Member
Not being rude or anything but how many actual farmers take the FW anymore? I dont know anyone who does, I stopped a long time ago. More info on here and quite a few topics covered here seem to get rehashed and appear in FW a month or so later. I guess there's more pretty pictures in the FW but the POA on kit in the back should be banned.
ditto
 

teslacoils

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
Not being rude or anything but how many actual farmers take the FW anymore? I dont know anyone who does, I stopped a long time ago. More info on here and quite a few topics covered here seem to get rehashed and appear in FW a month or so later. I guess there's more pretty pictures in the FW but the POA on kit in the back should be banned.
"Small holders, aga owners, salmon pink cord reception areas Weekly" doesn't have the same ring to it.
 

Steevo

Member
Location
Gloucestershire
Not being rude or anything but how many actual farmers take the FW anymore? I dont know anyone who does, I stopped a long time ago. More info on here and quite a few topics covered here seem to get rehashed and appear in FW a month or so later. I guess there's more pretty pictures in the FW but the POA on kit in the back should be banned.
I do!

Never hurts to have a different perspective on things sometimes.
 

traineefarmer

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Mid Norfolk
so in the interest of BBC style balance can i write 3 columns pointing out the failings of Red Tractor and calling out those with seats on the gravy train ?


i’m not sure it would be the kind of thing anyone would want yo see in a Farmer Focus however … surely that should be about actual farming ?
Clive, you should DEFINITELY sign up as a focus writer. Dedicate every column to criticising the NFU, AIC and RT, promoting TFF and your affiliated businesses, with a small sentence about DD or CTF to keep it on topic.

I wonder if FW would keep you on for nearly a decade being "sparky, confrontational, diverse and opinionated"?
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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