Down on the Farm

Much of the work of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust involves working with farmers to integrate simple measures to improve water quality and stream habitat into farming practices. As a YDRT Project Officer I have a good understanding of how the river and its wildlife work, but having grown up in the suburbs of Middlesbrough I have a limited knowledge of how farms operate. So I’m off to spend three days on a Cumbrian farm to find out.

James Turner manages a large estate near Penrith. With dairy, sheep and arable its the perfect place to have a crash course in farming practices. I’ve been promised hard work, good food and baby animals but I’ll be there with the following questions in mind:

  • What does the day-to-day operation of a farm business involve, for dairy, beef cows, sheep and arable?
  • What challenges do farmers face?
  • What are the barriers to adopting the measures that YDRT recommend?
  • How can environmentally-sensitive practices benefit the farm business?
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