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 On Friday 9th October Harvest Supper in Harlaston Village Hall -  delicious 3 course supper £12.00 or £6.00 for children. 7.00 pm Come and join us! 
 On Sunday 11th October there will be a Harvest Festival at.St Matthew's Church, Harlaston.at 10.15 am
We look forward to your company.
 On Monday 12th October a WI meeting in Harlaston Village Hall at 7.30 pm Sarah will be demonstrating her bead work, along with audience participation.

  Harlaston Indoor Bowls Club will be open on Tuesdays 7.00 pm until 10.00 pm. and Wednesdays 2.00pm until 4.30pm and 7.00pm until 10.00pm For more details ring Harold or Ann on 01827 383755 or Bill & Christine on 01827 373438

Yoga will take place in the Village Hall from 10.00 am till 11.30am.
For details ring Wenda on 10543 414515

Mease Valley Farmers – bringing food to your fork!

As we approach the late summer Harvest will be well under way and the crops you have seen growing in the fields will be harvested, stored, sold and processed to make our daily bread. Harvest is an exciting but exhausting time for arable farmers as it is the culmination of many months of hard work and they often have to work through the night in order to get the crops under cover in optimum conditions and working with the British weather can often be difficult! We realise that for motorists this can be frustrating if you are following tractors and trailers but trust that you understand that ‘carting the corn’ is a fundamental part of gathering the harvest in. Before long the fields of gold will soon be turning brown and next year’s crops will be planted. The weather plays an important part in all aspects of agriculture and an equal measure of sun and rain are required for the best results. Unfortunately sometimes the rain can cause mud to be left on the roads – again we hope that you will bear with us and drive slowly until the roads can be cleaned and made safe again.

Dairy farmers have been in the news lately and hopefully by the time you read this article the negotiations that are taking place on their behalf will be in place and there will be a fair return on the liquid milk that is produced in this country to ensure a sustainable future for them. As consumers you can all play a part by trying to ensure that you Buy British and Buy Local wherever possible and Trust the Red Tractor. All farms, whether dairy, beef, sheep or arable have to adhere to strict welfare and hygiene standards known as Farm Assurance, so by buying British Farm Assured food you know that the produce is of the highest standards. This is particularly true in the case of lamb as it would appear that the supermarkets are presently pushing New Zealand lamb over and above the high quality British lamb that is produced in the Mease Valley. Not only will you get a better tasting joint you will be helping to ensure the future and sustainability of British Agriculture with zero food miles.

As part of the Harlaston Open Gardens weekend there was an added bonus this year and thanks must go to Janet & Ricky Jones for allowing the public to visit their dairy farm and learn a little about milk production and the hard work that goes into producing a pint of milk three hundred and sixty five days of the year from their beautiful herd of black and white cows that are a familiar sight in the Mease Valley.

The Mease Valley is a beautiful part of Staffordshire and to enable you to enjoy the green and pleasant countryside in which we live there is a local network of footpaths across the Mease Valley which is maintained by the local farmers. Please respect these footpaths and do not stray from the waymarked paths as doing so will damage the crops. Please also keep dogs under tight control particularly near livestock and sheep that may be due to lamb. It is also important to clean up after your dogs. Unfortunately Neospora Caninum is carried in dog faeces and causes abortions in cattle. Grass fields are often mown and fed to the cows as either fresh grass or silage and if dog faeces are left in grass fields it can be, unknowingly, fed to the cows and cause abortions. This is upsetting for both the cattle and the farmer as they not only suffer the loss of the calf but also the loss of the cow as the cattle have to be slaughtered due to the infection remaining in the blood stream and passing on to any future calves. Neospora Caninum can also cause blindness in children so it is imperative that all dog faeces should be removed from public areas to keep us all safe and healthy.

On behalf of the Mease Valley Farmers we would like to thank you for taking the time to read this and hope that you have found it interesting. 


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