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April 21, 2022

Dairy farmer elected regional chair of NFU

A dairy farmer from Staffordshire has been elected chairman of the NFU West Midlands regional board. David Brookes, of Lower Loxley, near Uttoxeter, will represent farmers across the West Midlands at what he described as a ‘critical time’ for the industry.

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February 24, 2020

Arthur’s quest for 70 year old photo

A FARMER is appealing for help in his quest to find a photograph of a tractor that was taken outside Uttoxeter Town Hall in 1948. The machine now belongs to Arthur Prime who farms in the area, and he has spent years trying to track down photographs taken when it was brand new. The UDS diesel tractor by Minneapolis-Moline (England Ltd) was shipped over in kit form from the USA in the late 1940s and assembled at Sale Tilney & Co Ltd at Wokingham in Berkshire where a Dorman diesel engine, made in Stafford, was installed.

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September 26, 2019

Jail sentence for farmer who left lambs to die

Stephen Croxall, aged 50 from Kingstone, near Uttoxeter pleaded guilty to breaching the animal welfare act. Charges ranged from causing unnecessary suffering to animals to failing to record the administration of medicines. When animal health officers from Staffordshire County Council visited the farm on December 31, they found the animals in “terrible condition, starving and freezing to death.” One lamb was hypothermic, and another dead under a fallen gate. A young calf was also found very vocal and thin, indicating it had not been fed or watered. Several other animals had to be put down.

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