Put out to pasture? Britain’s farmers fear surge of imports from Australia


A trade deal could expose UK agriculture to the economic power of the southern hemisphere’s giant livestock ranches

On a rain-lashed and windswept day in the Welsh valleys, Jonathan Huntley is almost at the end of the busiest six weeks of the year on his hillside farm. Lambing season is over, following the arrival of 1,400 newborns, and one of his 60 suckling cows is calving.

Huntley, 53, farms sheep and cattle in the same 500 acres as his father before him, and he and his wife Tracey hope their 22-year-old son Thomas will take over from them.

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