Pastures new.

Times are hard for farmers and there are few signs that matters are
going to improve in the near future, despite the lifting of the ban on
British beef exports. There has been a big increase in the number of
bankruptcies among farmers, according to the Society of Practitioners in

"Agriculture is in deep recession, and the past year's claims experience
has been awful," says Bob Blackburn, managing director of Harrogate
brokers Gale & Phillipson. Bad weather had an adverse impact, and

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