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Tricky surgery for a cow with a twisted intestine.

Yorkshire vet Julian Norton tasked with untwisting cow’s insides

Thursday was the mid-point of a run of five nights on call. That doesn’t sound so bad. Plenty of people work five nights on the trot. As a veterinary surgeon though, it’s not just the nights that we cover, but also the days in between. And it’s not as if the days are quiet either. What you don’t really need, at the end of evening surgery, is a cow with a twisted intestine.

Rural proofing of government policy is not transparent and is not happening earlier enough, countryside campaigners told peers at a House of Lords enquiry into the rural economy this week.

‘Rural proofing is not working’, peers told

Rural voices are not being listened to early enough when decisions are taken in Whitehall and this is compounding the pressure on communities as they grapple with changing times in the countryside, campaigners have told a parliamentary inquiry.

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