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The Farmers Guardian podcast brings you real farmer stories, the latest news and discussion about all the issues affecting the farming community. Listen on the go as the Farmers Guardian team talk through the latest issues across the dairy, livestock and arable sectors affecting your farming business, featuring special guests who share their personal experiences.
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Andrew Dakin is a local Derbyshire farmer whose entire livelihood is at risk. As a third generation farmer at Kidsley Park Farm, Andrew’s family have farmed in the village of Smalley near Heanor for 94 years. Unfortunately Andrew had to take up the reigns of running the farm business after his father suffered a stroke in the 1980s. Farming has been…
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What has it really been like to be the NFU's first female president? After six years at the top, Minette Batters reflects on the highs and lows of her time in the top job, what the future holds for the union and her biggest worry for the farming industry going forward, as well as her top tips for the next president and why they should keep their di…
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This week’s podcast is a very special insight into mental health in farming. This week marks the Farm Safety Foundation’s Mind Your Head campaign - an initiative to promote mental health as the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today. So our guests for the podcast are two of the most inspirational people I have had the pleasure of interviewing.…
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Ahead of this year's NFU elections, Farmers Guardian's news and business team spoke to the candidates standing to be president, deputy president and vice-president. Tom Bradshaw, David Exwood, Rachel Hallos, Michael Oakes, Thomas Binns, Matt Culley and Mark Jeffrey share their views on Red Tractor, member engagement and diversity.…
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In this week’s Farmers Guardian podcast, Emily Ashworth sits down with Louisa Clutterbuck at Eat Wild – formerly British Game Assurance – to speak about how game meat, from pheasant to venison, is a sustainable option. Through Eat Wild, Louise is looking to bring game meat into the mainstream and educate people on why they should be eating more of …
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In this Farmers Guardian podcast episode, we are reporting live from LAMMA Show 2024. You can listen to head of Machinery, Toby Whatley, talk all about the mood at LAMMA and the outlook for the machinery market, while online editor, Emily Ashworth, reports live from the careers zone where this year, for the first time ever, 30 children were brought…
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Farmer and BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson talks about rural mental health and the personal reason behind setting up his new rural mental health podcast 'Keeping on Track' after losing a farming friend to suicide. He not only talks about the importance of the farming community coming together, but the need to reconnect again with consumers; f…
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This week’s podcast is a very special insight into diversity and inclusivity in farming from the Oxford Farming Conference. News reporter Chris Brayford sat down with Inclusive Farm co-founder Mike Duxbury and dairy farmer Rory Christie from Dumfries during the conference to discuss the issues surrounding diversity in farming and the positive inroa…
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Following a CLA survey which looked at the social value provided by its members, Alex Black spoke to Judicaelle Hammond from the CLA, Johnny Wake at Courteenhall Farms, Ellen Francis at Quy Hall Estate and Rachel Rutherford at Northumberland Estates about their role in the local community and the value farms and estates add to rural Britain, which …
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Many will know Will Young as Farmer Will, the farming TikTok sensation. His social media has blown up and it has since seen him become of farming's most loved characters. What is he really passionate about though? In this Farmers Guardian podcast, online editor Emily Ashworth pays Will as visit, to talk about education, family farming and the passi…
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Farmer and BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson talks about rural mental health and the personal reason behind setting up his new rural mental health podcast 'Keeping on Track' after losing a farming friend to suicide. He not only talks about the importance of the farming community coming together, but the need to reconnect again with consumers; f…
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Hannah Jackson AKA the Red Shepherdess has always been at the forefront, championing farming and all those who work in it. Seven months ago life changed, and Hannah and husband Danny welcomed baby Blake. In this Farmers Guardian Christmas special, online editor Emily Ashworth visits Hannah to talk all about her new role as a mother and the growing …
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Farmers Guardian machinery editor Toby Whatley and Agriconnect publisher Ben Briggs report from the German tractor and farm machinery show Agritechnica, which took place in November. Discussing the machinery market, this is a timely look ahead to LAMMA Show, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on January 17-18, 2024.…
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Justine Fulton who is better known as 'Rack of Glam' on social media, is pretty new to the butchery industry. Having entered as a novice, she has worked her way up and has found her dream career. In this episode she talks about challenging stereotypes, skills and the need to support local businesses like your butchers in order for them to thrive.…
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Michelin-trained chef Poppy O'Toole known as 'The Potato Queen' has become a Tik Tok sensation sharing her absolute love for the humble potato. She gave her top tips for making the best roast potato for your Christmas dinner and explained why she is passionate about supporting farmers and British grown produce, and why buying local and supporting B…
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In this Farmers Guardian podcast, livestock reporter, Katie Fallon talks to the founders of The Wool Library, John Atkinson, Maria Benjamin and Zoe Fletcher about their aspirations to champion British wool within the UK's fashion industry. With a mixture of farming, art and fashion backgrounds John, Maria and Zoe have joined forces to try and creat…
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On September 3, 1939, Great Britain declared war against Germany. A day in British history which will never be forgotten, and a day which changed the life of one little girl from Sunderland. In this Remembrance Day special podcast, our livestock reporter Katie Fallon, sits down with her grandmother, Norma Earnshaw, to reminisce on her childhood dur…
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UK dairy industry is going through an unsettling period. The environment for UK dairy farmers is changing at a rapid pase with increased investment demands from regulation and a noticeable decline in sector confidence, it is why Muller’s chief executive says milk output can 'no longer be taken for granted' and why they are closely monitoring future…
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In this Farmers Guardian podcast, features editor Emily Ashworth talks to Anna from Canalside Farm in Staffordshire about the family farm's diversification. For over 40 years, the family have built their various award-winning businesses up which include a farm shop, café and PYO experiences. We also speak to Brian Richardson, head of agriculture at…
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British Farming Awards is all about celebrating the very best of British Agriculture. The most prestigious award of the night is 'Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture' sponsored by NSF. This year's winner was chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association, George Dunn, in recognition of his 27 years of tireless campaign work represent…
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With AHDB announcing a proposed increase in levy rates from 2024, (https://www.farmersguardian.com/news/4131411/ahdb-launches-campaign-raise-levies) Alex Black sat down with the Cereals and Oilseeds, Beef and Lamb, Pork and Dairy sector chairs to hear the reasoning behind the increases and how their plans to deliver for farming through the levy bod…
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Helen Rebanks is probably one of the most well-known farming women in the industry. Farming alongside her husband, James, both have a passion for farming hand-in-hand with nature. With over 25,000 followers on Instagram, her life out in the hills in the Lake District has become something of a fascination to people and, in her new book, The Farmer's…
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September 24 marked the start of British Wool Week, and in this week's Farmers Guardian episode Emily Ashworth speaks to Sophie from a wool based bedding company called Floks, and Sarah who owns Little Beau Sheep, a unique wool-based body and laundry business. With sustainability at the forefront of everyone's minds, it is the perfect time to shine…
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Over 20 years ago Alexia Robinson established the campaign, Love British Food. It was in response to the horror of foot and mouth, and a way to give British farmers the incentive to carry on. Now, 22 years on, the campaign is stronger than ever, and Alexia has managed to forge relationships with key areas of society such as care homes, caterers, pr…
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Childhood friends Francesca Cooper and Hollie Fallick have come full circle and have ended up back on the Isle of Wight where they grew up. This time around though, they are farming. Both have always been passionate about the land, and their new business, Nunwell Home Farm, encompasses everything they believe in, which is producing highly nutritiou…
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September 6 2021 was supposed to be just another day in the life of nine-year-old boy from Blaenllechau in the Rhondda. Tomos Bunford was excited about going back to school and beginning a new term with his friends. The summer holidays were drawing to a close. He had been playing on his bike on the family farm as well as playing with a new toy his …
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The Labour party have been clear they want to give more access for people in the countryside if they came into power at the next general election. But Right to Roam has raised concerns for farmers, with some going as far as saying the policy would be a determining factor on the ballot paper. The Shadow Environment Minister, Daniel Zeichner travelle…
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Ahead of the Future Farming Expo Scotland, Youtube farmer Cammy Wilson speaks to Alex Black about becoming a sheep farmer after spending time working for the police and how he built his following on social media making videos showing real farming experiences from shearing to visiting the auction mart. Go check out Cammy on: https://www.youtube.com/…
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With English wine growing in popularity, Alex Black spoke to Tamara Roberts and Matt Strugnell from Ridgeview wine. When setting up the vineyard nearly 30 years ago, people were cynical of the potential of English viticulture. Tamara's parents Matt and Chris Roberts, however, recognised the similarities between the South of England and the Champagn…
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Having lived a rock and roll lifestyle as a member of one of the world's most loved bands, Blur bassist Alex James spoke to Chris Brayford about his transition from city dweller to a country farmer. The band, headed by Damon Albarn, released hit singles including 'Country House' and 'Parklife' as they clashed with Liam and Noel Gallagher's Oasis fo…
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After changing its name to The Royal Countryside Fund, Emily Ashworth speaks to Heather Hancock, chair of trustees for the charity, about the support it gives to those in the rural community, particularly family farms - and the continued support of His Majesty The King. We also hear from Demelza Fish-Jenkins, a Welsh farmer who took part in the fun…
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Coming from a non-farming background in Liverpool, Dr Claire Whittle is a farm vet, a Nuffield Scholar and a dung beetle enthusiast, who is passionate about regenerative agriculture and healthy ecosystems. Dr Whittle spoke to the Farmers Guardian team about becoming a vet, her career journey so far and her passion for cows as well as why dung beetl…
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Farmers Guardian’s chief reporter Rachael Brown sits down with former international rugby referee turned farmer, Nigel Owens, to talk about the challenges facing farmers right now, the threat of bovine TB in Wales and calls for 'honest and balanced discussions' around wildlife. He also gives his prediction on who will win the Rugby World Cup.…
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With labour a massive issue for every sector of the farming industry, Alex Black speaks to John Shropshire at the launch of the Independent Review into Labour Shortages in the Food Supply Chain and OF&G Chief exec Roger Kerr speaks to Rachael Brown on the opportunities for organic farming and the sector's ambition to secure 25% of the market.…
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Farmers Guardian’s chief reporter Rachael Brown sits down with author Kiran Sidhu to talk about how her unlikely friendship with sheep farmer inspired her new book ‘I can hear the cuckoo’. Finding herself in the Welsh countryside was not Kiran’s initial plan, but a chance encounter with a farmer and a passion for her new way of living has given her…
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Farmers Guardian's Rachael Brown sat down with Arla's Global Vice President of Agriculture Graham Wilkinson to chat about trends in the global dairy market, the current economic climate for dairy farmers and the cost pressures on-farm, and how reverting back to cheap milk cannot be an option.Kirjoittanut Graham Wilkinson
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Over 170,000 people flocked to more than 250 farms around the UK on Open Farm Sunday. Alex Black visited Matthew and Dani Blair at Thrimby Farm in Cumbria, best known for their appearance on BBC's This Farming Life, as they opened up the gates to the public on June 11.Kirjoittanut Farmers Guardian
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Farmers Guardian's Rachael Brown sat down with Professor Alice Stanton to talk about her continued campaign to remove incorrect claims around excessive red meat consumption and why farmers more than ever need to be supported by the government to produce sustainable red meat.Kirjoittanut Farmers Guardian
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In this week’s podcast, Farmers Guardian’s head of news and business, Alex Black, speaks to FG’s features editor, Emily Ashworth, about her brand-new book all about the Women’s Land Army. These women - over 200,000 from 1939 to 1950 - took the place of men away at war and worked the land in Britain’s countryside to ensure food production did not ce…
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In this month's episode of the Farmers Guardian's At Home With series, hosted by Features Editor Emily Ashworth, Milly Fyfe talks about her brand new e-cookery book, No Fuss Meals For Busy Parents. You will no doubt have heard of Milly - she is a true advocate for the farming industry and in her book she encourages people to seek out local, British…
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Most of you will probably know Tom Everall as Tom the young farmer, a name that stuck after multiple appearances on BBC Radio One with renowned DJ, Greg James. Tom now writes a monthly blog for Farmers Guardian, after heading off on his travels to New Zealand. In this episode, Features Editor Emily Ashworth talks to Tom all about farm life on the o…
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During Mental Health awareness week, Farmers Guardian's Rachael Brown sat down with Dan Goodwin, an arable farmer and Farm Safety Foundation ambassador, to talk about why he took a break from farming to prioritise his mental health and the news and business team give their reaction to this week's Farm to Fork Summit at Downing Street.…
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Farmers on the Welsh border are feeling frustrated and like they are not being listened to by Welsh Government on bovine TB, with no light at the end of the tunnel. Farmers Guardian’s Rachael Brown put farmers’ concerns to Rural Affairs and North Wales Minister Lesley Griffiths.Kirjoittanut Farmers Guardian
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Ahead of the celebrations for the coronation on May 6, Farmers Guardian’s Alex Black and Ben Briggs discuss King Charles III and his passion for the farming community and we hear from the Prince's Countryside Fund, founded by His Majesty in order to protect and support rural communities.Kirjoittanut Farmers Guardian
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With the local elections looming next week and Labour well ahead in the national polls, FG's new chief reporter Rachael Brown spoke to Shadow Defra Minister Daniel Zeichner about his farming priorities and in Great British Beef Week, senior livestock reporter Hannah Morgan and Jilly Greed look back at the early days of the campaign…
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