066 Stand by your Ham

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Rock & Roll Farming with The Morgan Sisters Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up to Driffield in East Yorkshire to talk to Sisters and award winning pig farmers, Kate Moore and Vicky Scott @KateMorgan24 @vickypig27 The girls tell us about their family business, which their parents, David & Sue, started in 1996 with 800 breeding sows, selling the progeny as weaners. We also hear how they both got involved, initially by just helping out, and they’ve never been allowed to leave! We discuss the business as it is now, with 1700 indoor, and 1200 outdoor sows, and the different […]

065 Famer’s Guardian Mart’s the Heart Awards 2018

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A Rock & Roll Farming/ Farmer’s Guardian special with Steph Ryder Tonight I’m talking to Farmer’s Guardian’s very own Steph Ryder, all about the 2018 Mart’s the Heart Awards, and how livestock markets are central to the UK livestock industry..     Rock & roll Farming is proud to be in partnership with Farmer’s Guardian. For news and insights from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

064 Farming, Bagpipes, & History

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Rock & Roll Farming with Stuart Somerville Tonight I’m heading for the very first time to the Great White North, to Canada! Or to Endiang, in Southern Alberta to be exact, to talk to cattle and crop farmer, Stuart Somerville @Stuthefarmer We talk about the prairies where he lives, and the kind of farming people are doing in that area, and some of the challenges they face there, including coyotes, cougars, plagues of gophers, and drought. We discuss Stu’s 4th generation farming operation which stretches to 4000ac of barley and canola, and calving 350 head of Maine-Anjou Cattle this year […]

063 Hear the one about the Farmer and the Environmentalist?

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Rock & Roll Farming with Simon Phelps Tonight I’m heading down to Middlezoy in Somerset to talk to conservationist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, and writer, Simon Phelps. Who said a farmer and an environmentalist couldn’t have a polite conversation?! We discuss his background, and how the natural environment has always held a fascination to him, which led to studying Geography and Ecology at Uni, before hearing about his various roles in the sector, including ecological surveying in Dorset, and working as a youth engagement officer in the Midlands. We then discuss his current role with Butterfly Conservation, working with farmers and […]

062 Quinoa? In Shropshire?!

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Tonight I am actually travelling! And heading the grand total of 9 1/2 miles across the English border, to Hordley in North Shropshire, to talk to Quinoa grower Stephen Jones @BritishQuinoa We start off discussing Stephen’s farm, that his family have been on for 80 years, and how he ended up studying crop production and agronomy at Harper Adams University, before going on to do a phd at Nottingham. We then talk about how he first heard about Quinoa in a local magazine, and how it fired his imagination enough to try to grow some for himself on the farm, […]

061 A ‘Health & Harmony’ Special with Minette Batters

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Rock & Roll Farming with Minette Batters Tonight for this Rock & Roll Farming special, I talk to NFU President Minette Batters. We discuss the ‘Health & Harmony’ DEFRA consultation papers; why working farmers should respond to them, what’s good about them, what’s bad about them, what we as farmers need to happen post-brexit, and crucially, whether she employs a Donald Trump extreme handshake OR a Tory front bench power-stance when meeting with Government VIPs. Check it out folks..     This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.ukĀ or our Sponsors page Rock & […]

060 “Tomorrow isn’t a Given”

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Rock & Roll Farming with Jemma Harding Tonight I’m delighted to be travelling down to Wimborne in Dorset, in the south West of England, to talk to sheep farmer Jemma Harding @meandeweblog We talk about the perception of sheep farming as cool at the moment, and how the reality can be very different, before hearing about her early life growing up on the family farm and how her initial love of sheep developed. We discuss her time at University studying photography, and how she combined it with farming, before hearing about how a night out at an MTV party in […]