090 YFC 4 Life

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Rock & Roll Farming with Alice Singleton Tonight I’m heading up to Withnell in Lancashire to talk to marketing officer, freelance journalist, and Vice Chairman of Lancashire YFC, Alice Singleton @alicemay_sing We start of by talking about her family farm, that her parents bought 12 years ago, and the herd of Angus & Hereford Cows they run there, before going on to talk about their exciting diversification project, a gin distillery! We talk about Cuckoo Gin in detail, including the local ingredients they use, and how sustainability is so important to the business (For more info: www.brindledistillery.co.uk ). We talk about […]

089 Have your Say #WeAreWelshFarming

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Rock & Roll Farming with Aled Jones Tonight for this special bonus episode, I speak to Dairy Farmer and NFU Cymru Deputy President, Aled Jones, all about the Welsh Government’s ‘Brexit and our Land’ consultation, and how vital it is that farmers and anyone involved in agriculture in Wales responds by 29th October.

088 Young Farmer of the Year

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Rock & Roll Farming with Jacob Anthony Tonight I’m heading down to Bridgend in South Wales to talk to the new Farmer’s Weekly Young Farmer of the Year, Jacob Anthony @Jacob_cwmrisca We talk about his farm, that’s been in the family since 1926, and some of the joys/challenges of working with family, before going into his time spent studying at Hartpury College. We discuss the 1000 LLeyn x Texel Ewes that they run, and the fact that he took over the management of the flock at a very early age, as well as going into the cattle and cropping they […]

087 Small Robot Company

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Rock & Roll Farming with Sam Watson Jones Today I’m heading over the border to Sunny Shropshire to talk to farmer and co-founder of Small Robot Company, Sam Watson Jones @samjwj @smallrobotco We talk about his family’s farm near Newport where they’ve been for 4 generations, and the various enterprises they have going on there, and also Sam’s decision to become a farmer whilst studying english literature at Newcastle University. We go into the various job’s he during the 5 years he spent away from the farm, including teaching at a tough inner city secondary school, and working for a […]

086 Adventures in London with a Spanner and Castration Rings

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  Rock & Roll Farming with Sally Urwin Tonight I’m thrilled to be heading up to beautiful Northumberland to talk to Farmer and writer, Sally Urwin @PintSizedFarmer We start off by talking about the book she’s written about her farming life (due out in April!), how it all came about, and the whole writing process, before moving on to chat about her early life growing up in North Tyneside by the sea. We hear about the ‘immensely boring office job’ she did after University, and how eventually, in the early days of internet dating & after searching for a ‘man […]

085 The Resilient Farmer

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Rock & Roll farming with Doug Avery Tonight for this very special Rock & Roll Farming, I’m absolutely delighted to be heading up to Scotland to talk to farmer Doug Avery @DougAvery12 of Marlborough, New Zealand, where he’s currently on a speaking tour. I’m not even going to write much here, except to say that Doug is one of the most inspirational men I’ve ever had the pleasure to talk to, and the work he’s doing to help other people get through difficult times, after hitting rock bottom himself in 1998, is extraordinary. His book, The Resilient Farmer, is widely […]

083 The Osliebrae Way

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Rock & Roll Farming with Robert Drummond Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up to Sunny Ayrshire in Scotland to talk to dairy farmer Robert Drummond @robwdrummond We talk about his early life in Lanarkshire, after his Parents moved over from County down in Northern Ireland when he was a few months old, and how they built up the family business over the years. We discuss the challenges they faced with some short term land leases, and the difficult time when his Father died of cancer at just 57. We go into the years spent working back in Northern Ireland […]

082 With or Without

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Rock & Roll Farming with Graeme Taylor Tonight I’m going all European and heading over to Brussels to talk to Director of Public Affairs at the European Crop Protection Association, Graeme Taylor @leekandpotato We talk about his early life growing up in Fife in Scotland, and how most of his strongest childhood memories come from food and cooking family meals together. We hear about his decision to study politics at university, and his first job working at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and how that led to becoming more involved in EU issues and attending meetings in Brussels. […]

082 Don’t Stop Believin’

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Rock & Roll Farming with Tommy Heffernan Tonight I’m heading over the Irish Sea to Wicklow the East of Ireland to talk to Livestock vet & Nuffield Scholar, Tommy Heffernan @tommythevet We start off comparing ‘having 4 young children notes’, though he’s a braver man than me with a 5th on the way!. We also discuss his early life as the son of teachers in County Kerry, and how seeing a Cow calving on his Great Uncles Farm at aged 5 ultimately made him want to work with animals in the future. We talk about this time at University College […]

080 Proceed Until Apprehended

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Rock & Roll Farming with Sue Pritchard Tonight I’m delighted to be once again staying in Wales and heading down to beautiful Monmouthshire to talk to farmer and director of the Food, Farming and Countryside commission, Sue Pritchard. Firstly we talk about her early life growing up in the Rhondda Valley, in a family shaped by Wales’s industrial heritage, who were mainly miners and smallholders. We also go into how although she was adopted, farming and keeping animals really was in her blood, as she found out much later. We discuss the scholarship that she won to study at a […]