021 – Gentleman Jim

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Tonight I’m taking the short journey over the border to Newport in Sunny Shropshire, to talk to the one and only Jim Franklin @MilkMaker73 We hear about his early life in Waikato in New Zealand, where his parents were share-milking at the time, before their return to farming in Shropshire in the mid 70s. Jim then goes on to tell us about the tragic loss of his Mother when he was a teenager, and how they dealt with it as a family, whilst keeping the farm going. We hear about his life growing up on the farm, and also talk […]

020 – Love Lamb Week

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Tonight I’m heading up to Northern Cumbria to to talk to Sheep Farmer Rachel Lumley. We talk about ‘Love Lamb Week’ that takes place every year from 1st to 7th September, what it is, how it came about, and who’s involved, as well as what we can all do to support it. Rach tells us how her initial idea grew into what it is today, and the huge challenges involved with getting it of the ground, and in an emotional moment talks of the difficulties she’s faced personally. All this and much more. Rachel’s an amazing example of someone who’s […]

019 – “The bullets were in Pembroke Dock”

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Tonight I’m heading down to Ammanford in the South Wales Valleys to talk to Solicitor and Sheep Farmer Hywel Davies @DefaidTexel We hear about his background growing up on the family’s smallholding, and how they expanded into breeding pedigree Texel sheep, as well as the most rural Wales story ever involving Charolais Cattle! We discuss Hywel’s day job as solicitor, specialising in conveyances and criminal defence, and the situations and range of different people that he encounters from day to day. We also talk about what it’s like standing up in court, and how being involved in stock judging in […]

018 – 24 Hours in Farming

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Tonight I’m heading up to the Ribble Valley in Lancashire to talk to Farmer’s Guardian Editor Ben Briggs @FGBen Firstly Ben tells us about his background growing up on a small dairy farm, and helping his parents with their milk round on one of the most deprived council estates in the country in Blackburn. We then talk about how he came to get a job at Farmers Guardian in 2004, firstly as a data inputter, and then as a livestock reporter. Ben then describes his next journalism jobs at The Lancashire Telegraph and editing the Lancashire Business View, before eventually […]

017 – Would You Marry a Farmer?

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Tonight I’m heading over the Irish Sea to County Laois to talk to farmer, blogger and writer Lorna Sixsmith. We hear about her early life growing up on the family’s farm, and how she learned to deal with multiple allergies including straw, grass and pollens. We talk about her and Brian’s life working away from farming in England, before their decision to return to Ireland to take over the family dairy farm from her Father together. We talk about Lorna’s highly successful blog lornasixsmith.com and how one particular blog post led to her writing and self-publicising her first book ‘Would […]

016 – Combine Karaoke

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Tonight I’m heading down to Ross on Wye in Herefordshire to talk to the one and only Ally Hunter Blair. Ally tells us all about his arable farm and the range of crops that they grow down there including wheat, barley, peas, OSR & Sugarbeet, and his and his new Wife’s plans to grow her horse based business in the area. We hear about how he took on the tenancy of the farm at the unusually young age of 25, and how lucky he feels to have had this opportunity. We talk about his love for farming, and how this […]

015 – The Curse of the Strong

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Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up to the Lincolnshire Wolds to talk to the international man of mystery known as @FarmingHaiku. Firstly we find out how his twitter handle came about, and how he’s now moved on from haiku to high quality animal artwork, before hearing about his family’s farm and what they do there, including breeding traditional Lincoln Red Cattle. We hear about the change of path FH took at 16, due to a mixture of hard times in farming and family issues, that led to him studying International Business & French in places such as Bordeaux and […]

014 – #LensLeg

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Tonight I’m heading over to Nantwich to talk to Dairy Farmer and Cheshire National Farmers Union Chairman, Phil Latham ( @PhilLatham ) Phil tells us about his background growing up as a wannabe eco-warrior with a huge passion for the natural world (disappointingly no dreadlocks though), and his decision to study zoology at University, before deciding to go back to the family farm. We discuss how the farm has grown and changed since he became involved for various reasons, and Phil tells us about his fertility management consultancy work, and why this is so important to his business and the […]

013 – Beyond the Headlines

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Tonight I’m heading down to London Town to talk to Farmer’s Weekly’s own Jez Fredenburgh ( @overthefarmgate ) Jez tells me about her early years growing up in central France on her parents’s red deer farm, before their move back to the Norfolk countryside. We discuss the importance of good journalism, and her role as deputy business editor at FW, as well as what the job entails. We talk about the difference between reactive and proactive stories, the time pressures involved in getting things to press, and the various aspects of being in the office, reporting from seminars and conferences, […]

012 – Always Look On The Bright Cider Life

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Tonight I’m heading down to beautiful Monmouthshire in South Wales to talk to the lovely Kate Beavan. Kate tells me about her background in Lancashire, and her early love for animals which led to her becoming a veterinary nurse, and in-turn led to her moving to Abergavenny. She then tells us how she met her husband Jim through YFC, which involved a piano and a quad bike (?!). We hear about her job as assistant farm manager at Greenmeadow Community Farm, and how presenting to visitors there stood her in good stead for the future, as well as how she […]