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 […]

Brexit and our Land

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Rock & Roll Farming with Leslie Griffiths Tonight for this very special Rock and Roll Farming Podcast, I’m delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Leslie Griffiths, to our farm to talk all about the ‘Brexit and our Land’ consultation, and the future for Welsh farmers post-brexit..       Episode sponsors: AFTP – AgriFood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses, use the word ‘podcast’ at checkout! NFU Cymru – for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk   Podcast Partners: Farmer’s Guardian. […]

079 Stepping into the Unknown

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Rock & Roll Farming with Hefin Richards Tonight I’m heading down to Llandrinio in Powys in Mid-Wales to talk to Ruminant Nutritionist, Hefin Richards. We hear about the village he was born – Llanddewi brefi – and how it’s famous for St.David, LSD, & Little Britain! And also go into his early life growing up in a West Wales farming community, which includes stories of sheep-dipping in school with typical early 1980s health and safety standards – tucking ties into shirts. We discuss how he made the big decision to study agriculture at Harper Adams University, and the fantastic experience […]