123 ON TOUR at Metcalfe Farms

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Rock & Roll Farming ON TOUR at Metcalfe Farms Rock & Roll Farming on tour!  I headed up to Leyburn in North Yorkshire to the 2018 Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Gold Cup winner Philip Metcalfe’s open day (Most impressive dairy farm I’ve EVER been on) to talk to the man himself, and also had a conversation with Kite Consulting’s John Allen, and journalist and market analysis, Chris Walkland, all about what makes a gold cup winner, and the current state of the UK dairy industry.  (Photo credit: Tim Scrivener, Farmer’s Weekly) EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST […]

122 The Nature Friendly Farmer

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Rock & Roll Farming with Martin Lines Tonight I headed east to Cambridgeshire to talk to farmer and chair of the Nature Friendly Farmers Network, Martin Lines.  We discussed the range of environmental improvements he’s implemented on his farm that have seen a huge increase in different wildlife species, how he makes it work in conjunction with a modern farming business, and the Nature Friendly Farmers Network and the work that they do. All this, and much, much more.   EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, […]

121 Romans, lazer beams & farming dreams

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Rock & Roll Farming with Andrea Meanwell Tonight I’m heading up to the lake district in Cumbria, to talk to farmer and author, Andrea Meanwell.  In one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done so far, we talk about her family’s 500 year connection to the area, archaeology, lazer beams, Roman forts, fulfilling her dream of owning a farm of her own, and her new role as lake district farming officer. All this, and much more.  EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, PLEASE VISIT www.eatfarmnow.com – and […]

120 Nobody puts Sophie in the corner

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Rock & Roll Farming with Sophie Barnes Tonight I head all the way down to New Zealand to talk to Sophie Barnes, to hear all about her incredible journey from middle English town life, to sheep farming all over New Zealand.  We also discuss her ongoing battle with endometriosis, anxiety & depression, and how she deals with it on a daily basis.  I don’t use the word inspiration lightly, but I think it’s justified in this case. What a girl.  EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, […]

119 Seizing the Opportunities

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Tonight I head down to Essex to talk to arable farmer and Chair of the National Farmer’s Union Crops Board, Tom Bradshaw. We talk about the huge changes he’s made to his family business, which now sees them farming over 1200ha on 6 different contract farming agreements, as well as having a riding school & 70 stables. We also talk about the many different forms of personal development he’s undertaken over the years, from a Nuffield Scholarship to business and leadership courses, his appearance on the 2013 BBC TV show ‘Harvest’, and his involvement in the NFU.  All this, and […]