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Over The Farm Gate
60 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Alison O’Neill – A one woman hill farm
This week on Over The Farm Gate, Farmers Guardian features editor Emily Ashworth speaks to Alison O’Neill, about how she found her way back to agriculture. Over the years we have seen a decline in hill farms, and they have certainly come under a lot of scrutiny. This podcast is the successful story of one woman and how she has managed to create a thriving and diverse business from her 70-acre hill farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Sustainability and the positive use of wool is a key topic, plus the establishment of a fibre flock, a flock for wool rather than meat. Links: Read about another successful farming business in one of the country’s most remote places: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/couple-set-up-successful-farming-business-on-scottish-croft-123725 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Inside the global seed vault
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re looking at another way in which agriculture is looking to adapt to the changing climate and ensure food security for generations. Genetic diversity of our food crops is not something that has been talked about at COP26. But it should have. Because it’s going to be a critical tool to help farming adapt to climate change, to prevent widespread crop disease, and ultimately to ensure our food security. Safeguarding this diversity for future generations is a job currently done by 1,700 seed banks around the world. Overseeing all of these with support, is The Crop Trust, the only international organisation tasked with ensuring humanity conserves the world’s crop diversity for future generations. It also operates the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway - the ultimate back-up bank for all the other seed banks in the world, with capacity to store 2.5 billion seeds! Jez Fredenburgh talks to Hannes Dempewolf, a senior scientist at The Crop Trust, about where the world is right now with crop diversity, how farming can make use of it, and what the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is really like... Links: Read Thomas Carrick’s blog about why we must show that pasture fed food is good for the nation: https://www.fginsight.com/blogs/in-your-field-thomas-carrick---we-must-show-that-pasture-fed-food-is-good-for-the-nation-123737 Read more about plant-based croissant ‘has a higher carbon footprint than a bacon roll’: https://www.fginsight.com/news/cop26-plant-based-croissant-has-a-higher-carbon-footprint-than-a-bacon-roll-123707 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Vertical farms - do they stack up?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing vertical farms and finding out if they are really better for the planet? Vertical farming - does all the hype stack up? Can these systems really save input costs? Do they offer viable diversification opportunities? Or will they always be the preserve of big-time farmers and investors? And of course, are they really better for the planet, and what contribution can they make to our food system? To find out, Jez Fredenburgh talks to Sarah Hughes, a sheep and beef farmer in north Wales, who completed a Nuffield Scholarship on vertical farms in 2018, visiting some of the most advanced operations around the globe. Sarah set out to see if vertical farming offered a diversification opportunity for the ordinary farm business, she lets us in on her findings. Jez then speaks to David Farquhar, CEO of Intelligent Growth Solutions, a multi-award-winning Scottish company which designs, supplies, and supports vertical farms for growers all around the world. Jez asks him - what really does it cost to set up a vertical farm, how do you operate them, and what are they like? Links: Read more about the use of vertical farming technology, but how can it complement conventional farming systems?https://www.fginsight.com/news/vertical-farming-taking-weather-out-of-the-equation-117612Read more about how, #FarmingCAN be a leader in tackling climate change: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan-help-tackle-climate-change/farmingcan-be-a-leader-in-tackling-climate-change-123608https://wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson on how to make a success of farming without a farming background
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re catching up with the Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson. Hannah Jackson is well known in the industry for making a success of farming regardless of having no background in the sector. Years later, with a best selling book under her belt and countless TV appearances, she tells Farmers Guardian about this next chapter in her life, her focus for the future of her farm, and why she will continue to be an advocate for women in farming. Links: Read more about Hannah Jackson and why her passion for farming is stronger than ever: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/hannah-jackson-and-her-life-in-farming-as-soon-as-you-speak-about-women-in-farming-theres-a-backlash-straight-away-123322 Women now make-up the majority of students studying agriculture at Aberystwyth University, a record first in the institution’s history. Find out more: https://www.fginsight.com/news/careers-special-female-students-trump-males-for-first-time-at-aberystwyth-university-123452 Find out more about the Ag society that teaches kids about food and farming: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/ag-society-teaches-kids-about-food-and-farming---children-think-you-can-buy-food-in-a-packet-from-the-supermarket-123145 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Flies and algae - a feed alternative to soy?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking feed and specifically, alternatives to imported soya. How can livestock farming break its reliance on soy and develop more sustainable ways of feeding animals? Better grazing and forage management, as well as growing more of our own pulses, are some of the on-farm alternatives. But what about alternative bought-in protein feeds? Jez Fredenburgh looks into two start-ups that might offer some solutions: Raffael Jovine, is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at SuSeWi, which is growing algae in the deserts of Morocco and South Africa, and Keiran Whittaker is the Founder of Entocycle, a company producing Black soldier fly larvae. Both are hoping to supply the UK livestock feed sector, and are being supported with funding by UKRI, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Tom Jenkins, Deputy Challenge Director at UKRI joins Jez also. Links: Find out more about the York farmers who join the low carbon barley trial: Prince Charles’ car runs on cheese and wine - News - Farmers Guardian (fginsight.com) Find out more about the AHDB service which helps a farmer dig into finer detail of production costs: https://www.fginsight.com/ahdb/ahdb-bps/ahdb-service-helps-wiltshire-farmer-dig-into-finer-detail-of-production-costs-123312 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Project sees 40 per cent reduction in cattle methane emissions
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re kicking off our series on climate change and sustainability. Red meat production has come under more scrutiny for its role in climate change than perhaps any other sector in recent years. While this attention may be disproportionate in the UK, with its mainly grass-based systems, there are however still many improvements that can be made to reduce the GHG emissions of grazing livestock. ABP, one of the biggest meat processors in the UK, has been running a number of trials on its two demonstration farms with this aim, investigating how genetics can improve feed efficiencies, the use of wearable devices to capture methane, and how grass sward mixes can improve growth rates. Results so far have been promising – 40% reductions in methane emissions, 20% higher growth rates, and hundreds of pounds saved per animal through efficiencies. To find out more, Jez Fredenburgh talks to Dean Holroyd, ABP’s Sustainability Director, Liz Ford, Agri Projects Manager, and Andrew Macleod, the company’s UK Farm Manager. Joining AHDB after a six-year spell as chief operating officer of the Food and Drink Federation, Tim Rycroft speaks to Alex Black about his priorities for the levy board and how he intends to rebuild ley payers’ trust. Links: Find out more about the York farmers who join the low carbon barley trial: https://www.fginsight.com/news/yorks-farmers-join-low-carbon-barley-trial-123003 Find out more about the challenges farmers are facing due to labour shortages: https://www.fginsight.com/news/nsa-slams-celebrities-for-misleading-statements-about-sheep-farming-122755 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Labour crisis needs people not ideology
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing labour shortages. The UK’s food and farming sector is facing a labour crisis, so bad that the NFU says we’re at risk of losing the productive capacity of UK agriculture, as some farmers shrink their growing areas, while those in the pig sector face the possibility of a welfare cull. Jez Fredenburgh talks to Tom Bradshaw, NFU vice president, who says the solution is an immigration one, and that the government now needs to move beyond Brexit-based ideologies to deal with the practical reality. Jez also talks to soft fruit grower Marion Regan about how the labour shortage is affecting her business, and her thoughts about the pressures of the just-in-time model in horticulture. Marion and her family produce 6000 tonnes of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, and she’s also Oxford Farming Conference director this year. Links: Find out more about labour shortages: https://www.fginsight.com/blogs/blogs/from-the-editor-government-has-failed-to-listen-on-worker-shortage-122084 Find out more about the challenges farmers are facing due to labour shortages: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/time-for-action-as-farmers-face-catalogue-of-challenges-122966 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Afforestation: What does it really mean for UK farmers?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing afforestation. Governments across the UK have introduced tree planting targets in a bid to support native insects, birds and other animals, and – of course – meet their net zero ambitions. But there is mounting evidence that woodland creation schemes are being used to pay for tree planting on land bought by outside investors to offset emissions, shutting down opportunities for farmers to buy land and driving prices up. To find out more, Farmers Guardian, chief reporter Abi Kay is joined by Douglas Bell, managing director at the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association, Farmers Union of Wales policy officer Teleri Fielden and Ian Davis, a livestock farmer from Hatfield and member of The Farming Forum Grassroots Group Links: Find out more about the tree planting grant scheme: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/new-english-tree-planting-grant-scheme-deeply-unattractive-to-farmers-121271 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Why British farming's contribution to the national economy should never be underestimated
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about how farming can deliver for the economy. As part of Farmers Guardian’s #FarmingCAN campaign, Jez Fredenburgh catches up with Paul Graves, a farmer and butcher whose family business, H V Graves Butchers, has been selling meat to the local community in Briston, North Norfolk, since 1946. Jez talks to Paul about how the success of one food and farming business has far reaching benefits for the local economy. But what about nationally too? Jez also catches up with Graham Redman, an economist and partner at The Andersons Centre, which provides research and advice to agri-food businesses. Jez and Graham discuss how much farming really contributes to the economy, why it's not all about pound signs, and how Covid and Brexit are affecting farming's role in the economy and food supply chains. Links: Find out more about the #FarmingCAN campaign: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan Get involved with #FarmingCAN: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan-stories/how-and-when-can-you-get-involved-with-farmingcan-118936 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Livestock marts and farm machinery market update
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking livestock and machinery - from market analysis to meeting the industry’s machinery demand. In livestock the last couple of months have been fantastic for livestock auctions. Regulations have slowly eased allowing buyers and sellers more access on sale days, which has helped prime prices for both cattle and sheep to remain high. In machinery, shortages and delays in the markets for new machinery have been boosting demand and restricting supply for second-hand machines. Last week, it was reported JCB has sold out of many machines for the next 12 months, with other manufacturers, including John Deere, warning inflation and supply chain issues as a threat to profitability, despite soaring demand, and farmers are now looking towards the second-hand market. Farmers Guardian, business reporter Alex Black speaks to three young auctioneers about the current market trends and what the future holds for auctions marts. She is later joined by Oliver Godfrey from Cheffins to discuss the changes in the farm machinery second hand market. Links: Find out more about latest auction mart trends: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/view-from-the-rostrum-auction-marts-bounce-back-122212 Find out more about the second hand machinery market: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/good-trade-for-second-hand-machines-122413 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Lasting legacy - How a world record shearer honoured his daughter's memory
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking record-breaking. Oxfordshire shearer Stuart Connor set a record of 872 lambs, five more than the previous set by Irish shearer Ivan Scott in 2016. The record attempt raised thousands of pounds in memory of Mr Connor’s daughter, Grace, who died of mitochondrial disease in 2018 aged just three. As we know, the farming community are renowned for pulling together and supporting those who need it most, and to date, they have raised over £67,000. Farmers Guardian features editor, Emily Ashworth speaks to Stuart Connor who shares his story and what it means to his family to witness such generosity. Links: Find out more about Stuart’s story: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/shearer-breaks-world-record-in-memory-of-young-daughter-122102 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
The truth about regenerative farming - practicalities and opportunities
Regenerative farming is the current buzzword, but what really is it and what does it have the power to achieve? Jez Fredenburgh talks to Clare Hill, farm manager of a mixed farm in Oxfordshire, which has been integrating regenerative farming practices into the business since January 2020. The working farm is owned by FAI, a consultancy that helps food chain businesses to become more sustainable, including working with McDonalds on regenerative grazing management. Clare has upskilled the farm team, transformed the old working strategy for beef production, and has recorded a wide range of baseline metrics. She tells Jez how the changes have improved the farming business, made it more resilient, and a nicer place to work. She also talks about the mindset change needed and how she's changed her thinking from a conventional mind-set. https://fai.academy/regenerative-farming/the-foundations-of-regenerative-agriculture/ See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Arla looks to slash farm emissions by 30% by 2030 – what does this mean for British dairy?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking sustainability. As Arla looks to slash farm emissions by 30% by 2030 – they have released a new report into the sustainability of their farmers. Reducing emissions from feed was highlighted as an opportunity with the report finding some farmers were overfeeding protein, leading to higher emissions. Last week, the co-operative’s ‘A sustainable future for British dairy’ report showed Arla’s farmers are already among the most climate efficient in the world and were producing milk with 1.13kg CO2 equivalent per kg of milk, around half the global average. Farmers Guardian business reporter Alex Black speaks to agriculture director Alice Swift to find out more about the results and is later joined by Joe, one of Arla’s UK farmers to find more about his experience. Links: Find out more about Arla: https://www.arla.com/ Find out more about Arla’s new report: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/arla-report-shows-balance-the-key-to-meeting-sustainability-goals-121828 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Digital divide: With 50% of the rural community saying their internet access is not reliable, what does the future look like for the rural economy?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re looking at the state of rural broadband across England. For well over a decade, there has been talk of a ‘digital divide’, with people in cities enjoying access to high internet speeds and reliable connections, while those living in the countryside get neither. A recent survey on digital connectivity ran by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes-Wales, CLA, Farmers’ Union of Wales, NFU Cymru and Wales YFC, found more than 50 per cent of respondents from rural areas felt that their internet access was not fast or reliable. Less than 50 per cent of those who lived in rural areas stated they had standard broadband and only 36 per cent had superfast broadband, compared to 18 per cent and 67 per cent respectively from their urban counterparts. Farmers Guardian chief reporter, Abi Kay, is joined by Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, and Selaine Saxby, Conservative MP for North Devon and chairwoman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Broadband and Digital Communication to discuss the impact the digital divide is having on the rural economy, and what more can be done to improve the situation. Links: Find out more about the digital divide: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/governments-must-address-digital-divide-119687 Find out more about the impact of the pandemic on the digital divide: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/digital-divide-amplified-by-pandemic-119372 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Behind the scenes on Jeremy Clarkson’s farm and how to beat the scourge of fly-tipping in the countryside
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about Clarkson’s Farm and how farmers can fight back against fly-tippers. Clarkson’s Farm has engaged non-farming audiences with agriculture like no other programme before it. But what’s it like to star in it? Olivia Midgley speaks to National Sheep Association English Committee chairman Kevin Harrison, who helped Jeremy Clarkson build his sheep enterprise. And with lockdown seeing the closure of local authority tips, waste dumped in the countryside has reached epidemic proportions, with gateways, fields and country lanes littered with rubbish. Alex Black speaks to NFU deputy president Stuart Roberts about how farmers can fight back against fly-tippers and what needs to happen at Government level to increase penalties for those who dump waste in our countryside. Links: Find out more about Jeremy Clarkson’s life on the farm: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/vip/farming-with-jeremy-clarkson---i-know-of-no-profession-that-requires-you-to-be-so-multi-abled-119719 Find out more about fly-tipping: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/farmers-most-affected-by-fly-tipping-environment-agency-survey-finds-120290 See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Sophisticated rural criminals waging war on the countryside – the battle to stop them in their tracks
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re looking at about how farming businesses can protect themselves from becoming victims of rural crime. Since the Covid pandemic the nature of crime has changed; thieves have become more sophisticated, and farmers are having to deploy greater security techniques to deter them. Jez Fredenburgh speaks to Detective Constable Chris Piggott from the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, and Rebecca Davidson, Rural Affairs Specialist at NFU Mutual to find out more about organised crime and how to prevent it. Jez also talks to North Norfolk arable farmer, Jim Papworth, about his multiple experiences of rural crime and what he wants to see change. Links: Find out more about how you can protect your farm: fginsight.com Have a look at NFU’s safety checklist: nfumutual.co.uk/ruralcrime See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
The 'Ice Breakers' using rivers to combat men's mental ill health, and what other farmers can do
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re back with part four of our #FarmingCAN campaign series, and this time we are focussing on how farming can provide recreation and improve health and wellbeing. Jez Fredenburgh heads to Campwell Farm in Wiltshire, to find out how farmers' son Tim Bowles, and his colleagues Arron Collins-Thomas and Dave Jaquin, are using nature to combat men's mental ill health and feelings of isolation. The trio run 'Ice Breakers', a growing community of men who meet for cold water river swims, which they started after a friend took his own life. They tell Jez how the cold water, breathing exercises, and immersion in nature is helping to create a safe space for men to open up and share their feelings, with life-changing results. They also talk about why modern life means we need nature more than ever, and how farmers and landowners can be part of the solution. Find out more about the campaign: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan Find out more about mental health within agriculture: https://www.fginsight.com/farmersstrivetothrive See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
The National Food Strategy: What exactly does it mean for farmers?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing the new National Food Strategy. The strategy has prompted mixed reactions from the industry. A recommendation to introduce new salt and sugar taxes and a call for a 30 per cent reduction in meat consumption over the next 10 years have garnered particular criticism. But other proposed measures in the report, such as guaranteeing the farm payments budget until at least 2029, and defining minimum standards for food imports, have been broadly welcomed. Farmers Guardian chief reporter, Abi Kay speaks to Defra non-executive director and co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain Henry Dimbleby, to find out what the strategy means for farmers.Read our take on the National Food Strategy: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/national-food-strategy-sugar-tax-poses-major-risk-for-uk-sugar-industry-121035National Food Strategy: https://www.nationalfoodstrategy.org#Farm24: https://www.fginsight.com/24hoursinfarmingSee wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
How can farmers unlock millions of pounds worth of natural capital?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing whether the pandemic has brought on a greater appreciation for farming. Last week more than 100 farms opened their gates for the first time since the pandemic began as part of Leaf’s Open Farm Sunday - a key date in the diary that helps to connect consumers with food and farming. So, were visitors still as keen to come as normal and how did farmers handle it? Jez Fredenburgh is joined by mixed arable and sheep farmer Anne Mair Chapman, from North Northumberland, and Rebecca Dawes, part of the LEAF team and Jane Craigie Marketing, which has been getting the message out about the day. They talk about how Anne's Leaf OFS went, whether she'll be doing it again, and tips for other farmers wanting to host next year. Links: Find out more about LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday: https://farmsunday.org/online-farm-sunday Find out you can get involved: https://farmsunday.org/ See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Has the pandemic changed consumer attitudes towards food and farming?
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing whether the pandemic has brought on a greater appreciation for farming. Last week more than 100 farms opened their gates for the first time since the pandemic began as part of Leaf’s Open Farm Sunday - a key date in the diary that helps to connect consumers with food and farming. So, were visitors still as keen to come as normal and how did farmers handle it? Jez Fredenburgh is joined by mixed arable and sheep farmer Anne Mair Chapman, from North Northumberland, and Rebecca Dawes, part of the LEAF team and Jane Craigie Marketing, which has been getting the message out about the day. They talk about how Anne's Leaf OFS went, whether she'll be doing it again, and tips for other farmers wanting to host next year. Links:Find out more about LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday: https://farmsunday.org/online-farm-sundayFind out you can get involved: https://farmsunday.org/ See wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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