Ear to the Ground Podcast

‘Ear to the Ground’ is a brand-new podcast, the first of its kind to be available in both Welsh and English, that will share technical information, advice, support and inspiration to the farming community in Wales.

Episodes are just 20/30 minutes long and will include interviews with farmers and industry experts on a range of topical themes.

A new episode will be published every fortnight, and topics for the Autumn months will include conversations recorded at the Innovation and Diversification Wales event, the Farming the Environment event and an opportunity to get to know some of our new demonstration farmers.



Episode 14 - Safe Use and Application of Slurry

A new course has been launched to help learners develop their knowledge and skills in the safe use and application of slurry and farmyard manure. Aled went along to one of their pilot courses earlier this year where he met Chris Duller, a specialist in soil and nutrient management, Keith Owen, a farm infrastructure consultant and Kevin Thomas of Lantra Wales.


Episode 1 - Rotational Grazing

Aled Jones and Jim Ellis will be finding out more about the benefits of rotational grazing with James Daniels of Precision Grazing and visiting Rhidian Glyn at Rhiwgriafol Farm and Irwel Jones at Aberbranddu Farm.


You can also watch this podcast on our youtube channel by clicking here.


Episode 2 - Innovation & Diversification

In this episode, Aled and Jim will be sharing some highlights from Farming Connect’s new event called Innovation and Diversification Wales. The podcast includes discussions with Daniel Sumner of Microsoft, Geraint Hughes of Madryn Foods, Wilfred-Emmanuel Jones (The Black Farmer), Cath Price of Upper Hall Farm and Eirwen Williams, Head of Farming Connect together with a number of the trade exhibitors and visitors.


Episode 3 - Farming the Environment

In this episode, Aled and Jim will be talking about the environment and how improving environmental performance can help make farming businesses more sustainable and profitable. Recently, they went along to an event organised by Farming Connect called Farming the Environment at the Henfaes Research Centre which is part of Bangor University and the podcast includes discussions with Prysor Williams, Llŷr Jones, Dewi Hughes, Teleri Fieldon, Geraint Davies and Catherine Nakielny.

You can also watch this podcast on our youtube channel by clicking here.


Episode 4 - John Yeomans

This episode comes from an area called Adfa near Newtown, the home of John Yeomans and his family at Llwyn y Brain Farm. John farms in partnership with his wife, Sarah, and the farm extends to 284 acres. They keep a suckler herd of about 70 cattle and a flock of 500 Beulah Speckled Faced Ewes.

The reason Aled and Jim have gone to see John is to hear more about his research project through Farming Connect’s Management Exchange programme, which enabled him to visit Ireland and Finland to broaden his understanding of how to improve grassland utilisation and to look at better grading systems for beef and lamb carcasses.

John’s opinions are his, not those of Farming Connect.


Episode 5 - Rick de Vor

This episode focusses on the new environmental expectations of farmers in Wales particularly around the management of nutrients. From the 1st January 2020, new rules will be introduced to control when nitrogen and organic fertilisers are spread on the land, how much storage capacity is required for slurry as well as the need to prepare detailed plans and records.

In anticipation of these new rules, Farming Connect organised an event (in partnership with the AHDB) at Gelli Aur College Farm. One of the main speakers was a Dutch Nuffield Farming Scholar, Rick de Vor. Aled caught up with him during the day to learn more about how he’s adapted to farm within some very strict regulations over nutrient management and how he’s seen some benefits to his business.


Episode 6 - Agri Academy Business & Innovation Group – Study Visit to Holland

Hear about the Agri Academy Business & Innovation Group  Study Visit to Holland, including their visit to a very unique floating farm in Rotterdam.


Episode 7 - Growing Christmas Trees with David Phillips

Growing Christmas Trees with David Phillips, Clearwell Farm, Cardiff, who has recently taken advantage of Farming Connect’s Management Exchange programme. Aled and Jim visit the farm at the busiest time of the year for them.


Episode 8 - Erw Fawr, Farming Connect's Demonstration Farm, Holyhead, Anglesey 

In this episode we visit Erw Fawr on Anglesey, which is one of Farming Connect’s new demonstration farms. We have the farmer Ceredig Evans and Farming Connect's Dairy technical officer Rhys Davies as company.   


Episode 9 - Junior Agri Academy Study Visit to Iceland

Follow the Junior Agri Academy as they take a look at agriculture and farm diversification in Iceland. Highlights include a visit to a farm hotel, a mixed dairy and sheep farm, a tomato farm, a slaughterhouse and a meeting with the Icelandic Lamb marketing agency.


Episode 10 - Genus' "Feed Face" technology being trialled on a robotic dairy farm

In this episode, we visit Hardwick Farm near Abergavenny to meet dairy farmer, David Jones, and Genus’ Technical Services Consultant, Patrick Spencer. David and Patrick explain the benefits of using the Genus feed face technology to monitor cow feeding and general behaviour. Hardwick Farm is the first robotic milking farm to install this technology in the UK. 

Our open day at Hardwick will be on the 7th of May, so come along to see this technology in action.


Episode 11 - Farm Diversification with Jeremy Bowen Rees

In the first of a series of episodes looking at farm diversification, Jeremy Bowen Rees, Managing Director of Landsker Business Solutions, talks through the key considerations when developing a new rural enterprise, the emerging trends and future opportunities.


Episode 12 - Converting to Dairy Farming

One of the former Farming Connect demonstration sites is undergoing major change. During this episode, we will have the opportunity to hear from three generations of the same family, to discover the impetus to change enterprise at Llysun Farm, Llanerfyl.


Episode 13 - Magic Day and the value of spring grass with Rhys Williams, Precision Grazing Ltd

Listen to our latest Podcast with Rhys Williams, Precsion Grazing Ltd. Rhys highlights the value of spring grass and discusses how best to utilise it during the challenging spring of 2020.