Ear to the Ground Podcast

Ear to the ground

The ‘Ear to the Ground’ podcast, the first of its kind to be available in both Welsh and English, shares 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.

 

 


 

LATEST EPISODE:

Episode 69: Preparing for tupping with vet Tom Searle

In the last episode of the podcast we heard about the three 'P's of sustainable farming. This time we'll here about the three 'T's- teeth, testicles and toes with vet Tom Searle as he discusses a very important procedure 'The Ram MOT'.  As we enter the breeding season, our guest presenter Tom Searle BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS talks us through the fundamentals. Tom graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014, and now works at South Wales Farm vets. He enjoys all aspects of farm work, especially beef and sheep fertility/productivity. His special interests are with bull and ram fertility, as well as building his experience with embryo transfer.

 

 

 

Recent Episodes:

 

Episode 64 - Innovation & Diversification Wales 2022

With the long-awaited return of the Innovation & Diversification Wales event, we took the opportunity to attend and catch-up with two of the headline speakers – Tom Pemberton and RegenBen. Tom Pemberton is a farmer, television personality, best-selling author and social media phenomenon from Lancashire, and Ben Taylor-Davies from Ross-on-Wye (aka RegenBen) is an agronomist turned regenerative agriculture consultant.

 

Episode 65 - Improving the environmental and economic performance of the farm

Geraint Davies of Fedw Arian Uchaf Farm near Bala shares what he’s been doing to improve the environmental and economic performance of his farm from planting new hedgerows to incorporating rotational grazing and trialling agroforestry. Also on the podcast is Geraint Jones, Forestry Technical Officer for Farming Connect, who’s been working with Fedw Arian as one of Farming Connect’s focus farms.

 

Episode 66 - Business & Innovation in the Basque Region of Spain

Something a little bit different within this episode as we're guided by leader of the Agri Academy, Llyr Derwydd and members of the Business and Innovation programme as they visit Bilboa and the Basque region. It's a whistle-stop tour of the diverse farming practices within the region, from the more conventional dairy farm located in Laukiz to a vineyard and a tomato producer in Arrankudiaga. They group also visited Mutriku, a seaside village where the first wave electricity plant in Europe is located. This trip certainly inspired the next generation of farming and forestry innovators and entrepreneurs in Wales.

 

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Episode 67 - Forage based regenerative farming with Marc Jones at Trefnant Hall, Welshpool

In this episode our Red Meat Technical Officer Lisa Roberts revisit's Marc Jones and his family at Trefnant Hall, Welshpool. Marc was deservedly rewarded last year with the British Grassland Society 'grassland farmer of the year' award. Lisa and Marc visit areas of the farm to experience the new diverse lays approach and their potential benefits and challenges, including mitigating the challenge against high fertiliser cost and extreme weather patterns. This episode is one not to be missed.

 

 

Episode 68 - 'The three elements of sustainable farming, Profit, Planet and People' with Rhys Williams and Aled Picton Evans

This episode will be the first in a series introduced by a range of guest presenter on a variety of topics from Welsh Agriculture and beyond. The first guest presenter will be a familiar voice to the podcast, Rhys Williams, a sheep and cattle farmer and a farm business consultant for Precision Grazing Ltd. Rhys had the privilege of catching up with Farmers Weekly Beef Farmer of the year Aled Evans at Rest Farm near Whitland. In this episode they'll be discussing the journey that Aled is on in developing a sustainable livestock farming system. We will be specifically looking at three elements of sustainable farming, the three P’s which are Profit, Planet and People.