Tesco, Horsemeat Scandal and the NFU

As expected, the subject of Tesco Chief Executive Peter Clarke’s speech at the NFU Conference earlier today was apropos the horsemeat saga. There was certainly a buzzword in his speech though and that was ‘partnership’. Mr Clarke made the case for a partnership between not just Tesco and farmers but between Tesco, farmers and consumers. … Continue reading Tesco, Horsemeat Scandal and the NFU


Countryfile comes to Bristol

Otters in the harbourside and one of the rarest plants in the country were two things that I learnt from this episode which is based in my home city of Bristol. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01r2pcp/Countryfile_Bristol/ Also a fantastic report about pig welfare standards in Europe, something that I think I shall be looking further into over the coming … Continue reading Countryfile comes to Bristol

Tesco Boss to address farmers

It has been announced that Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke will be addressing the NFU annual conference in Birmingham on Wednesday (27 February), where he will speak on the subject ‘farming delivers for the economy’. Surely the question on farmers’ minds will be however ‘can the retail sector deliver for farming’? This will be the … Continue reading Tesco Boss to address farmers

The English Wine Industry (a history of) – a neglected opportunity?

In recent years there has been a rising amount of media interest in English wines and the English wine trade. Hits on English wine websites have been increasing and sales in the shops rising. Why might this be? Certainly a general shift towards localism and regionalism regarding food and drink choices is one factor. Growth … Continue reading The English Wine Industry (a history of) – a neglected opportunity?

The continuing horsemeat saga

In a recent article in the UK newspaper, the Independent, it has been claimed that ministers have known from as long ago as 2011 that horsemeat may have been entering the UK foodchain. 'John Young, a former manager at the Meat Hygiene Service, which is now part of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), said he … Continue reading The continuing horsemeat saga

Farmers Apprentice

Farmers Apprentice I have just watched the whole series of this competition from start to finish. Superbly made and following the aspirations of 10 talented and driven young people, I highly recommend anyone who is interested in the future of the industry watches this. Very inspiring. Click the title of this post to watch the … Continue reading Farmers Apprentice

Will Britain ever get a grip on Bovine TB?

It’s a topic that has groups talking from disparate backgrounds; from those concerned for badger welfare to concerned farmers with cattle businesses that are stagnant. No matter what your view is on how it should be tackled, it is clear that TB remains a big problem, particularly in the West of England. According to Department … Continue reading Will Britain ever get a grip on Bovine TB?

The Generational Ownership Crisis

If you read your way through the farming pages of the broadsheets and indeed the agricultural industry papers you will notice that, yet again, land prices are on the up. In fact, Knight Frank’s review of the final quarter of 2012 says that average farmland values in England rose by almost three per cent in … Continue reading The Generational Ownership Crisis