For this episode I visited Fiona Provan, who runs the Calf at Foot Dairy in Suffolk, a 'pioneering microdairy founded on the belief that cows should keep their calves until their natural weaning age'. N.b this episode contains language that may be offensive to some.
The UK’s imminent departure from the EU poses many challenges for farmers, food producers and processors. Not least amongst these is the need to ensure the continued high standards of animal welfare and meat processing so consumers can have confidence in the quality of the food in our shops. With the potential increase in risk … Continue reading Data sharing is vital to maintain animal welfare standards post-Brexit – Guest Post by Martin Coates
Despite living just 80 miles from central London I rarely make it down to the capital. When I do I tend to pack a lot in. With the price of train tickets today you need to make the most of it! It's an opportunity to meet friends and touch base with contacts as well as … Continue reading A trip to the capital
It's now a few years since I came across the concept of 'rewilding' and read George Monbiot's Feral, far from the first book to tackle the subject, but perhaps the one that holds the crown for popularising it to such an extent and garnering a more established 'movement' of rewilding within conservation circles. Over that same period … Continue reading Rewilding – still learning
You don’t expect to receive a phone call telling you that one of your best friends has taken his own life. But in January 2016, I did. Like you’d expect, the news rocked me, and I didn’t know what to say or how to react, I felt helpless. Joe was one of my closest friends … Continue reading ‘Education on Mental health is essential when one farmer a week takes their own life’ – Guest post by Jerome Fielder
I touched down at Heathrow on Saturday afternoon after an early flight from Barnaul and a rather stressful connecting flight to London from Moscow. I must say that I have had easier trips abroad in the past, but perhaps none quite as unique as this Russian adventure. The main point of the trip was to … Continue reading A Trip to Russia
England's green and pleasant land: a patchwork quilt of green and gold fields with quaint little villages nestled in between and ancient farms run by families who have worked the land for generations. Is this a true perspective of the English countryside? You and I know that this rose-tinted view is not the reality, nor … Continue reading One fifth of English farms have disappeared in past 10 years