Here’s the link to listen to my On Your Farm episode for BBC Radio 4 about the drought down under. What’s it like farming the driest inhabited continent on earth, during a drought?
Fears for the threaten grey partridge after a wet June, plus why are they still allowed to be shot if they’re on the UK Red List of Conservation Concern?
Despite the fact it’s constantly changing the countryside has been a symbol of changelessness for years. It’s the catch-22 for UK farming. Continue reading “Brexit: the catch-22 for a new rural policy”
In May I spent a few weeks on the driest inhabited continent on earth. I visited the central west region of Queensland in Australia, which had just had its fourth dry wet season in a row. 83.9% of the state is drought declared. As you can see in the picture it’s pretty dry. Here’s a quick chat with Alec Walker from Gillespie Station near Blackall.
I always love the optimism at this time of the year – the expectation of what’s to come in the summer.
But it can also be a bit daunting as there’s 101 things to do: all the winter tidying you should have finished, all the beds you should have prepped and all the seeds you need to sow. Continue reading “Spring – my garden of hope and hopefully glory!”
Policy? Protests? More intense farming? Less intense farming? More training? Benchmarking? A better joined up industry before and after the farm gate?
Sadly there’s no silver bullet because we’re talking about individual farmers with individual problems. And that’s what makes the problem even more difficult.