27 episodes

Will Evans visits farms around the country to explore the subject of farming diversification. How are farmers creating new income streams and new business models? What challenges have they overcome and what do they think the big opportunities are? Stories and advice from those who have successfully diversified, as well as farming experts from NFU Mutual. For more detail, NFU Mutual’s full report on farming diversification is available here:

https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/farming/farming-diversification/

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Will Evans visits farms around the country to explore the subject of farming diversification. How are farmers creating new income streams and new business models? What challenges have they overcome and what do they think the big opportunities are? Stories and advice from those who have successfully diversified, as well as farming experts from NFU Mutual. For more detail, NFU Mutual’s full report on farming diversification is available here:

https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/farming/farming-diversification/

    Rare breeds and holidays lets at Owl Farm

    Rare breeds and holidays lets at Owl Farm

    Will meets Hayley Adkins and Ian Kemp who run Owl Farm. They chat about the challenges of keeping a number of rare breeds as pets and running a small farm, and offering holidays where guests are able to learn about the animals and farm.

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    • 18 min
    Speaking to Harry Metcalfe about a career in farming and cars

    Speaking to Harry Metcalfe about a career in farming and cars

    Will chats to Harry Metcalfe, a farmer in the Cotswolds who is also a successful motoring journalist having founded Evo Magazine. They talk about Harry’s early farming education and agricultural career, getting into cars and how he’s now using his skills in creating videos to try and help explain to a wider audience what happens on his farm day-to-day.

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    • 22 min
    Understanding and combatting dog attacks on sheep

    Understanding and combatting dog attacks on sheep

    There’s been a worrying spike in incidents of ‘Livestock Worrying’. To understand this better and talk about what’s being done to combat it Will talks to Rob Taylor from North Wales Police rural crime team, Debs Roberts, a Scottish farmer and co-founder of ‘Ladies who Lamb’ and NFU Mutual farming specialist, David Harrison.

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    • 29 min
    Hearing from the next generation of farmers

    Hearing from the next generation of farmers

    As we start the year Will talks to four recipients of NFU Mutual awards for those studying to go in to agriculture. Ed Chaplin, Ben Chilman, Chloe Dunn, and Craig Simpson all talk about their experiences to date, their future career plans and how they see the industry going.

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    • 29 min
    The increased importance of winter security on the farm

    The increased importance of winter security on the farm

    As the clocks go back Will talks to Robin Till from NFU Mutual's Risk Management Services and PC Steven Kaminski from Cheshire Police to talk about the security challenges at this time of year, and to offer practical advice for the farming community.  

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    • 23 min
    Succession Planning in the Farming Community

    Succession Planning in the Farming Community

    Will is joined by Milly  Fyfe,  who  farms  in  Northamptonshire  and  has  been  through  the  succession planning process  with  her  own  family,  Heather  Wildman  from  Saviour  Associates,  who  specializes  in  facilitating  succession  planning,  and  Sean  McCann,  a  chartered  financial  planner  from  NFU  Mutual. Together they discuss this challenging subject and offer their thoughts and advice.

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    • 45 min

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