Farmer and TV presenter, Adam Henson, is hosting a new podcast addressing the big questions in sustainable beef production. In association with meat processors, ABP, the three-part series, The Sustainable Beef Podcast, explores how farmers and the farming industry are working together to meet net zero targets. Discussions with leading industry minds including Dr Jude Capper, Dr Temple Grandin and Professor Chris Reynolds from Reading University, are geared to support farmers on their own road to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as aiding the consumer to make their respective choices.
Adam Henson digs into the science and practice of sustainable beef Episode 3
In the last of three podcasts, Cotswold farmer and TV presenter, Adam Henson, speaks to Reading University’s Professor Chris Reynolds, one of the world’s leading specialists on ruminant nutrition and physiology and to Andrew Macleod ABP’s Shropshire demonstration farm manager.
The conversations explore the science behind the measurement and management of emissions from beef herds, and how ABP is undertaking practical on-farm research to provide practical ‘how to’ advice for farmers to reduce their emissions.
The Sustainable Beef Podcast Episode 2
In the second episode of The Sustainable Beef Podcast, Dr Temple Grandin, the globally renowned authority on animal behaviour, will talk about how housing and handling design can improve animal welfare and performance. The conversation will also feature Liz Ford from ABP and farmer Mike Powley on the practicalities of reducing emissions on farm.
Sustainable Beef Podcast Episode 1
Adam Henson beefs up the conversation on sustainable production in new podcast
Farmer and TV presenter, Adam Henson, is hosting a new podcast addressing the big questions in sustainable beef production. In association with meat processors, ABP, the three-part series, The Sustainable Beef Podcast, explores how farmers and the farming industry are working together to meet net zero targets.
Discussions with leading industry minds, including Professor Jude Capper (Harper Adams University), Professor Temple Grandin (Colorado State University) and Professor Chris Reynolds (Reading University) geared up to support farmers on their own road to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as aiding the consumer to make responsible choices.
In the first episode of The Sustainable Beef Podcast, Professor and ABP Chair of Sustainable Beef and Sheep Production at Harper Adams University, Dr Jude Capper, looks at the practical ways to reduce emissions. She says in the British Isles we start in a strong position with two-thirds of agricultural land unfit for growing anything but grass:
ABP podcast examines the reduction of emissions in dairy beef production
ABP has released the third and final episode of its podcast series, Farm Matters. This time the focus is on the important topic of reducing carbon emissions in dairy beef production, and in particular the role that beef genetics can play in sustainability. Contributors to the podcast shared their knowledge and opinions of this area, these included: Dr Padraig French, Head of the Livestock Systems Department and Dairy Enterprise Leader at Teagasc; Dr Andrew Cromie, Geneticist and Technical Director at the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF); and Donal McCarthy, a dairy farmer from Clonakilty in County Cork.
Dr Padraig French discussed the work of ABP, Teagasc and the ICBF to determine the best possible genetics for the dairy beef herd, which will be beneficial to both the dairy herd and to beef production, which is where a large proportion of calves from dairy cows are utilised. He talked about future trends in the industry and the need to produce cattle that will grow quickly on a grass based diet and reach a target carcass weight at a young age, in order to reduce its environmental impact. He also discussed the difficulties faced by Teagasc in collecting data on farms as a result of Covid-19.
Dr Andrew Cromie spoke further about the role of genetics in reducing emissions from dairy beef production. This includes identifying and examining cattle with a lower methane output, and how this will help Ireland to reach its ambitious emissions targets. He also spoke about how this work will benefit farmers and enable them to produce and sell cattle more quickly to producers.
Donal McCarthy discussed the benefits he has experienced in relation to better diary beef calves from improved sire choice in his diary herd. He also reinforced the importance the role of the dairy beef calf has in the dairy industry, and how every dairy farmer should place emphasis on the value of their calf.
Farm Matters: Mental Health and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on rural life
This podcast focuses on the important topic of mental health and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on rural life. Contributors to the podcast shared their own personal experiences and knowledge in this area, these included: Jonathan Dwyer from Devilsbit Macra na Feirme in Tipperary, Founder of Make the Moove mental health workshops; Ian Power, CEO of SpunOut.ie; and Carmel Dawson, Public Relations Officer of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA).
Ian Power discusses the impact of Covid-19 that has resulted in restrictions for young people, in particular a lack of social contact. Research carried out by SpunOut.ie shows that young people in rural Ireland are twice as likely to say that they feel isolated at this time when compared to those in urban areas. He also discusses the work of SpunOut.ie to support the mental health of young people during the pandemic, and his hopes for the future.
Jonathan Dwyer was alarmed by the high suicide rate in North Tipperary and Laois, and how this was affecting his own community. As a result, he started the Make the Moove mental health workshops, which looks into the mental health pressures for young people in rural Ireland and the lessons they have learned from examining similar international examples.
Carmel Dawson discusses how the pandemic has disrupted people’s lives and the problems it has caused in the form of a lack of services and isolation in her hometown of Tullow in Co. Carlow. She also discusses how the ICA and its Federations have adapted to the restrictions.
Farm Matters - Farm Safety
This episode is hosted by Mary Kennedy, one of Ireland's best-known TV and radio presenters and authors and is centered on the important issue of farm safety. Guests include Kerrie Leonard, who was the victim of a farming accident; Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA); and Alma Jordan, Founder of AgriKids.
In this episode, Kerrie Leonard from County Meath discusses the life-changing spinal injury she suffered in a farming accident and how it has impacted her life and that of her family. Kerrie strongly believes in promoting the importance of farm safety and the potential dangers, while also operating a working farm area. Since her accident, she has competed internationally in archery, completed a Master's qualification, and is currently working with a technology company.
Pat Griffin from the HSA provides industry statistics on the profile of farmers who are most vulnerable to accidents and discusses what needs to be done to tackle the issue. While agriculture represents just 5% of the working population, it consistently represents approximately 40% of workplace deaths, with children and the elderly having accounted for 75% of fatalities on farms so far this year. Pat also speaks about the impact of Covid-19 on the agriculture sector, as well as the correlation between mental health and farming accidents.
AgriKids founder, Alma Jordan highlights the current work that is underway to empower and educate children on farm safety; how it has adapted to Covid-19 by embracing technology to reach an online audience; and plans for the organisation.