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Join Farmers Guardian Editor Ben Briggs, and Head of News and Business Olivia Midgley, for weekly thought provoking and lighthearted debate around the key issues affecting farming, food and the countryside right now.
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    Can farming drive economic and social value?

    Can farming drive economic and social value?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about Farmers Guardian’s #FarmingCAN campaign which kicked off last week. #FarmingCAN will showcase what farming delivers for the nation and how it can play a hugely important role going forwards, including tackling climate change and providing diverse and rewarding careers.
     
    Jez Fredenburgh speaks to Glamorgan dairy farmer Abi Reader, who says that farming currently has a 'springboard' chance to positively communicate what it does. Abi shares her experiences of talking to the public and tips on how to get it right. 
    Jez also heads to Northumberland to chat to Lord Curry of Kirkharle, chair of The Prince's Countryside Fund, about why the charity is backing the #FarmingCAN campaign. Lord Curry also shares his personal experiences as a farmer of talking with the public and tells us why farmers needn't be afraid to engage more. 
     
    Links:
     
    Find out more about the campaign: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan-stories/farmingcan---new-fg-campaign-drives-home-farmings-social-and-economic-value-118929
    Visit the #FarmingCAN hub: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan
     
    Find out how you can get involved: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan-stories/how-and-when-can-you-get-involved-with-farmingcan-118936

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    What's next for food supply chains, regenerative beef farming and post-Brexit export opportunities?

    What's next for food supply chains, regenerative beef farming and post-Brexit export opportunities?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, we’re talking post-Brexit export opportunities and regenerative farming of beef cattle.
    This week is Great British Beef Week - a weeklong initiative focusing on the UK beef industry's environmental credentials. This year the focus will be on what farmers can do to make British beef highly sustainable.
    Chris Wilkinson from the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society joins us to talk about regenerative farming of beef cattle, the Aberdeen Angus breed and why consumer promotions are essential.
    On the other end of the supply chain, with the UK turning its sights on becoming global Britain, an increase in food and drink exports is on the agenda. Promar’s John Giles takes us on a whistle-stop tour around the world in export opportunities. 
    Links:
    Find out more about Great British Beef Week: http://www.ladiesinbeef.org.uk/gbbw/
    Find out more about Promar: https://promar-international.com/
    Find out more about Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society: https://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/

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    What does the UK’s trade policy mean for agriculture?

    What does the UK’s trade policy mean for agriculture?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about UK’s trade policy and what it means - practically - for agriculture. 
    Leaving the EU has brought challenges, opportunities, and unanswered questions for the industry.
    The UK is already in the process of negotiating new trade deals with several countries, including the USA, New Zealand and Australia. 
    But what are the opportunities and threats? And how can farmers prepare for this brave new world being shaped around them?
    To delve into this, Farmers Guardian, chief reporter Abi Kay is joined by Sustain’s head of sustainable farming, Vicki Hird, and AHDB senior policy analyst Tom Forshaw. 
    Links:
    Find out more and get technical advice, industry insights on the EU exit from AHDB: https://ahdb.org.uk/eu-exit
    Find out trade deals with other countries could mean for producers and consumers: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/what-trade-deals-with-other-countries-could-mean-for-uk-producers-and-consumers-72633

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    Dog attacks on sheep are on the rise – how can farmers fight back?

    Dog attacks on sheep are on the rise – how can farmers fight back?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about dog attacks – the suffering, the aftermath and how farmers can fight back. 
    A surge in pet ownership and countryside visitors brought by the Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in dog attacks on farm animals. UK police forces have dealt with more than 1100 incidents of sheep worrying in 2020, up from 800 in 2019 – a 37 per cent increase. 
    These attacks cause unbearable suffering to farm animals as well as huge anxiety for farmers and their families as they deal with the aftermath. How can farmers fight back? 
     
    Farmers Guardian’s deputy editor Olivia Midgley speaks to National Sheep Association chief executive Phil Stocker to find out what can be done to tackle the growing problem. 
    She also speaks to Dorset sheep farmer Jemma Harding who talks about the trauma she’s faced with dog attacks over the years, alongside biosecurity minister and farmer Lord John Gardiner, who discusses how the Countryside Code can help keep livestock safe. 
     
    Links:
    Find out more about the new legislation addressing the increasing number of attacks: www.fginsight.com/news/news/tougher-penalties-for-owners-whose-dogs-attack-livestock-move-step-closer-116304 
     
    Find out more about the Countryside Code: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-countryside-code-launched-to-help-people-enjoy-the-outdoors
     
    Advice on what to do if your sheep are worried by a dog: 
    https://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/dog-owners/advice-for-farmers/2488/legal-advice-for-farmers/

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    Livestock marts: market update and coping with the pandemic

    Livestock marts: market update and coping with the pandemic

    What does the future look like for the livestock and property sectors?
     
     Show Notes:
     
    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about two sectors which have seen a flying trade in the last 12 months – livestock and property. Both markets have been achieving some heady prices, both buoyed by tight supply and high demand.
     
    With the UK just having celebrated Easter with the traditional lamb dinner, the trade at marts for both spring lambs and hoggets has been flying. The cattle markets have also seen prices hitting historical highs since the New Year as the live markets continue to thrive, despite Covid-19 restrictions remaining in place. 
     
    Farmers Guardian business reporter, Alex Black speaks to Stewart Hamilton of Boulton and Cooper auctioneers and estate agents who give his predictions for the next 12 months.
    To find out how the marts have kept going despite the challenges of the pandemic, Alex speaks to auctioneer Russell Steer at Kivells and Chris Dodds, at the Livestock Auctioneers Association.
     
    Links: 
    Read our take on auction marts and the pandemic: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/pandemic-highlights-value-of-auction-marts-115776
    Find upcoming sales: https://www.auctionfinder.co.uk/
    Find out more about the Livestock Auctioneers Association: https://www.laa.co.uk/
    Find out more about Kivells: https://www.kivells.com/
    Find out more about Boulton and Cooper: http://www.boultoncooper.co.uk/

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    • 31 min
    Biodiversity Net Gain – a new income for farmers?

    Biodiversity Net Gain – a new income for farmers?

    The world is facing a biodiversity crisis, but farmers can - and many want to - help. 
    New UK legislation is set to open a new market and income opportunity for farmers and landowners through the delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). When the Environment Bill passes through parliament later this year, it will require all developments to demonstrate a BNG of 10%. Thousands of hectares of land dedicated to biodiversity will be needed, which could mean a new income stream for farmers. Already, developers, land agents, charities, brokers and local authorities are preparing themselves and even entering agreements. So, how can farmers prepare for this new market opportunity? 
     
    To find out more, Jez Fredenburgh is joined by Teresa Dent, chief exec of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, which has been working on biodiversity agreements with farmer clusters, and David Hill, founder of Environment Bank, a UK company which is at the forefront of biodiversity accounting and offsetting agreements. 
     
    Links: 
    Find out more about Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust: https://www.gwct.org.uk/
    Find out more about Environment Bank: https://www.environmentbank.com/

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