OnFARM showcases rural enterprise, rural community, rural creativity, rural charity, rural history, and so much more. OnFARM gives rural Scotland a strong voice and platform from which to share its wonderful and inspiring stories. Each episode, we will champion the producers, the grafters, and the innovators who put food on our tables and keep our countryside green and beautiful for all. OnFARM: Food, Agricultural and Rural Matters in Scotland. It's the perfect place to keep up with what 'grows' on in rural Scotland. New episodes from 0600B every Monday, presented by Anna Davies and Ross Montague.
Gordon Davidson of the Scottish Farmer newspaper
Gordon Davidson is the Scottish Farmer news and online editor. He joins Anna to share stories of his years at the paper, and to give tips on how best to interest him in your news item or story. We also hear in this episode about how you can get involved with the upcoming Scotland Rural Parliament.
Princess Royal launches Equine Grass Sickness research drive
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially launches a research drive to study Equine Grass Sickness, an often fatal disease of horses. The Moredun Foundation and The Equine Grass Sickness Fund have joined forces to launch a three-year research Fellowship, bringing together a partnership of horse owners and scientists. HRH The Princess Royal is patron for both charities.
Equine Grass Sickness: Her Majesty's Balmoral losses and a push for a cure
Her Majesty the Queen's Balmoral estate lost 5 Highland ponies in less than a year to Equine Grass Sickness. The disease is almost always fatal to horses, and seems to affect Scotland worse than other parts of the UK. Sylvia Ormiston, who manages Her Majesty's Balmoral stud, recalls the five losses, and describes how it prompted her to get more involved in searching for a cure. We also meet Grass Sickness fundraiser Yvonne Maclean, while Beth Wells from the Moredun Research Institute details new efforts to find a cure. For more on funding and supporting a cure for Equine Grass Sickness, please visit: www.grasssickness.org.uk
SAOS 3: Climate-friendly can be profit-friendly
Climate-friendly farming can be a more efficient and profitable way to run your business. That's the key message of episode 3 of our series with agri-coop umbrella business SAOS. Anna hears about tools, methods, and processes you can implement on your farm to help Scotland meet its 2045 carbon 'net zero' target.
Mark Clark - SAOS chairman and managing director of Grampian Growers Ltd.
Andrew Moir - contract farmer, chairman Scottish Quality Crops, who also heads up the Climate Change Group for Arable and Horticulture
Rory Christie - dairy farmer, SAOS director and chairman of Milk Supply Assoc.
Securing OnFARM's future: how you can help
We're asking for your help. Simply by listening to OnFARM and telling others about us, you can help secure our future. As we approach our 50th podcast, Monty and Anna break from normal episodes to share some thoughts about the future of the show. Would you be interested in sponsoring us or partnering with us to get your brand associated with our work? Talk to the team any time.
Rob Wainwright and SAYFC on rugby, farming, and #DoddieAid
Rob Wainwright is the Doddie Gump fundraising founder, former Scotland Rugby captain and British Lion, and now a beef and cattle farmer on the Hebridean Isle of Coll. Rob joined the SAYFC's Lianne and Ally Brunton for a 'Sofa Chat' over Facebook Live. We've given over this OnFARM episode to the SAYFC, to hear Rob and the Bruntons chat about farming, rugby, and #DoddieAid.