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#66 - Business & Innovation in the Basque Region of Spain

Ear to the Ground / Clust i'r Ddaear

Release Date: 07/17/2022

#67 - Forage based regenerative farming with Marc Jones at Trefnant Hall, Welshpool show art #67 - Forage based regenerative farming with Marc Jones at Trefnant Hall, Welshpool

Ear to the Ground / Clust i'r Ddaear

In this episode our Red Meat Technical Officer Lisa Roberts revisit's Marc Jones and his family at Trefnant Hall, Welshpool. Marc was deservedly rewarded last year with the British Grassland Society 'grassland farmer of the year award. We discuss the drivers to change to a forage based system, including a focus on suitable stock class and breed and how fodder beet plays an important role of reducing wintering cost. Lisa and Marc visit areas of the farm to experience the new diverse lays approach and their potential benefits and challenges, including mitigating the challenge against high...

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#66 - Business & Innovation in the Basque Region of Spain show art #66 - Business & Innovation in the Basque Region of Spain

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Something a little bit different within this episode as we're guided by leader of the Agri Academy, Llyr Derwydd and members of the Business and Innovation programme as they visit Bilboa and the Basque region. It's a whistle-stop tour of the diverse farming practices within the region, from the more conventional dairy farm located in Laukiz to a vineyard and a tomato producer in Arrankudiaga. They group also visited Mutriku, a seaside village where the first wave electricity plant in Europe is located. This trip certainly inspired the next generation of farming and forestry...

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#66 - Busnes ac Arloesedd yn Rhanbarth y Basg o Sbaen show art #66 - Busnes ac Arloesedd yn Rhanbarth y Basg o Sbaen

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Rhywbeth ychydig yn wahanol yn y bennod hon wrth i ni gael ein harwain gan arweinydd yr Academi Amaeth, Llyr Derwydd ac aelodau o’r rhaglen Busnes ac Arloesedd wrth iddynt ymweld â Bilboa a rhanbarth y Basg. Mae'n daith wib o amgylch arferion ffermio amrywiol y rhanbarth, o fferm laeth confensiynol yn Laukiz i winllan a chynhyrchydd tomatos yn Arrankudiaga. Bu'r grŵp hefyd yn ymweld â Mutriku, pentref glan môr lle mae'r gwaith trydan tonnau cyntaf yn Ewrop. Mae’r daith hon yn sicr wedi ysbrydoli’r genhedlaeth nesaf o arloeswyr ac entrepreneuriaid ffermio a choedwigaeth yng Nghymru.

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#65 - Improving the environmental and economic performance of the farm show art #65 - Improving the environmental and economic performance of the farm

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Geraint Davies of Fedw Arian Uchaf Farm near Bala shares what he’s been doing to improve the environmental and economic performance of his farm from planting new hedgerows to incorporating rotational grazing and trialling agroforestry. Also on the podcast is Geraint Jones, Forestry Technical Officer for Farming Connect, who’s been working with Fedw Arian as one of Farming Connect’s focus farms.

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#65 - Gwella perfformiad amgylcheddol ac economaidd y fferm show art #65 - Gwella perfformiad amgylcheddol ac economaidd y fferm

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Mae Geraint Davies o Fferm Fedw Arian Uchaf ger Y Bala yn rhannu’r hyn y mae wedi bod yn ei wneud i wella perfformiad amgylcheddol ac economaidd ei fferm o blannu gwrychoedd newydd i gyflwyno system gylchbori a threialu amaeth-goedwigaeth. Hefyd ar y podlediad mae Geraint Jones, Swyddog Technegol Coedwigaeth Cyswllt Ffermio, sydd wedi bod yn gweithio gyda Fedw Arian fel un o ffermydd ffocws Cyswllt Ffermio.

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#64 – Innovation & Diversification Wales 2022 show art #64 – Innovation & Diversification Wales 2022

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With the long-awaited return of the Innovation & Diversification Wales event, we took the opportunity to attend and catch-up with two of the headline speakers – Tom Pemberton and RegenBen. Tom Pemberton is a farmer, television personality, best-selling author and social media phenomenon from Lancashire, and Ben Taylor-Davies from Ross-on-Wye (aka RegenBen) is an agronomist turned regenerative agriculture consultant.

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#63 – Moor Farm: a constant drive for efficiency show art #63 – Moor Farm: a constant drive for efficiency

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Andrew Rees of Moor Farm, near Haverfordwest, places a huge emphasis on efficiency within the business. Between 2016 and 2019, the farm was one of Farming Connect’s Demonstration Sites where he undertook a trial into the benefits of multispecies leys. Tune in to hear more about the outcome of the trial, Andrew’s thoughts on improving soil health, his experiences of using liquid fertiliser and ways of making the most out of the farm’s slurry.

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#62 - A young Pembrokeshire potato grower making his mark show art #62 - A young Pembrokeshire potato grower making his mark

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With the potato planting season well underway in Pembrokeshire, we caught up with Euros Davies - a relative newcomer to the business of growing potatoes. On his family’s block of land near Milford Haven, he’s been busy planting potatoes ready for sale and marketing through Puffin Produce. Tune in to learn more about what it takes to establish a successful crop and how working in collaboration with fellow growers can reduce the cost burden of buying new equipment.

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#61 - Anna Jones on the relationship crisis between town and country show art #61 - Anna Jones on the relationship crisis between town and country

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Our guest this week is the journalist, broadcaster, author and Nuffield Farming Scholar, Anna Jones. Anna grew up on her family’s upland farm on the Welsh borders and is often heard on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme. Earlier this year she published her first book – Divide – and she joins us on the podcast to talk about the cultural divisions between rural and urban communities and why there has never been a better time to bridge that divide.  

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#60 – Llŷr Jones – ffarmwr gyda mentergarwch yn rhedeg trwy ei wythiennau show art #60 – Llŷr Jones – ffarmwr gyda mentergarwch yn rhedeg trwy ei wythiennau

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Mae yna fentergarwch yn rhedeg trwy wythiennau Llŷr Jones o Fferm Derwydd ger Corwen. Mae’n un o’r ffermwyr hynny sydd ddim yn ofn mentro ac yn y bennod hon cawn glywed am yr holl fusnesau sydd ar waith gan gynnwys yr estyniad i’r busnes wyau, arallgyfeirio i gynnig safle campio gwyllt, ei daith anghoel i’r Wcráin yn ddiweddar a sut mae’r Academi Amaeth wedi cyfrannu at lwyddiant ei holl fusnesau.

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Something a little bit different within this episode as we're guided by leader of the Agri Academy, Llyr Derwydd and members of the Business and Innovation programme as they visit Bilboa and the Basque region. It's a whistle-stop tour of the diverse farming practices within the region, from the more conventional dairy farm located in Laukiz to a vineyard and a tomato producer in Arrankudiaga. They group also visited Mutriku, a seaside village where the first wave electricity plant in Europe is located. This trip certainly inspired the next generation of farming and forestry innovators and entrepreneurs in Wales.