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Will Case: ‘Farmers are feeling much frustration with the BBC’

Goodness knows where November has gone. The nights are drawing in fast and winter is upon us.

We have had our fair share of extreme weather in Cumbria, and seeing pictures on the news of the flooding in the east of England brought back memories.

 

I hope the farmers so badly affected can get the help they need and return to some normality soon. We are down to the last of our lambs, with a couple of hundred left.

 

The recent price increase is very welcome and, with record returns in New Zealand and Australia, hopefully the higher prices continue.

 

With China in a pork crisis and looking for alternative meat sources, hopefully there will be less New Zealand lamb on our shelves.

 

I would like the beef market to get a similar boost. Some positive news about beef would be nice for a change.

 

We have had our free range hens annual audit from Freedom Foods. Since last year, both flocks have extra perches to meet the new regulations.

 

I was sceptical at first, but it is good to see the birds happily hopping up and down on the A-frame design. Both flocks are laying well and the egg quality is superb.


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We welcomed climate scientist Mike Berners-Lee, of Lancaster University, on-farm to record a programme for Radio 4’s On Your Farm.

 

He has written an influential book called There is No Planet B, in which he talks about how the world can reduce its environmental impact. One of his recommendations is to eat less meat and dairy.

 

Much of his comments relate to global agriculture and bear little relevance to the landscape in the UK. I hoped to show him how things work on a British farm and how I believe Britain’s farmers can lead the world in sustainable food production.

 

We had a positive discussion and it is available on BBC Sounds to listen to. Farmers are feeling much frustration with the BBC and its recent programme, Meat: A Threat To Our Planet?, was infuriatingly one-sided.

 

Agriculture creates 10 per cent of our emissions, yet gets 90 per cent of the media attention. It feels like some in the BBC are moving from journalism to activism.

 

Maybe Liz Bonnin could visit some British farms and provide much needed balance to this story.

 

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