Transition Podcast: James MacCartney aiming high with better than net zero

Beef and sheep producer James MacCartney farms near Oakham in Rutland – in the East Midlands of England.

It’s a 160ha grass-based farm – about 400 acres – and in his quest to become more sustainable, James says he has three key goals:

Improving the grassland, gaining disease free status for his sheep flock – and reducing his carbon footprint so he is better than net zero.

In this episode, we look at the challenges James faces as he strives to meet his goals – and how he hopes to overcome them.

Presented by Johann Tasker with James MacCartney, Ben Wixey of Germinal, beef and sheep consultant Liz Genever and Rebecca Davenport of Rutland Veterinary Centre.

See also: Securing a sustainable future – where should farmers start?


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This article forms part of Farmers Weekly’s Transition series, which looks at how farmers can make their businesses more financially and environmentally sustainable.

During the series we follow our group of 16 Transition Farmers through the challenges and opportunities as they seek to improve their farm businesses.

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