Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 147: How safe is the UK’s red meat supply chain?

This week, an exclusive – we look at the supermarket that was selling South American beef labelled as British and ask, 10 years after the horsegate scandal, just how safe is the UK’s red meat supply chain?

With hill farm incomes forecast to crash this year, just how will livestock farmers survive?

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On the markets, why are arable prices heading down and what are the global grain prospects? And we discover the winner of this week’s Commodity Cashback competition.

We also hear about the Scottish farmland bird project that has boosted corn bunting numbers by 70%.  

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly deputy editor Abi Kay and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.


Cashback Commodity Competition

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Each week in the Farmers Weekly Podcast, Johann & Hugh will pick a farm commodity (wheat, milk, beef etc) and ask UK listeners to text FARM to 88440 followed by their prediction for the price of that commodity the following week. Texts are charged at your network provider’s regular rate and our international listeners can email

The winner is the listener who guesses closest to the number, as published in Farmers Weekly magazine on that Friday.

All correct entries will be put into a draw and the winner will be drawn at random by the Farmers Weekly Podcast hosts.

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