Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 2: Milk dumping and lockdown

In this week’s Farmers Weekly podcast we look at turmoil in the dairy supply chain, heightened yellow rust risk in wheat, cheap mince imports, a shearing matching service and educating children during lockdown.

See also: More news and advice on coronavirus 


Due to Covid-19 is forcing UK farmers to throw away thousands of litres of milk. We speak to Staffordshire dairy farmer Peter Pratt and NFY Cymru dairy board chair Abi Reader.

Agrovista agronomist Linda Sheppard has a special look at all things arable – and Jeff Fieldsend of FMC Agro explains how a new mutation of yellow rust disease is threatening winter wheat crops across the country.

Beef farmers are up in arms about shipments of cheap mince arriving in the UK from Poland. Neil Shand of the National Beef Association says it is unacceptable for British producers to take more pain.

And Jill Hewitt of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors explains how an online match-making service is hooking up sheep shearers looking for work with farmers who have flocks in need of a trim.

Finally, we look at Lockdown Learning – a new initiative giving children stuck at home because of coronavirus a taste of the countryside. Simon Haley of EatFarmNow and Anna Jones of Just Farmers are two of the people involved.

Hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom – with Farmers Weekly deputy business editor Andrew Meredith.

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