Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 46: Farm dog theft and an ‘economic shock’

In this episode, we investigate how criminal gangs are stealing farm dogs worth thousands of pounds – and selling them on the black market.

As Defra secretary George Eustice confirms that all AHDB sector bodies will now face a vote  on their future – we ask how exactly will the ballot work?

Family farms face an ‘economic shock’ as direct payments are phased out, says the Labour Party – but what does leader Keir Starmer propose instead?

See also: FW Opinion: If Tories mishandle ELMs, Labour could pounce

On the markets, lamb prices are on the rise gain.

Trade and industry secretary Liz Truss unveils a £2m export campaign for British food and drink – but will it benefit farmers or just food processors?

And we find out how an online book club is bringing hundreds of people together to discuss the future for food, farming and the countryside.

To join the Fieldwork Book Club, email

Special guests include Liz Truss (Secretary of State for International Trade), Luke Pollard (Shadow Defra secretary), Will Bevan, (shepherd, Gloucestershire), Aled Davies (NFU Cymru adviser for Carmarthenshire), Adam Bedford (Fieldwork Book Club), Sarah Morris (FieldMouse Research), Carolyn Steel (author).

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with FW livestock reporter Michael Priestley.


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CF Fertilisers

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