Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 55: Robotic tractor debut and succession planning

In this episode, a robotic tractor makes its UK debut – we find out how it works on a demonstration day in Suffolk.

We tackle the thorny issue of farm succession planning: what could be in store for the next generation of your family?

See also: Video: Electronic robot weed zapper cuts inputs and carbon

Growing trees in fields – six East Anglia growers open their gates to show how agro-forestry benefits their farm business.

In the markets, we look at a novel way of keeping abreast of all the latest bidding at Ireland’s livestock marts.

And we talk to the Durham farmer who had a visit from royalty.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly senior machinery reporter Edd Mowbray.

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