Episode 4, Arable Chat – Diversification and Drainage

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Agronomist and Arable Farmer (AAF) is delighted to bring you the brand-new episode of our podcast Arable Chat, Diversification and Drainage.

AAF editor, John Swire, chats with Fred Clarke, techincal sales engineer at Mastenbroek about the importance of good drainage on farms. In an insightful interview, Fred explains just some of the benefits of having drainage in place as well as how it has changed over the years. We also gain insight into some of the work Mastenbroek has recently done in Tasmania which helped Australian potato farmers keep McDonalds stores open!

And in an exciting in person interview, we are joined by Michael Eavis, dairy farmer and owner and founder of Glastonbury festival. Michael, now in his 80s, takes us on a journey through his youth to the point in time where Glastonbury festival first began, looking at how diversification can be instrumental to the survival of farms.

Michael also talks about Worthy Farm cheddar, made using milk from herds that graze on Worthy Farm – the home of Glastonbury Festival and how they avoid metal going into the herds stomach following the festival.

You’ll have to listen in to see if John manages to find out any insight news on next year’s Glastonbury.

Stream the episode now on all major podcast platforms or click here.

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About Author

Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is an avid follower of Stoke City.