Flank FarmNov 12, 2023
Cows In, Rams Out & Good Morning from the Farm #33
Lest we forget.
Sorry for the quality of the audio in this months episode, not the finest but plenty to still enjoy. Here are some timestamps for you:
- 00:15 Reminiscing about sitting on bales of hay
- 00:40 Mum sold some cows to pay the winter bills
- 02:20 Replacing the ol' Texel codger's
- 03:00 Getting the second cut of silage home
- 04:00 Time of year you're grateful for the barn (roof)
- 04:20 Mum studying the clouds
- 05:10 Mum selling a lot of this years lamb stock
- 06:20 Process for introducing new sheep onto the farm
- 07:30 Update on sheep's feet
- 08:50 Percy the new Texel Ram
- 10:05 Gilly the Bleu du Maine
- 10:50 Cows inside for Winter
- 11:45 How's the new barn?
- 13:30 Ru's Stews
Thanks for supporting us at the farm + have a great Month.
New Ram, Wedding Feasts and Good Morning from the Farm #32
Good Morning from the Farm. On top of mum’s new tractor, we discuss some great topics for October – 00:22 - An eccentric podcast setup 02:00 - Mum at the ploughing match 05:20 - TB Testing pass 06:00 - Cows starting to have hay 07:20 - TB test reactors last year 09:00 - Mum's favourite months 10:00 - What normally happens in October on the farm 11:00 - Mum's new RAM 15:00 - Sat too far away from each other for the podcast 16:40 - Wedding feast 18:00 - Birds in the barn 20:00 - Pigs are very vocal Between us, I will not set us up so far away next time. Mum could hardly hear what I was saying, which made actual conversation a little tricky. Loads of love from us all at the farm
Discussions from a Dumper Truck #31
Welcome back to the farm, thanks for joining us on the dumper truck for today's episode of Good Morning from the Farm.
This month we discuss:
00:17 Mum's on the dumper truck
01:20 Does mum like being a construction manager?
02:20 Don't be late... 8am
03:00 Mum's busy morning!
03:50 Could be a hard winter
05:20 Cows looking nice!
05:30 Sheep and fly strike
06:00 Gran's hornet problem
07:00 2 rams got out!
07:20 Stick a couple of pallets in the hedge!
08:30 TOP 3 Sheep Breeds
12:30 Hair Sheep from America (Fife Farm)
14:20 Seeing the pigs outside
15:30 "There's a reason why pigs have a plough at the end of their nose"
19:30 Mum's new tractor
Balancing Farm Life and Your Own #30
Welcome back to our "Wild, Free and Lovely" Farm! This month we caught up about our new piglets; what farmers think of umbrellas; and how to juggle the work and pressures of this way of life.
00:10 – New piglets
03:20 – Bucks Show coming up
04:20 – Wild, Free and Lovely
05:00 – What does mum think of umbrellas
07:00 – Synthetic meat
10:00 – Eating seasonally
16:50 – Responding to video from wildheather
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Baby Pigs and Stories from the Countryside – #29
Good Morning from the Farm and I'm sorry this month's podcast is later than normal!
I had to film this episode twice, the first time I sat down to edit and the audio on mum's microphone was broken.
Talking points this month:
03:20 Tommy's first litter and the new piglets
05:00 A sulking / pregnant pig
05:50 Cow drama from the previous time we sat down
07:00 Livestock deadstock – the realities of farming
08:50 Our infamous June video
09:50 A Calming Farming moment of mowing
10:00 Haymaking is a craft
11:50 Kids allowed chewing gum during haymaking
12:30 There's good quality fodder and "rubbish"
14:20 Feeding straw to the cows for the first time ever
15:00 Nature always provides
15:50 Stories from the countryside
17:00 Saving the nice soap - am I the only one?
20:40 What happened to Eric the teaser Ram?
23:20 How can a 30 year old mum of 3 get involved in farming
Thank you for watching and supporting our farm. If you'd like to learn more, or stay in touch – please visit https://www.flankfarm.com/
Only mum would buy a new tractor like this – #28
Good Morning from the Farm to Episode 28 of our monthly podcast.
00:20 – Talking about the farm dogs
02:35 – Ru's 'nice' dinner visit to the farm
03:25 – How mum buys a NEW tractor
05:10 – Going through the tractors on the farm
06:00 – Our darling Massey tractor
10:10 – Reputation is a real currency in rural communities like farming
14:20 – How important neighbors are to farmers
15:00 – "You can't get away from work" on farms
16:00 – Tragic number of suicides in farming communities
18:30 – Ru's offer to anyone in farming that's feeling "down in the dumps"! (This is a REAL offer).
19:00 – #calmingfarming about Lambing
20:00 – Mum watches latest video
21:00 – Who helps on the farm?
26:00 – What are the cows licking in the videos?
27:45 – The cows have been let our for summer!
29:00 – Weather update
31:00 – #calmingfarming about Cows going out
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Lambs in the Fields + Good Morning from the Farm #27
The lambs are out, and we're back in the barn for Episode 27 of our Podcast! Here's the running order:
01:00 How's the lambing going?
01:30 Percentage of lambs / sheep that mum has to assist with.
02:30 A right racket in the barn
02:50 Mum's weird sayings
06:00 Lambing outside is for young people
07:30 You have to do what works for you during lambing!
08:40 Lambing at night!
09:40 Calming Farming videos every few weeks 10:50 Spending time down in the barn at night
12:45 Shout out to ladies who lamb on Facebook
13:30 A lot of challenges this year
14:50 How is mum feeling in herself?16:05 You want to keep them alive!19:00 Are there too many sheep this year?21:00 Summing up lambing in 2023 For the latest from the farm, receive the new Calming Farming videos and to join in – subscribe to our newsletter over at https://www.flankfarm.com/
Why are we Lambing Late + Good Morning from the Farm #26
Welcome back to the barn for Episode 26 of our Podcast! Firstly we'd all love to wish you a very Happy Easter from us all at the farm; in this episode we discuss:
00:00 Looking at the new animals with Ru
01:30 Mum enters the podcast
03:00 Growing potatoes
04:50 Eat seasonal produce
07:10 Why does mum start lambing late?
07:20 Oh my goodness
09:00 Lambing depends a lot... on a lot of factors
10:30 A little lamb to watch on camera
10:45 How is Aubrey the bull getting on?
11:15 Sunrise on the Farm Segment
12:10 Mum cooking the evening meal at 5am
13:00 Would you like to watch night lambing?
16:00 What story would you like to see told about lambing?
17:30 So far we've had 11 lambs
18:50 Does caring make you a good farmer?
19:30 Mum is a control freak!
20:45 Is mum happy with Aubrey's calves?
21:00 Happy Easter everyone!
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Thoughts on Downsizing + Good Morning from the Farm
Episode 25 of the Good Morning from the Farm Podcast.
Thanks for tuning in. Skip to the timestamps:
00:28 - Snow Forecast in the UK
01:29 - Pigs didn't go in with Tommy (yet)
03:00 - New Farmstream Camera gifted to Mum
04:00 - Stick it up there now
04:33 - When do we start lambing?
05:45 - Ru fainting video experience
06:37 - How are the sheds for muck?
06:50 - Pigs going in next week
08:30 - Vintage fodder beet machine won't chop Diddly squat
11:10 - Difference between a Spade and a Shovel?
12:10 - Ru's buying some lambs
13:26 - Can a farm just butcher animals on premises?
16:00 - Got new chickens!
17:17 - What mum thinks about quirks video.
17:30 - Thoughts on Downsizing the farm.
19:00 - Trying to 'go grassfed' farm
20:30 - The help mum has on the farm
23:40 - Ru's stand on Microwaves
This video was not sponsored, but thank you to Farmstream for sending us a new camera and being so supportive about the fire on the farm! For Email updates, subscribe: https://www.flankfarm.com/
What you can expect from your time listening to our time spent on the farm.
Happy News + Good Morning from the Farm #24
Keeping it short and sweet for our February '23 podcast.
01:10 Great News about the TB test
02:30 Is construction affecting TB cases?
04:10 Great prices at the cattle market
05:00 3 New Tamworth Pigs (Gilts)
06:30 Melton Mowbray Farmers Market
06:40 Littering the Cows during Winter
08:30 Sheep scanning results for lambing
11:00 Thanks for watching + see you soon
Good Morning from the Farm 2023 #23
Happy New Year! Start as we mean to go on... by making this installment very late, because I left the farm without the memory cards! Oh well, it was still an upbeat and positive morning – we discuss:
00:00 Happy New Year and welcome to 2023
03:30 New Herdwicks that nobody noticed
05:40 Podcasting in a barn is unique / stressful
06:30 Babybell the new Farm Terrier
08:10 Jonathan is still here
09: 10 Christmas is a lot of pressure
10:30 What TV shows should we watch together?
13:20 Mum's new year reflections
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More Haste, Less Speed + Good Morning from the Farm Podcast #22
This morning we discussed:
00:50 - The beautiful morning of weather (as we always do).
01:10 - The bullock calves are still outside
02:20 - Mum hasn't sold many of her lambs
03:00 - A lot of the lambs aren't ready because of the grass
05:10 - Farmers getting good grades for their stock at market
06:50 - Costs are rising for small farms
08:10 - The GOOD NEWS
09:10 - The story of the barn (from the start)
09:47 - Mum meeting a contractor
11:30 - Keeping positive when the weather is turning in the UK
12:40 - Mum prays for patience
13:00 - More haste, Less speed
14:00 Slow is smooth and smooth is fast
15:15 - Ru shopping with a chef
17:30 - We sold some meat boxes
23:00 - Farmers and mental health
And of course, and as always – we wish you a very warm Good Morning from the Farm.
A Challenging Winter Ahead + Good Morning from the Farm Podcast
Good Morning from the Farm! We sit down in the barn with the cows to catchup on all that's happened since October. TB Testing, Barn Insurance Issues and Hedgelaying.
Dairy Memories + Good Morning from the Farm Podcast
Good Morning from the Farm! Out in the field we discussed changing seasons, going organic, and mum's fond memories of dairy farming.
00:32 - Mum loves autumn
02:38 - Jonathan in with the girls again!
04:40 - Mum tying gates up with string
07:27 - Jonathan nice quiet bull
08:40 - Selling heifer's
09:53 - Grassfed beef
13:54 - Selling privately after 30 months old
15:23 - Can the farm go organic?
17:53 - Buying organic rams
18:55 - How are the chickens?
21:27 - Can mum guess the breed from the video
22:27 - Talking about Dairy cows
Good Morning from the Farm #19
Here are some of the things we discussed on this months podcast:
0:20 Mum didn't know she was being filmed
1:40 The land is very dry
3:20 Arable farmers struggling to plough the ground
4:30 Fires on farms and in fields
6:00 Our barn set on fire at the farm
9:30 Mum had the "stuffing knocked out of her"
12:20 We use the Help X platform
13:30 Family BBQs
14:50 Bucks County Show
22:20 Ru's neglected youth
23:40 Ru's fainting video
25:40 Calves are in trouble from their mums
26:10 Mum's happy decisions on haymaking and land management
27:20 Nature usually provides
32:00 Tell me you own sheep, without telling me you own sheep
33:00 Old fashioned saying... anyone know what she's saying?
34:30 Stanley White Stripe our new Doberman
36:15 Showing mum a TikTok
39:00 When's the next podcast coming out?
39:30 Thank you to everyone!
Good Morning from the Farm #18
Wishing you a very Happy New Year from us all at the farm.
Here are some of the things we discussed on this weeks podcast:
02:20 What did mum have for Christmas dinner
02:50 New Farm outfit
04:30 Still no sponsor messages for our podcast
07:45 Christmas can be stressful for farmers
08:50 Homemade Christmas puddings
12:40 Our last LIVE broadcast
14:40 Cows had their Iodine bolus
17:50 Winter is tough on a livestock farm
18:30 The cows are coughing
19:20 Why do some cows have horns?
20:30 Are the sheep all okay?
22:10 A new Dutch barn on the farm
25:49 Good morning Tommy
28:50 Any show ideas / suggestions
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Good Morning from the Farm #17
How are all the animals? What is #FARM24? What do you think of Clarkson's Farm? We answered= those questions + lots of others thrown at us during our first ever livestream.
Like always we were down in the barn, to say a big excitable "Good Morning from the Farm".
Subscribe over at flankfarm.com and I'll let you know the next time we go live.
Good Morning from the Farm #16
I kept mum occupied for more than 10 minutes... I've never known anyone look more uncomfortable when seated.
This morning we spoke about the Spring video – Peppa the pig – and the new calves... We also excitedly answered questions from you.
Good Morning 01:25
03:30 Farms fixing and reusing
05:15 Pig update
08:00 Bottle lambs
12:30 Grass growing again
15:00 Mum's not an arable farmer
16:55 Beautiful cows
20:00 Questions from you
20:30 Advice for a young shepherd
22:20 What breeds of sheep and tups are we keeping
24:40 Lleyn sheep breed
26:20 Is your mum always as relaxed?
29:18 How are the geese?
31:55 How often do you question it all?
34:00 How has Brexit changed farm life?
36:15 How long has the farm been in the family history?
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2 Cesareans in 24 hours + Good Morning from the Farm
This morning we discuss how lambing is going for mum, the progress Ru has made with selling farm produce direct and what's just around the corner in Spring.
00:00 Let's talk farming
02:24 Lambing has mellowed mum out
03:40 How's lambing going?
04:10 First Ewe cesarean in 10 years
05:40 Another Ewe cesarean
07:00 How much is a cesarean on a sheep?
08:40 Spring special coming soon!
09:15 We got a farmstream camera!
11:30 Ru's master plan
12:00 Ru I need you to sell a cow!
13:50 Join us https://www.flankfarm.com/shop/
18:50 Spring is here!
19:15 Blackthorn winter
20:40 Tommy Tamworth update
21:20 Jack the Oxford Sandy and Black
Good Morning from the Farm #14
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Chapters for this morning:
01:00 Mum's been very busy
01:30 Going to the market
02:20 What's the lambing plan?
04:20 Mum ready for lambing?
05:10 Always a self doubt stage
06:15 March many weathers
07:50 Another tough week
11:00 Tommy Tamworth update
12:20 We welcome faming advice!
13:00 Throw your coat over their head
13:30 Mum's trousers
17:00 Why lambing?
21:00 Where are the goats?
Good Morning from the Farm #13
For the fist time since starting, mum didn't want to chat this morning.
Not for everyone, mum talks about one of her cows aborting twin calves... It's not been an easy week at the farm, but this is what these chats are all about.
1:40 Twin Calves Dead
08:45 Careful with lambs and Pneumonia
12:00 Glad and Sorry
16:00 Sleep in the barn
17:20 Farming Dictionary
19:20 Sheep Scanning
Good Morning from the Farm #12
Good morning from the Farm. Lambing has started, not how we might have hoped, but we're moving in the right direction.
Good Morning from the Farm #11
It was a Good Morning, we talked about the new boar, the snow and hatched a plan for this years filming – would love to know what you're excited for us to show in 2021!
Good Morning from the Farm #10
It was a Good Morning, we talked about Goats, Bird Flu and an old farming Gentleman called Gerald Dancer! What do you think… shall we get goats?
Good Morning from the Farm #9
How did the scanning go?
00:40 The cows have a cough
03:10 Staying positive during lambing
04:45 Sheep Scanning Results
06:45 Sheep in the garden
07:30 Preparing sheep for lambing
07:45 Feeding sheep for lambing
09:00 Sheep are cheap(er)
09:50 Sheep more profitable than cows
11:45 Pig update
12:50 Admin to sell meat
13:50 Importance of the butcher
15:00 Jamie Oliver fan
16:20 When someone brings you a rabbit
19:30 Gestation of a pig
20:20 Lockdown Piglets
21:00 When does lambing start?
Good Morning from the Farm #8
01:55 What's in the freezer at the moment
04:30 Chickens love Spice
06:00 Chickens smarter than you think!
06:40 Sheep scanning coming up?
08:40 Itchy livestock
09:15 How much is straw?
09:30 How long does straw last?
11:40 Can cows eat straw?
12:30 Fresh straw for calving
14:00 Learning how much farming costs
15:40 Closing message
16:30 Tommy Tamworth
Good Morning from the Farm #7
What's your New Years resolution then?
00:45 Rufus the townie
01:45 Positive news
04:45 Reaction to Xmas special
05:55 Pig clothes
06:30 Ear tag technique
07:30 Happy New Year
08:30 COVID affected farming
09:00 New years resolutions
13:00 Meat as a luxury
17:15 How are the animals?
18:15 Hobbley sheep
19:30 Broadway sheep
21:20 Chicken monologue
22:30 Joe Stanley's Longhorns
23:30 Tommy's new mates
Good Morning from the Farm #6
Good morning (and Merry Christmas) from the farm!
01:30 Take 2
04:10 Christmas prep
06:00 Shin of beef
6:45 Selling our own beef
09:30 Cooking your turkey
11:20 What’s a good farmer to mum?
15:00 Promoting Denne Engineering Co
15:30 How to start in farming
Good Morning from the Farm #5
00:00 – Introduction
00:37 – Opinions on Bolus video
01:55 – Why does livestock need a bolus?
03:30 – Cattle get used to the crush
05:55 – Lambing percentages not great
07:05 – Cow Scratching
07:15 – Why do farmers get subsidies?
09:40 – Single farm payments
11:10 – Farming environmental grants
12:15 – Subsidies to farmers NOT land owners?
14:20 – Are subsidies a good thing?
15:55 – Why we worry about mum
16:55 – How many cows does mum have?
18:35 – What if we closed down the farm?
20:10 – Shall we do a farm tour?
21:10 – Mum loves Dexter cattle
23:00 – Dexters are little sods
24:30 – Mum goes shopping
Good Morning from the Farm #4
When on earth was farming in the UK profitable?
00:00 – Introduction
00:55 – Cold weather and fingerless gloves
01:40 – Foxes like the fog
02:30 – Foxes hate Alpacas
03:30 – Alpacas and TB
06:45 – When was farming profitable?
10:10 – Dairy farmers paid to leave
16:00 – Affording large farm machinery
21:15 – Famous mincemeat recipe
Good Morning from the Farm #3
In this episode we dive into some unfamiliar lingo (Hoggets) and go through what on earth made mum get into the farming business in the first place.
Good Morning from the Farm #2
The ducks got eaten by the fox...
Sorry just needed to get that out there.
This week we talk all about markets, selling meat locally and the ducks getting eaten by the fox. Let us know what you think.
Original Flank Farm Podcast
This is the very first in a new series of conversations between 2 generations. Farmer (mum) and digital marketer (son).
Find out what to do when you find eggs hidden in random places, what's happened to the live markets, and how people used to eat meat compared to now.