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Farming Today This Week

27 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 October 2013

Charlotte Smith examines the future of the dairy industry and asks what it takes to turn a profit in such a difficult industry. She meets Somerset dairy farmer Neil Christensen who took the decision to expand his herd and move his 500 Holsteins indoors. His investment paid off and he's now making money. Charlotte finds out how he did it and asks whether getting bigger is the way forward.

Neil also farms next door to a certain Michael Eavis and hosts camping for 200,000 Glastonbury-goers. While he gets paid a handsome sum in compensation, Charlotte hears how he can't afford to rely on the income from the festival.

In the week the latest Bovine TB figures are announced, Charlotte and Neil discuss the impact of the disease on dairy farms of all sizes.

And we look back over an important week in the dairy world, hearing industry commentator, Ian Potter discussing increases in the milk price at the Dairy Show 2013 and a high-tech demonstration of a robotic milking machine.

Presented by Charlotte Smith. Produced by Anna Jones.


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