Today we are in Canada and Ben is speaking to Rachel Stratton, aka The Global Farmher. Rachel wears many hats as a shepherd, shearer, tractor driver, stock woman, adviser and administrator. She has worked all over the UK, from Orkney to Cornwall and indeed many places abroad with her dog Jane. From dairy to beef operations, sheep farms and even venison farms, Rach has experienced a lot of different types of farming.
Ben Eagle is the founder and Head of Podcasts at RuralPod Media, a specialist rural podcast production agency. He is also a freelance rural affairs and agricultural journalist. You can find out more at ruralpodmedia.co.uk or benjamineagle.co.uk
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00:27 Ben introduces the show.
01:40 Rachel comes in.
02:29 Rachel talks about some of her travels during Covid.
07:19 Working with horses.
07:32 Has Rachel always wanted to do what she is doing now? She explains how she originally wanted to be an orthopaedic trauma surgeon.
10:00 Rachel travels to Cyprus.
13:42 Sponsor message for A Plan Rural Insurance.
14:27 Does Rachel meet many other people who are doing what she is doing?
16:22 Lambing in Scandinavia
21:46 Where does Rachel count as home?
22:55 Rachel has bases in many different places.
26:00 language skills.
29:11 Experience with showing and early times at the Royal Show.
32:36 Early times on farms.
35:40 The willingness to learn more.
36:20 Countries that Rachel would still like to visit/work in.
45:30 Passing the good in the world on to others.
46:30 Rachel’s experience on chronic fatigue.
52:22 Sponsor message for A Plan Rural Insurance.
52:45 Where does Rachel see herself in 5 years time.
53:55 Rachel’s message to the British public.
58:24 Rachel’s message to farmers around the world.
01:00:10 Recommendation for a blog – theglobalfarmher.com + instagram
01:01:00 Jane the New Zealand herding dog.
01:03:44 Ben wraps up.