Born Mucky : A TV show That Digs a Little Deeper into Red Tractor Farming
Have you ever wondered what goes into the food you eat every day? A new TV series is currently giving an exclusive, behind the scenes view into the day-to-day lives of UK farmers.
Born Mucky: Life on the Farm, follows three Red Tractor farmers. The highs and lows they encounter trying to run three very different family farms using only the skills that have been passed down to them from previous generations.
The show features farmers Tom, Ally and Ian who grew up on farms in Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire respectively, and have now taken on the management of their family businesses.
Each young farmer has their own vision and approach, but they all share the same passion and commitment needed to keep their farms running and this is what inspired them to be a part of the show as Ian, one of the farmers featured, shared with us:
“I feel incredibly lucky to have been featured on Born Mucky: Life on the Farm, as it has given me an opportunity to speak to a wide audience about the pressures facing not only the farming community but our natural world as a whole.
Food security, food miles and food quality are taken very seriously here at Treflach Farm. Being Red Tractor certified is therefore 100% aligned with our vision of agriculture as a sustainable industry, rooted in the community, working in harmony with nature and providing for the needs of soil, animal and human health & wellbeing.”
Ian Steel, Treflach Farm
One of the shows stars Ally has shown viewers how many farmers are diversifying with trailing new crops and even converting a horse trailer into a glamping let on site. He was keen be involved to help fly the flag for British farmers:
“I think there is a disconnect currently between shoppers and the food they eat and so I was very keen to be involved in the show to try and positively promote farming and to drive a better understanding of what we do. It was a challenging experience to try and explain your job in simple, everyday terms (whilst doing it !), but the response has been hugely positive with lots of support from other farmers which is great.
We’re hugely proud of what we do and to be a part of Red Tractor who we have been with from the beginning. Being able to put the logo on our crops is really important to us, and we know it’s important to shoppers. The Red Tractor will also become even more important as our relationship and food trade agreements change over the coming months and shoppers look more actively for reassurances on the traceability and provenance of their food.”
Ally Hunter Blair, Weir End Farm
The Born Mucky cameras were rolling for a routine Red Tractor inspection at one of the farms giving viewers a unique insight into exactly how farmers are checked against our standards of traceability, safety and farming with care. You can see below the moment Inspector Duncan meets farmer Tom ahead of assessing his farm.
Find out if Tom’s farm passed the Red Tractor test by catching up on this and all other episodes on dplay.co.uk now. You can also find out more about Tom’s farm in Our Farmers section and watch new weekly episodes every Tuesday at 9pm on Quest until 11th March. Quest is availeble on Freeview 12, Freesat 167, Sky 144, and Virgin 169.