cover art for R2Kast 200 - Ant Thomas on hoof trimming, social media and Keeping Cows Moovin!

R2Kast - People in Food and Farming/All In

R2Kast 200 - Ant Thomas on hoof trimming, social media and Keeping Cows Moovin!

Season 4, Ep. 35

Almost 2 million followers, travelling the world with hoof trimming and the best beard on this call!

First off…200 episodes! Well it’s actually 207 because of bonus but that’s not got the same ring to it! The networking tool, source of much hilarity, education, reality and feeling of being part of something this has all offered me is insane so for every person that never misses an episode, those of you who have only listened to one you’re all stars!…especially to the one person from Singapore who has listened since about episode 3!

Today’s guest, Ant Thomas is a hoof trimmer who posts what he’s up to as Keeping Cows Moovin has carved (is that a pun) a career not just technically but backed up by content creation.  

Genuinely we’ve spoken for more than a year and never managed to make this happen! I’m so glad we did! 


More episodes

View all episodes

  • 51. R2Kast 216 - Charlotte Evans on marketing, Chester Zoo and Clarkson’s Farm

    Marketing, zoos and farming!I met today’s guest over email a couple years ago when she helped make the Adam Henson podcast possible!!Charlotte Evans isn’t from this sector but has deep dived in through the medium of marketing! Operating at the Cotswold farm park originally and now with StowAg (you might recognise that name from the hat on Jeremy throughout Clarkson farm season three).She’s actively involved with Chester Zoo and much more! She seems to be one of those folks that can fit a ridiculous amount into a day! Great chat with a lovely and impressive lady! Enjoy! 
  • 50. R2Kast 215 - Ella and Lawrence Martin on getting into farming and growing up on a farm

    Lleynwicks, getting into farming and raising a wee one on the farm!Today’s guests embody the reason I started a podcast. What are the potential jobs in this sector and firstly how do you make it into this industry? The sector is directly barriered to entry and these guys have earned their spot but required a self proclaimed dose of luck!Ella and Lawrence Martin are in their first tenancy! Ella is a vet nurse that Lawrence has successfully converted to full time farmer…while still operating as a full time vet nurse!Lawrence with very little ties to the sector knew it was for him since he was a kid, working full time through farm jobs, getting an apprenticeship has led the pair of them to the situation they’re in now!Sorry for talking about Baby Reindeer so much! Great couple with great ambitions!Enjoy!
  • Royal Highland Show Bonus Episode

    Today Ed and I welcomed another live podcast to the Howden stand! This time in Scotland at the Royal Highland Show!We were welcomed by Andy Frazier, Liz Haines and Rob Waiwright to talk new books, neurodiversity and playing for the Lions!
  • 49. R2Kast 214 - Tales of a Nuffield Scholar with David Rose

    Agroforestry, community farming and chasing the olympics?Today we have our second episode of the Nuffield alumni podcast! Today is our first scholar on the series! This man has been integral in making this series happen!  David Rose, was born into farming and has shaped his agribusiness around conservation where food security is paramount.  The farm is home to various businesses, community groups and more! David talks about his scholarship in 2001, the topic itself and where it has seen him go since!Great chat with a true Nuffielder!Views are that of those involved not directly of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust.Enjoy. 
  • 48. R2Kast 213 - Ben Andrews on veg, livestock, flooding and inclusivity in farming!

    Veg, tenancies, creating an accepting industry and flooding to the point we need a new name for it! We welcome Ben Andrews onto the podcast today.  Ben tells about 1/3 of his farm being flooded as high as 5 feet in some places for notable periods of the year, the struggles with farm tenancy and the uncertainly that can come with it.Farming a mixed system of livestock, arable and vegetables in Herefordshire as far as Be. Has been able to date back his family have moved all of one county at max!Another topic for discussion that really shouldn’t have be as Ben says is the ‘least interesting thing about’ him is the fact he’s gay.  Working with many others in the LGBTQIA+ community through Agrespect to create a more accepting industry which is well behind where it should be…as we talk about just look at any Facebook post relating to farming with as much as a couple getting married and see the comments! A man farming in truly challenging conditions and trying to find solutions! Enjoy! 
  • Three Counties bonus episode - Ed and Wallace talk to Karl Franklin, Emma Smith and Ben Andrews

    The first of two bonus episodes this week!Ed, Wallace and Yaz headed down to Malvern to attend the Three Counties Show…the day turned into a gorgeous day and had some fantastic food, drink, livestock and more on show!We filmed a podcast with three notable figures in the sector in this area, Emma Smith, Ben Andrews and Karl Franklin all of whom you can hear in the R2Kast!we fought through the noise of the rain which you will hear at one point! Enjoy!thank you to Howden Rural for the support and hospitality!
  • 47. R2Kast 212 - Glen and Chris talk the army, farming, whisky and tattoos

    Three bearded men walk into a podcast and find whole dose of craic!…check the spelling!! Today we welcome Northern Irish brothers with a whole lot of stories behind them! One, Glen rapidly finding his way in the world of beef genetics with a focus on the Speckled Park (composite breed of Aberdeen Angus, Shorthorn and British White Park) a mere 4 years after leaving the army.  The other, Chris building up his new whiskey (spelled it that was to keep him happy) brand, Dragon Claw, operating a world famous tattoo studio…oh and he won Northern Ireland’s coolest man beating out Jamie Dornan and others. Clearly a dreamboat! We talk the obvious, as well as the reality of Afghanistan, addiction in various forms, perfectionism, man flu and how to fold a towel!…I also try a NI accent, I’ll let you decide what you think! Not to be heard if you dislike a hearty dose of profanity but absolutely to be heard if you just fair enjoy a bit of craic!Enjoy!
  • 46. R2Kast 211 - Olivia Shave on EcoEwe, farming as a healer and awards!

    Norfolk horn, farming therapy and an award in the House of Commons Today we welcome Olivia Shave! Olivia is the person behind ecoewe where she farms and actively pursues methods of rare breed sheep monetisation battling the idea of ‘rare for a reason’.  A columnist, a believer in keeping rural traditions alive and much more!Olivia speaks about a major trauma that saw struggles for the family and farming has been the main healer! She’s actively involved in the six inches of soil movement and speaks about the mental and technical impact of the production! A few weeks back she found herself at the House of Commons picking up the sustainability champion of the year at the inaugural woman in agriculture awards! Great lady, great story!Enjoy!  
  • 45. R2Kast 210 - Lucy Thornton on trekking the Himalayas, cancer and teaching!

    Boobs, fundraising and inspiration!Today we welcome a legend in my eyes!  Lucy Thornton who has has in her words 42 jobs to date and really has tried everything but had three main loves, animals, teaching and the woods!Currently working as a lecturer in Wildlife Conservation Management at SRUC Barony where she runs forest school, teaches and is involved in a lot of college activities.3 years ago she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and chose to document her journey on social media in the most inspiring way! She now finds herself fundraising for CoppaFeel!, a charity in which she plans to walk the Indian Himalayas with! An utterly AMAZING woman!Enjoy!