Kin­tyre farm­ing stal­warts live-stream ra­dio show

Campbeltown Courier - - FARMING - Mark Davey edi­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

A pair of Kin­tyre agri­cul­tural stal­warts are live-stream­ing their popular Ar­gyll FM farm­ing show. In roles rem­i­nis­cent of two tele­vi­sion greats, John Gal­braith (JG) is Ernie Wise to John Ar­mour’s (JA) Eric More­combe, on the fea­ture, at 7pm on Thurs­days. The live stream can be watched at www. face­book.com/Ar­gyll-FM-Farm­ingPro­gramme-193266434019106/ Last week’s show high­lights in­cluded the re­cent de­ci­sion by Kleenex to change the name of its large tis­sues. JG said: ‘That’s not good is it? If you were a fem­i­nist would you still use a man­size tis­sue? JA replied: ‘I think there are far more con­cern­ing things go­ing on in this world.’ JA an­nounced this week he was a ‘boy for the lo­cal his­tory’ dur­ing a chat about the Laird’s Loft in A’Ch­leit Church. The duo’s first agri­cul­tural theme was slurry. JA ad­vised lis­ten­ers to go to the pro­gramme’s Face­book page. There is a film clip of a farmer, rush­ing through the trees, with his slurry tanker only to go into a rut and tear the tanker from its tow-bar as it dis­ap­pears over a bank. It is not JG de­spite JA’s im­pli­ca­tion on air. JA de­scribes a sit­u­a­tion in Hamp­shire when three cat­tle died af­ter eat­ing yew trim­mings which had been thrown over the fence. JA said: ‘The farmer had since taken to so­cial me­dia to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of dis­pos­ing of gar­den waste in fields say­ing: ‘It is not a dump­ing ground’. ‘That is very true, I know there are a lot of folk dump­ing grass, al­though dump­ing grass where horses are is not a good idea. ‘The nee­dles and seeds of all yews are highly poi­sonous to live­stock al­though the red fleshy seed cover­ing is not. ‘Hu­mans, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren, are also sus­cep­ti­ble to the tox­ins in these plants. ‘Con­sump­tion from as lit­tle as one to 10 grammes per kilo of body weight for a woman and 0.5g to 2.5g per kilo for horses is lethal.’ JG added: ‘So that likely ties in to a lo­cal coun­cil stop­ping tak­ing away gar­den waste for free... it pos­si­bly does there has been quite a bit of that re­cently.’ JA said: ‘We do have some se­ri­ous sto­ries here; I thought that one was wor­thy, but we now go back to the droll stuff.’ The pair dis­cuss a chim­ney ser­vices firm vis­it­ing an Ayr­shire farm. JA said: ‘A pet lamb, a Suf­folk by the look of things, was nos­ing about the van and the young man was ob­vi­ously fright­ened, jumps out and runs down the road. ‘His pal locks him out of the pas­sen­ger seat, jumps in the driver’s seat and the lamb runs round the front of the ve­hi­cle. JG added: ‘That is what they do, pet lambs get far too fa­mil­iar.’ Once the show had been run­ning for about five min­utes it be­came a con­ver­sa­tion with lis­ten­ers post­ing com­ments and the two pre­sen­ters re­ply­ing. In a mes­sage to the show Alan Mcshan­non said: ‘Greet­ings lads from Palermo. Hear­ing you loud and clear.’ A fur­ther 25 min­utes of broad­cast con­tin­ues in a sim­i­lar vein.

John Ar­mour and John Gal­braith.

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