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Tune for the Blood at Abergavenny Food Festival Fringe

2012-08-28 00:00:00

The Abergavenny Food Festival is one of the biggest and best food festivals in the UK and we've been invited to screen 'Tune for the Blood' as part of the Festival Fringe. As it happens right on our doorstep, it is a chance for an audience interested in food to watch the film and meet up with some the young people who produce food in the Herefordshire countryside around Abergavenny. The screening will be on the Wednesday September 12th at 7:30 at the Drama Centre in Abergavenny. Details of the location and where to buy tickets can be found on the Abergavenny Food Festival site & on our flyer on the Home Page. It will be a great warm-up for the Festival weekend. There are limited places so get your tickets early.

Tune for the Blood DVDs and screening copies available!

2012-08-21 00:00:00

Our new purchase and hiring facility is really easy to use.  Just go to the Buy the DVD or Organise Your Own Screening pages follow the simple steps.  You can also contact us if you would like to have the film-maker or 'cast' come along for a Q&A or a discussion.                                   

We've had great feedback from audiences who have welcomed the chance to engage with the young farmers in the film.  They come with a hands-on experience of working the land, dealing with the 'business' of farming, engaging with new technology and social media, and working as rural entrepreneurs as well as bringing their passion and eloquence to any discussion.  If you would like to add a Q&A or discussion to your screening, get in touch with us.
                                                                                                                                                                             Photo:  Michelle Gerrard

  Christine Hope, Jono Rogers, Fay Thomas, Russell Carrrington
  at Hay Festival 2012

Dairy Crisis as farmgate price for milk is cut

2012-07-19 00:00:00

Tune for the Blood features a young dairy farmer, Jono Rogers, who is now just completing the building of his new milking parlour.  In the film, he explains some of the challenges facing small traditional family run dairy farms and the difficult decisions that go into making a major investment such as the construction of a new parlour.  Like many other family run dairy businesses, he loves his animals and is passionate about building his pedigree herd.  If we want to keep these traditional farms, we need to support our dairy farmers.  Don't buy your milk at Morrisons, Asda and the Co-op. Put pressure on local shops and supermarkets to charge a fair price for milk. 

Support for the farmers is growing.  Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are calling for better treatment of dairy farmers. For more information about the dairy crisis, check our facebook page for links where you can find out about what is happening in the dairy industry and how you can show your support.

Tune for the Blood screening at Ludlow Assembly Rooms

2012-07-11 00:00:00

Another chance to see 'Tune for the Blood' in the spacious grandeur of The Assembly Rooms.  Screened in conjunction with The Ludlow Green Festival, there will be a Q&A afterwards with the director and some of the 'cast' from film. Their names will be confirmed soon. 

To book click here.

The drama of TB testing now up on Youtube and you can see it here

2012-07-04 00:00:00

Jono Rogers is a young dairy farmer in Tune for the Blood.  We filmed the TB testing of his herd which is a stressful and nail biting process.  A vet comes to the farm to do the testing. The thickness of the skin of each animal is measure twice with calipers at two injection site on the neck where the hair has been shaved. The animal is then injected at each site - with a small of amount lab produced bovine tuberculin and the other with a small amount of avian tuberculin.  The avian is injected in the top area with the bovine further below. Once all the cattle have been dealt with the vet will depart and return in 3 days.

Should an animal be carrying Bovine TB it will react to the injection it was given, the avian injection is given to enable the vet to compare the reactions to the two different forms of TB. When the vet returns to re check the herd he again measures the skin and records the measurements if necessary. It is not unusual for there to be raised areas at the injection sites, however, should the lower area be more pronounced than the higher site (the bovine react more than the avian) then a chart is consulted which indicates whether the animal is classified as a reactor, or inconclusive.  If it is inconclusive it will have to be tested again in 60 days time.  If it is a reactor it will be taken away to be slaughtered, the tissue analysed and it may turn out to have been a true reactor, or perhaps not. 

Watch the clip to find out more from Jono Rogers and his family. Click here for Youtube or watch it on the Home Page
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