My Farmers Guardian Podcast Fighting bowel cancer and my journey back to life on the farm


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Listen to: Farmers Guardian Over The Farm Gate Podcast with Livestock Farmer Wayne Smith

We often talk about mental health, but physical health is just as important. Farming is one of the most demanding jobs, yet farmers rarely take time to notice any changes in their bodies or habits.

This week on Over The Farm Gate, we’re talking about bowel cancer. Each year over 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer, and around 268,000 people in the UK have had a diagnosis at some point in their life. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.

Hannah Binns, Farmers Guardians’, Senior Livestock Specialist speaks to livestock farmer Wayne Smith, a bowel cancer survivor. Wayne opens up about his battle with cancer, and his road to recovery in the hope to help and encourage the rural community to prioritise their health.


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Read Wayne’s journey to recovery:

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...