Farming through lockdown – mental ill-health and signs to look out for

By Kite Consulting
12th November 2020
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What has been the impact of lockdown on the mental of the farming community? What are the signs of stress to look out for?

Hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans talk to Vicki Beers of the Farming Community Network (FCN); Rosie Cowie from Arla; and Rozenwyn Lane; a dairy farmer from Cornwall.

The group discuss the impact of lockdown at farm level and how Arla and Asda’s collaboration with FCN to support farmers with these and other farming challenges.

The team also share tips on recognising stress in yourself and others, and their thoughts on ways to de-stress and improve personal resilience.

FCN is a voluntary organisation & charity that supports farmers and their families. They run a confidential, national helpline, which is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm with volunteers who provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support.

Whether the issue is personal or business-related, FCN can help – call 03000 111 999 or visit

Chris Walkland also gives his usual milk market update.

This episode was first published on 06/11/20

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Kite Consulting provides business services to the entire food supply chain, from farmer to retailer. Our consultants have talent, enthusiasm and motivation, which means the quality of consultancy we offer is second to none.

We operate a team approach and our partnership of national specialists and leading business, people and technical consultants provides high calibre consultancy across the UK and internationally.

Kite Consulting has worked with dairy farmers for 20 years improving business performance, both on a one-to-one basis and also by setting-up and running farmer groups with a range of retail customers, agricultural companies and organisations.

Kite’s expertise in benchmarking, experience with group work and links to other industry specialist in the UK means we are widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading dairy consultancy companies.

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