Kintyre farming’s live-streamed radio show

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By Mark Davey

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 on Facebook at this link: www.facebook.com/Argyll-FM-Farming-Programme-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 o.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. NO_c43argyllfm01_farming_presenters