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(Victoria Fenner)

Cattle Tales and Memories of Hay

A journey into Canada’s beef industry with a young woman who grew up on an Ontario beef farm.


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Length: 0:30:34
Uploaded: 28 Jun, 2021

Recording Date: 21 Jun, 2021
Recording Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Copyright: Harrowsmith Magazine

Program Title: Cattle Tales and Memories of Hay
Description: In this episode we go deep into Canada’s beef industry with a young woman who grew up on an Ontario beef farm,  consults to the government about Canadian agriculture, is a politician herself, and can covert vegans to meat-eating on social media. And, an elegiac and informative meditation on that most prosaic of feeds, hay. Both interviews are food for thought.

Amanda Brodhagen has been around beef since birth. She grew up on a cattle farm near Stratford, Ontario. There she developed a love for her animals and for the rich pasture eco-system on which they grazed and which they shared with a variety of natural species. Today Amanda is a proud advocate for the beef industry, an agri-food consultant to the government, and a politician herself. She’s a rural councilor in the Township of Perth East in Ontario. Wayne MacPhail spoke with Amanda recently about her life with cattle, the challenges the industry faces, and the need for diversity and innovation if the industry is to survive.


A lot of us take hay for granted. But not Judy Silva. Judy grew up on the prairies tossing bales of hay high into her family’s barn. She developed a deep love for its scent and for the wide variety of brome grasses, fescue, and timothy that go into the fragrant horse feed. Wayne spoke with Judy about the complexity and memory of hay.

Host(s): Wayne MacPhail
Featured Speakers/Guests: Amanda Brodhagen Judy Silva

Credits: Wayne MacPhail - host and producer
Yolanda Thornton - Harrowsmith publisher
Victoria Fenner - campus and community radio distribution

Music - David Archibald


Environment > Agriculture
Type: Interview

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