We're currently about quarter of the way through harvest '15 here at the farm. We started on the Winter Barley a few weeks ago, and had the field cut, baled, cleared and stored within a few days. The bales have all been stacked up and ready now to serve their purpose as winter bedding when the cows come in for winter.
Shortly prior to harvest, we were faced with a rather challenging situation. A cow due to calve managed to wander into a stream on the farm. She chose a boggy route of entry though, and managed to get herself stuck. What should have been a routine trip to check the livestock turned into half a days work for us along with some local, heroic members of the community. It reminded us of how lucky we are to have such friends, willing to sacrifice their Sunday morning to help us, and an animal, in distress. Sincere thanks to all of those who got stuck in and helped in what was a stressful situation.
After a weekends rainfall, we have moved onto harvesting the oil seed rape, which presented its own problems! Thankfully these were of a mechanical nature and were far less emotionally draining than rescuing a cow in distress!
Milk prices have also been featuring heavily in the headlines recently. It has highlighted for me the vast differences of opinion amongst members of the public. Those who are closely in touch with the industry, and understand how it works recognise that the supermarkets have a large part to play in resolving the issue. They use milk as a weapon in their throat cutting policies and expect the famers to pay for it. It simply isn't fair. However there are consumers who don't sympathise, and see farmers as wealthy landowners, who could 'cash in' by selling up and retiring. Please remember that a large portion of farm businesses operate on tenanted land, and offer little option to sell up.
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