While searching for someone”s address I eventually did the unmentionable and looked in Christine”s diary. I came across the following: “Monday – stayed in; Tuesday – stayed in; Wednesday – stayed in; Thursday – stayed in; Friday – went to a farmers” function with Peter, wish I”d stayed in.
“I”ve been accused of not being optimistic enough. Actually, I”m full of optimism. We now have two holiday lets, three workshop units, a show pony enterprise, a shooting syndicate and a microlight aeroplane club.
What has all this to do with the arable section? The point is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to run a conventional farm simply as a unit of basic production.
I”ve also been criticised for attacking government policies. I think I”ll have to put up with the criticism for a while longer.
I find it disgraceful that members of the public can go off-roading through any numbers of farms and livestock fields in four-wheel drive vehicles dripping in mud and muck via countryside rights of way, when farmers are prosecuted, in the name of biosecurity, for leaving a mart with muck still on their wagons.
Likewise, I fail to understand the need for the six-day standstill rule for stock when the public can wander from farm to farm with the new right to roam. Either activity could also potentially threaten biosecurity.
The last few weeks have been very wet, windy and cold. Crops that were looking full of promise a month ago have taken several steps backwards. Those on waterlogged fields are turning more purple by the day and, as leaves are battered down to the ground, some fields, from a distance, almost appear not to be cropped at all.
Still, no time to worry. A good growing season could be here soon, coupled with high prices. Like I said, I”m full of optimism.