WILL YOU STEP INTO THESE?
MY son recently took part in the farmers weekly Next Generation survey but in the last few weeks his attitude and mine have changed significantly.
For my part I am no longer neutral as to whether his career is in farming, I must now actively seek to discourage him – though that will not take much doing.
The pig enterprise has been hit by a £15/pig price fall and a £5/pig increase in costs already this year. Nearly every day there is news of new rules and restrictions that will cost something to implement. The government is really making farmers suffer because it failed to contain foot-and-mouth.
If the price cuts do not finish us, then all the extra compliance costs will. The latest factors were to hear Tesco state "We have no influence on ex-farm price" and Sean Rickard saying on Farming Today "Pig farmers are thriving." Both statements are absolute rubbish.
Seaton Ross, York.
• 80% of those responding want a career in farming, the ancillary industries or another rural-related occupation.
• 54% of those responding said they want to work specifically in farming, farm work or farm management.
Do you have a view about any aspect of the survey?
Did the results surprise you?
Or did they confirm what you already knew?
Either way, we want to hear what you think. Drop us a line at Next Generation Survey,
farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS.
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