Farmer Focus: Ride the storm and invest in the future

This will be my last piece before next year, so although it’s a bit early I had better kick off with the obligatory review of the last year. 

It’s definitely been the year of the digger, bulldozer and builder here at Euston. Many thousands of tonnes of silt, steel, soil and concrete have been shifted.

See also:Pressure is on to plant our irrigation pipes

River dredging, PV installation, reservoir building, pipe laying and now the AD plant all going on in the same year has made for a hectic but most fascinating time.

So much long term, once in a lifetime work in one hit and there is still a month of the year left in which to do something else! 

What all of this does of course is demonstrate the fact that there are still so many opportunities for us as farmers. 

Not only do we have the ability to farm in the truest sense, producing food for a growing population but we also have the ability to do so much more to assist in digging the country out of one massive financial hole.

It does perplex me as to how we as a nation continue to spend, borrow more and get away with it. I suppose the reality of the situation is that it is the same in the majority of countries around the world, so it will all be okay in the end.

Thankfully when it does all go wrong the one commodity that will be worth having is the food that we produce; as such I would suggest that we ride the storm of market price volatility and continue to invest in our future.  

We are of course into the winter farmers meeting season, at which we will hear many far more intelligent that I impart their words of wisdom.

Interestingly enough, one of the reports at our NFU branch AGM mentioned a grain traders predictions delivered much earlier in the year, all of which seemed to be counter to the present situation. 

Anyway if you do get the opportunity to spend a day away being educated I do hope that you enjoy it as much as you enjoy your days at home.

Andrew Blenkiron manages the 4,400ha Euston Estate, south of Thetford. Principal farm enterprises are combinable and root crops, including sugar beet. In addition the estate supports let land, sheep, outdoor pigs, poultry, suckler cows, horses and stewardship.