The world of farming has a language all its own. What means one thing to a farmer, can mean quite another to someone who doesn’t work in agriculture.
“Being served”, for example, is something that happens to ordinary folk who have time to go to restaurants; on a livestock farm, however, it is definitely not an activity compatible with mealtimes.
Here are some of our favourite everyday farming words, and their more common interpretations.
What it means to everyone else: A group of flats or houses found in urban areas.
What it means if you’re a farmer: A very, very big farm.
To everyone else: The art of fighting with blades, divided into three weapon categories: foil, sabre and épée.
To a farmer: A never-ending job that is necessary but repetitive.
To everyone else: The food that you pour milk over at breakfast time – such as Coco Pops, Shreddies and Special K.
To a farmer: Barley, wheat, oats – the crops that your bread, porridge and beer are made from.
To everyone else: The prefix for “fowl” or “pig”.
To a farmer: The currency in which pedigree livestock is traded. One guinea equates to £1.05.
To everyone else: An imperial unit of length.
To a farmer: The area (part overgrown with nettles) where you stash rusty machinery.
To everyone else: A place where you stay.
To a farmer: Bad news – it’s when your crop falls over. It can be a costly problem as it can slow harvest and reduce yield.
To everyone else: Something you drink your cocktail or McDonald’s milkshake through.
To a farmer: Something containing bull semen. Warning: Do not under any circumstances muddle the two. Or something your livestock sleeps on, and sometimes eats.
To everyone else: A means of scoring a goal in football.
To a farmer: The business end of a combine.
9. Well hung
To everyone else: An oft-made claim by gentlemen.
To a farmer: Meat that has been hung and left to mature after an animal is slaughtered.
To everyone else: What you do with eggs.
To a farmer: What your cattle do in wet fields. Or when someone steals pheasants or deer.
To everyone else: The mode of transport that takes you home if you’ve been drinking.
To a farmer: The bit of your tractor you sit in – kind of like a second home some months.
To everyone else: A rather unpleasant term to describe a promiscuous female.
To a farmer: A metal tool used to move small amounts of soil.
To everyone else: A type of wallpaper
To a farmer: Your group of sheep, usually found trying to escape or die
To everyone else: Please turn over. What people put on a piece of paper if they want you to turn it over.
To a farmer: An abbreviation of power take-off – the shaft that drives an implement.
To everyone else: An anatomical feature.
To a farmer: The attachment on a machine into which you apply grease.