Time to Recognise Our Farmers


What is a Farmer?

I came across this video on Facebook this morning and it struck me as being something we really need to take notice of.  This website was mainly focused on drones and their application to agriculture but the video at the bottom prompted me to diverge and focus on the farmer himself.

Farmers do deserve our respect. They work long and hard with little reward for the time, energy and investment they put in. My hubby is 73 years old and still gets out early every morning to work the farm. He rarely gets in before 8 pm in the evening after a long days work to sit down and have a meal with me and relax.  He is usually so tired that soon after dinner he will be asleep in his favorite chair.

Farmers in todays’ world have to be very multi skilled.

These are just a few of the skills required to be a farmer.

  • They need to be skilled in animal husbandry, knowing when to intervene if an animal is having difficulty giving birth or if an animal is showing signs of ill health. They will administer the vaccines required to protect the animals from all manner of problems that can arise. They need to  monitor the animals progress and ensure they have identification tags fitted.
  • Farmers need to be well versed in agronomy so they are well aware of soil health and the feed being produced from that soil for the animals they are growing. They need to have a strong sense of the amount of feed available for each animals needs  and adjust stock numbers to match.
  • Mechanical knowledge is also important as farmers rely on machinery to be working effectively for day to day and seasonal work such as harvesting, irrigating and moving stock. They use quad bikes and  tractors on a daily basis and other machinery as required.
  • They need to be able to build fences and repair buildings and water supply to water troughs and understand and maintain electric fence units and be able to monitor that current is where it is needed to keep animals confined.
  • Farmers need to be economists and book keepers. This is essential to every farmer, to understand his costs and try to balance that with income each season. He has to know how to create a working budget and be prepared to modify or change it with seasonal impacts that can impact it in a negative way such as drought or flood.
  • Farmers are husbands and fathers so they need to be soft and gentle and sensitive to the needs of their family usually  without any thought for their own needs.
  • Time management is another essential skill required of farmers so that he can manage to get through all the work required and still be able to have time for some things outside of the farm.

Yes farmers are remarkable people and they do deserve our respect and admiration. You have food on your plate and in your belly because a farmer worked long hours for little reward to produce it.

We see other industries going on strike  if their pay or conditions are not good enough but how often have you seen farmers do that? They work in all kinds of weather conditions for long hours and still often do not get through the required work for the day. They work 12 – 14 hour days 7 days a week, who else in society would do that? They would be kicking and screaming or demonstrating in the streets if it was asked of them.

Its time to show some appreciation for the people producing food to feed a hungry world and fibre to clothe them and keep them warm.Stop whinging about the cost of things you buy in the supermarket and spare a thought for the people who have worked hard to produce it for you. Remembering it is the farmers who get the smallest piece of the economic pie but who have sacrificed their own lifestyles to fill yours.

 

Watch the short video below and leave your comments , you must know a farmer you could say thank you to.

Go and do it, tell them you appreciate the time and effort put in to ensure you have food to eat and clothes t wear.

It's time to stop portraying farmers as dirty, lazy, and stupid. — Mike Rowe.

Posted by ATTN: on Monday, October 9, 2017

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8 Thoughts to “Time to Recognise Our Farmers”

  1. I enjoyed reading your article. I grew up on a small farm in Tennessee and now live on a farm in Va. We no longer handle black angus cattle, but still run horses, hay and chickens. Living on the land requires all the skills and many hardships that go along with hard life. Most folks have no comprehension of what it takes to run this farm. Thank you for your article.

    1. admin

      Thank you Jeffrey for your comments. Anyone growing up on a farm would understand what I am trying to say. However whilst it can be tough it is also very rewarding and a great place to raise a family

  2. Hi Judy, I thank you for this wonderful post highlighting the amazing work that farmers do and often battle with due to climate changes, and a multitude of influences.

    I am very much aware that in times gone by, when it appeared that farmers were complaining about something, they received little help support from the population. Farmers were thought of as being wealthy individuals, or families.

    It is not so. Farmers deserve respect. As the video clearly reveals, farmers provide the food that nourishing our families, and allows us to carry with life in the way we expect.

    1. admin

      Thank you Valerie, It was lovely of you to take the time to comment after reading my article.
      You have probably seen on the news how farmers are contending with climate change. To see you precious livestock brned or drownded is heart wrenching for hose who have worked hard to breed them. There is so much more to deal with now. We have to lift our hats to our farmer, they deserve it.

  3. Tanya S Green

    Wonderful post. My father was a farmer, and I remember those days well. When looking at the video, I was also reminded of the vineyards in California and how those crops were destroyed or damaged in the fires that are still burning. Not only will it take the wineries time to rebuild and recover, the employees will also have difficult days ahead. It takes courage to be a farmer of any kind.

    1. admin

      Thanks Tanya, people who have a connection with farms can empathise and understand. I just feel we need to build the image so that more young people will see it as a worthwhile profession otherwise we will have to import all or primary products when these older farmers die out. That will be a sad day for a big country like Australia.

  4. Judy,
    Well said! This is such a well written article and I could not agree more. I grew up in farm country in the States and I know how important farmers are. And they have to wear so many different hats. Even though they have been somewhat overlooked, farmers are the backbone of the world.

    Thank again for writing this. This is a wonderful site.

    Lynn Drew

    1. admin

      Thank you Lyn for your encouragement. Unless we can lift the image of farmers we will not have anyone younger wanting to replace them and that will impact all of us.

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