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