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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 3rd November, 2019)

Turning the Grass

Turning the Grass

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: . Ozy . on 3rd November 2019 at 01:18

I'm guessing there's a hundred grand's worth of kit there Mick. With that kind of outlay , it's little wonder these poverty stricken farmers are reduced to shopping at ' The Brick '.

Comment by: Farmer joe on 3rd November 2019 at 08:03

Look like a set of mowers to me.

Comment by: farmer ted on 3rd November 2019 at 09:34

Those poverty driven farmers as you say; you will probably find that with that set up, they will have brought in a contractor to do the work as its more cost effective. To run and maintain machinery in this day and age isn't worth it. You wont find many farms using a tractor with 180hp+ with a set of mowers like that. Tractor drivers on agricultural wages which is in line with minimum wage. So yes there is poverty in farming. Highest suicide rate going the farming industry due to farmers putting the livestock before themselves. waiting for the milk cheque of the MMB to survive. Govt saying you have produced to much milk so throw it away because your not getting paid for the surplus. Dispose of your new born calves because the will cost more to rear than you will get at market, ever increasing cost to production , supermarkets and the milk marketing board dictating the prices that they will pay for produce, and customers (general public) moaning about the cost of foods etc. So yes the farmers have a dam hard time getting you the food you need. working around the clock to maximise there yields to keep the cost down , so they can be paid bugger all for it, so you can have 4pts of milk for around a pound that the M.M.B has given them less than 20pence a gallon for. So next time you walk past a farm or get stuck behind a tractor, please remember that the guy driving it could actually be down to his last quid, but still he works 7days a week, 365days a year to put cheap food in the supermarket, that he waits weeks to be paid for , so you can have a healthy diet ,live a life and criticise him for doing it.

Comment by: Mick on 3rd November 2019 at 10:21

Farmer Ted is right in what he says

Comment by: . Ozy . on 3rd November 2019 at 10:22

Seems to be quite a number of parallels with trying to scrape a living working in the road haulage industry there Ted. Working around the clock for minimum wage and being public enemy number one in particular.

Comment by: janet on 3rd November 2019 at 10:57

is it stuck

Comment by: Lloyd on 3rd November 2019 at 11:17

cant beat 2 horses

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd November 2019 at 11:32

Would it be better for farmers if Brexit actually happens? Surely it can't be worse than what they have to put up with now. Forgive the question, like most people I am ignorant about the finer details- especially about farming and the fishing industry.

Comment by: DTease on 3rd November 2019 at 11:39

Sounds like the contractor is getting the cream Farmer Ted.

Comment by: MikeW on 3rd November 2019 at 12:35

The wife comes from farming stock, her two brothers chose to take on the family business. They work hard and appear to make a good living and do not seem to be short of a bob or two. I suppose like any other business you get out what you put in and inevitably there will be winners and losers.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 3rd November 2019 at 17:35

I wasn't seriously having a pop at farmers to be fair as the first job that I had on leaving school was working for one of a pair of brothers who were both farmers .
One of the brothers died years ago , the other one , my employer , who was a really nice guy incidentally , died more recently.
Out of curiosity I went onto the government probate search site and paid £1.50 to see a copy of his will.
I deleted it a couple of months ago , so I'm unable to quote the precise figure , but from memory, the net value of his estate was a fair amount in excess of £3,000,000.
He was a good old lad. Always drove around in a battered old car and wore an old overcoat fastened at the waist with a length of orange baling twine.
The above are facts . Make your own judgement.

Comment by: Alan on 3rd November 2019 at 18:56

Let's not go to back to diesel fumes please.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 3rd November 2019 at 19:50

I was going to add my pennyworth but decided to abstain or I might have got my throat cut !

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd November 2019 at 21:41

Seeing that you live in the glorious country side of Norfolk,amongst tractors and machinery galore , you have every right to add your comment Helen! The photo is about farm machinery after all even if 'fumes' come out the exhausts!

Comment by: DTease on 3rd November 2019 at 21:46

Awe Helen! now we are all left wondering what you was going to say.

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