Ever wondered what life is like as a farmer (or his wife)?
Then this Thursday, August 20th, 2015 is going to be a treat for you.
The newspaper and community at Farmer’s Guardian has launched #Farm24 which is exactly what it says it is. The opportunity for people to see a live social media feed of farmers up and down the land, letting people know what they get up to in any one day.
It couldn’t come at a more important time with the current milk crisis. For the average person working 9-5, when your alarm goes off at 7am for example, a dairy farmer will, more than likely have already been up for four hours.
Likewise, a livestock or arable farmer may well be working way past 5pm and for many, like us, it is seven days a week, 365 days a year-even Christmas Day.
I often compare farming to the priesthood. It is a vocation rather than a job because, if you didn’t love what you did, there would be no way you could put the amount of effort that farmers put in to produce our food.
Before you laugh, yes farmers really are au fait with technology. Most cattle movements-sales, births, deaths etc are carried out online now and, with weather apps and trusty Vet Google, smart phones really are the plough of today. Farmers just have to watch they don’t drop said smart phone into a slurry pit.*
*Yes it did happen. It was dried out for three days in rice and worked for a week before it gave up the ghost if you’re wondering.
My day will not be like Hubster’s as he is more hands on than me and I look after the children but behind every good farmer is a good farmer’s wife they say and, I will try and get out there to show you some animals and what Hubster is up to.
Likewise though, one day in farming is never he same as the next or the one before so I am really looking forward to seeing how other farmers lives are and what they get up to.
Make sure you search for the hashtag #Farm24 and support us on this special day.