So who would have thought the Theology and Religious Studies part of my degree would come in handy when I married a farmer?
Well you see, when you think of religious festivals and meal celebrations-it all falls into place.
It’s not just turkey farmers who are preparing all year for Christmas.
For all major world religions, having family meals is also a big part of the feast.
Just think of the lamb eaten by Christians at Easter. The fish on Fridays.
Well this week marks Eid ul Adha for Muslims across the world and of the symbols of this celebration is the sacrifice of an animal-a sheep, cow or goat.
In many countries families sacrifice the animal themselves but in Britain, animals must be taken to abattoirs.
For farmers, it is worth marking such festivals on their calendars as the price of meet goes up just before, during and sometimes after religious events.
So today, my husband sorted out some sheep to take to market on Monday to make sure there is enough for Muslims in the North West of England to celebrate their special day.
We will do the same in December for Jewish Passover and even for the Christians who want a break from turkey at Christmas.
It’s more technical than you think this farming malarkey. If he took the lambs in the week after, the price would be much lower.
So next time you sit down to celebrate a religious festival with your family, don’t forget to say a little prayer for the farmer who helped rear the food.