@fraudstarI'll get back to you later, I have some agriculture to do.
We've got a marketing board...I thought about a few things today whilst self-- isolating on a tractor for 9 hours, one of which was how London types who block access to the yard and then disappear should be punished.
As to price support, I would have no problem with marketing boards for grain, milk, meat and so on. It worked for milk for 70 years, and I still can't work out why it was abolished. Some would no doubt dose on about 'Nationalised ' farming, but in reality, thanks to the strictures of ACCS, RPA, BPS and so on it is already.
Education as a means to improve public health/reduce food waste. I think I have not a clue how to do this, although I think Finland ? tackled their obesity problem through school. My idea of Home Ec. or Domestic Science was very effectively dismantled by @Oops, responsible parents will ensure their children at the least have an understanding and appreciation of food, its production and how to prepare it. The disinterested won't, they will then breed true to type and that is why there is a sugar tax.
I agree that AHDB are absolutely useless, but they don't behave as the MMB did , in that they don't buy and then take the product to market.We've got a marketing board...
AHDB, otherwise known as a retirement fund for NFU board members, but hey.
I used to buy calves , every week from auction rings, to rear and fatten at home, I remember when the Milk Marketing Board was being disbanded...EEC competition practices ISTR.
All the chat from the Dairy Farmers who used to sell calves were nearly wetting emselves...
Milk Marque was the 'new' old board was paying a price per litre not unlike the previous crew.
Northern Foods (up here) were paying a penny a litre more ( £180+ cow yr more) sign for three years , Tesco is your friend....
I warned em, they would regret breaking up their collective negotiating power, divide and rule was their MO, they'd done the veg men five years before.
Three years later,
"This is how much you can produce milk for, therefore here is the price were gonna pay for it"
There was no one else to take it , Milk Marque went bust , they couldn't stand up to the might of Tesco's et al with a fractured producer base.
They do it all for the customer y'know.
Every little helps.
Seeing as the gov has said it will help the self employed etc. Maybe they could use them and doleys to pull spuds for their cashNot the only factors. There are going to be a lot of unemployed young Brits around this year; how many will want to stop watching their sports channels, turn off their iPhones and get their hands dirty?
'The U.K. organization for farmers, landowners and businesses in rural England and Wales has said labor shortages caused by coronavirus could be devastating for this years' harvest. They are calling for a 'land army' of local labor to be recruited to assist the sector, which expects to see its labor supply cut by 75% as EU workers who normally come to the U.K. to work for the harvest season are prevented from coming.
'The U.K. agriculture sector was already in trouble, heavily reliant on EU workers as it is. Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, when the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, labor supply from the mainland has been dwindling, and the government's recent immigration stance emphasizing high-skilled migration has provided little comfort.
'Now, thanks to coronavirus, we are seeing what happens when borders are totally closed to foreign workers, at least for one sector. According to the CLA, the agriculture sector usually uses around 60,000 seasonal laborers per year to complete the harvest, and they expect only around 25% of that amount this year. Factor in a 20% coronavirus infection rate the CLA is reckoning with, and they estimate some 80,000 people will need to be mobilized to protect Britain's harvest.'
Good luck with the veggie patch and the chooks .....Keep them separate ffsWell the mini farm at cheZ taff (rented hovel) is on the start.
Had the nipper weeding the veg patch ready for some plantings soon.
Have a gobby mastiff bitch who is excellent at doing what she wants.
Have a royal pain in the arse beagle cross who is excellent as a gun dog. By that I mean excellent at doing what he wants and is as useful on a shoot as a boomerang and has the recall of a straight boomerang.
Have a cat who is shit scared of anything outdoors but gobs off like a **** if I don't open the backdoor so he can survey his kingdom. So that's any rats taken care of.
But I ordered my chicken coop today so really excited at filling it with some feathery cnuts who will knowing my luck refuse to lay or turn out to gobby cunty cockerills etc......
Yay cant fecking wait. On a plus note I have managed to use boomerang in a humorous way twice in a sentence. I am a giant amongst pigmys and winning at life . Hooorahhh
One snag with this Idealistic and obvious solution....Seeing as the gov has said it will help the self employed etc. Maybe they could use them and doleys to pull spuds for their cash
Face book is full of outraged bellends saying farmers should take on prisoners/doleys etc to pick fruit/veg , utter stupidity , theyve clearly never risen above the rank of labourer themselves ,WTF would a farmer want a bus load of paedos/murderers/terrorists and fat lazy cnuts turning up at their farm for training / work ?One snag with this Idealistic and obvious solution....
Why the feck should we have to put up with the Idle/ workshy and thieving cnuts of society....
They'll last a week at most, meanwhile sussing out where all the security cameras, alarms , powertools ,diesel tanks, batteries etc. are. In
Good lads will only work for the meagre rewards on offer if you stick em in the seat of a £100k chariot, there's as much tech as in a haeroplane in some of em.
********* won't get cold, wet or dirty whatever the 'incentives'....
Hence North Eastern Europeans.
There is going to be a lot of those conversations going on this year. He still shouldn't have been out there mind.View attachment 461661
Thought I'd put a pic up for @Humble Tiller i if no-one else,
This is the lad who rented my lovingly cared for environmental friendly farmed field last year to grow spuds on (Rotation, weed burden an' all that)
Anyhow, here in the wet NW of England, it rains, alot....
That's why we can grow spuds without expensive irrigation etc.
However, come autumn it can be a tad hectic during Oct/Nov time, there's always a week or so before the frost gets a bite but it's cool enough to store spuds without em going in too warm. It's usually also our wettest period,things are always fraught.
Last year it just rained (and rained)
Then it rained harder in Dec.
He 'mauled' his spuds out in Jan, destroying my precious soil structure, worm population, etc.
He came with a bright shiny tractor this morning to "level it up a bit"...
The state of his wheels are a clue!
He stopped for a myder as I was taking this pic...
" A certain chip Mc.manufacturer, who supplies a certain fast food Mc.restaurant chain, who has ceased trading, has pulled the plug on spud deliveries and processing, unilaterally ripping up their supplier contracts" .....
That's code for
"I'm gonna struggle to pay you the £5K rent I owe you "...
All cos some Dirty Twunt on the other side of the Planet ate a bat !
Yup,Talking of soil structure, does anyone practise a no-till regime? If so, how has it worked? I’m wondering about it in the veg patch.