Fantastic post.Out of idle curiosity I have just dug out my father and grandfathers invoice book with some prices:
1961 price: value today: current price:
Fertiliser subsidy (yes really!) £64 12s 2d £1354 -
Bacon pig £16 2s 3d £337 £140
Potatoes 56kg £0 19 0d £20.17 £18
35 Bacon pigs £598 9s 5d £10543.98 £4900
19t wheat £447 13s 4d £7887.08 £2850
subsidy on 1 ton fertiliser £8 8s 9d £148.65 -
13 bacon pigs £233.95 £2158 £1820
terraced house (workers accomodation) £1066 £6252 £175K
1t barley £80.44 £350 £130
1 lamb £32.61 £141.66 £4.56/kg deadweight depending on carcass weight and conformation see Oops post below
1t oats £98 £241 £110
1t wheat £103 £231 £150
Some prices would vary wildly every year, potatoes for example, I remember as a kid selling them for £5 at the door after the drought, that would be £25 for a 56lb/25kg bag in todays money. WTF did we do with all the money!?
In the 60's 70's we were a proper mixed farm with cows, sheep, pigs. That gradually changed, as did most of the other farms, 'specialising' in grain and potatoes in the 80's & 90's and now just grains.
The columns get squashed up when I post it, prices read left to right: price then: value in todays money:
I'm going off a rapidly fading memory I'm afraid and Uncle is no longer with us, but Istr it was the Japanese that linked eating mouldy vegetables to stomach cancer.Hadn't heard that about stomach cancer.
Well done on the TB test, gutted for you about the dog.Why have you got shadows and bright colours??
Dour, cloudy, dank and BLOODY COLD here, cows even have their coats up, been days since we've had warmth and sunshine.
Good news of the day..
Sitting waiting for Vets' arrival for TB test.
#1 Female Hen Harrier lazily flomped past mobbed by flock of Lbj birds...
(not prepared enough for pics,sorry)
#2 Passed TB, all clear, restrictions free!!
Bad news of day....
Vet put Mother's 14 yo Border Terrier down...
Feisty, bright, sharp, stroppy, loving, aggressive, large chunk of our lives..(and that's just my mum)
Since Friday been flat out in basket comatose, just not stopping breathing....
Little bugger sat up wanting to fight the alsation (was always 'the boss') and clocking on to a new calved cow 70mts down the yard when she arrived.
A little dog, but leaving a huge bloody hole.
Pic is from eight years ago, around the time those Feckin Meerkat's became a 'thing' .....
Mother had to stop watching Corrie, the bugger even listened for the previous news programme finishing, Sergei wouldn'tve stood a chance, even with the massed ranks behind him!View attachment 474642