Today is one of those days where I have spent all morning searching for inspiration and something interesting but not succeeding.
I therefore felt I would write a short blog to both public and fellow farmers showing my appreciation over the past few days with the shocking climate change we have all faced.
With the ‘beast from the east’ aka Storm Emma causing havoc across the country resulting in school closures, motorway conjunctions and supermarket sell outs the farmers from Scotland to Cornwall have not had the chance to shut up shop for the sake of bad weather.
The gruelling everyday tasks have only become harder and far more time consuming.
Firstly, I would like to thank every farmer, for waking up and continuing day to day jobs as of any other day.
From first-hand experience, I would like to thank every farmer, that filled IBC’S, bucket’s and drums to get water to their animals due to frozen pipes and water tanks.
I would like to thank every farmer, that supplied their animals with extra bedding during this cold spell.
Next, I would like to thank every farmer, for clearing roads in order to get to fields where stock have been outwintered to be checked and fed.
I would also like to thank every farmer and public owners of 4×4’s for helping NHS staff and other members of staff getting to and from work.
As my role of a calf specialist I would like to thank every farmer, that has given calves extra feeds and for using calf coats, keeping calves warm is vital for continuing growth.
And after spending a short while in the supermarket I would like to send a thank you to every dairy farmer across the UK, not only have they had to struggle with defrosting water pipes and everyday feeding routine of their animals but they have also had to milk their beloved cows. Unfortunately, milk is not something we can turn on and off as and when we want it. After taking a mere few hours to initially defrost the parlour, they then have to milk the cows and clean down the parlour before doing the same routine in the afternoon. This is all well and good when your milk is able to be collected but I have seen numerous videos across social media, where friends and family have had to open the tank and let their profitable produce empty down the drain due to the milk tanker not being able to access the farm. This filled me with heartache!
It is clear to see how the food supply chain can be interrupted and consumers clearly rely on the producers. Saying this we need to participate together and continue to back our British Farmers. I hope you will all join me in thanking our farming community for continuing with their jobs and ensuring our animals are cared for like any other day despite the harsh weather conditions.
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