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Tales from Smith Hall

Power to local produce

Life on the FarmPosted by Mary Sun, February 05, 2017 12:05:10
A fine bright morning today on the farm, with the possibility of rain later- farmers always keep a weather eye out, so outside work can be planned around it! We have fed pigs and cattle, had some sileage brought over, and after a late breakfast, it is my opportunity to have a lazy hour reading Sunday papers. Whatever your political shade, you can`t deny that current politics is fascinating, with Brexit on this side of the Atlantic and Donald on the other. Most farmers voted to leave Europe, even though Single Farm Payments which make up around 50% of most farm incomes, are not guaranteed after 2020. When farm payments in New Zealand were stopped several decades ago, many farms simply folded, and some moved into wine production. While some farms can adapt to changing economic conditions and survive, others won`t, and it seems likely that the UK government will link payments to wider environmental issues such as stewarding, or even rewilding. Whatever happens, there is a lot of uncertainty amongst farmers as no-one knows what the future will be. Lama farming and glamping - no thanks!

In the meantime, I opened the paper today to see an advert from one of the newer supermarkets offering fillet steak and chips for two for £8.70, in a price war with another supermarket. I am pleased to say that we beat them on price! Quite an achievement! Shopping locally works!

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