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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 31 Jul 22 6.19am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Good Farmers / Bad Farmers ?

This week I've been working with a farmer who is struggling financially, so is doing temping work. Obviously some farmers are finding it tough, because the profession has had periods of high suicide rates.
When we were in the EU there were a multitude of generous subsidies. When I was living in East Sussex I noticed farmers with helicopters, light aircraft, high-end sports cars, with not a lot of activity on their land.

This article by the BBC about recent crop fires, just stoked my thought processes.
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"The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said fires were one of the biggest risks faced by farmers during heatwaves.

Andy Barr, who owns an 800-acre farm in Lenham, Kent, had a 50-acre field of barley destroyed by a fire last Saturday.

Although he is hoping to claim on insurance, Mr Barr said the crop was worth around £40,000." (BBC website)

Going to the press about these field fires is a good way of trying to swerve too much insurance investigation into claims. Personally, I've never seen families go for days out to a barley field. Arson on a field is also a bit far-fetched.

Some farmers are just greedy b'stads, although amongst a lot of chaff, there are a few good 'uns.

 


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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag The garden of England 31 Jul 22 6.47am Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Very painful but their is medication

 

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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 31 Jul 22 7.10am Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by cryrst

Very painful but their is medication

Lol. I call them "Chalfonts"

 


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the only silver lining is getting ones missus to apply the cream..

 


Kids,tired of being bothered by your pesky parents?
Then leave home, get a job & pay your own bills, while you still know everything.

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 31 Jul 22 8.58am Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by kingdowieonthewall

the only silver lining is getting ones missus to apply the cream..

This thread got derailed quickly but...I worked with a bloke who told this sorry tale. He was lying in bed moaning that his Nobby Stiles were playing up - he'd had a row with his missus earlier and she was quite unsympathetic, just snapped at him to stick some ointment on them. He got up in the dark and whacked a handful on not realising that earlier she'd replaced the good stuff with a tube of Deep Heat. She found him in the kitchen sitting in a washing up bowl of cold water with virtual steam rising. He reckoned in the event it actually helped clear them up but the cure was worse than the complaint.

 

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View johnny the eagle's Profile johnny the eagle Flag wivenhoe 31 Jul 22 9.02am Send a Private Message to johnny the eagle Add johnny the eagle as a friend

The old " Farmer Giles " a, like a bunch of grapes.

 


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red and blue till im dead.

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 31 Jul 22 11.16am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Living in these parts you get to respect farmers. Out in all weathers, day and night,trying to make a living in the face of supermarket price wars.

Sure, some strike it lucky, but the majority work their socks off for very little return.

I certainly don't argue with them in the narrow lanes while they are trying to move a sodding great tractor and combine harvester to another field. I've done my fair share of reversing to a suitable passing place recently.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 31 Jul 22 3.24pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

I used to work on farms in the summer as a kid. Used to get maybe 40-60 a day picking sweetcorn - which is hard work, strictly for the strongest. The farmer would always complain about our discard pile.
He had one of those typical farmer's accents and would pick up a half empty, brown cob, shake it around and say,'what's wrong with this one?' This would go on for about 15 minutes whilst we stood there perplexed with a full load, ready to go.
I used to do impressions behind his back with the other three trying not to laugh. We used to taunt the pea pickers from the tractor.He used to pay us begrudgingly. Typical skin flint. There's one in my family down in Devon but he sold off most of the land and is a multi millionaire. Tight b****** too. He drove a Proton, enough said.

 


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My wife's cousin is married to a farmer - he farms in Cornwall
(as a tenant farmer)and is Cornish born and bred. A lovely friendly fella.

We have just come back from a holiday staying on their farm. I have to say it is not a job I'd want to do. I know it sometimes seems that farmers are always moaning but it is a tough life and you can't just take a day off whenever you feel like it.

I think we have become so detached from the natural environment and where our food comes from that we take farming and food production for granted and have no idea of what it takes to get the produce to our shops/supermarkets.

It's not a great money spinner either. Richard has had to diversify to bring in more income. He lets stables to horse owners and also hosts pheasant shoots, which, in his words, attracts a clientele of "bankers and w***ers".

 

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Originally posted by kingdowieonthewall

the only silver lining is getting ones missus to apply the cream..

But she didn't have to use her tongue.

 


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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 01 Aug 22 4.46pm Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

This thread got derailed quickly but...I worked with a bloke who told this sorry tale. He was lying in bed moaning that his Nobby Stiles were playing up - he'd had a row with his missus earlier and she was quite unsympathetic, just snapped at him to stick some ointment on them. He got up in the dark and whacked a handful on not realising that earlier she'd replaced the good stuff with a tube of Deep Heat. She found him in the kitchen sitting in a washing up bowl of cold water with virtual steam rising. He reckoned in the event it actually helped clear them up but the cure was worse than the complaint.

I'm sure there were many similar occurrences in 'Nobby's Piles' in 'Viz' comic.

 


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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag The garden of England 01 Aug 22 5.23pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

This thread got derailed quickly but...I worked with a bloke who told this sorry tale. He was lying in bed moaning that his Nobby Stiles were playing up - he'd had a row with his missus earlier and she was quite unsympathetic, just snapped at him to stick some ointment on them. He got up in the dark and whacked a handful on not realising that earlier she'd replaced the good stuff with a tube of Deep Heat. She found him in the kitchen sitting in a washing up bowl of cold water with virtual steam rising. He reckoned in the event it actually helped clear them up but the cure was worse than the complaint.

It wasnít derailed, it was more of how the English language can be interpreted.
No wonder itís one of the hardest to learn apparently.


Ok it was derailed

Edited by cryrst (01 Aug 2022 5.24pm)

 

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