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From the editor: Your health is your wealth, whether mental or physical

Many of us take our physical and mental health for granted and just get on with the job in hand.

This time of year, in particular, is one when the forward momentum of UK agriculture is clear for all to see, as foragers and silage trailers rumble through fields and into clamps 24 hours-a-day.

 

This spring has been a pleasure for all sectors of the industry and has enabled large cuts of grass to be taken, and cereal fieldwork to be done virtually unhindered. As our In Your Field writer Christine Ryder says in her column this week, she has never known silage cut as early on her farm.

 

It is also a time of year when the desire to get on and get the job done tests the endurance of farmers and contractors across the country. It might be midnight and a full day’s work already done, but there can always be that temptation to crack on and get a final field of grass in before the weather turns.

 

But it is also a time when the threat of health and safety incidents can ramp up as tired operators allow mistakes to creep in as they work towards completion. Ensuring we make sensible decisions for ourselves, and those around us, is the most important course of action.


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And as our front page story also highlights, behind the driven and hardworking facade there can be deeper problems which go unnoticed, often in relation to mental health.

 

The fact the Government feels it is right to push people towards rural charities due its own inability to process subsidy claims is a disgrace in the first place, so the fact a lot of these charities are under strain, while totally unacceptable, is no surprise.

 

The next few months are always vibrant ones for UK agriculture as silaging makes way for harvest, but let us make it a safe one for all involved.

 

And if you are suffering from physical or mental ailments, make sure you seek professional medical help because, after all, your health is the most important thing of all.

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