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In your field: Charles Bruce - 'I am growing increasingly annoyed at environmentalists attacking farming'

With lambing almost finished, we are down to just eight to lamb and it is time to reflect on how it all went.

The first two weeks passed fairly quickly with an average of 10 ewes per day giving birth.

 

With the lambs being reasonably active and easily settled they returned outside to the fields which are, unfortunately, a bit bare of grass, but we have continued to feed the silage and soy mix post lambing.

 

At the start of week three we had a committee meeting to discuss the weather forecast which was horrendous for three to four days. It was decided to rearrange the furniture in the steadings and try to house the ewes which were left to lamb.

 

It now looks a very good decision because the weather really was awful with 40-50mph winds accompanying driving hale and sleet and sporadic snow showers, with temperatures also dropping to as low as -5degC during the night and barely any day getting into plus figures for five days straight.

 

This meant our normal system of putting ewes and lambs out to pasture as soon as they are ready came to a halt for almost a week, causing a lot of work and stress and with extra feeding and watering also to be done.

 

Normal service resumed at the start of last week and little lasting damage seems to have been done to the lambs.


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The better weather at the end of last week saw the drill start again to get on with the spring sowing still to be done.

 

The barley is taking its time to come through, especially as it is a month since we finished drilling. Grass growth has been halted and some of our fields have turned a grey brown colour instead of green, with the wind and frost damage being fairly obvious in some parts.

 

Now, I am usually a fairly easy-going guy, but I am getting more and more annoyed at the farmer bashing brigade from the climate change and vegan lobbies who seem to ignore what to me is sensible logical practice.

 

They want to stop livestock farming in order to avoid creating more greenhouse gases, ignoring the fact that much of our stock is born and reared in areas where the most sensible option is to utilise grazing to produce a good quality protein for human consumption.

 

Low food miles is surely a priority for everyone. And yet a much less attractive map of food miles ties itself to much of the vegetables and vegan protein sources which are expected on the supermarket shelves every day.

 

Many vegans seem to lose sight of how far Peru or Chile are from Turriff, Glasgow or Knightsbridge for example.

 

So, as they munch into their next kiwi or avocado, just let them think about from where it came.

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