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In Your Field: James Powell - 'Social distancing is easy while lambing in the hills of Radnorshire'

The roads are so quiet and the air is only broken by birdsong and young lambs and their mothers calling to each other.

The sky by day is the bluest I have seen and unspoilt by air traffic. The stars are piercing as they illuminate the night sky and appear closer than ever.

 

It is hard to imagine these are the effects felt in our part of the country, which are directly caused by the coronavirus pandemic causing absolute mayhem throughout the wider world.

 

Social distancing, I must say, is somewhat easier to adhere to while lambing outdoors in the hills of Radnorshire. The weather has been good to us and the grass is just getting going.

 

I am in no way undermining the severity of the situation worldwide, but I am holding on to the positives in what is the darkness before the new dawn.


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And fear not, there will be that new dawn, powered by the stories of the good side of humanity shining through, with tens of thousands of retired nurses returning to the frontline and hundreds of thousands of volunteers offering support to our NHS and social care.

 

Youngsters in urban communities are now asking after their neighbours and parents are now given that priceless time with their children back.

 

That is leading them to wonder why they spend hours commuting to work each day when a ‘Zoom’ call or virtual meeting sufficed.

 

In farming circles though, news of produce not having a market and fresh milk being poured away while markets realign are signs it may hurt our industry in the short-term.

 

Although our produce is still on shelves when our people need it most and while the NFU has just launched a fantastic new initiative, #LockdownLearning, to get families interacting with farming, this is our time to connect.

 

We can all stand up and show that ‘if you want something done, ask a busy farmer’.

 

As I write, our Prime Minister is in intensive care. I hope he fully recovers and can lead us as a more unified country into the new normal, the world we can now build.

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