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In Your Field: James Powell - 'What an optimistic bunch farmers are'

It is about time the jet stream made up its mind, because within the last week the weather has either been unbearably hot or too wet to get on with much outdoor work.

The humidity has seen a surge in both domestic flies, making relaxing in the home unpleasant, and also blowflies which have been causing problems with sheep as some of the early treated lambs need monitoring often for blowfly strike.

 

This has led us to dip all the ewes earlier than usual so we can focus on getting the lambs away and, indeed, they are growing well and finishing at some very respectable weights.

 

Harvest

 

Several aftermaths have yet to be grazed since harvest, building up a nice wedge of grass, which I hope is squeezing the upcoming winter ever shorter. That and the extra fodder made should easily see us through.

 

The ram and breeding ewe sales have started. It sounds like a strong trade on breeding ewes in many parts of the country so far, with purchasing farmers remaining confident, stating that the barns are full of fodder and the grass under their feet is plentiful.

 

What an optimistic bunch farmers are, working alongside nature and the environment buying livestock according to nature’s stocks.


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The pessimist in me is reminded that nature’s way of autumn’s plentiful fruits, nuts and berries indicates a long, hard winter ahead.

 

I also wonder what Boris Johnson’s larder is like heading into this winter. Has he stocked up on fruits, nuts and berries to see him through his no-deal hard Brexit? Has he plenty of the world’s finest Welsh lamb to indulge and nourish his cold dark nights?

 

It sounds like we sheep farmers may need all the support we can get should a no-deal outcome be reached by the time we leave the EU on October 31.

 

Beef prices are heading towards crisis point and lamb prices are also not good.

 

However, Wales is now officially the best rugby team in the world so everything seems a lot more positive.

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