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In your field: Kate Beavan - 'I am thinking a drone could be handy to check stock with'

Sometimes a small idea can turn into something special. 

That is what happened when Sheena Horner came up with the crazy idea of farming folk taking part in a run during January to raise funds (currently at £45,000) and vital awareness for rural mental health charities.

 

In hindsight, I should have maybe followed the advice of my fellow teammates and trained before sprinting off, covering five miles in Forrest Gump style on January 1.

 

I was hobbling on January 2 and decided that running in muddy fields for the rest of the month was much softer and less painful than running on roads.

 

The Six Nations rugby has just started so I will not bang on about #TeamWales taking the running trophy, but 400 Welsh runners covering nearly 25,000 miles in January and all runners covering a total of 64,785 miles to support #Run1000 was pretty inspiring and I was proud to be part of it.

 

Well done Sheena and well done to everyone who took part.

 

It also raised lots of laughs during a month which has a reputation for inducing low mood. Who knew farmers were so sporty?


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Lambing has started, slow but steady, so we are keeping a close eye on the current weather forecast.

 

We had a film crew here last week, but it was very different from the days of Lambing Live as everyone had to keep two metres apart and we had to put the microphones on ourselves.

 

I look forward to the day we can get back to inviting people inside for cake and a brew. These are strange times, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

After seeing the drone footage of Jim feeding the sheep, I am thinking we could do with one here to check the stock.

 

If we want a positive perception of farming it is important to keep banging the drum through the media channels. The show will be aired in March.

 

The new job has been a sharp learning curve and, due to the current situation, meetings have been online.

 

This, alongside online teaching, has given me headaches, literally, as I am very much an outdoors lass and much happier out on the farm.

I had the opportunity to get stuck in tree planting last Friday and enjoyed a day on the hill with the team, at a distance, planting more than 700 trees, including expanding a dormouse habitat by an old hazel coppice.

 

I do get on my soap box (I am not very tall) when I hear people saying that farmers need to work with nature. We already do and always have.

 

We are not perfect, but definitely the solution not the problem when it comes to climate change.

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