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In Your Field: Marie Prebble - 'Not even a pandemic can affect day-to-day life when livestock is involved'

None of us could anticipate just how altered the world has become in a matter of weeks. We are all affected by Covid-19, in so many ways, and it has never felt more important to reach out and communicate, both in our rural communities and more widely.

There are positive connections being formed which will hopefully outlast the virus and the turmoil it brings to people’s lives and livelihoods.

 

Like most farmers, my day-to-day life at the moment revolves around my stock and not even a global pandemic alters that.

 

Lambing began steadily with a comfortable couple of weeks peaking over Easter weekend, with what seemed like two weeks’ work in two days.

 

Usually, this would be very well-timed for friends and family visiting to see so many lambs born, but in this case I had to appreciate it for myself and just keep going.

 

I made the right decision paying for someone local to do some night shifts, so I have had more energy to keep my head in the right place with the prospect of a very busy shearing season starting soon.


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I am still hoping that my sheep shearing world record attempt can go ahead later in the year but, of course, none of us knows exactly what the following weeks and months will bring.

 

The event, planned for August, will only continue in a form and at a time which ensures the safety and well-being of my team and supporters.

 

With the whole summer show season now mostly cancelled, many farmers will miss the opportunity to get away from the farm for a day or two for a rare social.

 

I am grateful shearing will of course continue, so I have that to look forward to, albeit a slightly longer, more logistically challenging season.

 

Shearing should not be quite business as usual. Farmers will have to be prepared to do things differently if required, such as altering the timings of fly spraying and ensuring the job of shearing can be done as efficiently as possible, without trying to juggle any other tasks on the same day.

 

Communication and collaboration will be vital.

Marie is on the lookout for corporate sponsors to help back her ambitious record attempt, which will see her take on the women’s solo eight-hour strongwool ewe shearing world record at Trefranck Farm, St Clether, Cornwall.

 

If you or your company is interested, please email marie@kentshepherd.co.uk

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