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In your field: Rachel Coates - 'A young lad was recently arrested directly outside our kitchen window'

As I write, the misty weather seems to be echoing life. The path ahead is not clear and it is difficult to see anything on the horizon.

As lockdown number two rolls on, events across the pond (the US election), not to mention the goings on at 10 Downing Street, have put trade deals up in the air again.

 

Who knows in what direction we are headed and what we will be doing into 2021?

 

Generally, like fellow In Your Field writer Charles Bruce, I am a glass half full person, but I am prone to odd bouts of seasonal affective disorder, appropriately shortened to SAD.

 

A GP suggested vitamin D supplements to me a few years ago and now I take them from when the clocks go back until spring.

 

I may need super strength tablets this year.

 

Lockdown has brought back many of those customers we had lost when their lives picked back up again and the milk hut is busier, while our hamlet is pulling together better than ever.

 

I have taken an interest in the free school meals debacle.

 

Through my years working in education, I understand the need for children to be adequately nourished, a lack of which impacts on learning and behaviour.

 

Every livestock farmers knows the importance of correct nutrition.


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Along with this comes the whole food poverty debate and its complexities. I really do not think that in the quest for affordable food, farmers should be expected to pick up the tab.

 

Taking into consideration all of the technological and scientific advances that have already happened, British food is extremely cost-effective without compromising on quality.

 

In any case, food is only part of the food poverty issue. It would not matter how cheap food was as some families cannot afford to pay for the energy in the first place, or know how to cook it.

 

Evidence from food banks shows that food which does not need cooking is in high demand. Addressing this
requires a societal change.

 

On the topic of rural crime, we recently witnessed the arrest of a young person directly outside our kitchen window, late one evening.

 

Police had pursued him and another youth, who got away, some distance. It looked like the lad who had lost his trainers in the mud gave himself up and we think they had been attempting to steal a quad bike from a farm several miles away.

 

News of other shocking farm burglaries appears almost daily in my news feed, keeping this topic ever present in my thoughts.

 

We have also had our four yearly TB test. At the time of our last test we wondered if four yearly test areas would still be around and, again, we are pondering the same thought.

 

Being in a four year area does not make the process any less nerve racking, but we were extremely thankful to be clear.

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