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James Powell: ‘Surely farming is already the richest community in this new world’

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Well, what a month. Grass growth has accelerated, with many harvesting swards coming to head, so it is out with the grease guns and hourly weather checks as we make use of the metal which has sat gathering dust and bird nests since last August, taking up valuable space in the sheds.

 

Grazing fields have also needed mechanical intervention through topping to reset residuals to an adequate grazing height as the swards are ahead of every mob of sheep. We are holding on to lambs as they are gaining weight alongside the strengthening price while the pound finds its level in this economic uncertainty.

 

It seems we awoke on June 24 to a whole new era. Nothing was the same and it was a terrifying but exhilarating day of news; it will be remembered forever with resignations, statements of the unknown and financial markets crashing.

 

The only one to sleep that day was Boris Johnson and, when he resurfaced days later, he did not acknowledge it and headed back to the circus, along with Nigel Farage a week or so later, wanting his life back, but happy to keep his European wage.

 

The referendum verdict was a democratic choice and cannot be disputed, but there is an aura of feeling cheated and deserted at the lack of leadership in both camps, along with shame at the subsequent division this referendum has provoked in the home nations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. This is not to mention the racial troubles which could sadly once again see trouble on our urban streets.

 

With trade agreements yet to be negotiated and further political and economical uncertainty, we are sure to have tough economic times ahead. But the banks, positively, seem to be aware it is the UK households and businesses which will need protection if we are to forge a new UK for the modern world.

 

We all hope there will not be too many financial casualties in the agricultural sector, especially family farms. But, put into perspective, when we see our children playing freely in the outdoors in an unlocked, safe environment, then surely farming is already the richest community in this new world.

 

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