I’ve finally managed to get my sticky mitts on this month’s copy of ‘Smallholder‘ magazine – & I’m in print! I wrote the article in May; but owing to some bizarre transmission difficulties, it has only just been published. Shame, though – I supplemented it with some lovely photos, of which only one has been used. Ah well, at least I can now hold up my head as a published author!
Meanwhile, we’ve been anxiously scanning the Defra website for FMD biosecurity advice, & have found it woefully lacking. It has also come to light that the carcases of the animals which were culled as a result of the initial outbreak, have been transported all the way to Somerset for rendering (rather than to the local rendering plant) in tarpaulined grain lorries – which are hardly biosecure! Excuse my cynicism, but what a great way to potentially increase the spread of this vile disease.
It just all seems to be bad news, at present: Janet called to tell me that the farm across the valley was burgled yesterday. This is a shock for us all in the neighbourhood as allegedly the only place in the UK with a lower crime rate, is the Outer Hebrides! That said, the house in question has been empty for around six years now, the old lady who lived there in a home; & the place was known for its antiques (but alas no longer, it would appear). Perhaps it’s time to get a dog….?
So I’ve had an article published – but the jubilation has fizzled like a damp squib, with the farming community appearing damned on all sides: threats of FMD…Avian Flu….Bluetongue; blight in the fruit & veg crops; a plague of slugs; catastrophic flooding; poor product prices; seemingly endlessly bad weather…..when will things start looking up?