One of em is a member here, and well respected within their sector s'far as I'm aware.
They probably still do in Berwickshire, all that money to count they must get fair seek ha haBefore hankering after a bygone age in farming, ask Grandmother, Great Grandmother, or better still ask Great Great Grandmother or the women Bondagers in Berwickshire, what they thought of it.
Up to about 70 years ago, women in farming had an exceptionally difficult life.
As a Shepherd I always have a spring in my step about Christmas.It's funny in some ways. Sad in others.
"Diversification" wasn't really needed in our grandparent's time because they had never really seen a need to become specialists (or had a government tell them to do that).
Therefore they didn't need hundreds of acres of land in order to have a comfortable life, tasks were simple enough that the kids could, and did.
Really it's a great example of "success leaves clues" because if you avoid all the hazardous parts of modern agriculture (stuff with wheels, labels, being a specialist) then it probably never really went away from being something that anyone can be a part of.
One of our checks is, "can a ten year old do this job" and if not, we try our best to discard that job in future.
As @JP1 said, "peasant" or "shepherd" are actually the more important jobs out there, again our experience here is showing the great flaw in looking down on people who want to do these important roles.
Only look down on someone if you're helping them up!
Yes totally agree it will be smaller scale higher profit margin farms and large scale high turnover small margin farms, as you say the ones in the middle are the ones who will have some hard decisions to make,I’ve been saying for ages that in coming years, the industry is going to split between the large industrialists and the small scale/hobbyists.
The guys in the middle have the decisions to make, there’s a lot to be said for farming part time alongside a paying job and self subsidising. Some of the best and certainly most memorable guys I’ve come across make it look like they’re playing at farming when they’re actually running a very tidy little sideline. I aspire to such a status...