Do you enjoy farming?

Pan mixer

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Near Colchester
My trouble is it’s such a massive amount of jobs to to , I ask myself I work all summer saying ahh but it’s quiet in the winter yet looking back in the diary I’ve worked pretty much every day in the winter and don’t really feel much further forward , I have been depressed in the past and now find myself feeling in a similar state as then tho I’ve. Not sought “help “ this time. Various pressures family , work , mortgage balance ,all manageable but very stressful I’m not poor but I feel I have a very difficult balancing act to perform every day. Feel better for writing this post and getting it out.
I am glad that you feel better for writing that.

One of the great things about the forum is to get things out in the open, at least in your own mind.

I used to stress about not getting enough done or progressing and all that but a little at a time was how Rome was built.
 

David.

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
My trouble is it’s such a massive amount of jobs to to , I ask myself I work all summer saying ahh but it’s quiet in the winter yet looking back in the diary I’ve worked pretty much every day in the winter and don’t really feel much further forward , I have been depressed in the past and now find myself feeling in a similar state as then tho I’ve. Not sought “help “ this time. Various pressures family , work , mortgage balance ,all manageable but very stressful I’m not poor but I feel I have a very difficult balancing act to perform every day. Feel better for writing this post and getting it out

I can relate to some of that, it is not a good thing to constantly know that if you don't do it, it won't get done. I don't want to, and cant afford to employ anyone, but hell, it would be easier for two men to farm 1000ac than to do 200ac of mixed on your own.
I have a good wife who helps where she can, but some days there are so many jobs waiting it is easier to zone out and achieve very little.
 
Thanks, sorry I’m not one to moan but today I was busy on the farm and bumped into a older friend who I am aware is not very well at all , we bumped into each other at the footpath me on the quad and him out for a stroll, we chatted for a minute or two but I had to round up the chat as “I was busy “ literally couldn’t spare time to chat to a dying man, made me think later - man this is not a good way to be , what am I doing
 

thorpe

Member
im at the stage of my life when i would like to enjoy watching my sons enjoy the job . they have had a fantastic day today , marred by a tyre going on the rolls coming out on the the road but they got the job done. im laid up it is good to see them work together.
 

coomoo

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Scotland
Simple enough question.
Do you enjoy farming?

Its maybe just the springtime madness and the last couple of days in particular but I can't remember the last time I actually enjoyed doing farming.

I just feel torn out with it all and the never ending shite that seems to head my way.

Fuel, fert, energy prices, some tosser coming to inspect me, cows being a pain, dealing with muppets all the time, etc, etc

I honestly cant think of when i got some satisfaction from anything farming related, even doing stuff I used to enjoy Im thinking about some hassle or another.

Others I ask seem to feel the same, a general "fed up-ness" with it all.

So is it just me then?
No, torn out sums up a lot more days than ‘way of life’
 

daveydiesel1

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Co antrim
Can totally sympathise with u. Last week i had a rt dairy inspection and tbh prior to it if some1 had offered me a big cheque for all the cows id of taken it as it was depressing me. Its not right or fair to be going round auditing some1 who is doing the job right and providing food for the country, it stresses me right out, if i had to deal way that all the time id happily go on the dole
 

Bruce Almighty

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Warwickshire
Can totally sympathise with u. Last week i had a rt dairy inspection and tbh prior to it if some1 had offered me a big cheque for all the cows id of taken it as it was depressing me. Its not right or fair to be going round auditing some1 who is doing the job right and providing food for the country, it stresses me right out, if i had to deal way that all the time id happily go on the dole
I reckon most stressful days are RT inspection and TB testing.
If only common sense prevailed we wouldn't have to fight so many mental health issues
 

thorpe

Member
im at the stage of my life when i would like to enjoy watching my sons enjoy the job . they have had a fantastic day today , marred by a tyre going on the rolls coming out on the the road but they got the job done. im laid up it is good to see them work together.
its been hard work with the 5yr old grand son biking round the yard then he got a puncture got it mended , next feeding , he knows the routine corn, fodder beet potatoes. wish i could have done the rolling , but it was 12 miles away , im knackred.
 

Kidds

Member
Horticulture
I have had a tough time this last 6 months and seriously thought of giving up, the farming wasn't tough it was looking after my dying Mum that was tough.
Don't want to sound harsh about it but now that is over it is like a weight being lifted and I can get on again. It has taken a few weeks but I think I am getting back into my stride again. Just this last week I was in my fields and said to myself this is what I want to do and actually felt happy again.
Mum was a famer and a grower, she loved growing anything but after I stopped growing sunflowers as cut flowers she took it on and sunflowers were always a big thing with us.
This year I am going to grow an acre of them, just to look at and in memory of Mum.
Yes I enjoy farming, it is just buggering about in my fields doing as I please. :)
 

thorpe

Member
its been hard work with the 5yr old grand son biking round the yard then he got a puncture got it mended , next feeding , he knows the routine corn, fodder beet potatoes. wish i could have done the rolling , but it was 12 miles away , im knackred.
the biking was as bad as my physio on tuesday!
 

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
the biking was as bad as my physio on tuesday
is theres shrader valves on the bike next time to save hassle try this its very easy to put in ,instructions are on the label.
good for anything like bikes wheelbarrows etc



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.put in a decent amount,bit more than they say generally, and be prepared to top up with air a time or to until it starts to work fully /settle down .
better still put it in both tyres even if they arent puntured now.
 

ARW

Member
Location
Yorkshire
As a hobby farmer I do to a certain extent, I spent today clearing the winter grazing fields and levelling moles hills ready for this years hat crop. First field I get an upset dog walker on the footpath as fodder beet was tipped in the field near the footpath so sheep were on the footpath (middle of field) and it was “extra muddy” then the crazy neighbour stops to tell me there’s a lame lamb, I’m spraying it’s foot as she shouts over the hedge.
I get to the next field and have 2 spectators for about 20 minutes while I load the trailer with muck, I get going levelling mole hills with an old gate behind the tractor and get stopped by my land lady asking when will the sheep come back? October I replied, she asked if I could bring some back asap then she can write on the village WhatsApp group to make sure they keep there dogs on a lead?! Then a man comes sprinting over asking where I have taken my sheep? He has bought two pet lambs and wants to run them with my sheep as they have run out of grass in the garden!
Ffs
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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