Today at work

R J

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Location
Herefordshire
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Some of my dts drilled osr
 

Christoph1945

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Location
Cheshire
Even I remember doing it and I’m over half your age! Wasn’t long ago I loaded a few of the last ransomes we had onto the scrappy

Long time ago now and still in my early twenties. A local farmer harvested in a group of us from my regular local. It all sounded quite easy to us jack the lads; hard cash for just picking a few spuds and no tax to pay.

Farmer picked us all up first thing next morning and when we arrived in his fields there was already a small team of women that were already working for him. Never worked so hard in my life; as fast as we picked he was lifting the next drill with his magic machine, that lifted, separated spuds from the earth and dropped them back onto the ground.

As we reached the end of the day, aching in places we didn't realise we had, the farmer approached me n my mate and said that the other guys were not worth their salt but if we would both turn up tomorrow and work with the women he would up the cash reward. Well, in for a penny, in for a pound!

So, turn up we did and joined the ladies. We soon leaned to spread our legs and stoop from the hips, in stead of the small of our backs, but I'm bluddy sure that the farmer drove that tractor a lot faster.

Boy, did we sleep good those nights!
 

Wombat

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Location
East yorks
Had a couple of old cows in with some stores and to be honest wasn’t sure if either was in calf when I took them out the other cows and bull. So put them in here as it was closer so was a nice surprise when one of the old girls calved yesterday. Went to look where it was as mum was off eating and couldn’t see it and this made me chuckle

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Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Long time ago now and still in my early twenties. A local farmer harvested in a group of us from my regular local. It all sounded quite easy to us jack the lads; hard cash for just picking a few spuds and no tax to pay.

Farmer picked us all up first thing next morning and when we arrived in his fields there was already a small team of women that were already working for him. Never worked so hard in my life; as fast as we picked he was lifting the next drill with his magic machine, that lifted, separated spuds from the earth and dropped them back onto the ground.

As we reached the end of the day, aching in places we didn't realise we had, the farmer approached me n my mate and said that the other guys were not worth their salt but if we would both turn up tomorrow and work with the women he would up the cash reward. Well, in for a penny, in for a pound!

So, turn up we did and joined the ladies. We soon leaned to spread our legs and stoop from the hips, in stead of the small of our backs, but I'm bluddy sure that the farmer drove that tractor a lot faster.

Boy, did we sleep good those nights!
I did a lot of it as a youngster, dad had a woman heavily pregnant picking, next morning she couldn’t pick as she’d given birth, by lunch she was back picking 😬 @JLLM may remember the family - they still visit us every so often
 

Muddyroads

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Location
Devon
Part of my sandwich year was spent on a Shropshire farm where spuds were one of the crops. We had a Grimme harvester with the large wheel on the back, staffed by some pretty “earthy” women from the edge of Telford.
They took great delight in telling me on my first day that my predecessor spent his last day there stripped naked and tied to the wheel!
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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