You tube portraying too glossy side of farming to youngsters?

My eldest spends a lot of time staring at the screen - I mean a lot. Nice farming vids all nice kit - JD heaven. So far he thinks that all farmers wear Ralph Lauren Polos (we are obv scruffy) and everyone in employment is having fun. Little sly comments about what we do here.

Going to be a big learning curve for this chap - finishing school in May.
 

Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
Let him go work for the Ralph Lauren brigade. Might learn something.
My son is working for Claas. He’s having lots of fun with machines we’d never be able to buy or need. We are enjoying hearing about it too. When I was a kid I used to collect leaflets for machinery my dad was never going to be able to afford. However it made me ambitious I wanted smart new machinery and now I can buy the stuff I want and need and I even have a Ralph Lauren shirt but it’s very oily.
 

kiwi pom

Member
Location
canterbury NZ
If he wants to drive tractors he should find some decent places to work fairly easily. You don't have to spend all your time mucking loose boxes out with a hand fork and chucking little bales about these days.
Once he's a couple of years under his belt, he just needs a passport and he can work his way around the world (y)
YouTube is great because it can show you the ins and outs of all kinds of different jobs, not just farming. Gives youngsters a wider view of the world.
 

Treg

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Location
Cornwall
My eldest spends a lot of time staring at the screen - I mean a lot. Nice farming vids all nice kit - JD heaven. So far he thinks that all farmers wear Ralph Lauren Polos (we are obv scruffy) and everyone in employment is having fun. Little sly comments about what we do here.

Going to be a big learning curve for this chap - finishing school in May.
Brilliant encourage him, I thought my daughter was work shy but the prospect of leaving school early this year seemed to wake her up, loves shiny things wants a Pink Fiat 500 , finished school 28th May & started a summer job 3rd of June, loves it never seen her so happy, she's gone from not talking to anyone until after midday to bouncing to work in the mornings chatting as she's going .
She's now started a course in Health & Social care & the Hotel where she works have asked her to stay on.
I'm really impressed with her attitude, couldn't image it 12 months ago.
If he wants labels & shiny stuff encourage him to work for it.
 

Lowland1

Member
Mixed Farmer
I get a phone call every evening from my son telling me what he’s done and where he’s been and what he’s going to be doing tomorrow. This evening I had three quarters of an hour on the advantages of rotary combines v straw walkers. This from someone who had no intentions of ever working for anyone other than us because he wasn’t going to be told what to do.
 
I think the various youtube channels do more for encouraging young people into the industry than any other factor or organisation I can think of. Do you reckon countryfile interests them?
I remember watching Contryfile years ago, with my children ,and at that stage they were not very politically correct, anyway, they both thought Adam Henson was retarded!
 
I disagree it inspires and encourages - only in the consumer way. What I see from my eldest and his mates they believe its al about shiny kit and wealth. I put This Farming Life on other night he wasnt interested not enough glamorous kit. Had no interest in the farming just commenting on the kit and what they didnt have. Wasnt interested in the real life aspect of farming just the consumerist side.
 

CHAP Webinar - Innovative tools to overcome the challenges of Regen Ag

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Applying principles of regen ag can incur a range of on-farm challenges. Learn how innovative tools & machinery can help with these hurdles.

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