Sunday, 26 January 2014
More Smallholding Metal Work Projects.
You have got to make your own smallholding stuff when Jersey Cross bullocks are only making one Euro and seventy a Kilo. Or about one pound and forty three pence for two pounds of beef. You try purchasing two pounds (in weight) of meat for one pounds and forty three pence. I heard of Jersey Cross bull calves for sale the other day for 35 Euros. All because they are born male and it costs a fortune to fatten them.
I have always said that the farmer should be assured of getting a minimum price for his cattle at the mart. But it's a buyers market. There's an old saying here in Ireland:
"The day you buy. Is the day you sell."
Meaning: You get what you pay for. It makes you realise. That you have to raise continental breeds if you want to maker any money from your farm. Trouble is a lot of continental cattle are too expensive to buy.
Any road. Enough talk about money. It's great to have a clever son who is not in any way academic. But light years a head in practicality. Think it's about time we went back to the Arts and Crafts movements that teach rural dwellers real crafts and practical skills. Don't you? Instead of them having to move to the towns and cities or even emigrate. Smallholding families are a dying breed.