As a farmer I rely on a few people.
I rely on casual labour to help with the busy times
-veterinarians to provide advice and assist with animal welfare
-all the staff at the local farm merchandise stores to provide the materials required to run a farm
I rely on the shearing gangs that turn up and shear my 8000 sheep every year
I rely on bankers
-agronomists for advice on cropping and pasture renewal
-hay contractors to cut and bale the hay
– Earthmoving contractors to improve farm infrastructure
– fencing crews
I rely on the local motorbike dealerships for sales and service
-the local the tractor dealership to keep the tractors running
-the local engineering businesses
-the local vehicle service dealerships
-the mail lady for rural delivery
-and a lot of other small local businesses
I rely on the forestry planting and pruning crews to tend to the trees
– Helicopter pilots for weed and pest control
– Possum control contractors to help with the NZ TB free goal
-I rely on accountants
-all the staff at the abattoirs
I rely on consumers to buy our naturally raised beef and lamb and environmentally friendly wool
-the local community for when a beer and a catch up is needed to unwind
But most of all I rely on my wife and family for support through the emotionally challenging times
So to all the anti farming campaigners and environmental warriors, remember your actions have far reaching implications. More than just the farmer.
Every human on this planet has an environmental impact, so stop blaming just the farmers and let’s all work together to improve what we all do and reduce the impact.
To all the kiwi farmers, remember you are the world’s most efficient producers and that’s something to be proud of.
Just a shame Jacinda and David can’t see that.