Originally Posted by wrangler
It was done here locally in the last twelve mths, Guards, lorries and Department arrived early one morning....more than likely there was a court order involved..
There's another farm here where the department is involved and really he should be gone years ago...really not fair on the animals.
Dept. really gives people every chance
I have read this message several times and I have thought that it might even echo my own experience!
But in saying that, it also echoes other people's involvement! I hear all these things from the department, I hear whispers and all that carry on. When I am working I see neighbors looking over walls and ditches, I spot cars slowing down, if I go to the Mart I see the farmer next door sitting there when my animals enter the ring.
I know that people have their own things going on and are busy. But of all the people I see, I have only ever been visited by one person to ask me what the hell I was thinking? Carrying on the way I have been.
We talked for a while, I was obviously in a hurry to get things done so we left it there! I looked at an animal that night and for some reason I managed to convince myself that animal would not make it through the night! It completely broke my spirit!
In the small hours of that night I decided to do something very foolish by other people's standards, but I had enough of it all and it just seemed like the right thing to do.
Obviously I am here tonight to talk about it. A few days went past and that man gives me a call asking how I am doing and just says to me that I frightened him that night. He tells me how he has never seen someone look so tired and struggle so hard to put together a sentence and then leave, not to go to bed but to go do work.
My point is that while people say that someone should not be farming, they say that such a person is a bad farmer, that the department give you every chance. How many people actually say that to the farmer in person? Not say it to put them down but to help them realise that they are in a rut and people can see it!
It is very easy to judge a person for doing a bad job, it's easy to talk about that person and think they are silly or lazy or incompetent. But the strength in that person could be fantastic, they might not know how to quite. Willing to perish on this rock before submitting?
Soldiers did this and do it today.
Athletes do this.
Business people do this.
Parents do this.
They keep going despite the odds, it's an everyday accurace and we constantly hear about the success stories! But maybe these people who should have been gone years ago are the people who just couldn't get it over the line?
Or maybe they are like me? Just another bad farmer!