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An interesting article from the Weekly Times: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2012/05/30/488991_national-news.html.

My uncle was a dairy farmer who also grew hay and timber for sale, and my brother-in-law was a dairy and sheep farmer; they called it a lifestyle, I use to call it a life sentence. Most city people have no idea what goes into farming; without farmers we couldn't exist, but it's not a life I could ever have handled.

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I loved my childhood on the farm.. To me it is a lifestyle.. I have full intensional on moving back there to with my new family. Once you've had the space to play, nothing can compete with that.

It is a life style for sure.. For 10/12 months your flogging yourself pulling the days (biggest I've done is 72hrs straight) but loved it.. Those other 2 months your keeping gillard happy with f-ing paperwork....

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Beef cattle, cropping (3 cut and bale each year, well, most) and own use fruit and veg at my place. Got rid of the sheep 15 years ago (yay).

No mention of the time spent on weed control; that is constant and never ending. Fencing doesn't last forever and determined large animals do damage. Netting fences are the worst damaged by kangaroos (there are LOTS of them).

I'm a fifth generation farmer so the workload isn't surprising. It's silly working in the rain so there's been plenty of down time recently. I've also been a city boy with my grandparents the last to live on the farm so a merged lifestyle is possible.

Hell is being a dairy farmer.

Shearing and crutching suck the most.

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I worked on my uncle's farm for nearly a year and while I really liked it, it wasn't something that I would have considered doing forever. But it sure did give me an appreciation of what farmers have to do to make a living. Whilst modern technology has made some aspects easier, animals and plants are what they have been since farming was started, they move in their own cycles.

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Who are the hardest working farmers?

Who freaking cares?

They all work their arses off and have constant mental stress worrying about a Myriad of things.

The little I know about it from my cousin, these days it's more high tech than a lot of city jobs.

I think they should be better supported. If something is grown in this country and there can be adequate supply, then the same product should not be allowed to be imported from OS, especially on a price basis.

If the local farming were better supported, then prices would go down by economies of scale anyway.

Seems ludicrous to me to allow the importation of something we can produce ourselves and then bitch about trading debts and Overseas spending etc.

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A lot of farming land is rapidly disappearing due to urban sprawl, all around Melbourne's fringes. A lot of vegetable growing is under threat and the only option will be importing. There was a recent article about this, but the only one I can find (The Age) keeps crashing the browser.

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An interesting article from the Weekly Times: http://www.weeklytim...ional-news.html.

My uncle was a dairy farmer who also grew hay and timber for sale, and my brother-in-law was a dairy and sheep farmer; they called it a lifestyle, I use to call it a life sentence. Most city people have no idea what goes into farming; without farmers we couldn't exist, but it's not a life I could ever have handled.

Cheers

Ray

The "normal" person, has no real idea of what these people go through Ray! ;)

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Who are the hardest working farmers?

Who freaking cares?

They all work their arses off and have constant mental stress worrying about a Myriad of things.

The little I know about it from my cousin, these days it's more high tech than a lot of city jobs.

I think they should be better supported. If something is grown in this country and there can be adequate supply, then the same product should not be allowed to be imported from OS, especially on a price basis.

If the local farming were better supported, then prices would go down by economies of scale anyway.

Seems ludicrous to me to allow the importation of something we can produce ourselves and then bitch about trading debts and Overseas spending etc.

Couldn't agree more here! I have dealt with farmers on and off for many many years and the thing that works against them is...................surprise surprse, is, halfwit Governments with no idea of the real world! :angry:

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