I cant say I have the greatest love for farmers, true there are a few genuine ones out there who really do care for the countryside and do there bit for conservation but the majority I have come across over the years are money grabbing greedy sods who plough every last inch, pull out as much hedge line and rough field corner as they can. If a fence has been knocked down by stock into a wood, so what its a bit of extra grazing until its fixed by someone else.
I know many rely on them for there sport, fortunatly on the whole I dont and its the tennant farmers I generally have to deal with and the one today stopped me in my tracks and made me so mad I had to take a quiet walk to calm down.
Pulling into the farm yard in the truck a head pops out from behind a door "afternoon keeper" hollers the tennant, afternoon back I reply.
"your cover crop up over yonder" yes what about it
"sheep have been in it and knocked a few feeders down" cue heart sinking into stomach
Im not bothered about a few feeders, what about the crop
"well it will hold a few birds" cue blood starting to boil
"Well they have had a good belly full" Just how much ******* damage have they done
"Id better not loose any sheep with what they have eaten" time to walk away
So off I drive to have a look with a sick feeling in my throat.....2 acres of fantastic game crop gone on what is one of the best drives I have.
It had to be resown in july, and I had to spray it off with a knapsack twice so as not to upset the tennant incase in knocked over a few stalks of wheat getting to it.
The cost of a man with tractor twice to sow it and to spead muck, the cost of seed, my time and effort going into it and the loss of 2 acres of winter feed for the farmland birds not to mention ive lost a major drive in the centre of the north beat of the shoot and I didnt even get a sorry from the git.