Farmers across the UK are at the forefront of technology advancements: from autosteering tractors, GPS guided sprayers, robotic milks, robotic slurry scrapers, electronic ear tags, slave tractors… need I go on?
That’s not to say though that tradition and heritage have been left behind, in truth, the very opposite. The cyclical nature of agriculture means that once a year certain tasks arise and regardless that it’s two decades further on, the old dear will obediently once again fire up to see them completed – naturally with a squirt of ‘easy start’ or two… Sometimes you just don’t need mod-cons to get the job done, its remarkable what rust and dust will hold together, or grease move once more.
So don’t look at the old machines gracing our fields with derision or pity. Growing food isn’t a race it’s an art and sometimes the most beautiful art, is the oldest.