- Farming is traditional and low-tech!
The Irish island became world famous because of our deep affection for horse ploughs and glorious days and nights spent in the bog and hay-field. Home-made Apple Pie became the five-star selection of the day!
Back in the day, the belief is horse-power was placed in the form of a four-legged equine beauty and not that of a four-legged road-hugging machine. Nowadays, we are faced with fearing the Deere, clocking up to 620HP.
Many are still unaware that more often than not, you could be mowed off the country road due to the ‘pedal to the metal’ mantra of the green-fever suffering lads and lassies of the machinery world.
- We only take selfies!
Since the #felfie phenomenon took dominance around Ireland, non-farmers have started to think it is all we do while farming. Nonsense!
Spreading slurry, herding tasks and the general husbandry duties all seem to be captured on camera and spread around the world, through the power of a single click.
We take such pride in our big wheels and pets, that we cannot but help share the love!
- We boast a 9-5 work week.
With many being self-employed, running the show, several make the presumption that we can take a trip around the world at the click of our fingers.
Clocking in and out with farming does not take the form of 9-5.
What many don’t realise is that our four-legged bovine beauts are the boss.
Heading out for a night on the town of a five-star dinner celebration has to be cancelled when the ladies of the farm decide the time is quite right to welcome new life into the world.
- We’re only familiar with the silage fragrance.
If only you could bottle the smell of silage; a farmer’s dream!
Messing around with cattle dung and the likes might cause many to turn up their noses.
Several don’t realise that you could meet us in the city, shopping for some of the leading top-notch fragrances placed on the market.
The farming men like to embrace a little David Beckham scent, while the lassies like to indulge the power of Chanel.
- A cow is a cow; sure they all look the same! We can’t tell the difference.
How dare you say such a thing; what an offence!
Every cow has got a special birthday, dam, sire, tag number, name, feeding patterns, routine to follow and a circle of friends. Yes, they make friends!
They are not the same, despite the fact their comrades may be the same height, width and have the same coat colour.
- We don’t love our animals!
- We take days off as we please!
The system doesn’t work like this. We aren’t the boss of the farm. Attending to the needs of animals, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week is the work routine we follow!
- We never leave the farm!
Of course, we do!
We have to attend the veterinary office, livestock mart, factories, neighbouring farms, agricultural shows and seminars!
- The Brown cows we own produce chocolate milk!
This popular one has been doing the rounds for some time now. I guess it’s time to put it to bed.
Unfortunately, brown cows do not produce chocolate milk; the process just isn’t quite that simple.
- Agriculture is a man’s world!
The biggest myth of the era! Think again! Women are continuing to find ground in the world of Agriculture. Have you seen our calf-pulling abilities or affectionate way with animals? I thought not!