From the farm > From the Farmer – James (Pt. 2)

From the Farmer – James (Pt. 2)

Picking up right where we left off in part one. This time, farmer James tells us about his time away from the farm.

What’s your daily farming routine?
Up at 4:30, stick the kettle on straight away and make a brew. Then I head down to check on the calves before milking the herd. After that, I tend to the farm, doing any repairs or odds and ends I need to take care of – including vet visits on some days. There’s never nothing to do, really – there’s a lot to squeeze in before I do the second milking of the day at 3-4 o’clock. It changes so much day to day, there isn’t really a set routine, come to think of it!
What do you do in your spare time?
Well, as a proud United season ticket holder – I’m at Old Trafford as much as I can be!
What do you do in the local community, and why?
I’m an active member of the local farmers club. We get together once a week, sometimes there’s a guest speaker, but usually we’re sharing stories, debating the latest issues in the farming world – all with a healthy dose of beer and pizza, of course. As for why I joined them, it’s just such a great way to meet other people doing exactly what you’re doing day to day – we’ve got our noses to the grindstone most of the day, so we don’t really get the opportunity to see each other and compare notes anywhere else.
How many cows do you have in total?
250 at the last count!
How long have you lived in Lancashire for?
Since 1925. Well OK, my family has been here since then – we originally started farming in Kendal, but then moved down to Garstang.
On a similar theme… If you could move anywhere, where would it be?
If only because the weather is a fair bit more reliable – Barbados!
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