Monday, February 04, 2008
Farmers smiling in the rain.
This blog rarely ventures into the world of farming, despite this being my only source of income since last May when I lost my seat in the National Assembly. I use the word 'income' loosely because there wasn't any of it in 2007. If I'm free on a Monday morning, I usually spend an hour or so in the Welshpool Livestock Market, catching up on gossip and the trade. Today, it was 'chucking it down', but I could see smiling faces peering out from under the waxen hoodies. Fat lamb prices were up to a level that leaves a profit. And this on top of last week's store cattle sale where trade was smile-inducingly 'hot'. No good to me of course. Like most upland sheep farmers, all my fat lambs went before Xmas - but I did have the pleasure of seeing some of Montgomeryshire's farmers smiling in the rain.