Our appearance on TV was, I think a bit of an accident.
I just started to tell them about the way I feel about farming - and interestingly, the response from other farmers, consumers and people passing by was wholly positive.The journalist responsible called the National Cattle Association because they were looking for farmers producing for a "niche" market. It is rather a funny attitude of the organisations still to put people keeping other than the mainstream breeds into the "niche market corner". Farmers keeping the intensive breeds are going out of business and the people with the "exotic beasts" are expanding. Should give them some food for thought....
Well, the beef people were all rather busy preparing for the big Berlin food show (Grüne Woche) so the journalists ended up with me.
They phoned on a Friday and came over on the Tuesday, rain was pouring down and off we went.
George is a bit of an actor, seeing a camera makes him show off like Schwarzenegger. One ton of a very friendly Longhorn bull, being scratched in the middle of a field by myself (59 kilos) and behaving like a kitten was clearly a thing they needed to film over and over again.
Then they were asking for statements on the future of agriculture and I just started to talk about how disgusting the attitude of consumers is only looking for cheap food without taking into account the hard work of farmers and their animals. I asked them to imagine what hard work a cow has to do to produce one litre of milk and that the culture of bargaining feels like a personal offence to me.
Looks as if it went down very well, and as there was so much positive response the TV crew is now thinking about coming back during the summer to do a 30 minute broadcast.
Should give me plenty of time to put over some more messages.
Without thinking, I just started to tell them about the way I feel about farming - and interestingly the response from other farmers, consumers and people passing by was positive.
"Oh, we saw you on TV the other day; it is so nice to see these happy cattle...."
No one complained about us keeping the cattle out during the winter - so even from this point I think it was a success.
If the TV people say the cattle are happy then it is written in stone...
Back to work, damned record keeping ....