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hughesy

Smallholder Syndrome

On my weekly travels I drive past a place that has everything! On about half an acre there are goats, lambs, alpacas, chickens, ducks, geese and a couple of kune kune pigs. It's like a zoo! It strikes me from reading a few mags and browsing the interweb that a lot of "smallholders" are like this. They've got to do everything. To me a smallholding is a farm and as such a business, but I understand that a lot of people see it as a hobby or a lifestyle and aren't trying to make a living from it. It makes me smile when I read about a couple from the city who've sold up, moved to a cottage with a couple of acres, and within a few months have got a veritable Noah's ark of livestock, not stopping until they have an example of everything they've seen in the various smallholder magazines they've read in the last 12 months. Does smallholder syndrome exist? I think so.
olde9856

Yep I think that's very true, but in time a happy medium is generally found. Over the years we have had most things, but seem to have now settled to sheep, hens and ducks with the odd couple of weaners for good measure. Oh then there is the Turkeys, geese, goats!
bodger

Did you see the farm in the New Forest on Country File on Sunday? It made me wonder where the retired couple got the time, the energy and the grants from. They seemed to have everything.
confused

bodger wrote:
Did you see the farm in the New Forest on Country File on Sunday? It made me wonder where the retired couple got the time, the energy and the grants from. They seemed to have everything.

Ditto, I seem to struggle to look after 3 allotments and 16 hens , around 10 bunny's , and a few budgies !!! .
P.S. and I'm retired !!!!
Rick & Carol

poultry, pigs, veg and fruit - that's enough isn't it
bodger

Here's something we might all aspire too. If only we were all a little fitter and perhaps a little better funded. They are certainly well organised and their presentation comes across very well too.

http://cobleywoodfarm.co.uk/
horace

I saw it on Countryfile it looks quite impressive
12Bore

horace wrote:
I saw it on Countryfile it looks quite impressive

Nah, no cider!
Rena

12Bore wrote:
horace wrote:
I saw it on Countryfile it looks quite impressive

Nah, no cider!


sod

Lot of that here even morgagee sales   marrage break ups and :(  things. Some times dreams are better just left at that for some people. Here they are known as 'house and kids pony people' which then becomes trail bike pains  

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