I have represented a rural constituency for over twenty years and I enjoy nothing more than showing people around my beautiful green and lush constituency and explaining to them that this does not happen naturally, and that farming in my area is largely responsible for our green and pleasant land.
This amazing surroundings though are just a by-product of what farmers do, and in my area we have rather a large number of dairy farmers.
I have spoken to many farmers over the years and learnt that their job is almost like no other. It is more than a labour of love, it is about being at one with nature and producing something that most of us consume every day of our lives. We are weaned on milk from birth and it is with us till the end.
What is clear though is that their industry is under attack. The losers will be the dairy men in the first instance, and then all of us. I, for one, am not going to sit idly by. They are being held to ransom by those buying their milk, and in many cases the amount of money being paid for the product is below the price of production. I wasn’t brilliant at maths at school, but I see it like this - farmers lose money for every pint they sell. It is totally unsustainable and it must be reversed now.