FW Opinion: Jubilee is a lesson in longevity for farming

What does the royal household imply to you? To some, little or no; to others they’re the cornerstone of Britishness.

If being British isn’t a massive a part of your id, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations have in all probability left you unmoved.

But for many the royal household stays a sturdy unifying thread in the cardigan of nationwide id, even because the age of deference fades ever additional into the rear-view mirror.

About the creator

Andrew Meredith

Farmers Weekly editor

Andrew has been Farmers Weekly editor since January 2021 after doing stints on the enterprise and arable desk. Before becoming a member of the workforce, he labored on his household’s upland beef and sheep farm in mid Wales and studied agriculture at Aberystwyth University. In his free time he can usually be discovered persevering with his analysis into which store sells London’s best Scotch egg.


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In this particular Jubilee version of Farmers Weekly, we salute the lengthy relationship between Her Majesty and her (farm)land of hope and glory.

Whatever your wider ideas on the position of the monarchy in the twenty first century, it appears tough to argue that a procession of elected politicians may have been simpler than the Queen at advertising the idea of Britishness abroad.

This has undoubtedly contributed to serving to demand for our foods and drinks, and linking it in the favored consciousness with an impression of high quality, good service – even luxurious.

And whereas there are a lot of components of their life we’ll by no means perceive, the royals are extra relatable to farmers than you suppose.

We too should stroll a tightrope between upholding useful traditions whereas retaining tempo with the trendy world.

Like Harry, there are greater than a few readers who moved far-off from dwelling after feeling that there was no different technique to be themselves in the household enterprise.

Others have stayed put, however waited an awfully very long time to tackle the highest job.

Prince Charles will little doubt play a outstanding position in this weekend’s celebrations, simply as he has taken on extra of his mom’s different duties in latest years.

It is well-known that his ideas are by no means removed from farming and the surroundings, and it is lower than two months since he formally opened the brand new Darlington Farmers Auction Market.

Had the prince and his royal safety officers been again on the mart for the National Beef Association’s Beef expo final weekend, there might have been a extra muscular response to the placard-waving protestors who clambered all around the constructing.

Instead, representatives from the so-called Animal Justice Project weren’t arrested till they got here down from their perch because the occasion was drawing to a shut at 5pm.

One assumes they endured, relatively than loved, the smoky scents of the barbecue that tantalisingly wafted in their course for some hours.

I can solely salute the overwhelming majority of farmers and households attending who remained totally unfazed by this noisy, obnoxious group dressed in balaclavas, fight trousers and different paramilitary paraphernalia usually confined to a bin at a Trump rally.

Their proper to protest and freedom of speech throughout the legislation ought to undoubtedly be protected, however this petulant show solely served to spotlight the frivolous nature of their contribution to the controversy on farming’s future.

Like the royals, farming ought to make its peace that it’ll by no means be capable to please everybody, whereas not making an attempt to battle on too many fronts directly.

To survive in the long run we’ll want to repeatedly win new allies, make investments in the long run and never take our existence for granted. Occasionally, there might even must be sharp changes.

Nine out of the ten individuals who have held the put up of editor of Farmers Weekly have finished so through the reign of Her Majesty. I’m certain many extra could have the chance to salute the royal household’s connections to agriculture for a very long time to return.

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