Owning a farm and working in agriculture was recently voted the third best occupation in a survey by the Cabinet Office, this way of life was only beaten by Vicars and Priests at number one and Chief Executives at number two.
As spring gradually begins to show signs of appearing it’s quite easy to see why this outdoor active way of life makes for a happy one as the sudden burst of colour from springtime flowers spreads across the countryside. During the day the sight of lambs gambolling around the fields enjoying the welcome sunshine brings a smile to most and reminds us that Easter is just around the corner. Whilst in the evenings and right on cue the BBC brings us ‘Lambing Live’ with the effervescent Kate Humble (and her wardrobe of hats) highlighting the simple pleasures associated with the breeding of animals.
Spring is also one of the busiest time of years for landowners, not only is it lambing and calving time but it’s also important to start preparing the land by rolling, fertilising and sowing crops. With one of the most awful winters behind us perhaps now is also time for the third happiest occupation to join the first and start praying for one of the best summers?