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Re: The blocade season has started

Richard

Not quite sure what your little YouTube clip was supposed to demonstrate unless it was how easy and relaxing potato cropping is.

What it leaves out is the cost of the equipment. I could not track down the price of a self propelled potato harvester but will make an educated guess of between £250.000 - 350.000. I did track down the price for a similar tractor to that towing the trailer £54.000 - for a second hand model. Then add the cost of a good sturdy trailer to carry 10 tonnes - £7.000 - 10.000. New kit all round and you are probably looking at the thick end of half a million euros.

Not that any farmer round here could even get that kit to their farms easily, let alone pay for it. The roads are just too narrow and twisty. Potatoes are harvested in a much more traditional method here with a turning share to lift them and human hands to pick them up and put them in baskets.

With the sorts of financial burdens for the kit your clip shows it is perhaps not entirely unsurprising that suicide rates in the UK farming community are around 33% higher than the average population. .


Your comment about farmers not being stupid is well made; but if they wanted to stay here and not move to the city then they have no real choice - as per my previous post. In fact throughout the 20th century that is exactly what has happened, with the village population gradually drifting down to around 1/3 of what it was in 1900. Since the start of this century that has started to turn around and more - and importantly younger - people now moving in/back. The ability to run business remotely has undoubtedly helped.
Andy

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Andy...secondhand top of the range arracheuse could be as much as half a million euros on its own. Something a little more basic (the sort of thing that involves our neighbour bringing in 13-14 temp labourers for 3 weeks to get their spud harvest in): 30- odd to 90-odd thousand. All ex vat. Again, secondhand.
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Kit is bought by cooperatives and shared or rented and not bought as the above imply.
Ticking over, just about.
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Thank you for that Betty. I did actually tell a little white lie in so far as the John Deer website does have a potato harvester for sale - €200 - the only problem is that it is a 1:32 scale model.
Andy

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Of course it is. How many people do you think need to be in a co-op to bring costs down to a lowish sum per farmer, Wooly? Or rental: it's not the "from only 10Euros a day" that you see on the side of a hire can in Leclerc.
That's why most farmers have to make do with equipment that's state of the ark rather than state of the art, because their co-op only has a 15 year old arracheuse.
And let's not forget that once you've entered the lottery that is anticipating exactly when you need to borrow the kit (based on crop readiness, employee availability and the weather), you've GOT to use it, even if that means using it all night, because Jean-Luc in the next hamlet has it booked from Thursday. So if it rains for the entire time you booked it, either you use it regardless, you piss off Jean-Luc or the whole Co-op has a massive rethink.

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Round here there are huge spud lifting monsters and machines used to pick up the sugar beet which are rented and which do go all night. They even close some roads to do the job. Very impressive they are too.
Ticking over, just about.
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In the summer they seemed to prefer harvesting at night, when it's cool. In fact it was de regle.
Rest during the day.

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Are they blocking the roads with little old 2CVs still?
My name is Richard , not Dick or any variant.
Dick is a crude name for a functional organ that is used as a derogatory name. Any reference to me as Dick will be met with equivalent response. Strange that it cant be policed better.
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