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    "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Dairy Farmer Richard Gibson in Africa Got to be worth a look, Tonight at 9pm BBC 2

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    +1 should be good i reckon

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    It's quite good.
    This Richard Gibson doesn't sound as if he's always lived/farmed in Devon. North Yorks accent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF View Post
    It's quite good.
    This Richard Gibson doesn't sound as if he's always lived/farmed in Devon. North Yorks accent?
    Moved to Exmoor 16 years ago according to the intro. He must practice the accent!

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    Brilliant!

    This rain stuff is badly shared out

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Great ambassdor for the british farmer.

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    Will the producers repeat in reverse? Bring the African to Exmoor!

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Humbling is the only word for it. Somehow puts most of our gripes and complaints into perspective.

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    agree there, can see how hard life is for some, but what are they keeping the cattle for? it said at the start that its a status symbol between tribes, more cattle = more respect so my question is why dont they eat some of them and live a better lifestyle, the water situation could be put right by digging a well as there is clearly water if they dig for it they could then be using the water from it to irrigate the ground to grow grass for the cows? am i missing somthing ?

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Quote Originally Posted by JimF View Post
    It's quite good.
    This Richard Gibson doesn't sound as if he's always lived/farmed in Devon. North Yorks accent?
    He was my next door neighbour, we bought his land, His dad was killed falling off the back of a load of straw in 1978 at that time it was a dairy farm, it was only 85 acres, then his Uncle cropped the farm for his mother until he moved back home in the late 80s, he kept pigs for about 4 years then went into cows. Think he moved down there to expand. Thought he came over quite well.
    Give it full throttle

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrevisbigX View Post
    Great ambassdor for the british farmer.
    He certainly was. I don't think there could have been a better choice.

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    Thanks for the link.That was an excellent programme.

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    This programme is being repeated on bbc2 rite now

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Puts our own problems into perspective; what a pity the rainfall couldn't be shared out more evenly! Would be good to see a return visit of the Kenyan cattle keeper to Richard's farm in Devon. I too wondered what they get out of devoting their entire lives to basically looking for feed and water for their cattle?

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    I wonder if some of the 'well digging' was a bit stage managed. The cattle had to be pursuaded to come for a drink, and there wasn't any sign of panic.
    They also skipped quickly over the fact that the Kenyan Government regularly delivered drinking water, making it seem that collecting brackish water in old plastic containers was a continuous full-time job.


    And the Son who was teasing Richard about having to be circumcised seemed a bit streetwise with an evil sense of humour. Maybe he was a lawyer in Nairobi, just home for the weekend.

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Why dont they have a spade for digging? If they have 200 cattle and can afford an assault rifle they can surely afford a spade.

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Quote Originally Posted by saltoun View Post
    Why dont they have a spade for digging? If they have 200 cattle and can afford an assault rifle they can surely afford a spade.
    Maybe the BBC film director felt that catering-size baked bean tins looked more effective.

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    His face when they offered to circumcise him was a picture! Mzuri!

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    Re: "The toughest place to be a farmer"

    Quote Originally Posted by saltoun View Post
    Why dont they have a spade for digging? If they have 200 cattle and can afford an assault rifle they can surely afford a spade.
    Since the programme was shown my dad has set up a charity to get a bore hole, please check this out http://www.aidforsamburu.org.uk

    Also my dad can confirm that bit was not staged as it took a good 4 hours to dig the hole which is why he is so passionate to get the tribe a clean water supply. Also regarding not using a spade, Digging with a bucket (as opposed to a spade) my dad told me it was easier as the spoil needs to be deposited away from the well. This is more relevant as the well becomes deeper as they can be up to 12 feet deep.

    Hope this answers your questions and please have a look at the charity if you have a spare minute!

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