This week on Facebook I shared a post that resonated with our followers so I thought I'd share my thoughts again here for my loyal customers. This post was in response to troll who posted that he had 'gutful of we are in drought' and 'that farming is a business we should factor in bad times'. Here at Merrifield we are doing our best to drought proof ourselves (more on that in the coming weeks) but no farmer, no matter how good they are at planning can factor in for something like the drought we are seeing now. Farmers rely on people in other states, who aren't affected, to support us with feed and the cycle continues when the tables are turned and we have a better season than others. That isn't good planning that is just a good community - a community of farmers, no matter where we live in this wide brown land of ours. Our post was not asking for handouts or for sympathy - it was simply a way of sharing our farming story so those who don't live on the land can understand what we go through to produce our product - a product we are exceptionally proud of. So for those of you who did not see my post, here it is - I hope some of you can take something away from this as well:
"Lets tell the story how it is. I farm here in Merriwa. Pigs and cattle. On the farm we employ (other than me) two full time staff and 4 part time. We support the local community and we support local families and businesses. Right now we are in drought, as is the bulk of the state. We aren't asking for likes nor are we asking for handouts.The simple state of play is that we need to sell our meat to stay afloat. We used to do farmers markets, we worked 7 days a week for 5 years. Now I'm on my own and we can't do that anymore. The only way this farm will survive is by selling the products we produce. And right now the pork industry is pretty much screwed. We compete against cheap imported pork and we watch our colleagues and friends go broke and shut their farms.We have bet the farm on keeping our products alive and keeping farm producing the best quality pork this country can offer. We are not a hugefarm, we do not try to compete with supermarket farmed pork. We do produce an amazing restaurant quality product (check out our restaurants) and me make it affordable. Without you, we fold. Without you I stop."