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With a full house of money

Sara Dögg Svanhildardóttir writes

I grew up in the countryside where I practiced sheep farming generation after generation. My parents are the third generation who have lived and worked all their lives, along with other work like the two before them.

In the good old days …

Even though there generation after generation takes over , we have experienced a revolution in the working environment of sheep farmers. I remember the time when the forces were filled with young and industrious people in the spring. They came to shake hands, because the farmer’s handcuffs were many and the farm work was desirable. Today’s reality is different. Technology is spreading to the countryside like everywhere else. Equipment and tools have become both larger and more technological, but the popularity of rural work has also declined. It’s less about romantic moments outside on a mild summer evening during the high season of haymaking.

My parents are told about the financial results. What the farm leaves behind, yields. How he has ensured the family’s livelihood in general. But keep going. This has been told to them from the time we were a family of five until today when my parents are left alone in the cottage with a house full of money. Money in the sense of livestock all so, so I did not choose any misunderstanding here.

Actually the situation

I spent one evening drawing up the business on a farm similar to the one I was raised on. Picked up all the income that consists of a payment from a state that takes into account the amount of money, hardships and of course quality control. Everything counts and everything gives some mud. In the form of direct payments.

Create 400 ewes produce about 8 tons of meat each year. It is the product that creates the income, the livelihood and the livelihood. The replacement station pays around 4 million for that. The state’s support in the form of direct payments is just over 4 million. To this are added payments for wool and lawn care amounting to over half a million. In total, the farm provides about 9 million a year, with the loyal support of the state and the derived price of production facilities.

When all operating costs have been paid, then stand after about 343 thousand ISK. per month for operating 357 on sheep farms. Hardly called a business that pays off. This is how the cold blue reality appears. Government subsidies and sales to production facilities systematically keep sheep farmers entitled to unemployment benefits. Then there is only hope that we will be asked where we are heading with the agricultural system we have today.

We have created an agricultural system that leaves little to be desired. the name may remain in the farmer’s pocket. It is a reality that we can hardly leave untouched and we must want to change. When this system is guarded, no one should be surprised if asked in whose favor?

The author is Viðreisn’s town representative.


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