There is one topic that no one in society, but particularly agriculture, ever talks about enough. Often until things have progressed further than they needed too. That is mental health. I think part of the reason for this, is that as a society we look at mental health as something that we need to categorise. Is it depression? Is it anxiety? Is it ‘just’ stress? I am certainly in no way downplaying the need for diagnosis if you are experiencing difficulty, that is a given.
Is our industry at the cross roads? I think it is. If you have been reading any of the rural papers, or keeping an eye on social media, then you will know there are some pretty big topics up for discussion. Mulesing is back on the agenda, and what I can’t understand is how it ever went off the agenda. The most common response I hear from farmers on the issue is along the lines of “when there is a premium for non mulesed, we will stop mulesing”, or “while we can still do it