Kate Morgan - High welfare systems - Can they meet world food demand?
I am 29 years old and live in the small town of Driffield in East Yorkshire. I am a Director of our family pig farm which has 1700 breeding sows and takes the progeny to slaughter, selling to Sainsbury’s via Cranswick. The whole family is involved in the business, my Mother and Father and also my two older sisters.
I studied at Newcastle University and graduated in 2003 with a 2:1 joint hons in Agri Business Management. After University I worked in marketing but this was not for me! So I decided to do a ski season and then continued to spend a year travelling round the World. I have many hobbies, ranging from Eventing my two horses to playing hockey and running.
A Big hello and my sister and I spend four days educating primary school children!!!!!
Firstly I would like to say hi to all who may read my Blogs! I hope you find them of interest and I shall do my best to update them as much as possible once I’m out and about! I have to admit that I have not done much in terms of my Nuffield so far apart from the odd meeting with people in England all who have been overly helpful and supportive, it does however scare me every time at the vast amount of work I need to do but after the initial shock I think about what and who I am going to see and what an amazing opportunity I have and that I must make full use of it!
Ok, so although this does not directly link into my subject I though I should write to tell you all what a fantastic few days my sister, Vicky and I had last week at Tamara Hall's Open Farm School Days! We really did not know what to expect but we have always wanted to take part in Open Farm Sunday but being a pig farm it’s a bit of a risk for bio security and so this was the perfect answer! We took along a presentation about the ‘Day in the life of a pig farmer’ and talked to children from a number of different schools from around East Yorkshire. The children were aged between 5 and 11 years. There were a number of different people talking about different topics such as cows, sheep, cereal, machinery, wildlife etc. It was a great opportunity to get out and educate children about where food comes from. The majority of the children seem fairly well educated however some questions did make me worry a little: ‘Do pigs die and then come back to life?’, ‘Do they produce water?’, ‘How do you make sausages?’ at which I explained the different cuts and the process to which she then asked ‘and then do you have to kill the pig?’!!! I feel very strongly about getting into schools and educating them as they are the future and I believe that this is the way to get to the parents, some of the teachers seemed less than interested in the whole day which concerned me even more, they really did not understand so how do we expect children from cities and even the country to understand the concept of farming? Hopefully as more and more farms get involved with Open Farm Sunday and other activities involving schools maybe the public will slowly start to understand and support British Agriculture.
I can’t stress enough how good this was, yes we are all busy and we all have other things we could be doing that will have an impact to our profit but at the end of the day these children are the future and we need to take it upon ourselves to educate them, the government won’t do it and if we leave it to the teachers from what I saw a third of the country will know about agriculture but the other two thirds will forever think that meat comes from the supermarket already packaged, is this what we want?! So next time you are asked to do something for children think twice about your answer!
Rant over and time to go and get wet again in this great British summer!! I’m heading to Sweden in July so I shall write again whilst I’m there and let you know what I see!
Thanks for reading Bye!