I got a brand new combine harvester, an' I'll give you the key...

It's that time of year again when the fields are void of farmers and  4x4's in Belfast are driven by farmers and not yummy mummies.Yeah, it's Balmoral Show time again. Coinciding with this is the release of a new book entitled Memories From The Farmyard.The blurb for the book reads...
In this book Paul Callaghan highlights and celebrates the work of notable Ulster livestock breeders who, in the same way as the famous 18th century English farmer Robert Bakewell, were inspired to take up the challenge to ‘breed something better’. Through a fascinating and entertaining series of accounts, that first featured in Farm Week, we explore aspects such as the impact of the Ravenhill herd on the British Friesian breed and the Heyday of the Hereford. We also pay homage to the Large White Ulster breed of pigs and look at some old examples of the ‘veterinary art’.
 image from www.colourpoint.co.uk

The author Paul Callaghan was born in Portadown, County Armagh where his interest in farming began at an early age. Much of his time outside school he spent on a small, mixed holding near his home. There he gained valuable experience and knowledge of older farming methods and traditional livestock breeds before moving on to assist on a modern pedigree pig unit. Later Paul studied meat technology and is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Meat. Since 2003 he has written a weekly column in Farm Week entitled ‘Memories from the Farmyard’. He is married to Victoria and lives in Belfast.

I've had a quick glance at the book and even people like me with a moderate interest in farming would find some of the stories interesting. These include stories about the heavy snow of 1937 when hundreds of sheep died. Farming exploits of the Robinson & Cleaver director, another story to read which includes why different people back in1934 had different reasons for remembering the Balmoral Show that year.

To buy the book pop along to the Colourpoint website ,where you can also view sample pages of the book in PDF format.

Come on now let's get together
In perfect harmony
I got twenty acres
An' you got forty-three
Now I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key

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