TIP Break­ing away? Think again!

Country Smallholding - - Tim's Tips -

Two of the com­mon­est rea­sons given for want­ing to be­come a small­holder are: a) want­ing to be able to keep poul­try and live­stock, and b) want­ing to break away from the shack­les of reg­u­lar em­ploy­ment.

Well, I’m sorry to have to burst the bub­ble, but once you start keep­ing an­i­mals you’ll be tied down far more ef­fec­tively than ever you were when con­ven­tion­ally em­ployed. No more week­ends off or evenings of re­lax­ation, as live­stock may de­mand your at­ten­tion at any hour of the day or night, with­out warn­ing and with no chance of an out- of-hours over­time bonus ei­ther! And what hap­pens if you’re ill? You can’t just ‘phone in sick and leave it at that; you’ll have to find some­one to shoul­der the work­load dur­ing the pe­riod that you’re in­ca­pac­i­tated, and prob­a­bly pay them for do­ing so.

Keep­ing live­stock is a 24/7 re­spon­si­bity

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