Farming column with Sam Walton

An ideal disinfectant set-up on a farm.
An ideal disinfectant set-up on a farm.

Anyone who knows anything about farming will know that no farmer would ever do anything to harm his animals, that would cost him money and you all know how tight farmers are!

So with that in mind, why do so many do gooders invade farms, produce false pictures and do enormous amounts of damage, particularly on pig units?

Anyone who has visited a pig unit will have seen the boot wash areas outside every door to every pig house.

Anyone who has visited a pig unit will have seen the boot wash areas outside every door to every pig house.

There have been several incidences in East Yorkshire recently where the images purporting to be from a particular farm have been featured in the local press and indeed on television.

I suppose it is newsworthy or perhaps more correctly, it gives the media something to bandy about, whereas taking pictures of units as they actually are, would not be classed as newsworthy.

A recent incident in East Riding, where the people concerned also have an excellent farm shop, the images shown were not taken on their farm, the ear tags from the sows were not theirs and they did not have the type of flooring shown either.

The farm was then descended upon by waves of inspectors from the various quality assurance schemes, none of which could find anything wrong and indeed complemented the farm business on it’s high standards.

So the next time you see such a thing, treat it with a pinch of salt.

Anyone who has visited a pig unit for whatever reason will have seen disinfectants at the entrance and usually outside every door to every pig house and the farmer and staff use them as a matter of routine.

It helps to control whatever disease may be brought in by birds and of course trespassers.

Those people who invaded that particular unit could well have brought some undesirable bugs on their boots.

I remember on one unit where the invaders opened up the doors to let the pigs out and it was minus five degrees! Even an idiot should know better.