Re: Plastic in the Med
Originally Posted by Muddy
South Yorkshire .
Here a job advert for there
LLOP Picker FEATURED
West Field, WF9
£8.72 - 13.08 per hour + OnSite Support From Staffline
I donít know how many farm labourers are employed in Yorkshire but I would be interested to know .
Itís mostly sheep farming isnít it ?
Correct me if I am wrong .
Just found these facts
The average number of people employed on Yorkshire farms is 2.5 . The main agricultural products are meat ,milk and wheat .
All these industries are mechanised .They donít need loads of employees .
I'm a bit reluctant to answer your post Muddy; It seems to be wandering off topic...
The advert you posted was a WF9 postcode wich is Wakefield (Pontefract probably) where there is a very large Mushroom growing company and also a major producer of Rhubarb.
Apart from it being unique to the area and most likely to require 'pickers' it is not representative of the majority of farming in South Yorkshire where I live, or indeed West Yorkshire where you mentioned.
There is very little sheep farming in South Yorkshire, it's mainly confined to the moors and dales in North Yorkshire. We have some dairy (lots of cows, sadly diminishing) and being mainly flat we are surrounded by fields of Corn, Barley, Oats, carrots, potatoes, sugar beet, peas, turnips and other root crops. Over the last ten years due to an EU subsidy and directive, most of the fields have been replaced with Maize, Oil Seed and Linseed.
Fields are planted year round and require round constant attention. Ploughing, seeding, spraying and harvesting, so full time farm staff are essential (no seasonal foreign labour) the village where I live is a farming community where the majority of residents used to either work the land or own it. There are still a few stand alone privately owned farms, but most have been bought out and amalgamated into just three or four owners, still local though.
Unfortunately, there are only a few farm workers in the village now which comprises mostly of retirees; ex miners, rockware and pilkington glass ex employees, and International Harvesters retirees; once the largest tractor plant in Europe, sadly closed now, and transferred to Italy, and is now the site of a new housing estate.