Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I don't know if it shows in this photo, but the rainbow is actually ending (or starting) in our soybean field. You could see the colours coming down in front of the trees. We sure could use a positive sign like that around here these days. Things are very stressful, I don't even ask any more. Colin doesn't know what to do. The government (who gave millions to the car companies) is just throwing the hog industry (and agriculture as a whole) under the bus. Basically, they have offered two options: a) go even further into debt, or b) get out. Neither of which are very helpful for our situation. Ideally, Colin would like to reduce the herd to supply the local market only (i.e., no shipping to Mapleleaf or Olymel). But this would require finding another income source to supplement. He actually has some ideas for this. Colin wants to get a seed cleaner and go into the seed cleaning business (so farmers can keep their own seeds or improve what they are selling). Here's an example of one, not exactly what he's looking at, but gives you an idea.
Now the only problem is how do we continue to pay the bills until the price turns around (which it will have to eventually) and Colin get's his cleaning business off the ground.
Colin has actually taken a job at the local abattoir two days a week. Did I mention that pork production is a full time job (not like beef or dairy)? Did I also mention that we have hundreds of acres of soybeans and corn that need combined (if it ever stops raining)? I don't know how he's going to do it all without having a breakdown. I know it sure helps that Dad is so willing to help out. He's even offered to run the grain cleaner if Colin get's too busy.