Did you know the forecast for the coming year is a lot like the last one? More attacks by think-tanks and media on our world’s best supply management system; more rules and regulations coming down the pike, further distancing our passionate farmers’ minds from the common sense approach with which we have run our businesses for centuries; and more of “too much milk/not enough milk” which, at certain times last year, made our cull cows worth more than our milking cows.
Did you know that with all the new rules and regulations, red tape, and politics, the new spelling of the word “bureaucracy” has been changed to “bureaucrazy”?
Did you know an elected official is one who gets 51% of the vote cast by 40% of the 60% of voters who registered?
Did you know that two-thirds of Canada’s small business owners, including us dairy farmers, are planning to exit their businesses over the next 10 years? We need to boost production of one of our most important natural resources: entrepreneurs. Hopefully their entrepreneurial minds won’t be dulled by all the aforementioned new rules and regulations!
Did you know the Biosecurity for Canadian Dairy Farmers National Standard is a standard which has been developed over a two-year period, and is one of the latest in a series of management practices for us dairy farmers? Apparently the standard is a “voluntary” tool. Haven’t we heard that phrase before? Like other programs before it, it will also turn into a mandatory tool.
Here’s one for the think tanks and media: “Digging for facts is a better mental exercise than jumping to conclusions!”
Did you know that real friends are those who, when you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job?
Did you know that “Franken-burgers” and “schmeat” could be mass-produced and available on store shelves within 10-12 years? This amazing technological feat of growing “cultured meat” entirely in a petri dish was developed by a Dutch scientist – Oh, those Dutch! Using stem cells from a cow as the basis and fetal calf serum as the growth medium, they grew strips of muscle tissue, that when shaped and fried, tasted something like meat. Wow! Cow versus petri dish. I know where my continued loyalty will lie.
Did you know that with Free Trade Agreements, industry is able to squeeze governments out of overseeing many activities, such as environment, social security, agricultural research, and even food safety? Does cross-border shopping come to mind? Free, indeed!
Did you know that our fathers and grandfathers and their generations understood the dangers of allowing freedoms to be taken away? Our generation seems to have forgotten this.
Did you know that Greek yogurt uses twice as much milk protein pound for pound than traditional yogurts, and therefore needs twice as much milk to produce it?
Did you know that the United States, during its Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, is targeting Canada’s supply management system to win more access for its dairy products into Canada, but is not willing to negotiate its own restrictions on New Zealand product trying to access US markets? A mite hypocritical, isn’t it?
Did you know, in New Zealand, one of our “enemies” in the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, farmers must buy shares in a co-operative to sell their milk, while the retail milk prices were higher than in Canada? And in Australia, after de-regulation, farm prices began to fluctuate immediately with retail prices dropping for a bit, but then steadily increasing, which resulted in a tax levied to help struggling farmers. The end result of de-regulation? Prices are no better for consumers and often their tax money then goes towards farmer subsidies. What? Who would have thought?! Sounds like some other countries I know… More reasons for those think tanks and the media, which spews their untruths and ignorance, to use knowledge and facts, rather than lazy research and lack of common sense – which leads me to believe that in their case, common sense is very uncommon! They should realize that common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.
Did you know that “tomorrow” is usually the busiest day of the year for us farmers?
Another little quip for our revered think tanks: “Asking saves a lot of guesswork.”
And finally, here are my final few words of wisdom for those think tanks, and everybody else: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts.”