Farming Day by Day

The 1960s

By John Winter

As the 1950s closed and rationing passed, farmers and their workers might have expected a golden age. After all, everyone acknowledged that British farming was one of the great success stories of the post-war era. To decide whether the 1960s was in fact a golden decade, turn to this selection from John Winter's reports in the Daily Mail which were written so that literally anyone would find them interesting, both the millions of lay readers and the specialist farmer or agriculturalist. The early sixties were indeed a time of optimism, with ever more livestock, favourable price reviews and the record harvest of 1964. But as the decade continued, along with the u10.00 a week farmworkers' wage and advances in technology came the flight from the land, fowl pest, foot-and-mouth outbreaks and rows over the marketing boards. The benefits of the brucellosis eradication scheme had to be balanced against battles over poor prices reviews, spiralling costs of food, concerns about farm safety and the misuse of chemicals. Even the weather seemed to get worse. Overall, a good decade or a bad one? This selection of crisp articles, often passionately on the side of the farmer and farmworker, reveals the issues big and small, and the people who brought them to life.

Publication Date: 1/1/2002
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781903366219