Country, urban divide a worry, says Manawatu farmer

A well-known Manawatu sheep farmer is frustrated at what he describes as the divide between country and urban populations in New Zealand.    

Ben Pratt is the fourth generation farmer and breeder on the family sheep farm, Glengarry, at Apiti.

He told Rural Exchange that while he loves farming, he was concerned at the perception of farmers among city-dwellers.

"It feels like we are getting put down a little bit," he said.

"They don't seem to understand that we care, and we are trying to look after the environment and we are doing the best for our stock," said Pratt.

Pratt said it was sometimes difficult to deal with.

"It becomes a bit depressing, especially in the middle of winter. When a fine day comes along, everything comes right."


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