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Who should win the battle for Bridge Farm?

Tuesday 2 April 2013, 10:30

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The future of Bridge Farm currently hangs in the balance. Tom has suggested that Pat and Tony sell the dairy herd at Bridge Farm and Helen agrees.

Is it time for change? Are Pat and Tony wedded to the past? Or are principles more important than profit?

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Patricia Gallimore (aka Pat Archer) answers your questions

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    Comment number 1.

    Noooo! PLEASE don't get rid of the Bridge Farm dairy herd! As someone who worked in the dairy industry in one way or another for many years, it breaks my heart to see so few dairy herds left. I understand that Ambridge is incredibly lucky still to have three and that it does reflect real life, but it' s almost physical pain every time another goes. I understand Pat's feelings so well. Please scriptwriters, find a way round this.

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    Comment number 2.

    What variety of organic asparagus are you growing at Bridge Farm, it's a month earlier than ours - and that's in the tunnels?? Ian Handley

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    Comment number 3.

    I wish the Bridge Farm argument had been developed better - beyond the almost casual comment dropped by Tom about selling the herd and the emotional reaction by Tony and Pat. There are real issues underlying a possible sale of the herd. One of the most fundamental is the fact that Tony and Pat are FARMERS, organic farmers at that, and Tom is a BUSINESSMAN and to him everything boils down to a product's presentation and profitability. The issues also involve relative costs of producing their own milk and buying in and the concept of the Organic Farm as a closed system in which the manure produced by the herd plays an important part in the production of the veggies and other crops. The dairy herd is presumably an integral part of this cycle and not an optional add-on. I wish the scriptwriters and producer had brought these factors out in the programmes. The Archers was conceived as a source of agricultural information as well as an entertainment. Stay true to this concept.
    - An avid listener of 40+ yeras and Organic Gardener of almost as many years.

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    Comment number 4.

    Why not supply milk to Bridge Farm from the Ed'sJersey herd? Save two businesses in one go.

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    Comment number 5.

    Re Asparagus ... I was assuming it was an April Fools Joke. It can be the only explanation for The Par and Tony Archer clan eating a vegetable out of season in the UK and compromising their organic/food miles credentials......


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