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“Yesterday morning, I sheared my sheep. I got 15 cents per kilo of wool. Fifteen cents, I don’t know if you realize! The trader who comes to collect it, I’ve been working with him for thirty years. He’s disgusted to tell me such prices. He takes my wool, it goes to Dunkirk in one-ton bales, and hop!, in containers, heading for China. They’re the ones who decide the prices. But the Chinese are laughing at us. They’ve found some good lackeys: we, the Europeans!”

For me, it's utterly disgusting. I don't consider in something anymore. It's been over for a very long time, it's too late. It was forty years in the past that we needed to keep our industries. It's not regular that we go and have wool washed in China and purchase it processed, is it? In France, livestock farming is disappearing, however not from the cabinets. They are provided by different nations, like New Zealand. Meat travels 15,000 kilometers by boat!

I’ve 400 sheep. I pay about 2.30 euros for shearing a sheep. Do the mathematics: I earn 50 cents for the wool of an animal. It's as should you had been giving your wage again to your employer! So we consolation ourselves with the value of lamb, which is slightly increased than earlier than. But, even when the immigrant inhabitants is growing, and they’re massive customers of mutton, it's not sufficient. A kilo of mutton in Paris prices 50 euros, nevertheless it leaves my home at 9 euros. The middlemen, in a fortnight, take 40 balls…

I’m nonetheless ready for 13,000 euros from the CAP [la politique agricole commune européenne] for 2023, which nonetheless haven’t arrived. My spouse, who’s in GAEC [une société civile agricole] with me, took the freedom of calling the financial institution yesterday. They instructed him it was coming, however in installments, as a result of there is no such thing as a cash! The State doesn’t have the cash. So, we cease shopping for fertilizer for the meadows. In the meantime, after I obtain the gas invoice each two weeks, we nonetheless should pay it. Result: when every little thing is paid, we’re below the minimal wage. I work 6 a.m. to eight p.m. each day. Luckily I really like my job, eh! It's what retains me going. In winter, being exterior with the animals, I like it.

It could be regular for us to have 3,000 euros in our pockets every, we’re those who feed the nation. At dwelling, there are 5 of us, with my spouse and our three youngsters, who’re 25, 23 and 16 years previous. To dwell, we now have to usher in 4 salaries, in any other case we are able to't survive. The two older ones are staff on the farm, and the youngest is in vocational college. I’ve been established since 1995. After thirty years within the enterprise, I’m nonetheless beneath the minimal wage. There remains to be an issue, isn't there?

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