Roger Evans faces daily on his dairy farm with a “wonderful” mixture of dry humour, sharp observation and a delight in the natural world and animals around him.
He depicts these traits in his popular farming books, including Land of Milk and (No Money), Fifty Bales of Hay: Britain’s Favourite Dairy Farmer, How Now?: Britain’s Favourite Dairy Farmer, A View from the Tractor: Wit and Wisdom from the Nation’s Favourite Dairy Farmer, A Farmer’s Lot.
Over many years now, his popular diary entries take his fans through the weeks of the past two years and covers his beloved farm dogs, his cattle and friends.
He struggles through everything the weather can throw at him, TB testing, Covid, survives the ups and (mainly) downs facing everyone in the dairy industry, and he encounters several unexpected events along the way.
Also, he recalls his early days in farming, what has changed and what remains the same, and how nature always brings its own “fascination, joys and challenges, no matter what else happens”.
He does not agree that farmers deserve the bad press they often get.
Through his writing, he points out that “the vast majority of livestock farmers are in it because they love their herds, their farms, and they frequently go out to their way to nurture wildlife on their land”.
Challenges, joys and pitfalls
A spokesperson for the publishing company, Merlin Unwin Books, commented:
“Roger’s short, lively entries in his diaries give the public a good insight into the challenges, joys and pitfalls of what he sees as a lifestyle, not just a job.”
“He has been an articulate dairy and poultry farmer all his life.”
“Roger is also widely regarded as one of the best modern spokesmen for the British farmer and has represented them at a national level.
“He is a former chairman of First Milk, writes a popular weekly farming column and has been the Cream Awards’ Dairy Ambassador of the Year.”
“His books have sold over 30,000 copies, published once every two years by Merlin Unwin Books for the last 12 years.”
“His latest offering is Land of Milk and No Money (pub. Merlin Unwin Books, £14.99 hardback), which brings his readers up to date with the events on his farm,” they concluded.
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