Opinion: 'Women are perfectly capable of running a dairy farm'
When you meet a young person of your acquaintance for the first time in ages, chances are you'll say something like "How you've grown!" or some other phrase observing a significant physical change.
You'll have changed in the interim, too, just maybe not as visibly.
All life is always changing. And it seems to me we are starting to see real change in the attitude towards farming women.
Could it be that men are copping on that women are up to the job? Or is it down to societal changes?
Families are smaller and there are more job opportunities, for both men and women.
Our shifting attitude towards organised religion may also be relevant. People are increasingly more interested in personal fulfilment in the present rather than doing what might be expected of them and deferring reward until the afterlife.
The result is that those who are going into farming are more likely to be doing it because they want to.
A few weeks back, there was an item about female farmers on The Late Late Show. As it's a night-time entertainment show, I feared it would be frivolous. It wasn't. I later heard on the grapevine that one member of the panel would only go on with other "real" (not hobby) farmers.