My name is Jac Williams and this is my project Honest Agriculture.
When I started my project it was for fun and a way of remembering my life while living on the farm. But it wasn’t until I moved to Cambridge to study I realised how under appreciated agriculture was and how little people in the city knew about it. I grew up in North Wales on a farm in the Denbighshire county, which is known for hosting the International Eisteddfod and surrounding an area of the River Dee.
These photographs depict the working lives of farmers and they work they do.
The land is vast and ever changing while the work is necessary and tough.
We spend our lives working in the fields and raising the livestock while raising families and growing as a way of life.
The animals will always need the attention of the farmer as they are exposed to the element’s.
The risk of disease is also likely as the livestock graze in herds open to infectious diseases and bacteria.
But we do take care of our animal friends, from raising them to working with them, they are always our top priority.
When we think of how agriculture became a developed part of the living ecosystem today, We forget about the difference in technology and knowledge that we now have today. As well as how traditional methods of agriculture have become outdated by invention and self preservation.
There will always be something broken that needs to be repaired, and for the most part we do it ourselves.
The work is long and hard, but the fleece must come off in one piece to be worth anything.
But the sheep too must eventually get sick, from damp and overgrown feet to an unshaven fleece in the hot sun the ewes and lambs are easily stricken with ailments.
And to consider any other job is not an option, for when you take the job of the farmer, it stays with you for the rest of your life.