The Robot Farmer
Farmers already do their work
exclusively with machines.
We have a traditional view of farmers
as men of the land,
with strong bodies and weatherbeaten faces.
However, I do a lot of work in the countryside
and I'd say that 90% of them are now
overweight and pretty unhealthy.
For the lowland arable / livestock farmers, everything is done from the comfort of a tractor cab, with various attachments
to do all of the work they need.
A lot of livestock is kept in sheds these days
so that the food can be set out in troughs
and the manure can be powerhosed clean.
Even the hill farmers go everything on quads.
Even livestock herding is done
by driving a 4x4 around a field
and shouting out the window at a sheepdog.
The only time they get off their vehicles
is to open and close gates.
Honestly, I can't remember the last time
I saw a farmer out walking his fields.
So, honestly, I don't think the robot farmer
is that much different from what we already have!