Thanks for the vivid account, Tarlita.
The Danish "dyrskue" must be equivalent to your Royal Queensland Show.
The main focus is on farming and everything
to do with farming.
But it is not to be mistaken with a fair, with tombolas, paris-wheels and what not, even though there is a good deal of entertainment. And lots of beer and burgers to wash it all down.
It is a little odd IMO to have Mary attending an agricultural show though. She doesn't strike me as the DRF members who knows most about agriculture. That would be Joachim. But when you add ecological products, it's an entire different thing! Then it makes sense to involve Mary. It's a huge export area.
At present the prices on pork is going up here in DK, because everything we can produce of pork, can be sold to China. And they take everything! Even what we usually use as fodder for animals are shipped to China.
Reason: Swine flu. The Chinese have put down a few hundred million pigs but the consumers there still want their pork, so the slaughter houses here in DK are working overtime to keep up. The swine-producers are shoveling in money and have completely forgotten to worry (something all farmers are required to do by law... both in DK and everywhere else.)
With a middle class that now constitute several hundred million the Chinese consumers are willing to pay the much higher prices for imported pork.
Not least if it's guaranteed free of any traces of disease and if it's ecological pigs, where you are informed about what the pig had for breakfast before being slaughtered as well as knowing the maiden name of the sow that gave birth to it (I kid you not) it becomes a luxury item, and luxury items are in high demand in China these years.
It's the same thing with poultry and dairy products. the Chinese are willing to buy everything we can produce, so the domestic prices for milk has gone up.
As some of you may know, the Chinese have had serious problems with milk-products in recent years, (A number of children tragically died from poor products!) so the consumers are willing to pay even extraordinary prices to ensure their children get thoroughly tested milk-products.
- But should we ever get serious cases of swine-flu or something similar here in DK, it will be a disaster for the export!
Fortunately we live in Jutland, where things can be "arranged". I scratch your back, you give me half a pig for the freezer. Receipts? That's something the Copenhageners have come up with, no need for that over here.
So we are not short of pork and milk in our family.