Think about your topic and your audience
Write down the question you would least like to be asked
Try and answer the first one in 10, 20 and then 40 seconds
Think for two minutes
- Did you keep calm?
- Was it concise?
- Was it appropriate for the audience in question?
- Was it positive?
- Did you get your point across?
- Did you answer the question?
If you answer no to any of the above, repeat
Whilst all questions will be specific to your topic, farm or area of research, there are a number of areas of agriculture that can be particularly controversial. Here are some examples of tricky questions that might be asked on farm walks and some suggested responses. Click on a question below to watch the video and then think about what your response would be.
- How to deal with difficult questions?
- Why do you give your chickens antibiotics?
- Responding to questions on the impact of farming on birds, bees and wildlife
- Why do farmers keep people off their land?
- Why do you sheer your sheep – don’t they get cold?
- Why are those sheep lame?
- Why do you tag your ewes and lambs, is that not cruel?
- Why does your bull have a ring in its nose, did that not hurt?
- When farmers spray crops, will a little wind carry the spray and harm me?
- Why do you grow oilseed rape, it gives me hay fever
- What do you do with your dairy calves?
Response First Aid Kit
Things can go wrong. Or we just do not know the answer. This might feel awkward, but you can overcome the problem. Here is a Response First Aid Kit to give you some handy hints on dealing with tricky questions.
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