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Where were we last time we spoke? Three days into the four days of a TB test, that is where we were if I recollect. This one was a 60-day test because a couple of months previously we had an in-calf heifer reactor at our annual testing.

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This month, Ian Potter puts the spotlight on supermarket schemes designed to return a better price to producers and whether these should be applauded, rather than criticised, and questions why Arla’s payment scheme is not offering somewhat more now.

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With Vicky Ibbotson winning with Hilston Sally and Hannah Taylor and Roo the runners up, the ladies topped the entry of 47 at the Trawden nursery held at Downham.

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Time always goes faster when there are a lot of jobs to be done in a finite interval.

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Young Farmer Focus: Beca Glyn, Conwy Valley, North Wales

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Beca Glyn, 23, graduated from Aberystwyth University in (BSC) agriculture and business and now works on the 140-hectare (350-acre) National Trust family beef and sheep farm in Snowdonia National Park, at Dylasau Uchaf, Padog, Betws y Coed.

 

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Helen Browning, chief executive, Soil Association

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Wonderfully sunny, dry and frosty weather has been a pleasant way to end November. The middle of the month gave us quite a rough time with more than 150mm of rain falling in two weeks, but we managed to escape the worst of storm Angus.

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Suggestions the seismic shift of Brexit could cause one-in-five farmers to seek early retirement (page 1) will be either worrying or positive, depending on your view of the matter.

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Winter is now upon us, although it is still quite mild and we have only had a few mornings of frost, so we cannot really complain.

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Richard Bower, 30, farms with his father at Lower Drayton Farm, in Penkridge, Staffordshire. They run 300 beef cattle and 200 hectares (500 acres) of combinable crops. Richard is the NFU next generation forum chairman.

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