Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
None of us would want to have to answer that question, but given the new financial year is upon us and many of us will be conducting a budgeting exercise, it is a pertinent time to consider how we budget for safety management.
It might not fit with the image of rural Britain to erect steel fences and padlock gates to keep out intruders, but it is becoming an increasingly real part of life in the countryside for many farmers.
The last time GB milk production was as high as it currently is, in the early 1990s, the poll tax riots were erupting, Margaret Thatcher was exiting Number 10 Downing Street, and the Gulf War was raging.
The season of new life and hope is now in full swing, with calving almost halfway through and lambing in the first week, and a much more optimistic, happy frame of mind at present in the Bruce household.
Rachel Cooper, 19, farms an 80-hectare coastal beef and sheep farm working alongside her mum, dad and brother. She is currently studying an agricultural degree at Harper Adams University and has ambitions of securing her own tenancy in the future.
For some farmers to be still waiting for Environmental Stewardship payments that are a number of years old is unacceptable. It also points towards double standards within Government agencies about adhering to new protocol and procedure.
Hannah Binns, 22, is an agricultural policy graduate trainee at the (NFU). She has a degree in Ancient History and English and spends her spare time blogging about adventures on the family farm and beyond.