James Powell: 'A few wet days have left the ground like a sponge'

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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.


It feels as though this winter is about to pass us by, but soil temperatures are cooling slowly. They are still just under 10degC and therefore any cold spells will soon thaw away, however a few wet days have left the ground like a damp sponge.


We managed to get cattle into buildings two weeks ago, just before a downpour, and the cattle and land both thanked me for it, although a deluge of sleet and rain on Monday left many roads further downstream impassable.


The remaining lambs which are left are all on a little hard feed and grades have improved as a result.


Recently, I had the great pleasure to be on the interviewing panel of the Wales YFC international exchange programme. I found myself completely amazed at how all the youngsters handled themselves.


They impressed me with their knowledge, experience and impeccable manners. The work ethic of these youngsters was awe-inspiring, with many in their teens already in business and looking to travel to gain experience.


Others were studying degrees and were willing to further their careers in anything from journalism, behavioural therapy, art and agriculture. Each one was a credit to their parents.


In a world which often criticises youth, I have found everyone I have met to be gaining maturity and responsibility at a young age. I wish them every success.


More generally, the world feels like a cartoon right now, with one of the world’s most powerful positions held by Donald Trump. It just does not sound right.


The world is in unrest, people want change and America will not be the last one either, with France and Germany going to the polls in the next year too. There is an air of danger ahead, with new leaders in the dark about which is the safest side of the divide.


And just when you think something is sorted and your best field is all cleaned up, the little mole, Farage, pops his head up and gets soil all stirred up again.

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