James farms 180ha (450 acres) of uplands in Llanbadarn Fynydd, Powys. Married to Rachel with three sons, James runs 1,000 ewes, mostly Aberfield crosses, plus a 50-head suckler herd. An HCC scholar in 2014, he is involved with NFU Cymru’s Next Generation initiative and is passionate about rural affairs.
Nick Grayson, 27, farms a mixed enterprise on rented land on the outskirts of Sheffield in Rotherham.
Harvest is over and the autumn list of livestock jobs will keep us busy for the next month at least. The weather has been kind and allowed us to harvest and get straw baled in good order.
On September 3, I, along with several other local farmers, helped our NFU Scotland regional manager Ian Wilson with a lamb promotion at Inverness Market.
I am not sure where summer has disappeared to, but as I write, the nights are getting darker, breeding sheep sales are in full swing and time is flying by faster than ever.
The main harvest has all been gathered, although it was a stop-start affair with the weather frustratingly only letting us steal a dry day here and there to crack on with it.
Well, the weather has dried up since we voted for Brexit. Markets have stabilised and even strengthened in some cases, and we have all survived, so far at least.
I guess the good news is our harvest got underway earlier than expected on July 21. The bad news is I now wish we had not started. Ignorance was bliss.
The highs and lows of the ever unpredictable Mother Nature.