The last time I remember drying off all milkers before Christmas was over 30 years ago. We didn’t always have autumn calvers, but the first would have been due in early January – the first would regularly be early. With a bull running with the herd for five months there were always late calvers and year round supply.

In that year we did dry off there was of course a calving three weeks ahead of the rest on St Stephen’s Day! The holiday didn’t last long.