Yet another leaflet arrived the other morning in the post, advising me on best agricultural practice for my farm.

These ‘Helping You Comply’ bulletins undoubtedly spell out exactly what should and shouldn’t be happening on farms, but whether an individual farmer takes time to read them is another matter entirely. There are so many requirements associated with the art of farming that I just assume everything I want to do is probably illegal, and use this line of thought as a base point to start from.