Someone said to me a few months ago, “What’s the best thing about being a part-time farmer?” and I replied, “Not being a full-time farmer!”. I said it in jest, but for me personally, there’s an element of truth to it.

For one, I like my off-farm job. It’s interesting and I get to travel a little around Europe. It also offers financial security, which is essential when you’ve three children under eight and you’re building a house. More importantly though, it keeps farming in its place. I can never get too worried about the sheep when I know I’ll have to worry about the office job. Equally, farming keeps the office job in its place. No matter how stressful the office gets, I know I’ve sanctuary in the fields.