The sun is shining, the cows are out, the fat tyres are on the tractor and the fertiliser is going on, at last. We are greatly relieved as the back wall of the silage clamp was getting perilously close, in spite of having made a lifetime record of fodder on this farm.

Last autumn, every time I repeated the old saying “when you make a lot, you need a lot”, the younger generation would grin and you could see on their faces what they were thinking.