It has been an excellent summer for grass, but all could be undone with a wet autumn. We’re on that tipping point at the moment here in north Longford, with some land becoming soft and wet. A dry summer would be very welcome indeed.

The Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) scheme is a strange concept. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to apply for it - direct payments are too important to turn down. The reduction in bovine nitrate figures from the previous 12 months seems to fly in the face of the Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025 targets for the beef sector.