When we think we have left the frustration behind us, a text comes from Dairygold announcing that another cent is being cut off the milk price. We know the pain is set to continue.

It’s 2009 all over again; the chequebook must be kept closed. But we learned an awful lot in 2009. We put budgets in place and now we know that the budget must be adhered to and revisited. It is time to toughen. That is difficult for a young farmer who wants to drive on.