I thought when I received my BEAM update that I had made a real mistake in calculating my stocking rate. I had assumed the Department’s computer couldn’t err. I was trying to figure out where I had gone so badly wrong when the emergency statement came out from the Department a day later saying that there had been a major glitch. It’s comforting to know that other people can also make a computer mistake, so I look forward to receiving the correction.

Like practically all farmers who finish beef cattle, I participate in Bord Bia’s quality assurance scheme.