I realise that farming has always been subject to Government policy and controls of different kinds, but it really came home to me as I received the annual statement from the Department of Agriculture, specifying under what headings I had received various payments.

There was, of course, the normal basic scheme payment (BPS), including the 30% greening element. This greening element itself is subject to intensive debate in the current discussions on the new CAP. But as well as the BPS payment, I received the beef finisher compensation, triggered by the drop in price because of the COVID-19 crisis.