My annual herd test is one of the least productive and frustrating jobs that simply has to be done. It’s also expensive. I continually wonder why, with every single one of my cattle going to the factory, I have to spend two days pushing cattle through a crush for testing and reading, only to see them hanging on a hook and subject to a full post-mortem in a few months’ time. Anyway, we went through the whole process and emerged with a full clean herd. I think the fact that we are again clear is remarkable, considering we are buying in everything.

I go to the occasional meeting in Britain, where farmers are suffering years of real hardship from being locked up with TB. On our own farm we have regular visits from the Department checking the TB status of the wildlife, mainly badgers.