Farmers might not necessarily describe working with animals as therapeutic, but for some people that is exactly what it is. Real-life working farms are now taking people out of institutionalised models of care and bringing them onto their farm, where things like routine farm work and farm family life form the basis of a very different type of social support service.

Under the stewardship of the farmer, feeding calves and the 11 o’clock cup of tea is a very relaxed but effective way of helping those in need of support, such as those with a learning disability, a mental health issue or, for example, an acquired brain injury.