Last year, just before Christmas, the poor old bull at home went lame. On Christmas Day, myself and the brother manfully set about getting him up the crush, as much to get out of the house as anything else.

Care is needed when trying to catch a bull’s head in a headgate, especially the automatic locking ones – the bull’s head is often too big and the bars can clamp very tightly on his neck. If they clamp too tightly, they can injure his neck, causing paralysis.