We should be clear – the ongoing beef protests, regardless of their legality, are a sign of the anxiety felt across the beef sector at farm level. In cases, it represents farm family desperation at the inability to plan for and earn a living. It’s no fun standing for hours outside a beef factory to make a point that you hope will force change. In other cases where farmers have options, they are standing back.

As I mentioned last week, one of my not-so-near neighbours has filled in the tank under one of his slatted houses so the shed can be put to other uses.