I am in a state of tense anticipation. There’s loads to be done to prepare for calving and yet there is time to plan and choose the jobs that need doing. In a few weeks our work of milking, rearing calves and monitoring calving will define our days. There will be no choice except to put the heads down and work on. I’m very conscious that everything we do by way of preparation will make all that run smoothly. So we’re all doing our own bits.

Any spare time that I can find is spent washing feeders, buckets and calf-rearing equipment for the home farm and the leased farm.