The Autumn was incredibly wet so it was fortuitous that we had built the new dairy sheds as it meant that we didn’t have to out-winter 1,200 cows on the field.

We grew fodder beet on two fields this year but again they suffered hugely because of the persistent rain, although we’re seeing good signs of recovery now.

The cows are milked all through December and while the drop in temperatures doesn’t impact on the yield, they will be at the end of their lactation in the run-up to calving so don’t produce as much milk as they usually do.

December is always something of a preparation month – making sure we do dry-runs of calving, getting the sheds prepared and sorting out rotas. It’s also a chance to send staff on courses, so three of our dairy team completed an advanced calving course.