There is a feeling of spring everywhere. The dry, sunny days in late March have helped to get the spring barley sown and most of the lambs are outdoors and should be grazing the herbal leys and swedes in the coming days.
In late March I was notified that my cattle were within 3 km of an outbreak of Tuberculosis and that they would all have to be tested for the disease. Any that I sell will have to be tested again at my expense until further notice. I have questioned this and it turns out that only one of my fields is within the 3 km zone and this field has never been used for grazing cattle in my lifetime. I now must prove this to the authorities to be allowed to go back to the usual position of testing for this disease every 4 years.