'New sheep payments are no compensation for lower prices and longer hours'
My Dad always tells me to look forward and never to look back, but having a quick glimpse back at 2016 you need to recognise where things went wrong and where they went right.
The lambing went really well for me this year but the summer was a horrible, wet, muggy mess and it did nothing for lamb thrive.
Every farmer I talked to struggled with this and it was a stark contrast to 2015 where lambs just thrived for fun.
There is nothing any of us can do about the weather except book a holiday somewhere hot.
What I did get right was to separate my lambs out by weight, grouping the smallest ones together and fully shearing them in August.
This took the wet off their backs and turned them inside out. It is something that I will now consider doing every year.
This year I am going to castrate all lambs at birth. I have held back doing this over previous lambings but this year in particular, I found it too slow to finish the ram lambs.
They always need copious amounts of meal to get them off your hands.