It has been a challenging summer– one of the coolest and wettest on record. That has caused more problems than advantages: calving was challenging as the  newborn calves struggled in the wet weather, opportunities for silage and haymaking came a month later than ideal and were short, and the barley has really struggled in the cool days and lack of sunshine. On the positive side, we eventually took a big crop of hay and silage, and lambs have grown  fairly well with an abundance of grass.  I have just booked in the autumnal round of TB testing on all the holdings we rent, so hopefully we do not run into trouble here.  We are looking forward to the new year already, with tupping season coming soon we are preparing rams for work, and looking forward to our first calves from the new Red Angus bull in the New Year.