Such a beautiful time of the year - but a busy one. Why does it seem that I say that for every season! Who am I kidding, when you are dairy farming it doesn't really slow down much any month of the year at least when you are supplying to the dairy 12 months of the year. But I do love this season, the colours of the hedgerows and trees, the autumn morning mists, September and October sun yields the prettiest scenes when you live alongside nature. We have new heifers moving into the herd - changes - always change. Alice our herds-person has been a great, hardworking lady and is moving down to the coast - we will miss her, her little Jack Russell - Pickle and obviously her lovely cakes, and jams that she drops in to us. So Alice - I hope you read this soon, and know that we wish you all the very very best and know you'll keep in touch. Jason, our extremely hard working '2nd man' has gone back to finish his degree at Harper Adams, what a brilliant chap - we know you'll do well. To Ollie and Sam - our sons, we also say the same, goodbye - knock 'em dead and get the best degree you can. All these youngsters we couldn't do without. The countryside needs you - there is such a lack of young people coming through to ensure a healthy food supply for our nation - we need to encourage them - but Emily our daughter is back on farm full-time now, she plans to produce her own ice-cream by summer next year. Let's hope she can - people are waiting for it Emily! Matt our 16 year-old is here on work placement 2 days a week; we know you have lots to learn Matt, so keep up the hard work! Joe is living with us whilst studying at Hartpury College and Damon is here from New Zealand on a working visa, I just love how these young people are rocking agriculture and hopefully our future. You are crucial and a breath of fresh air to the industry - we couldn't do it without you.
Other people to be proud of in the industry - Becca Mann - who's just been short-listed for Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards 2017 - with her business Aureum Catering has been nominated for Young Foodie of the Year - Lily-McNab-Jones for Young Farmer of the Year, her mother Liz Godsell, with her brilliant cheese-making business - for Farmer of the Year. Liz, I am up against you - may the best 'wo'man win! There are many more, but it's so good to see so many great people up for the awards this year - long may it continue!