Figures from the Department of Agriculture published recently show the average farm income is around £13,500 – this is down 46%.

Sam Chesney is lucky. He has a contract with a leading supermarket, and is not carrying lots of bank debt. But the profit on his cattle is down almost £180 per head, and he’s having to make savings where he can.

Robert is keen to leave the family farm, but concerned about how his father will cope in his absence…

Lots of farm families are feeling the pressure and the charity Rural Support is helping farmers and rural families who are in financial crisis. The organisation provides this support through a helpline which offers a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families.

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