If it smells bad, ban it; if it looks bad, ban it. And if it sounds bad at five in the morning then cull it.

The Welsh countryside is becoming somewhat of a battle ground between those who make their living from the land and people who have left towns and cities to work here, seduced by the popular myth of the rural idyll.

Too many people have lost touch with the land and how food is produced.

It’s strange how some people regard our most important industry, governments included.

It may only be worth a small fraction to the economy in monetary terms but try going without food for 24 hours.

So what does the Welsh Government want of our wonderful countryside?

A landscape overwhelmed with nature, rewilding, skies full of insects and birds, paths choked with brambles?

As with everything, a balanced approach is surely the right one.

Farmers farm to produce food, balancing that with their environmental obligations as custodians of the countryside.

Under the EU’s CAP system they have received subsidies to produce food, a system that has kept food prices down for everyone.

What lies ahead is a payment system linked to environmental goods.

The changes ahead for Welsh farming are seismic yet farmers still don’t know what their new world will look like.

The broad brushstrokes of proposed policies have been endlessly discussed but the details remain vague.

Farming is a long-term game, what farmers need right now is policy not promises.

If nothing effective replaces the subsidy system, it will make it very difficult for some businesses to balance the books.

And if farmers go out of business, who will then be the custodians of the land and countryside?