Four decades have passed yet I can still have flashbacks of the day I was charged by a freshly calved cow.

The scrap of a little girl that I was is no match for a powerful Friesian with a natural instinct to protect her baby.

I was lucky, I was within running distance of a fence line and made it underneath just in time, but have scars on my back to this day from that encounter with barbed wire.

Health and Safety Executive statistics are a damning reminder of agriculture’s safety record. The number of fatal farming accidents in Wales more than doubled last year, with the main causes including moving vehicles, animals, contact with machinery and being struck by an object.

Farming represents a tiny proportion of the working population but habitually it claims the majority for workplace fatalities.

Agriculture also has the worst rate of fatal injury among workers of the main industrial sectors – 20 times higher than the all-industry rate – and that is unlikely to be the full story because many farm injuries go unreported.

One of the central hurdles facing the sector is farming’s ageing workforce. Although there is a large increase in victims among the 45-54 age group, more than half of the fatal incidents in the UK involved people who were over 60.

Some farmers continue to farm against medical advice, damaging their health, and often running down their farms. For many, farming defines who they are, and they have no intention of stopping. Perhaps older farmers need to learn how to ask for and accept help.

It is rare to speak to a farmer who doesn’t have a story to tell of near-misses, broken bones, cuts and bruises. In the majority of cases these could have been avoided.

Farmers owe it to their families to take a moment to think about what they are doing.

And it is up to every farmer to drive a culture change in the sector, no one can really do it for us.