Floods, tuberculosis and the horsemeat scandal have resulted in a "diabolical year" for farmers across the Midlands.
Hundreds have attended the National Farmers Union conference in Birmingham, expressing their concerns and trying to find solutions.
There is now warning it could be another tough year ahead.
Keith Wilkinson reports.
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Some early bright spells, but then turning cloudy.
A dry start with early bright spells, but turning cloudy as the day progresses.
Ambrose Parsons is said to have left the QE Hospital earlier today (Saturday 17 February) still wearing a green hospital gown.