Brexit has created an unstable environment for those working in agriculture and it is now more difficult than ever to build a healthy business, according to the National Sheep Association.

They believe that the industry has no indication as to where future market opportunities lie, and this uncertainty is forcing many producers to reconsider their enterprises.

Nineteen years ago David and Janet Disney, hosts of the associations Sheep South West, faced a similar situation when Lloyd Maunder lost its contract to supply Sainsbury's with pork.

Mr Disney was finishing 2,000 heavy cutters a year, but overnight his price dropped from 100p per kg to 55p per kg, and with five years left on a mortgage he had to think quickly if he was to retain his farm and a relationship with his bank manager.

Government departments, county council offices and their solicitor were approached for advice, however it was Philip Kerr, a specialist land agent based in Taunton, who hit the jackpot.

There are now ten companies based at Swallow Court, the renamed Jersey Farm Buildings, renting 18 offices.

The resulting business is a partnership between David, his wife Janet, their daughter Karen Hassan, and son, Martin.

Despite the changes in Farming Mr Disney will hand over a successful business to the next generation whilst still living in the house in which he was born.

Mr Disney, 70, said: "At that time, as a farmer, I was performing well but we had certainly not planned ahead for such a scenario.

“Our best asset was the traditional farm buildings sited right next to the M5.

"Research showed market demand for office space in this location.

“I had a terrible situation to deal with in the late 1990s. It was a very difficult time and, as a farmer, I felt an awful loss of pride.

“Brexit is going to throw some other farmers into the same scenario.

"I do think it could also be quite exciting, farmers will have to find ways to target production, discover their own markets and then have an influence over them. But it will be difficult."